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April 2017

International Conference - first speakers unveiled

Today we unveil the first details of the line-up of speakers who will feature at our International Conference on July 12. 

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Creative Industries Federation
April 06, 2017
 
 
 
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International Conference - first speakers unveiled

Today we unveil the first details of the line-up of speakers who will feature at our International Conference on July 12. 

We will hear from top politicians, creative leaders, scientists and economists including:
  • A senior government minister
  • Sophie Turner Laing, Group Chief Executive, Endemol Shine
  • Sherry Coutu, tech angel investor 
  • Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser
  • Mariela Shaker, a violinist who was forced to flee her native Syria and has since been highlighting the plight of her fellow Syrians through her music
  • Gabriele Finaldi, Director, National Gallery 
  • James Rubin, American former diplomat and journalist 
  • And Sir Nicholas Serota, in his first speech on international issues as Chair of Arts Council England 
More names will be released in due course.

Remarkably, we are already close to capacity after opening ticket sales last month. Therefore, we will now be restricting purchases to two tickets per organisation and will shortly open a waiting list. 

We strongly recommend you act now to purchase a ticket in order not to lose out. 

As before, tickets for members will cost £60 plus VAT and non-members £300 plus VAT. Conference ticket-holders will receive priority entry to the Federation’s summer drinks reception in the gallery’s Wohl Room the same evening.


 
 
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Sir John Sorrell steps down with farewell speech

To mark the occasion of Sir John Sorrell stepping down as Federation chair, we are delighted to host a keynote address from him in front of leading members from across the arts, creative industries and cultural education.

This event will involve a speech, Q&A and drinks reception. We anticipate it will mark the first of an annual series on creativity. There is no one better to initiate this than Sir John. 

Venue: Central London location
Date: Wednesday May 17
Time: 6:30 pm - 8.30 pm

Attendance at this event is complimentary for members of the Federation.

 
 
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Ministry of Sound
 
We have partnered with Ministry of Sound to offer a series of exclusive member offers. The second in the series entitles members to up to 40 per cent discount for all meeting room bookings at the Ministry of Sound's new co-working space in London.
 
 
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Digital Remit
 
Our friends at Digital Remit are offering a discount of £500 on an intellectual property (IP) audit to any Federation member. The audit – 'Create, Protect, Grow' – gives you a clear picture of your creative and other IP assets. The end result is faster growth and higher net worth.
 
 
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Members' news

The BBC and national arts councils launched Culture UK, a £4m partnership to create new content and inspire new audiences. National Theatre, Wayne McGregor, Young Vic, Scottish Ballet, Battersea Arts Centre and Bristol Old Vic are among those involved.
Find out more  >

UAL’s Central Saint Martins’ Creative Unions campaign is calling on arts and cultural leaders to show the world they believe in creativity beyond borders. If you're the head of a creative organisation and want to pledge to the campaign by providing a short piece-to-camera, please contact Anna Tsekouras at UAL on a.tsekouras@arts.ac.uk.
More details on Creative Unions  >

Sir Nicholas Serota used his first speech as Chair of Arts Council England to launch The Durham Commission on Creativity and Education which will investigate children’s experience of arts and culture.
More info here  >

The Royal Opera House announced details of its 2017/2018 season.
Read more  >

The Big Draw has announced Living Lines as the theme of its 2017 festival. Events will focus on the role of drawing in movement and animation. They are also calling for applications to the John Ruskin Prize based on this year’s theme, polymaths.
Register for the Big Draw Festival  >
More information on how to enter the John Ruskin prize  >

The V&A announced plans for a new Photography Centre and the addition of 270,000 photographs, 26,000 publications and 6,000 pieces of camera-related equipment to its world-leading photography collection.
More information  >

The full programme for Art Night 2017, a free contemporary arts festival in extraordinary spaces, has been announced.
Full details on the July 1 event  >

Shakespeare’s Globe announced its new Festival of Independence this summer marking 70 years since Indian independence to shine a light on struggles for personal, political and artistic freedom. 
More information and book tickets  >

Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery is marking the centenary celebrations of one of Britain’s most influential 20th century designers, Lucienne Day, with an exhibition ‘A Sense of Growth’ running April 1 - June 11.
More information  >

Kings College London has launched a new artist in residence programme, Kings Artists, to showcase the impacts of interdisciplinary research and learning across the university.
Find out more about the support available  >
 


 


Who we've seen and what we've done

Federation events: HEFE working group at RIBA, International Council meeting at Goldsmiths' Hall

Who we've seen: DCMS, International Festival for Business 2018, Tom Fletcher, Viacom, Wolff Olins, BSAC, AllBright, Bloomberg, British Library, UKIE, AHRC, Nesta, Preloaded, AlPixel Games, usTwo, London South Bank University, National Film and Television School, Square Enix, House of Wire, Shedworks, Games London, FINIFUGU, Sticky Toffee Games, Apple, NTIA, BBC, Canopy Media, Creative and Cultural Skills, The Hospital Club, UCAS, UFI Charitable Trust, Innovate UK, Royal Albert Hall

What we've attended: Gagosian gallery dinner, AdWeek, BCMA Leadership Series breakfast event with Endemol Shine Group and Lions Entertainment, Leeds 2023 launch, Lib Dems' The Power of Creativity & Brexit, a celebration of the Ghetto Film School, the retirement party for Chris Cotton, Royal Albert Hall Chief Executive, Coventry City of Culture London Launch, Zhuang Hong Yi: RAW II private view at Unit Gallery, Portland’s Rising Stars event, Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist party, Knowledge Quarter, Art Night publication launch at Libreria Bookshop, EGX Rezzed, London Games Festival, Bonus Stage, Studio Wayne McGregor's studio opening

What we've seen, done, read and particularly loved: The Barbican's Just Call Me God with John Malkovich at the Union Chapel, The Human Seasons at the Royal Opera House, English National Ballet's Spring Triple Bill at Sadler's Wells, Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat at Soho Theatre, Mariah and Friendz at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, Daniel Lanois at Ramsgate Music Hall, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris, Josiah McElheny’s The Crystal Land exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey, The Lowry, Russian Revolution at the Royal Academy of Arts, Videobrains, Slow Game Jam, Hidden Figures, Evolution of Verse VR on Within app, After The Rain and Flight Pattern, Smiley's People by John Le Carré

 
 
 
 
 
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A general election manifesto for the creative industries

We are delighted to publish the Federation's manifesto for all political parties for the general election. It builds on the industrial strategy document we recently submitted to government. We are very grateful to our members for their ongoing contribution to our policy work. 
 
There will be more on the general election in the weeks to come.

Please read on for our manifesto. 
 


The UK’s creative industries are key to driving growth in a post-Brexit Britain. The sector is the fastest growing part of the UK’s economy, contributing £87bn in GVA. It returns four times the GVA of the automotive industry, six times as much as life sciences and nearly 10 times that of aerospace. Between 2011 and 2015, it created three times more jobs than the economy as a whole. The UK is the third-largest exporter of cultural goods and services in the world - just behind China and the US. However, as other countries are now prioritising the sector, we cannot take our global pre-eminence for granted.

With much of this growth, innovation and job creation emerging beyond London and the South East, the creative industries are also critical to delivering social and economic regeneration in places that need it the most. Few other sectors can deliver so much and at this scale. 

With the right vision, leadership and policies in place, the creative industries can help secure an economy and society that works for all. But if government fails to deliver, this vision is at risk. 

We have identified 10 priority recommendations that will enable the creative industries, arts and cultural education - and therefore the nation - to thrive:
 
    1.    Ensure that the creative industries and arts are a priority sector in Brexit negotiations. Federation members were overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the EU for very practical reasons. The sector will be particularly vulnerable if we do not get right all the key issues in negotiations, among them movement of talent and intellectual property (IP).
 
    2.    Prioritise the creative industries in a new visa system. Our visa system was built for an industrial landscape that no longer exists. We need a 21st century model that recognises the needs of fast-growing, world-leading and highly innovative sectors, including science, tech and the creative industries. 

    3.    Double the number of creative companies that export by the end of the next Parliament. Trade strategies are currently geared toward larger enterprises, whereas the creative industries are primarily made up of small and micro businesses. The sector accounted for 9% of total exports of services from the UK in 2014, valued at £20bn - an underestimate. With the right support, exports could be far higher, offering economic stability to a post-Brexit Britain. 
 
    4.    Introduce creative enterprise zones. The success of the creative industries can and must be harnessed to deliver growth and regeneration across the UK. Government should extend the roll-out of enterprise zones to cover the creative industries. Areas that axe or severely reduce arts funding would be ineligible.
 
    5.    Establish a creative industries ‘business booster’ network. Freelancers, microbusinesses and SMEs - the backbone of the creative industries - often struggle to access finance and support around intellectual property and exports at the early, often risky stage of development. A national centre, based outside London and with a regional network, to provide advice on these issues is needed to ensure the creative industries continue to grow apace.
 
    6.    Set up a creative skills commission. The creative industries face significant skills shortages because we have failed to prepare young people in education and training. The commission would report within six months on practical measures to defuse the skills time bomb and better equip the next generation for 21st century life.
 
   7.    Launch a creative careers campaign. Careers guidance must be transformed. Government should lead on a creative careers campaign to correct inadequate information about potential careers in the creative industries and open up access to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Better, inspirational advice would go some way towards solving the skills crisis in the creative industries and in others that rely heavily on creative skills, such as manufacturing. 
 
    8.    Limit ‘outstanding’ to schools that warrant it. Creative employment is resistant to automation, and adapting to the future jobs landscape will demand creative skills. Securing a workforce fit for the 21st century begins at school. A school must teach at least one creative subject, in lesson time, in order to be eligible for an ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted.
 
    9.    Maintain and inflation-proof existing national and local investment in culture and the arts. Modest public investment in the arts not only supports our world-beating public institutions but provides cross-fertilisation for the commercial sector in talent and ideas.
 
   10.    Maintain and increase the growth of the creative industries. Over the past five years, the sector has grown by 34% - the fastest growing part of the UK’s economy. Government should commit to maintaining and increasing this pace of growth by 2022 for the sake not only of the sector, but of the wider economy too. This could take the GVA of the sector to an impressive £120bn.

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Federation reveals blueprint for 21st century growth

 
 
Creative Industries Federation
April 18, 2017
 
 
 
 




Today we are presenting our blueprint for future economic growth.

After consultation with more than 300 members at 10 meetings across the UK, we have produced a comprehensive submission to the government’s industrial strategy green paper on behalf of the sector.

The Federation believes the industrial strategy is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a modern British economy based on the creative industries and other innovative sectors such as science and tech.

Our blueprint presents a mix of policy recommendations and practical ideas, not just for the creative industries, but also for delivering growth and success for the wider economy and country.


As reportedon Radio 4's Today programme, Sky News and elsewhere in the media over the Easter weekend, the blueprint includes three specific new proposals for further consultation. They are:
  • Creative enterprise zones modelled on the government’s successful enterprise zone programme
  • A national ‘business booster’ network offering advice on IP, exports and finance for startups and small enterprises
  • A creative careers campaign to diversify recruitment and counteract misleading and inadequate careers advice
Our 75-page document has been delivered to the government green paper consultation on building the industrial strategy which closed yesterday. Members will receive the full submission shortly. The executive summary and introduction can be read below.

Seven years ago the creative industries were not even recognised as a sector by government. The Federation has been at the forefront of a transformation. As Business Secretary Greg Clark announced at the Federation’s anniversary event in January, the creative industries are now one of the government’s top priorities. 

