The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
NDotM was present at the V&A yesterday as Boris Johnson and Oscar winner Kevin Spacey called for continued investment in cultural attractions during the recession. As Boris stated: “Arts and culture are not a luxury, they are part of (London’s) DNA, its unique selling point”.
It was good to hear both the London mayor and the Old Vic director talk so passionately of the vital role played by the arts and culture in the UK.
Boris rightly maintains that theatres and museums are not a luxury, even in difficult times, and contribute greatly to London’s economy. Arts and culture play a huge role in attracting £16bn worth of tourism to the capital every year.
Nevertheless, according to Arts & Business, an organistion that creates commercial links to the arts, investment in the cultural sector has fallen by 7% in the last twelve months. There are fears that unless funding levels are restored soon, the sector could experience longer term decline.
Spacey believes that without support, some arts institutions will not survive the recession.
The Arts Council’s £40m Sustain Fund has gone some way to alleviate the financial pressures afflicting certain arts organisations.
The Fund has however come under criticism for allegedly prioritising well-known institutions over smaller, more vulnerable organisations.
If the cultural and creative industries are going to survive and thrive beyond the recession, policy makers and arts industry leaders need to collaborate more imaginatively and more thoroughly. NDotM is committed to aiding this process.