Our task now, with you our members, is to make sure the industrial strategy delivers. 

If you are not a member, it is in your business interest to join the Federation, the national body for the sector.




 


John Kampfner
Chief executive
 Rick Haythornthwaite
Chair

 
 
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March 2017

The Fed's Brexit pledge: We will fight your corner

 
 
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March 29, 2017
 
 
 
 





The triggering of Article 50 today is an important moment for the UK. 

When we consulted Federation members in the run up to the EU referendum, 96 per cent were in favour of remaining. But the task for us now is to ensure our brilliant sector can continue to shine. The Federation is working across the whole of government to help secure the best possible outcome.

Now and in the months ahead, the Federation, with our members, will:
  • Push our red-line issues in negotiations on talent, funding, trade and IP and regulation
  • Work to secure the status of EU citizens in the UK as soon as possible 
  • Devise an immigration blueprint for ensuring access to talent from around the world
  • Demonstrate how an industrial strategy can boost growth and further success
  • Map the self-employed workforce, its needs, and importance to the creative sector 
  • Set what we are doing in a global context with our first International Conference in July
We are also working with eight government departments as well as the devolved and city administrations to put the priorities of the UK’s fastest growing sector at the heart of thinking as Britain forges its new relationship with Europe and the world.
 
 
 
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Specifically, we have:
  • Held 11 evidence-gathering meetings nationwide and produced our Brexit Report
  • Addressed a culture select committee hearingon Brexit
  • Organised a Brexit roundtable with members and the exiting the EU select committee 
  • Hosted a roundtable on new trading relationships with trade minister Lord Price
  • Promoted new partnerships on government trade missions - to India, China and Korea
 
 
 
 
Members can also update us with the latest information on how the Brexit decision is affecting recruitment, funding, trade and other issues in the survey circulated in January.Email if you you need us to re-send the link.

The launch of the Federation two years ago provided the creative industries with a single voice. For the first time the sector has the heft it long deserved but failed to achieve. Our highly professional approach has already resulted in the creative industries being acknowledged as a strategic priority in the government’s new industrial strategy - the first time any such strategy has included the sector.  

The Federation now has well over 1,000 companies, organisations, institutions, trade bodies and practitioners among its members. On all the challenges ahead, we will work closely with our members. Our strength and authority is built on this knowledge and insight.

If you're not already working with us, now is the time to join. It is in your interests to do so.
 
 
 
 
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Creative Industries Federation response to the Budget

John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said: “The Budget rightly recognised the need for an education system fit for the economic challenges of the 21st century but the devil will be in the detail of the new T-levels. 

“This new qualification needs to be considered in the context of the skills shortages in the creative sector and the potential for growth in the creative industries.

“New investment in digital infrastructure is welcome, but we remain worried that the role the creative industries play in innovation is being overlooked by the emphasis on innovation in science and tech. 

“We are concerned about the changes to national insurance contributions because the creative industries have a higher proportion of self-employed than other sectors and many of them are not highly paid. 

“Education, innovation and the working practices of the creative workforce - all in the context of ensuring growth across the whole of the country - need to be properly addressed in the new industrial strategy. 

“We are examining them in our own work on the government’s industrial strategy which we believe has the potential to deliver even greater growth and success to our renowned creative sector.”

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INNOVATION
The government rightly recognises that the UK is a world leader in science and innovation but its focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects fails to recognise that the creative industries, such as design and architecture, are key to unlocking innovation and equally internationally-renowned.

The creative sector is also currently excluded from bidding for money from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which is designed to address the future needs of UK industries.


TAX CHANGES FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED
Tax changes for the self-employed, like the changes in business rates, need to be properly analysed so that they are truly fair and do not damage growth. 

Freelance workers are incredibly important to the creative industries but their working practices and needs are very little understood in policy terms. We are currently surveying our members to be able to explain this further, and will be feeding into the review being carried out by Matthew Taylor of the RSA into employment practices in the coming months.

EDUCATION
The devil will be in the detail but the principle of creating a 21st century workforce and giving parity to technical skills in the education system could be a step forward. Creative and design is one of the proposed 15 T-levels. 

But this new qualification needs to be considered in the context of the skills shortages in the creative sector and the potential for growth in the creative industries. 

The broader announcements on investment in schools distracts from the major issue of what is taught within them. It is possible to be deemed “outstanding” by Ofsted without offering any creative subjects whatsoever in academies and free schools which do not have to follow the curriculum. Young people will not be able to pursue careers in the creative economy, which already includes one in 11 of the workforce, if they do not study creative subjects in school.

REGIONS
As part of our work on the industrial strategy, where we are holding meetings nationwide to produce a response to the green paper, we will examine the details of the deal struck with Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and the Midlands Engine strategy due this week.

On business rates, we would encourage local authorities to think strategically about the type of businesses that might benefit through the £300m discretionary relief fund. Evidence shows that modest support for creative organisations can encourage creative clusters and drive growth across the country.

Our recent paper, ‘Because the night - Why what happens after dark matters to the creative industries,’ highlighted the importance of a vibrant night-time economy to the wider creative sector so we give a cautious welcome to support for pubs and the business rate caps.

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Federation names Rick Haythornthwaite as new Chair

The Creative Industries Federation is delighted to announce that Rick Haythornthwaite, one of the UK’s foremost business leaders and a long-standing supporter of the arts and creative industries, will become its new Chair next month.

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March 07, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 

Federation names Rick Haythornthwaite as new Chair
 
 

The Creative Industries Federation is delighted to announce that Rick Haythornthwaite, one of the UK’s foremost business leaders and a long-standing supporter of the arts and creative industries, will become its new Chair next month.
 
Rick will succeed Sir John Sorrell, the founder of the Federation, on April 10.
 
He was appointed after an extensive and open search by the Federation Board, alongside recruitment agency Saxton Bampfylde. Federation Board members Tessa Ross, CEO of House Productions, and Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House, led the process.

The Federation Board unanimously approved the appointment at its meeting on February 21.
 
Further appointments to the Board will be announced in coming months.
 
Rick Haythornthwaite said:
“The creative industries are driving Britain’s growth and, thanks in no small measure to the Federation, they are now beginning to get the full attention they deserve. I am privileged to be taking on the chair from its founder, Sir John Sorrell, at a time when the Fed is leading the work on how best to grow the sector’s already preeminent global position.”
 
Sir John Sorrell said:
“Rick is a brilliant choice. I founded the Federation because it was time that the UK’s fastest growing sector had a powerful independent voice. It has made a fantastic start and is already recognised for its leadership role. I know it will go from strength to strength, supporting its members and influencing the way the world sees the UK.”
 
Tessa Ross said:
“The search for Chair introduced my colleagues and I to a number of wonderful candidates. Rick was outstanding amongst them and we all very much look forward to working with him.”
 
John Kampfner, Federation Chief Executive, said:
“The Federation has established itself as the fighting force for the entire sector in barely two years. None of this would have happened without John Sorrell’s vision and guidance. I’m delighted to be working with Rick on the next stage, to grow our business and to expand the work we do on behalf of all.”
 
Background information
 
Biography:
Rick Haythornthwaite has enjoyed a long career spanning business, arts and culture.  He is currently Chairman of Mastercard International and Centrica, as well as digital accelerator QiO, glass tableware company Arc International, and The Performance Theatre, a global leadership pop-up think tank. He recently stepped down as Chair of the Southbank Centre having previously chaired the Almeida Theatre, the Tate Corporate Advisory Board and the British-American Arts Association. He has also served on the boards of the British Council, Whitechapel Gallery and the National Museum of Science and Industry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Newsletter: International Conference tickets on sale today

As the prime minister prepares to trigger Article 50 and the UK charts a new course, tickets are now on sale for our first International Conference. This will take place at the National Gallery in London on July 12.

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International Conference from today

As the prime minister prepares to trigger Article 50 and the UK charts a new course, tickets are now on sale for our first International Conference. This will take place at the National Gallery in London on July 12.

The conference will hear from top politicians, creative leaders, scientists and economists. It will provide a global perspective on trends, best practice and the changing political landscape, not only in the UK and Europe but the United States and worldwide, at this pivotal moment.

Tickets for members will cost £60 plus VAT and non-members £300 plus VAT. Conference ticket-holders will receive priority entry to the Federation’s summer drinks reception in the gallery’s Wohl Room (pictured below) the same evening.

Everyone who has already registered will receive an email with details today. All those who have yet to register please RSVP below. We anticipate a high demand for tickets so we suggest you move quickly. 

 
 
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Our International Journal

The potential impact of the decision to leave the EU on British cultural exports and tourism is explored in the new edition of C.International, our members-only journal.

As the government consults on its new industrial strategy, the new edition also shows how other countries have implemented such strategies and what impact they have had - from Canada to China to Colombia. Let us know if you have not received your copy in the post.

Also today the Federation's International Council will hold its second meeting to discuss Europe, the threat of protectionism and other important global issues. This work of non-UK and UK based thought leaders will grow in coming months. 

Domestically our UK political engagement is intensifying all the time as we present a single voice to government from across the creative industries, arts and cultural education. We are engaging on a daily basis across eight government departments and devolved and city administrations.

 
 
 
 
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The industrial strategy

Last week the Federation brought together nearly 400 leading figures from 10 cities, nations and regions across the UK to chart the opportunities for the creative industries in the government’s new industrial strategy.  

Evidence and ideas came from the 10 discussions and roundtables in locations from Plymouth to Edinburgh and Newcastle to Cardiff. The four days of intensive discussions kicked off at London City Hall (picture above). The evidence will now form the basis of our submission to the green paper consultation which has a deadline of April 17. Expect some exciting conclusions to come. 

Thank you to all who participated. Please submit any further information to comms@creativeindustriesfederation.com


 


 
Members' tickets and other offers
 
 
 
 
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Ministry of Sound

We have partnered with Ministry of Sound to offer a series of exclusive member offers. The first in the series entitles members to up to 30 per cent discounts at the Ministry of Sound's new co-working space in London for all bookings of three months or more.

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The Centric Lab

The Centric Lab would like to invite members to its Conscious Cities Conference on May 3 which merges design, tech and science. Federation members receive a 20 per cent discount.

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Tech London Advocates

Tech London Advocates are hosting their biggest event to date, an investor showcase on May 11 at Here East which will offer attendees insights into the investor mindset.

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Unity Theatre

Unity Theatre, Liverpool, is hosting the North West Prosper briefing, a new Arts Council-funded business support programme from Creative United for the arts, museums and libraries, on April 6.

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Visit Hope Street

The Visit Hope Street Community Interest Company invite members to the launch of the 'Impact of Hope' publication which sets out the economic impact and other contributions of Hope Street to Liverpool on March 29.

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Members' news

Innovate UK is inviting creative industries to contribute to the latest round of its emerging and enabling technologies programme which identifies and invests in new technologies that improve existing industries.
More information >

Warner Bros. announced its new list of trainees and apprentices selected to take part in the fourth year of its creative talent scholarship programme.
Find out more here >

Sotheby's has produced a brochure explaining the work it does with museums and galleries, from helping clients donate art to valuations.
See the brochure here >

Produce UK launches its new project, Skip Gallery, on March 23 in London. A series of shows throughout 2017 will include contributions from artists including Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley and the London Art Exchange. 
More information > 

Two years after its Grand Hall burnt down, the Battersea Arts Centre in London is calling for ideas on how to celebrate the reopening. An installation created using memories of the Grand Hall and a special gala auction will also take place this autumn. 
Submit an idea here >

BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council have announced the 10 broadcasters of the future selected to take part in their New Generation Thinkers 2017 programme.
See winners >

The Jerwood Charitable Foundation has announced 24 independent artists and producers selected to receive performing arts micro bursaries. 
See winners >


 
 

Federation - who we've seen and what we've done

Federation events: Industrial strategy meetings in London (with speakers from BEIS, PwC, BBC Worldwide and the BEIS select committee), Plymouth, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Cardiff (with business minister Margot James), Bristol, Manchester (with Sir Peter Bazalgette), Birmingham, Leeds and Newcastle, Unique Breakfast on fake news with James Harding, director of BBC news and current affairs.

Who we've seen: No 10, PwC​, ​Lionsgate Films, London Business School, Mastercard, National Museums Liverpool, Royal Society, News UK, DigitasLBi, Harvard University, Alliance for IP, Plymouth College of Art, Watershed, National Theatre Wales, Humblegrove, LSBU, Denmark’s European Film College.

What we've attended: Industrial strategy reception at Tramshed Tech, Cardiff, with Business Secretary Greg Clark, Havas Village Launch, U.S.Embassy International Women's Day Reception at Wychwood House, Edinburgh International Festival programme launch at the Austrian embassy in London, King's College London launch of Vision 2029, ​Glasgow School of Art comes to London, Orwell Prize Fellowship reception.

What we've seen, done, read and particularly loved: The Americans on Amazon, Days Without End by Sebastian Barry, Lego Batman, The Replacement on BBC One, An Unsuitable Boy by Karan Johar, Elle by Paul Verhoeven, NT Live screening of Hedda Gabler, The XX at Brixton Academy, Tree of Codes at Sadler's Wells, Michelangelo and Sebastiano at National Gallery, Hamlet at the Almeida, My Country at National Theatre, Marioke, all London.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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February 2017

Newsletter: Building the 21st century workforce

The Federation is today launching a survey to examine the vital role freelancers play in the UK’s creative industries, as part of our intensive work on the Government's forthcoming industrial strategy.

Today we also launch our new analysis of why a thriving night scene is key to the success of the wider creative sector. 

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Creative Industries Federation
February 24, 2017
 
 
 
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The Federation launches new work on
freelancers in the creative industries


The Federation is today launching a survey to examine the vital role freelancers play in the UK’s creative industries, as part of our intensive work on the Government's forthcoming industrial strategy.

Freelance workers account for a huge proportion of the creative workforce, but the nature of their employment means they are routinely overlooked or misunderstood in policy-making. 

Our survey, which will be sent to members later this morning, will gather valuable detail from both self-employed creatives and the organisations that employ them, investigating their working practices and how Government policy can best support them.

This will provide key evidence for policymakers in the future and will inform all other areas of our ongoing work, including Brexit. 
 
 
 
 
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Why the night-time economy matters - our new report
 

Today we also launch our new analysis of why a thriving night scene is key to the success of the wider creative sector. 

The paper shows that the night-time economy - from clubs and bars to grassroots music venues - provides UK creatives with valuable venues and business opportunities, as well as making towns and cities exciting places to live and work. Bringing together evidence from Bristol to Glasgow and with contributions from members including auction houses, theatres and individual creatives, it makes the business case for why local authorities - and government at all levels - should understand and support the contribution made by businesses working after dark. It also offers a series of practical recommendations on how this can be done. 

Last night saw Amy Lamé, London’s first night czar, discuss these issues with Federation members at an event at Dirty Harry’s cocktail bar in Soho, held in association with the Night-Time Industries Association. 
 
  Read the report here  >  
 
 
 

 
Industrial strategy meetings
across the UK

We are holding meetings in 10 cities across the UK to discuss what role the creative industries should play in the government’s upcoming industrial strategy.

Members are invited to attend and share their views on how the sector would benefit from more joined-up government thinking on policy areas ranging from education through to innovation, IP and investment. Kicking off with a major session at London's City Hall, these meetings will inform our submission to the government’s green paper consultation, which closes April 17.

We will also give updates on other areas of our ongoing work, including Brexit and freelancing. 

Members can click below to register attendance.
 
 
 
 

 

 

London
Tuesday
  March 14 
 

 

 

Edinburgh
  Wednesday  
March 15

 

 

Liverpool
  Wednesday  
March 15 

 

 

Plymouth
  Wednesday  
March 15
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Manchester  
Thursday
March 16

 

 

  Newcastle  
Thursday
March 16
 
 

 

 

  Birmingham  
Friday
March 17

 

 

Leeds
Friday
  March 17
  

 

 

 

 

 
 



Members' news

BPI, the Motion Picture Association and the Alliance for Intellectual Property, representing a wide range of rights holders, have agreed a new initiative with major search engines including Google that will see them work together to demote links leading UK consumers to copyright-infringing websites.
Read more  >

Nesta are working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on an 'Inventor Prize' that aims to inspire homegrown inventors and innovators.
Read more  >

A number of Federation members are organising Get Creative weekend for April 7-9. The initiative is looking for articipants to hold free public activities, such as workshops and classes, as part of the programme.
Email for more information  >

Plymouth College of Art invites members to the opening of its new sculpture exhibition ‘Promontory’ by Stuart Robinson, which takes place 5-7pm on March 1.
Read more  >

The Old Vic’s production of ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’ will be screened in cinemas as part of National Theatre Live on April 20.
Read more  >
 




What we've been up to
 
Federation events: An evening with Amy Lamé, London night czar at Dirty Harry’s cocktail bar in Soho, roundtable with sector representatives on freelancing at Arts Council England

Where we have spoken: Soundcheck @ BRITs Week, Association of Practising Accountants’ City Dinner, Google Culture Forum

What we’ve attended: UK-Korea Creative Industry Forum trade mission to Seoul, BRIT awards, British Fashion Council x River Island film screening and cocktail party at the Serpentine, Central St. Martins MA show at London Fashion Week, Britain's Future Workforce: Skills and the Industrial Strategy APPG debate at Portcullis House, launch of the new Digital Catapult strategy and Immersive Lab, Barbican Centre Annual Dinner, Google Culture Forum at Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, ABRSM Reception Party

Who we’ve seen: DCMS, Welsh Government, HS2, Cameron Mackintosh, Nielsen, Arqiva, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Deloitte, Sky, Discovery, University of West London, Karmarama, M&C Saatchi, Design Business Association, Social Investment Scotland, The Hospital Club, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Immersive Rehab, Innovate UK, Kingston University, Ministry of Sound, Stack Magazines, UKIE, Wired Sussex, Pledge Music, Youtube, Village Underground, Gazelli Art House, the Wellcome Trust

What we've seen, done, read and particularly loved:
Years of Sunlight at Theatre 503, Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz, Arrival, Abstract and First Position on Netflix, Mozart in the Jungle on Amazon Video, Paul Auster's 4321, The Turning Forest, The Last Guardian on PS4, Dangerous Minds at M&C Saatchi, Get Lippy! at Ku Bar, Electricity: The Spark of Life at the Wellcome Collection, My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout​, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Twelfth Night at the National Theatre, Local/Global at Somerset House as part of London Fashion Week and The Notwist at Paradiso in Amsterdam
 
 
 
 
 
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Membership of the Creative Industries Federation is open to companies, arts organisations, educational institutions, trade bodies, arts practitioners and other individuals, with a special rate for under-25s. For more information on joining our unique network, please call 020 3771 0350 or click below.
 
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Newsletter: Fake news, blockchain and the NHS - the Fed's new events

 

 

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Fake news, blockchain, ad-blocking and the NHS - our brand new breakfast series

Our new programme of Unique Breakfasts - short, sharp, policy and issue-based events - are set to challenge our members on some of today’s key questions.

Running from March until July, these sessions are carefully curated by the events team to produce invigorating early-morning discussion, with all guests expected to contribute. Speakers and themes will include the following:
 
 
 
 

James Harding, director of BBC news and current affairs, will discuss fake news and its ramifications for both journalism and the world.

 
      
 
 

Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter Imogen Heap will share her thoughts about how digital innovation ‘blockchain’ can boost the music industry.

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Karen Blackett, chair of MediaCom UK, will discuss what ad-blocking means for the future of the advertising industry and the creative sector at large.

 
 
 

Mark Wild, London Underground’s managing director, will address its role in placemaking and the night-time economy and future plans for Art on the Underground.

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Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, will lead a discussion on how creativity can affect health and well-being. He will explore existing partnerships between the cultural sector and the NHS as well as future opportunities, including designing new solutions to health problems.

 
 

These events are by invitation only. If you have expertise or interests relevant to any of the subjects up for discussion - particularly on arts and the NHS - and would like to attend, please contact the events team. However, due to the very limited number of spaces for each event, a place cannot be guaranteed.
 
Visit our website for more details >
 
 
 



New details on our industrial strategy meetings

Further times and venues for our nationwide series of meetings on the government’s industrial strategy are confirmed today for Edinburgh, Manchester and Cardiff.

These focused, practical sessions will inform our submission to the government’s consultation, which closes April 17. Members will have the chance to share their thoughts on how the creative industries can best be supported across a host of policy areas, from education through to innovation, IP and investment.

We will also give updates on other areas of our ongoing work, including Brexit and freelancing.
 
 
 
 

Edinburgh

Wednesday March 15
15.00-17.00
University of Edinburgh

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Cardiff

Thursday March 16
15.00-17.00
National Theatre Wales

Register >

Manchester

Thursday March 16
11.00-13.00
Manchester School of Art

Register >
 
 
 
For more information on all 10 of these meetings - including those in London, Plymouth, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Newcastle & Gateshead - visit our website.
 
See all meetings >
 
 
 


Drinking and thinking with the London night czar
 
 
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London night czar Amy Lamé will next week speak to our members about the importance of the capital’s nightlife before joining the audience for drinks at Dirty Harry’s cocktail bar in Soho. The Federation will also launch its new paper on why the night-time economy - including pubs, bars and live music venues - matters to the wider creative sector across the UK.

This event has been organised in partnership with the Night-Time Industries Association.

Date: Thursday February 23
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Venue: Dirty Harry's 201-203 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 8ZD
Attendance is complimentary for members of the Federation and NTIA.

Register to attend >
 


Policy update
 
 
 
EBacc
 
The Federation responded last week to a new report on arts education.

We were pleased to see recognition of the value of arts subjects in ‘The Two Cultures: Do schools have to choose between the EBacc and the arts?’ by the New Schools Network.

But we highlighted that its analysis mis-states the state of creative education in schools, not least by failing to include design and technology which has seen a massive slump in take-up.

We will continue to lead strongly in this area.
 
 
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Brexit
 
Our Brexit work continues and was singled out for praise by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley during culture questions in the Commons last week. Members can request the latest round of our survey on the impact of Brexit here.
 
 
Request survey >
 
 
 
 
We are recruiting
 
Our team continues to grow. We are looking for a fast-working and focused assistant to our chief executive, ready and able to deal with leading figures from across all areas of public life.
 
Get more info on the role and how to apply >
 
 
 



Government and members' news

The Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency are encouraging large employers to register for the apprenticeship service, in readiness for the launch of the apprenticeship levy on April 6.
Sign up here >

Julie’s Bicycle ‘Sustaining Creativity’ survey is assessing the UK’s cultural responses to climate change and closes Tuesday February 21.
Complete it here >

BFI Future Film Festival, which offers 16-25 year olds the chance to hear from and meet leading figures in the industry, runs February 16-19 at BFI Southbank, London.
More here >

Poet in the City brings together words, music and film in a performance exploring William Blake’s unfinished work 'Vala, or the Four Zoas' in London on February 23.
More info here >

Notonthehighstreet.com will be visiting Richmond (February 25) and Edinburgh (March 9) to hold ‘Pitch Up’ sessions designed to help it discover new businesses and products to sell on its site.
Get more info here >

MTArt are holding a talk on the interactive potential on of art, architecture and artificial intelligence, as well as the civic role of art, in Cambridge on March 1.
RSVP here >

The BBC are partnering with Hyden Talent for free workshops on how to get a job in journalism, production or tech at the BBC.
Email for info and to secure a place >

A number of Federation members are organising 'Get Creative' weekend for April 7-9. The initiative is looking for participants to hold free public activities, such as workshops and classes, as part of the programme.
Email for more information >

Nesta are working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on an ‘Inventor Prize’ that aims to inspire homegrown inventors and innovators.
More details here >

The Freelands Foundation has released a podcast of its salon which considered whether we should teach art at all.
Listen to it here >

Retail display agency Seen Displays are exploring the role of neuroscience in consumer engagement through both a research paper and a series of interactive events.
Get in touch to read the paper and sign up for future sessions >
Watch their ‘making-of’ documentary here >
 



What we've been up to

Federation events: Roundtables with Lord Price on trade policy at the Foreign Office and with our higher and further education members on freelancing at Arts Council England, a business of IP event in Manchester with the Alliance for IP.

Where we have spoken: Conference on diversity at the University of Wolverhampton, VFX, Games and Animation Festival 2017.

Who we've seen: Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, No.10, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)’ Industrial Strategy Directorate, Scottish Government, Sir Mark Walport, Mark Garnier, Sir Anthony Seldon, Shakespeare's Globe, ENO, Heritage Alliance, Supermassive Games, Google, Royal Academy of Engineers, a string of people and organisations in Brussels.

What we've attended: BEIS reception, Scottish Government’s first creative industries advisory group meeting, University of Leeds’ Cultural Institute roundtable, Seen Displays event on neuroscience in Oxfordshire, reception for Justine Simons, deputy London mayor, Sir Peter Bazalgette's farewell lecture as chair Arts Council England, All-Party Parliamentary Group on arts, health and wellbeing, What Next?, AI and politics at Newspeak House, Videobrains, the Women’s March, London First’s 25th London Awards.

What we've seen, done, read and particularly loved: David Hockney at Tate Britain, The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, Giselle at English National Ballet, Jackie, Art at Old Vic, Global Game Jam 2017, London International Mime Festival at Barbican, Lion, The Sellout, Hedda Gabler at National Theatre, Rag'n'Bone Man at The Clapham Grand, Entangled at Turner Contemporary, Buried Child at Trafalgar Studios, La Ronde at Bunker Theatre, Mohammed Qasim Ashfaw’s Black Sun at Hannah Barry Gallery, English National Opera’s Pirates of Penzance, Pod Save America, Saint Joan at Donmar Warehouse, opening nights for Sonia Boyce and Helen Johnson at the ICA.

Given the current range of our activities, this update is designed to give just a glimpse into our work.

From the spring, our new-look website will give our members the chance to showcase their own content. Please get in touch with any images, videos and news updates that you’d like to share.
 
 
 
 
 
Become a member
 
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Newsletter: Industrial strategy - have your say

Our national consultation on priorities for the creative industries and the role they will play in the government’s new industrial strategy will launch at the beginning of March.  

The meetings will offer the chance for members to inform our submission to the government’s consultation - deadline April 17 - by interrogating how the creative sector can be better supported and where policy intervention is needed, from education through to innovation, IP and investment.

 

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Have your say on the new industrial strategy


Our national consultation on priorities for the creative industries and the role they will play in the government’s new industrial strategy will launch at the beginning of March.  

The meetings will offer the chance for members to inform our submission to the government’s consultation - deadline April 17 - by interrogating how the creative sector can be better supported and where policy intervention is needed, from education through to innovation, IP and investment. 

The meetings are designed to be focused and practical and will also provide the opportunity to feed into our other policy priorities, including work on freelancing, as well as an update on our activities around Brexit.

These events are free to attend for members of the Federation. As part of our nationwide engagement on this important issue, we will reserve a small number of places at each meeting for organisations considering joining us. Please apply for a place in the same way but priority will be given to our members.

Some details are still to be confirmed but for planning purposes, this is the list as stands:
 
 
 
 

London

Tuesday March 14
10.30am to 2.00pm
Venue: City Hall

   Register  >   

Plymouth

Wednesday March 15
1.30pm to 4.00pm
Venue: Plymouth College of Art

   Register  >   

Liverpool

Wednesday March 15
2.30pm to 5.00pm
Venue: Liverpool John Moores University

   Register  >   

Edinburgh

Wednesday March 15
Time - afternoon
Venue: TBA

   Register  >   
 
 

Bristol

Thursday March 16
9.30am to 12.00pm
Venue: Watershed

   Register  >   

Cardiff

Thursday March 16
Time - afternoon
Venue: TBA

   Register  >   

Manchester

Thursday March 16
Time TBA
Venue: TBA

   Register  >   

Newcastle & Gateshead

Thursday March 16
1.30pm to 4.00pm
Venue: Sage Gateshead

   Register  >   
 
 

Birmingham

Friday March 17
10.30am to 1.00pm
Venue: Birmingham City University

   Register  >   

Leeds

Friday March 17
10.30am to 1.00pm
Venue: Leeds College of Art

   Register  >   

 

 

 

 

 
 


Note: We are currently finalising a second tier of membership for people and organisations beyond the M25 which will offer select member benefits at a reduced rate but retain the crucial policy engagement. In the light of the importance of the industrial strategy, we are now expediting these plans. 

If you are not currently a member and would like to learn more, about either national or regional membership, please contact Andrew Major, our head of membership.
 
 
 
 

After dark with the London night czar
 
 
 
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Amy Lamé, the London night czar, will be discussing the importance of the night-time economy at an event hosted by the Federation with the Night-Time Industries Association.

Following a speech, attendees will have the opportunity to meet her over drinks at Dirty Harry's, a cocktail bar on the same site as the newly reopened nightclub Paper.

Date: Thursday February 23
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Venue: Dirty Harry's 201-203 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 8ZD

Attendance complimentary for members of the Federation and NTIA

   Register here  >   
 


The Fed is recruiting
 
 
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The Federation needs a new head of membership to join our dynamic team, delivering innovative ways to grow membership and deliver benefit to our members.

   Details  >   
 



Members' offers
 
 
 
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Student affiliate membership
 
Our education members are invited to offer their students and postgraduates individual affiliate Fed membership at a substantially reduced rate as an aid to course recruitment, student satisfaction and industry engagement.
 
 
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The Hospital Club membership offer
 
Our neighbours, The Hospital Club, are offering our members a special partnership offer on annual membership.
 
 
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Chance to pitch
 
Notonthehighstreet.com, the curated online marketplace, is looking for the best new creative talent from across the UK to join its site. Small creative businesses, from food to fashion and health to home, are invited to pitch their products -  in London on February 25 or Edinburgh on March 9 with more dates to follow.
 
 
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Protecting your IP
 
Fed members Digital Remit are offering £500 off an intellectual property (IP) audit to fellow members. The audit produces a clear picture of your creative and other IP assets, protecting your work, identifying new business opportunities and locating additional funding streams.
 
 
   Contact  >   
 
 
 
 
Become a member
 
Membership of the Creative Industries Federation is open to companies, arts organisations, educational institutions, trade bodies, arts practitioners and other individuals, with a special rate for under-25s. For more information on joining our unique network, please call 020 3771 0350 or click below.
 
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Vacancy: Assistant to CEO

Overview of Role:

The assistant to the Chief Executive is a key role in the organisation. Reporting directing to the CEO, John Kampfner, you will be responsible for the smooth running of his diary with the ability to juggle many activities at a time. The role requires you to work pro-actively and be one step ahead at all times.

You must be straight talking with excellent manners. You must be willing to work hard while always maintaining a positive attitude. Skilful management of key relationships will be part of your core job and you must be the voice of the Federation at all times. You will need a high- energy, fast paced and flexible approach to the role with the ability to problem solve.

The role includes contact with senior politicians, public figures and high-powered individuals within the world wide Creative Industries. You need to be able to communicate on all levels and to all participants: from the media, to government, Federation Board, Advisory Council and our many disparate members in your role as the first defence of the CEO’s time.

Our work is changing the face of the Creative Industries within the U.K.

 

Key Deliverables:

  • Diary management
  • Travel planning
  • Inbox management
  • Business administration (Board, AC etc)
  • Meeting arrangements
  • Member facing
  • Working with the team, ensuring seamless integration with the CEO's activities and meetings
  • Acting as the pivot of the team with an overview of everyone's key activities and work streams
  • Being the eyes and ears of the CEO
  • Working with the team, identifying improvements in team communications

 

Required Skills, Experience and Knowledge:

  • Solid PA/EA experience - 5 years of relevant experience
  • Office suite
  • Mac operator
  • Excellent people skills
  • Great organisational capabilities
  • Ability to implement new systems and processes

 

Personal Qualities:

  • Knowledgeable – a good knowledge and keen interest in the creative industries, public arts and cultural sectors
  • Skilled communicator – the ability to communicate effectively and to forge strong relationships with all levels of staff and stakeholders, both internal and external
  • Positive, hardworking and enthusiastic – outgoing, confident and keen to contribute to a productive team environment at a very fast and demanding pace
  • Skilled problem solver – finding the way to get things done and always looking for ways to improve
  • Reliable – with an ability to adapt to constantly developing circumstances and challenges and able to prioritise effectively

 

The Rewards:

  • Initial contract leading to permanent position
  • Pension plan and company benefits
  • Unrivalled networking opportunities attending opening night, VIP and private viewings/screenings/events

 

Salary:
£28,000 - £30,000 based on experience. This role is full-time, with a five-day week, based in a central London office.

 

Timetable:
The deadline for applications is 6pm on March 28.

Applicants will be required to submit a CV and a covering letter of between 400 and 800 words addressing why you would like this post and why you are best suited for it.

Interviews will take place on the week commencing March 17.

It is hoped that applicants should be in a position to take up the role in April.

All applications and any queries should be addressed directly to Avi Josephs, Finance and Operations Manager, avi@creativeindustriesfederation.com.

Date issued: February 16, 2017

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Vacancy: Head of Membership

Overview of Role:

The Head of Membership reports directly to the CEO and will work closely with the deputy CEO, Head of Development and the rest of the Federation’s team to develop innovative ways to grow membership and deliver benefit to our members.

We are an organisation with a very broad remit and this role has tremendous potential for the right candidate to shine and truly develop their career. We are looking for someone with a strong interest in the creative industries who wants to manage the core team in establishing this unique and vitally important membership organisation.  

At all times, you will need to ensure that members have the best possible experience in their dealings with the Federation. We are looking for a great communicator with a keen interest in strategic development and analysis.  The candidate should have at least five years’ prior experience of working in a senior role within a membership organisation. In addition, you will be an organised and creative problem-solver with excellent written and verbal communication skills, plus an in-depth knowledge of membership systems and getting the most out of a CRM system.

Our work is changing the face of the creative industries within the UK.

 

Key Deliverables:

  • Coordinate the team to grow the membership base of the Federation across the UK
  • Ensuring the team provide excellent service and support to all our existing and potential new members to maximise membership growth and renewals
  • Setting annual budgets and working to meet monthly targets for growing the membership and renewals
  • Strategic planning to increase the Federation’s membership base within core sectors
  • Maintain an expert working knowledge of Federation resources, website and CRM functionality in order to provide speedy first-class support and guidance to our members
  • Maintain an excellent knowledge of membership pricing, discounts and offers and be able to articulate the benefits of membership in line with current strategy
  • Ensuring the membership team is working efficiently and achieving all set deliverables

 

Required Skills, Experience and Knowledge:

  • Excellent people skills
  • Great organisational skills
  • Experience of running a small team
  • Experience of working in a membership or account management role
  • Strong understanding of commerce and business
  • Understanding of Salesforce or other CRM/customer database systems.

 

Personal Qualities:

  • Knowledgeable – a good knowledge and keen interest in the creative industries, public arts and cultural sectors
  • Innovative and eager to come up with new ideas to grow the business
  • Strong business antenna and an eye for detail
  • Skilled communicator – the ability to communicate effectively and to forge strong relationships with all levels of staff and stakeholders, both internal and external
  • Positive, hardworking and enthusiastic – outgoing, confident and keen to contribute to a productive team environment at a very fast and demanding pace
  • Skilled problem solver – finding the way to get things done and always looking for ways to improve
  • Reliable – with an ability to adapt to constantly developing circumstances and challenges and able to prioritise effectively
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and collaboratively as part of a team

 

The Rewards:

  • Initial contract leading to permanent position
  • Opportunities for national and international travel
  • Pension plan and company benefits
  • Unrivalled networking opportunities attending opening night, VIP and private viewings/screenings/events

 

Salary:
£50,000 - £52,000 based on experience. This role is full-time, with a five-day week, based in a central London office.

 

Timetable:
The deadline for applications is 6pm on March 9.

Applicants will be required to submit a CV and a covering letter of between 400 and 800 words addressing why you would like this post and why you are best suited for it.

Interviews will take place on the week commencing March 13.

It is hoped that applicants should be in a position to take up the role in May.

All applications and any queries should be addressed directly to Avi Josephs, Finance and Operations Manager, avi@creativeindustriesfederation.com.

Date issued: February 1, 2017

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January 2017

Newsletter: Night-time economy and Brexit latest

 
 
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Because the night - why after dark matters

The Federation is investigating the crucial role of our sector in the night-time economy - and how it fuels the buzz that makes many of the UK’s cities vibrant places for creatives to live and work.

We are collecting evidence, including anecdotal evidence, from our members on the importance of night-time venues, transport and infrastructure to the creative industries across the United Kingdom. This includes the views of creative businesses on how a thriving night scene contributes - directly or indirectly - to what they do and the talent they can attract.

Working with the Night-Time Industries Association, we are also delighted to host a speech by London's new night czar, Amy Lamé. Following the address, attendees will have the opportunity to meet her over drinks at Dirty Harry's, a cocktail bar on the same site as the newly reopened nightclub Paper.
 
 
Night-time industries event
 
Date: Thursday February 23
Time:  6.30pm to 8.30pm
Venue: Dirty Harry's 201-203 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 8ZD
Attendance is complimentary for members of the Federation and NTIA.
 
 
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   Members: Submit evidence here  >   
 
 
 
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Federation and members give evidence
to MPs investigating Brexit
 
 
 
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Culture select committee
 
Federation chief executive John Kampfner joined Sir Peter Bazalgette, on his final day as chair of Arts Council England, and Nicola Mendelsohn, vice president EMEA Facebook and co-chair of the Creative Industries Council, to give evidence yesterday to the first hearing of the culture select committee on the impact of Brexit.
 
 
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Exiting the EU select committee
 
At the request of the select committee for exiting the EU, the Federation brought together a high-level roundtable of Federation members to meet MPs last week. Hilary Benn, committee chairman, led the hearing which was kindly hosted by the Museum of London. It was one of a number of sector-specific evidence-gathering sessions held under Chatham House rules for the committee’s work. 

Federation members: don’t forget to complete our new Brexit survey.
 
 
   Members: Request the survey link here  >   
 
 
 

 

Policy and politics - latest
 
 
 
 
Industrial strategy - the next steps
 
We will shortly announce our series of UK-wide meetings to consult our members on the next steps in the government's industrial strategy. This follows Greg Clark's green paper announcement last week in which we were delighted to see the creative industries recognised as one of five priority sectors. Read below our response.
 
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Lib Dems and Labour

Harriet Finney, Federation deputy chief executive, joined Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and business community leaders yesterday to discuss key issues including Brexit and the industrial strategy. Eliza Easton, deputy head of research and policy, will speak on Brexit and the creative industries at the Labour party’s regional economic development conference in Liverpool this Saturday.

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Scotland

John has joined the Scottish government’s creative industries advisory group, a new body set up to advise ministers directly on the support that the sector needs. The group’s first session will take place next week. Jack Powell, policy and communications manager, last week attended a meeting of Scotland’s EU referendum stakeholders in Edinburgh.

 
 


Amplifying the message

The Federation is convening a meeting of communications directors and officers from all sections of our membership - publicly-supported, commercial and creative education.

We thought that it might be a good chance to give a useful update on our work and introduce comms professionals who might not otherwise meet each other. Details are still to be confirmed.
 
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John was thrilled to attend the launch of Aarhus, 2017 European capital of culture, in Denmark last month. The Federation is also looking forward to returning to Hull for the UK’s own city of culture celebrations.
 
 
 
 
 
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The Federation welcomes the creative industries as a key government sector

We warmly welcome the inclusion of the creative industries as one of the five key sectors recognised in the government’s industrial strategy consultation announced today. This is a radical departure, secured only in the last few months, and is potentially the sign of a new, bold and imaginative understanding of business in the 21st century.

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The Creative Industries Federation was formed two years ago in order to put the creative industries at the heart of the government’s agenda. Through our intensive work across Whitehall, we have contended that the UK could be transformed by an industrial strategy with the creative industries as a strategic priority. 


Today’s announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May is a major step forward for a sector which has never been formally recognised in an industrial strategy before. Only six years ago at the start of the coalition government, the creative industries were not formally acknowledged when it announced nine sectors of industrial engagement.


Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, gave the clearest public indication of the shift in thinking in a speech at the Federation’s second anniversary celebration in London earlier this month (January 9) when he promised the creative industries would be “absolutely central” to the new industrial strategy.


Sir John Sorrell, Federation founder and chair, said: ​"I founded the Creative Industries Federation because for decades the sector had been under-represented in government. Recognition of the economic contribution and the potential for growth across the whole of the country is exactly what we wanted to achieve. But this is just the start and the Federation will continue to lead the way, not just across the UK, but internationally.”


John Kampfner, Federation chief executive, said: “When we first began talking about the creative industries being a crucial part of any future industrial strategy, no such strategy was on the table and many people believed such a move unlikely. But the strength of argument has won the day. We have come a long way in a short time.”


The Creative Industries Federation will shortly announce a series of meetings around the UK, echoing the work we carried out for our Brexit Report in the autumn, to prepare a full, UK-wide response to the industrial strategy Green Paper. Federation members will receive a more detailed analysis of the government plans tomorrow. 


Here we provide an initial response to what has been announced today:


There is no greater example of a world-leading sector than the UK’s creative industries and the government has recognised this. We deliver jobs and growth in fast-growing, exciting areas such as video games, animation and visual effects as well as those where we have a long history of brilliance, from television to performance and publishing to architecture. But there is even more potential with the joined-up approach the new strategy offers.


We are also a sector that is able to deliver across the whole of the country. The Northern Powerhouse, the cultural regeneration of towns and cities from Liverpool and Glasgow to Margate, and development of creative clusters in places from Shoreditch, London, to Brighton and Bristol, has already highlighted the way creative industries can transform local economies.  


The industrial strategy should build on this considerable record of success as well as insulate the sector from some of the immediate challenges of Brexit. Support for skills, infrastructure, funding, small businesses and expanding international trade could further accelerate growth in what is already the fastest-growing sector of the UK economy.


Developing skills - and encouraging the right mix of skills - is critical. We understand the government’s focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) but highlight that creative skills and the creative spark are needed not just by the creative industries but in everything from car manufacturing to engineering. 


There are existing skills shortages in jobs such as visual effects and animation - that is, jobs that young people would want to do, if they were qualified. Identifying new technical pathways into these positions could go some way to tackle skills shortages, but the creative industries will not benefit fully so long as children continue to be denied a broader creative education in schools. Improving the skills pipeline also offers huge potential to encourage social mobility and recruitment from a wider range of young people from different backgrounds. 


We highlight that innovation is not the sole preserve of science and tech and many new businesses are being established by science and technology coming together with the creative industries.


The proposed investment in both digital and physical infrastructure must consider and reflect the needs of the creative sector in every region of the UK, from superfast broadband and good transport links to affordable workspaces.


The mixed economy model, including public support for the arts alongside interventions such as the tax credits which have driven expansion in recent years, has been the bedrock of Britain’s creative success. 


It is vital that local authorities understand how public investment in culture can foster an environment where small and medium-sized creative businesses - which are the staple of the sector - can establish themselves and thrive. But the creative industries have been often overlooked by traditional investors so we trust the measures announced today will stimulate interest in the sector.   


New thinking on trade should include helping small and medium-sized businesses access international markets and showcasing them in trade missions. The long-term diplomatic aim should be to improve the protection of intellectual property rights in new territories even as we make short-term deals.


We are delighted that the five leading figures working on early sector deals for government include Sir Peter Bazalgette, outgoing chairman of Arts Council England, chairman of ITV and one of the founders of the Federation. We look forward to working with him on how the UK’s creative industries can help underpin future prosperity. 


FURTHER READING:


For what Business Secretary Greg Clark and Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said about the industrial strategy and the creative industries at the Federation’s Second Anniversary Celebration at the Design Museum, London, on January 9, click here.


Read the Federation’s submission to the BEIS select committee in October 2016 on why the creative industries should be in the industrial strategy.


Our last education paper, Social Mobility and the Skills Gap, from October 2016, highlights skills shortages and the threat to the skills pipeline of marginalising creative subjects in schools.


The Federation's Brexit Report provides an analysis of the vital issues for the sector during exit negotiations.


The government’s Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List lists jobs where the skills shortages are so acute that it will allow work permits.


Federation chief executive John Kampfner wrote about the importance of creative industries to the UK economy for The Observer on January 1 2017.


The Federation has announced our first international conference will take place on July 12. This is part of our ongoing work highlighting what is happening in the creative industries worldwide and identifying and sharing areas of best practice and innovation. More information here.

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The Federation's first international conference - save the date

 
 
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SAVE THE DATE
for our international conference 

The Prime Minister this week called for ‘a truly global Britain’, but we are delighted to announce that we were already on the case. Plans are underway for our first half-day conference this summer, offering insights into creative industries across the world as our international work takes on ever greater importance.

The conference will take place in central London on the afternoon of Wednesday July 12. We expect to present inspiring and provocative leaders and practitioners. It will be followed by our annual summer drinks reception, where guests can meet and mix with other members of our unique network. 

Please note: this will be a paid-for conference with a reduced rate for members. Details to follow. The summer drinks will be free to attend for members.

The conference follows the enormous success of our Second Anniversary Celebration at the Design Museum and is part of the packed schedule of events the Fed is planning for the year ahead. Watch out for new announcements in coming weeks.
 
 
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Brexit speech response

In case you missed it, the Federation responded to the Prime Minister's speech on Brexit at Lancaster House on Tuesday.

 

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The latest round of our members’ survey on the impacts of Brexit remains open. A link to the survey was sent to members on January 6, but please get in touch if you would like this re-sent.
 

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The Federation gives evidence to MPs on Brexit

Our chief executive John Kampfner is among expert witnesses to the House of Commons culture select committee on the impacts of Brexit on the creative industries on January 31.

 
 
 

Creative industries
and the business of IP

The Federation has joined forces with the Alliance for Intellectual Property to host an examination of the key issues in intellectual property rights.

There will be keynote speakers as well as two practical break-out sessions that will explain how you, as creators and owners of IP, can protect your rights and how to unlock the value in your IP to grow your business. This event takes place in Manchester on February 2.
 

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Fed members are invited to join the Crafts Council for a private view on February 2 for Collect 2017 - the international art fair for contemporary objects at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Collect runs until February 6. 
 
 
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Design Museum ticket deal
 
The Design Museum is offering Fed members a 20% discount on tickets for its exhibition, Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World.
 
 
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Events manager

An events manager to help create, develop and implement events for our regional membership network.
 

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Membership manager

A membership manager to develop innovative ways to grow membership and deliver benefit to our members.
 

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Press officer

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Members' news

The Design Council has launched a survey to gather opinion on what design-led innovation means as part of their work on the upcoming industrial strategy.
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Tate has launched Tate Exchange Associates, a collaboration with organisations across health, education and arts, including Central Saint Martins and Plymouth College of Art, in a programme of 100 events in Tate Modern’s Switch House.
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More info on Plymouth College of Art’s events  >

The Roundhouse, London, is bringing together young people to debate how to change the city at Young Progress Makers on January 25. Speakers and performers include London mayor Sadiq Khan and Good Chance Theatre.
More info here  >

Booking for the Cameron Mackintosh production of Half a Sixpence at the Noël Coward Theatre has been further extended to September 2.
More info here  >

A film version of the dance work Young Men, commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Sadler’s Wells from BalletBoyz, exploring young men’s experiences of war, can be seen at selected UK cinemas.
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Opera North has announced its programme for the 2017/2018 season, including performances as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and a new £10 ticket scheme.
More info here  >

The Association of British Orchestras’ annual conference runs January 25-27 in Bournemouth, focusing on the theme of disruption.
Tickets and timetable are available here  >

Louise Mitchell, chief executive of the Bristol Music Trust, has been honoured for special achievement in arts management at the 2017 International Society for the Performing Arts Awards in New York.

The newly-renamed Snape Maltings has posted a 60-second film of its activities over the past year with a song commissioned from Jonathan Dove as the soundtrack.
Watch it here  >

Produce UK has been named Agency of the Year at the Drum’s annual UK Event Awards.
A full list of the winners can be found here  >

Julie’s Bicycle has announced new events in Birmingham and London as well as a training course on creative climate leadership.
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Guildhall School of Music and Drama has launched a new course in performance teaching, designed to support professional musicians, actors, theatre technicians and dancers who teach as part of their practice.
More info here  >

The National Campaign for the Arts and What Next? have launched the Heart for the Arts Awards, rewarding councils, councillors and council officers for outstanding work on arts and culture.
More info here  >

The Culture Diary, the free online calendar of UK culture featuring updates from more than 4,000 organisations, has received a major redesign.
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Learning About Culture, the pilot scheme to assess arts education in schools announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, is calling for proposals for creative projects to include.
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The Federation responds to the Prime Minister's speech on Brexit

The Prime Minister has today laid out her plans for the next two years with useful clarity. As a sector that has always been international in outlook, we welcome the vision of a global Britain.

But we believe that there are issues that will need to be addressed in the forthcoming negotiations if the UK’s arts and creative industries are to continue to fulfil their potential.

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The creative industries are the fastest growing sector of the UK economy with the capacity to deliver further jobs and growth and a major component in the “soft power” which the Prime Minister quite rightly highlighted with pride. It is a sector that should be mentioned as frequently and readily as science and tech and we will be working hard to make sure it is given the priority it warrants in the negotiations ahead.

John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said: “For nearly a decade, the creative industries have been the fastest-growing sector of the UK economy, contributing to all aspects of UK politics, diplomacy and regional development and billions to the economy. 

“Given the potential for jobs and growth, it is essential that the requirements of this most dynamic of sectors is central to the negotiations in the difficult two years ahead.”

The Federation welcomes the Prime Minister’s recognition of the urgent need for a reciprocal arrangement with the EU on its nationals working in the UK and those British citizens currently employed in the EU. 

As in science and tech, movement of talent in the creative industries has been a critical component in the expansion and success of the sector and we have benefited enormously from the skills and insight EU workers have brought.

However, the willingness to continue to welcome the “brightest and best” begs the question as to how that will be interpreted in future as the UK updates its outdated immigration system. Such judgements can be difficult to determine not least because, despite many well-paid workers in the creative sector, talent is not always commensurate with salary.

There are also some specific skills gaps which will need to be recognised and addressed, including the importance of freelances. 

We understand the logic of the decision of a Government that prioritises controlling borders above all else to leave the single market. But it does make a sector-by-sector approach to trade particularly critical. The trade negotiations with the EU will need to include consideration of the digital single market, free flow of data and issues of tariff and non-tariff barriers if the creative industries are to continue to prosper. 

While the creative sector is already looking to embrace new markets, 42 per cent of current creative service exports go to the EU - the largest proportion of any of the UK’s trading partners in 2014 - and 57 per cent to Europe and these will remain important while the new deals are struck. Any future trade agreements for our sector will have to take into account the importance of effective intellectual property rights protection and enforcement if we are to reap the financial benefits.

There are some European research and cultural programmes that have been identified as bringing major benefit to the UK so we would welcome a discussion on paying to be able to continue to participate in some of them.

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Vacancy: Events Manager

Overview of Role:

The UK Events Manager will work closely with the Head of Events, Head of Membership and our Policy, Research and Communications Team to create, develop and implement events for our regional membership network across the UK.  Events will include policy briefings and roundtables, panel discussions and receptions amongst others and will take place around the UK.  Part of the role will also be to support the events team with the other programmes including our annual anniversary celebration and other large high profile events.
 
You will be responsible for managing all pre and post event logistics for approximately 20 events held across the UK in the year.  This will include speaker liaison, venue finding, supplier negotiation & management, on-site event management, delegate registration, design & production of event materials in print and online, event marketing and budget management.  There will also be a requirement to travel with some overnight stays.
 
You will report to the Head of Events, and as well as working alongside other members of the team in membership and policy, research and communications.  This is an exciting opportunity to join an exceptionally busy and growing events team and deliver genuinely innovative programmes for the arts and creative industries and support our regional network.

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Key Deliverables:

  • Demonstrate ownership, confidence and commitment to delivering a strong events engagement programme for our regional membership network
  • Deliver excellent logistics to ensure a smooth running events programme
  • Use negotiation skills and creativity to keep event costs to a minimum
  • Help develop other event ideas and programmes with the Head of Events as part of the wider programme of events
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with Federation members
  • Use the events to attract new members into the regional network
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with event suppliers

 

Required Experience, Knowledge and Skills:

  • Minimum of 2 years event management experience
  • Excellent communicator (verbal and written)
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Confident in dealing with individuals at all levels
  • Strong administration skills
  • Enjoy being part of a team as well as being able to work alone and take responsibility
  • Strong interest in the arts and creative industries 


 

Personal Qualities:

  • Hard-working, flexible and comfortable working in a fast paced and demanding environment
  • Confident and creative in suggesting new event ideas and ways of working
  • Reliable with an ability to adapt to constantly developing circumstances
  • Hands on approach and willingness to help out other members of the team when required

 

Salary:

Up to £30,000 based on experience.  This role is full-time, with a five-day week based in a central London office, but with a requirement to travel within the UK with some overnight stays.

 

Timetable:

The deadline for applications is 22 January. Applicants will be required to submit a CV and a covering letter of between 400 and 800 words. This should address why the applicant is best suited for the position.
 
Interviews will take place before the end of February.  Applicants should be in a position to take up the role by the end of March at the latest.
 
All applications and any queries should be addressed directly to the Head of Events, Katie Banham, katie@creativeindustriesfederation.com.

Date issued: 5 January 2017

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Vacancy: Membership Manager

Overview of Role:

The Membership Manager will work closely with the Head of Membership, Head of Development and the rest of the Federation’s team to develop innovative ways to grow membership and deliver benefit to our members. We are a new organisation with a very broad remit and this role has tremendous potential for the right candidate to shine and truly develop their career. We are looking for someone with a strong interest in the creative industries who wants to be part of the core team establishing this unique and vitally important membership organisation. At all times you will need to ensure that members have the best possible experience in their dealings with the Federation. We are looking for a great communicator, a natural salesperson and with prior experience of account management or working in a membership organisation. In addition you will be an organised and creative problem-solver with excellent written and verbal communication skills, plus some knowledge of digital systems and getting the most out of a CRM system.

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Key Deliverables:

  • Work with the team to grow the membership base of the Federation - in London and in all the nations and regions
  • Provide excellent service and support to all our existing and potential new members to maximise membership acquisition and retention
  • Work closely with the Head of Membership and Head of Development to implement new processes, develop the membership offer and grow membership
  • Work closely with the membership team and Director of Communications on developing a range of member communications and publicity materials
  • Manage multi-channel customer communication routes (multiple email inboxes, website contact forms, telephone calls etc.) ensuring that all enquiries are answered in a friendly and professional manner
  • Optimise the membership and CRM systems to best serve the business and our members
  • Log and monitor enquiry trends to help identify any potential resource/service issues that may require attention
  • Maintain an expert working knowledge of Federation resources, website and CRM functionality in order to provide speedy first-class support and guidance to our members
  • Maintain an excellent knowledge of membership pricing, discounts and offers and be able to articulate the benefits of membership in line with current strategy
  • Deputise for Head of Membership when they are on leave or absent

 

Required Skills, Experience and Knowledge:

  • Excellent people skills
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Experience of working in a membership or account management role
  • Understanding of Salesforce or other CRM/customer database systems

 

Personal Qualities:

  • Knowledgeable – a good knowledge and keen interest in the creative industries, public arts and cultural sectors
  • Skilled communicator – the ability to communicate effectively and to forge strong relationships with all levels of staff and stakeholders, both internal and external
  • Positive, hardworking and enthusiastic – outgoing, confident and keen to contribute to a productive team environment at a very fast and demanding pace
  • Skilled problem solver – finding the way to get things done and always looking for ways to improve
  • Reliable – with an ability to adapt to constantly developing circumstances and challenges and able to prioritise effectively
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and collaboratively as part of a team

 

Salary:
£25,000 - £28,000 based on experience. This role is full-time, with a five-day week, based in a central London office.

 

Timetable:
The deadline for applications is 6pm on January 30.

Applicants will be required to submit a CV and a covering letter of between 400 and 800 words addressing why you would like this post and why you are best suited for it.

Interviews will take place on the week commencing February 6.

It is hoped that applicants should be in a position to take up the role in March.

All applications and any queries should be addressed directly to Andrew Major, Head of Membership, andrew@creativeindustriesfederation.com.

Date issued: January 5, 2017

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Vacancy: Press Officer

Overview of Role:

You will work closely with the Director of Communications and Strategy, the Digital Content and Social Media Officer and other members of the team to devise and deliver the key messages of the Creative Industries Federation to members, government and the wider public.

Working as a confident, self-motivated and dedicated media professional, you will be expected to contribute to and sometimes lead on a range of communication requirements, ranging from writing and editing members’ newsletters, press releases and Government submissions as well as the media strategies to support the Federation’s policy work. You will be responsible for proactive and reactive media relations contact. It would be a strong advantage to have a working knowledge of the creative sector.

You will report to the Director of Communications and Strategy, and deputise for her when she is away, but will be expected to be involved in all areas of the Federation’s work. 

This is an outstanding opportunity to work within a high-profile, busy and growing organisation, working with and for the most exciting and significant businesses and organisations in the creative sector today.

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Key Deliverables:

  • Reinforce and build the Federation’s public profile and standing
  • Increase media coverage
  • Research, write and distribute press releases and members’ newsletters
  • Edit documents including Government submissions and the annual report
  • Build media contacts and maintain and update media contacts database
  • Respond to media inquiries and initiate Federation responses to the news agenda
  • Work with the digital content and social media officer to amplify messaging
  • Support the director of communications and strategy in all areas and deputise for her when she is away.

 

Required Skills, Experience and Knowledge:

  • Demonstrable experience in media relations, preferably within a press office
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Track record of planning and delivering media campaigns
  • Strong network of print and broadcasting contacts across all the areas of Federation work
  • Capacity to respond quickly and generate coverage and new ideas at a rapid pace.

 

Personal Qualities:

  • Hard-working, flexible and comfortable working in a fast-paced and demanding environment
  • Confident in suggesting new ideas and ways of working
  • Reliable with an ability to adapt to constantly developing circumstances
  • Enjoy being part of a team as well as being able to work alone
  • Hands-on approach and willingness to help out other team members when required.

 

Salary:
Up to £30,000 based on experience. This role is full-time, with a five-day week based in a central London office, but with a requirement for some evening work and travel within the UK.

 

Timetable:
The deadline for applications is January 22. Applicants are required to submit a CV and covering letter of between 400 and 800 words addressing how you would contribute to the communications operation and broader aims of the Creative Industries Federation.

Interviews are expected to take place from January 29.

All applications and any queries should be addressed directly to Louise Jury, Director of Communications and Strategy, on louise@creativeindustriesfederation.com clearly marked "Press Officer".

Date issued: January 5, 2017

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Closing remarks - Sir John Sorrell on creative education

Federation founder and chair sir John Sorrell at the Second Anniversary Celebration at the Design Museum, west London
 
“I want to tell you that although I’m standing down as chair, I’m going to continue fighting for the cause of creativity and for our sector. Especially, and this is really important, for a rounded education policy that nurtures creativity. This is the Achilles heel of the creative industries in this country at the moment. It is the danger in the future.

“I’m also a UK business ambassador and my job is to big up Britain and Britain’s creative industries and that’s what I did. And everywhere I go I make speeches and I talk about our great sector. And people say, ‘Yeah we know all that, but we want  you to tell us how you did it. How did Britain become the best in the world in this thing? Because 20 years ago you weren’t. What on earth has happened? How have you done it?’ 

“And my answer is very, very simple. I say the first thing you’ve got to do is start with an 180-year-old creative education system. 2017 is the 180th anniversary of the creation of the Government School of Design in Somerset House. That is the start of everything to do with design and design and technology - if you like, the heart of creativity 180 years ago.

“For a very long time now, we have enjoyed creative education in all sorts of ways - design, music, art. And it’s disappearing. We all know that and everyone here is worried about it. 

“In the past, the sector struggled to be seen as a whole and to show itself as absolutely indispensable to this country. Not just economically but culturally and socially and that’s why I started trying to make this thing happen nearly a decade ago: I’ve only been chair for two years but I’ve been working on this for 10. The fact is no other country has an organisation like this. They will have soon though. 

"Since I started the London Design Festival in 2003, 110 cities have copied it. People move very very fast to copy things that are good. So we’ve got to make the most of this great position we are in at the moment. We can’t afford to make any mistakes and you, the members, are going to be central to this because no one in the world has got this amazing group of people who are members of the Fed. No one’s got a membership organisation like it and that, I believe, is our absolute complete uniqueness - our uniqueness which will see us through some tough times ahead."

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New call for Brexit evidence

Our new survey on the opportunities and challenges presented by the move to leave the EU is going out to Federation members today.

As the Prime Minister prepares to speak on Brexit in advance of Article 50 being triggered, we want to make sure we have all relevant information from members for our ongoing engagement across eight government departments.

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Members - tell us your Brexit latest
 
 
 
 
Our new survey on the opportunities and challenges presented by the move to leave the EU is going out to Federation members today.

As the Prime Minister prepares to speak on Brexit in advance of Article 50 being triggered, we want to make sure we have all relevant information from members for our ongoing engagement across eight government departments.

We need to establish what evidence has emerged on issues such as funding decisions, staff recruitment, sponsorship deals and new market contacts since we published our well-received first-look Brexit Report in October. 

Please complete the new survey. This work will continue with members around the UK throughout 2017. 

Note: If you are not already a member but would like to be involved, please contact Andrew Major, Head of Membership, on andrew@creativeindustriesfederation.com for details.
 
 
 
 
 
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Celebrating the success of the creative industries
 
Ticket sales are now closed for what promises to be a dazzling Second Anniversary Celebration on Monday.

We look forward to seeing many hundreds of you at the new Design Museum in west London for an evening of performances and politics. Invitations have now been sent by post so please remember to bring yours for entry on the night.

If you have any last-minute inquiries, please contact 
rsvp@creativeindustriesfederation.com as soon as possible.

And for those unable to join us for the occasion, we look forward to engaging with you on our many policy initiatives and seeing you at our other events this year.
 
 
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Creative industries and the business of IP
 
For our next event, the Federation has joined forces with the Alliance for Intellectual Property to host an examination of the key issues in intellectual property rights.

There will be keynote speakers as well as two practical break-out sessions that will explain how you as creators and owners of IP can protect your rights and how to unlock the value in your IP to grow your business.

This event in Manchester is complimentary and open to all. However, Federation members will be given priority when reserving spaces.
 
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Right images 3.30pm arrival and registration, 6.15pm finish, with a drinks reception until 7.30pm
 
Right images Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Benzie Building, Boundary St W, Manchester, M15 6BR
 
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Work for the Federation

The Federation is recruiting three new members of staff to join our growing team. Do you have the skills, the flair and the drive to join us? We need:
 
 
 
 
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An Events Manager to help create, develop and implement events for our regional membership network.
 
 
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A Membership Manager to develop innovative ways to grow membership and deliver benefit to our members.
 
 
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A Press Officer to help devise and deliver our key messages to members, government and the wider public.
 
 
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Speeches at the Fed’s Second Anniversary Celebration

The speeches below have been slightly abridged.

 

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Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport:

"It is an incredible privilege to be asked to join you on the second anniversary of the Creative Industries Federation. Our sectors are sectors that I think demonstrate the best about Britain and the Federation has helped me so much in the nearly six months I’ve been doing the job to really understand the intricacies of the creative industries, to understand the unique nature of our industries and to really sell those industries both at home and overseas.
 
"I think it’s worth me making the point about how much our industries contribute to the UK economy. £87.4bn GVA, 1.9 million jobs, £19.8bn pounds export of services and a quarter of a million businesses. These are industries that touch everybody’s life, every day - and I want to thank you for all you do.
 
"I think our industries are the industries that really do reflect what is great about Great Britain and nowhere was that more true than in the recent delegation I led to China. John [Kampfner] was on that trip. It was the largest delegation of creative industries to accompany a minister overseas. And I think, I know, how amazed our hosts were by the strength and depth of our industries and that there were so many people who were able to come to China to represent those industries and really start that close collaboration and working together.
 
"Can I also thank you as a Federation for your advocacy in arts in education. I think it’s only because of the work you did, the support from this sector, that history of art A-level has been saved for the nation. I think that’s a fantastic thing. I now want to make sure that we get lots and lots of young people studying that A-level. And it was great in the Autumn Statement where we had the funding for pilots to examine the impact of arts in education on attainment for the most disadvantaged pupils, because if this is a country that works for everyone that means we need to make sure that everyone in the country has the ability to share in the arts.
 
"Greg Clark, my colleague, is going to talk to you a bit more about industrial strategy but I just wanted to reassure you that the creative industries are and will be at the heart of this government’s work on industrial strategy. This is one of the major growth areas in the country. It is our soft power. 

"I want to reassure you that I, Greg, the Prime Minister and others, do understand just how important our industries are to the UK economy and we are going to do everything we can to give you the tools you need to continue with the amazing success you have demonstrated today and I know will continue to work on in the future. So I predict great things for you, and this government is right behind you."  
 


Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

"A night after the Golden Globes opened the awards season, it is a particular pleasure to recognise the winners of Britain’s most successful industry. In the last few years, you   have been the fastest growing sector in the economy, earning nearly £90bn in 2015, more even than our successfully spectacular automotive sector. This industry leads the way. Two million people employed in all parts of the UK, a quarter of a million businesses - you make Britain what we are but you also tell the world what Britain can do.

"Now there was a time of course when the arts were thought to be a different world from industry and to have the two coming together would have been thought to be an unusual thing, as if anything to do with leisure wasn’t real business. What complete nonsense that was. Try being in the music industry and saying that when, for the second year running, we have in Adele the world’s best selling album artist; in games, when Grand Theft Auto 5 grossed billion in three days - the fastest selling product ever marketed in the world; the five highest-grossing film franchises of all time made in the United Kingdom. British writing, British directing, British acting talent going into them and driving that forward but of course it goes wider than that.

"When in 2011 the Harry Potter films won Bafta’s outstanding British contribution to cinema, the committee said the films not only created stars in front of the camera but highlighted the expertise within the British craft and technical industries, supporting a vast array of jobs throughout  production. The whole industry contributes at every level. So a huge thanks to everyone in this industry.

"We’re developing an industrial strategy for the UK and any good strategy of course has to build on its strengths. You couldn’t fail to have the creative industries as absolutely foundational to that industrial strategy. You will see that you have a big part to play.

"And, of course, the contribution of the creative industries goes beyond jobs and exports and earnings, important though they are. In my view they, you, are essential to our national well-being. We stand here in the middle of London in this magnificent setting not far from Albertopolis that was conceived so many years ago by Prince Albert to very much mine the complementarity between science, between industry and the arts...Everything there together so that the cross fertilisation between science and industry could be there from the outset. That has contributed to Britain, and to London in particular, being one of the most successful cities in the world.

"In my view it is impossible to separate London’s economic success from its cultural success, from theatre to architecture, from music to fashion, from design to dance. People choose to live and work and to flock to London because it’s a hotbed of innovation and excitement and it’s a place where quality of life is prized and it’s a wonderful place to be.

"It’s true of other cities, too. Cities like Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Bristol all owe much of their economic revival to their continuing cultural assets. And it’s thrilling to see Hull celebrating not only its cultural heritage but the vibrancy and creativity of that wonderful city.     

"In the past I’ve negotiated city deals with some of these great cities across the country, giving more power and more resources to them so that they could pursue their own ambitions. I want our industrial strategy to take that same spirit and have a recognition of how the government can work with the industries, all of them represented here, to make sure that we have all the conditions in place to extend our notable success; to help our stars to shine even brighter in the future but also to ensure sure that Britain is more than ever the place where innovation, where creative original talents and business, will choose to be based. That is what our industrial strategy will be aimed at and you will be absolutely central to that."
 

 

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs in the Scottish Government:

"In Scotland we are about to get our first purpose-built museum of design, the V&A Museum of Design, opening in Dundee in 2018. It will be the first V&A outside London. And I think it demonstrates how Scotland is a country that values and invests in its creative industries.

"I’ve announced that the Scottish Government will be appointing a creative industries advisory board - the first to have direct contact with Scottish ministers. We will look forward to 2017, a year where we will drive forward new developments in film and broadcasting. In particular, the BBC will be expected to work strategically to provide quality output and to contribute more actively to our creative industries.

"Of course, Brexit will dominate strategically in 2017 and the Scottish Government is exploring all options. We can’t have a hard Brexit. We want to keep the benefits that we have in our relationship for the EU particularly reported to cultural industries. At the end of December, we put forward proposals that are not just good for Scotland, but that can provide political leadership for the United Kingdom, on how we can engage in a new relationship with Europe. We are the first UK government that put forward plans and we expect a positive response. 

"Culture is about people. And creativity is about the ingenuity of humankind. Our firm and consistent view is that we must retain complete membership of the single market in all its aspects and freedom of movement of people is critical. Access to the ideas, the talent, the experiences and the creative exchanges which the freedom of movement provides in the single market will be essential to the flourishing and thriving of our industries.

"We can talk about trade and we can talk about economic value. Our creative industries in Scotland employ more people than oil and gas and provide more GVA than life sciences, but they are rooted in the creativity of people.

"So let’s make sure that whatever happens, the embracing of inclusivity and the encouragement of exchange of people’s ideas on which our creative industries and our culture have been based can flourish.

"I look forward to working with the Creative Industries Federation and all the bright thinkers and expressive artists that we have across these islands to make sure that when we build our future, we shape it ourselves rather than having it shaped for us." 

 


Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London:

"I know many of you are concerned about Brexit. It’s not hard to understand why so many in the creative industries wanted us to remain in the EU and we can all understand the anxieties post-Brexit. Our creative industries are hugely reliant on international talent. Almost half of your exports go to the EU. It’s unsurprising that retaining access to the single market is a priority for you. 

"So I pledge today, I’ll stand with you every step of the way. I’ll work to ensure your concerns are addressed by our government and your interests defended during the upcoming Brexit negotiations. And to that end I’m grateful that Sir John Sorrell has agreed to serve on my Brexit expert advisory panel as a representative of the arts and creative industries.
 
"What's clear to me as the proud mayor of the greatest city in the world is that we can’t be complacent or take the creative industries for granted because talented, creative, innovative people are the key to our continued success. You don’t need me to tell you that you are currently the UK’s fastest growing sector, contributing £35bn a year in London alone.
 
"But not only do you boost the economy, you also benefit our society. Culture is woven into the DNA of our city. It’s the glue that binds us together. It brings so much joy and adds value to the lives of millions. It has the power to inspire our young people, develop skills and transform lives and on top of this it enhances our standing in the world, our cultural export, articulating our values and identity as an outward looking, welcoming nation.
 
"Indeed, you are some of our finest ambassadors on the international stage. Just look at how the world mourned the recent loss of two great Londoners, David Bowie and George Michael, who had such a profound effect on global culture. 
 
"And, of course, our creative industries also help to show that London is open. London is open to business, ideas and people. For all these reasons and more, I’ll make culture and the arts one of my top priorities as the mayor of London. 

"Like many of you, I’m passionate about expanding access to culture. From the exceptionally gifted Star Wars actors, John Boyega and Riz Ahmed, to the Turner Prize-winning artist Helen Martin, we have so much up-and-coming talent who’ve been inspired by others in the industry - from one of the world’s greatest authors JK Rowling and one of it’s most accomplished singers Adele, to the legendary fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and the visionary architect behind the Smithsonian’s new museum in Washington DC, Sir David Adjaye. And, of course, our latest batch of amazing Golden Globe winners: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. 
 
"There are so many Brits and Londoners ensuring our country punches above its weight culturally right now. And while Brexit may be looming large on the horizon, I promise I’ll do anything I can to ensure London’s creative industries continue to flourish so that today’s talented youngsters can follow their dreams, fulfil their potential and one day stand on the shoulders of our cultural and creative giants." 

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Thank you for a sensational celebration

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We would like to thank the many hundreds of Federation members who joined us on the spectacular occasion of our second anniversary.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We would like to thank the many hundreds of Federation members who joined us on the spectacular occasion of our second anniversary.

Monday night's sell-out celebration saw significant speeches from four key political figures for our sector - Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs in the Scottish Government, and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. 

There were also great performances and other culture to enjoy, in the impressive setting of the new Design Museum in west London. More details follow.

We also thank our sponsors, Google, Saxton Bampfylde and The Hospital Club, our caterers Parabola, and Visions Group, for production/sound.

It was great to see representatives of all the sectors and from multinationals to startups. Guests came from Edinburgh and Plymouth, Cardiff and Manchester and many places in between to celebrate the success of the UK’s creative community. To those unable to join us, we look forward to engaging with you on other occasions this year.

Best wishes,

John Kampfner and Sir John Sorrell
Chief executive and Chair, Creative Industries Federation
 
 
 
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In their keynotes, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley and Business Secretary Greg Clark said the government’s new industrial strategy would build on the country’s strengths so the creative industries would be central. Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop argued for freedom of movement of people, while London Mayor Sadiq Khan vowed to back the sector in post-Brexit Britain.
 
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Guests painted in VR using Google's Tilt Brush, while emerging talent - Gnoss, from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, and saxophonist Caitlin Laing from Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music - welcomed arrivals in the atrium. Dancers Travis Clausen-Knight, Fukiko Takase and James Pett from Company Wayne McGregor performed an extract from its work Atomos while two of the museum’s exhibitions were also open.
 
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Closing remarks from Sir John Sorrell

Sir John Sorrell, the founder of the Creative Industries Federation who will stand down as chair this year, gave an impassioned plea for arts education. He was presented with gifts by several members of the Federation board including Anna Jones, chief executive of Hearst Magazines UK, Nigel Carrington, vice-chancellor, University of the Arts London, and Melanie Eusebe, co-founder of the Black British Business Awards (pictured below).
 
 
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Celebration speakers announced

Alongside an amazing dance performance and other acts, we are thrilled to announce a great line-up of speakers for our Second Anniversary Celebration this coming Monday, January 9, at the Design Museum in London.

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Alongside an amazing dance performance and other acts, we are thrilled to announce a great line-up of speakers for our Second Anniversary Celebration this coming Monday, January 9, at the Design Museum in London.

To deliver important addresses, we are delighted that we have not one, but two cabinet ministers - Karen Bradley, Culture Secretary, and Greg Clark, Business Secretary - as well as London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Fiona Hyslop, Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Culture.

Our speakers will join hundreds of guests from all political parties, all corners of the UK and every creative discipline and business, as well as cultural education, as we mark the start of our third year as the membership body for the entire sector.

Details of the performers on the night can be found below.
 
 
 
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Three dancers - Travis Clausen-Knight, Fukiko Takase and James Pett - from Company Wayne McGregor will perform an extract from Atomos, which has been described as a beautiful and mysterious exploration of atoms and form.
 
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Gnoss
 
Gnoss is the award-winning team of Graham Rorie and Aidan Moodie who are currently studying traditional music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Using fiddle, guitar, mandolin and voice, they deliver energetic folk that saw them win a Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and reach the semi-finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards. They have also supported acts including Seth Lakeman.
 
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Caitlin Laing
 
Caitlin Laing is a Manchester-born saxophonist who performs in a mix of styles and with a wide variety of ensembles.

Her recent appearances include a string of festivals with the Manchester-based Afrobeat band Agbeko as well as performances with the Big Band of the Royal Northern College of Music where she is in her second year. She appears by kind permission of the RNCM.
 
 
 
 
 
Those of you who have already bought a ticket will receive this week the invitation which you will need for entry. For any inquiries on your booking status, please contact the events team at rsvp@creativeindustriesfederation.com.

We would like to thank our celebration sponsors: Google, Parabola Bar Cafe Restaurant, Saxton Bampfylde, The Hospital Club, Visions.
 
 
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December 2016

Starting the New Year in Style - Celebration Acts Announced

As promised, here is more information about our Second Anniversary Celebration on January 9.

It is set to be one of the most exciting and high-profile gatherings of the creative industries in years - bigger even than our launch or our first birthday party.

Inside the amazing new Design Museum, we can today announce you will see the internationally-renowned company of Wayne McGregor perform top-class contemporary dance. We will showcase up-and-coming talent from across the UK with saxophonist Caitlin Laing from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Gnoss, an Orcadian folk duo currently studying at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow. Guests will also be able to view two of the museum’s current exhibitions. Read on for details.

We will shortly announce our speakers from government and beyond.

We have only a small number of tickets left. We recommend you book now.

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Federation Second Anniversary Celebration
Date: January 9, 2017
Time: 6:45-9:45pm
Venue: Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG
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with Company Wayne McGregor
Travis Clausen-Knight and Fukiko Takase in Atamos                                            Picture credit: Ravi Deprees

Three dancers - Travis Clausen-Knight, Fukiko Takase and James Pett - from Company Wayne McGregor will perform an extract from Atomos, which has been described as a beautiful and mysterious exploration of atoms and form.

McGregor, whose recent work includes movement for the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, received rapturous reviews for Atomos when the full-length work received its premiere in 2013. In addition to being artistic director of his own company, he is also resident choreographer at The Royal Ballet and creates new works for other dance companies worldwide.

Ones to Watch - The Up-and-Coming Talent to Catch Now

Gnoss is the award-winning team of Graham Rorie and Aidan Moodie who are currently studying traditional music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

Using fiddle, guitar, mandolin and voice, they deliver energetic folk that saw them win a Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and reach the semi-finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards. They have also supported acts including Seth Lakeman.

Caitlin Laing is a Manchester-born saxophonist who performs in a mix of styles and with a wide variety of ensembles.

Her recent appearances include a string of festivals with the Manchester-based Afrobeat band Agbeko as well as performances with the Big Band of the Royal Northern College of Music where she is in her second year. She appears by kind permission of the RNCM.

Both the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the RCNM are among the art, music and drama colleges and conservatoires who are Federation members.
 
Our Party Venue by Design

The new Design Museum has tripled in size by moving to Kensington and giving new life to the grade II* listed former Commonwealth Institute building.

Guests at the Second Anniversary Celebration will be able to enjoy its splendid interiors and will also have the opportunity to view the permanent exhibition, Designer Maker User, as well as Fear and Love - Reactions to a Complex World, a show featuring a sentient robot and fashion that detects your emotions.


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November 2016

Further dates for your diary

Following on from the host of winter events announced last week, we are delighted to bring you a number of new dates for your diary - as well as a few updates.

Please read on for details of :

- Sir Peter Bazalgette on the business of the arts - available on livestream
- Our panel talk with The Bookseller on creative industries, publishing and the digital revolution
- The business of intellectual property
- New speakers at our Belfast event

 

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Tomorrow - Bazalgette on the Business of the Arts - Livestream
 

 

Tomorrow sees Arts Council England Chair Sir Peter Bazalgette make a keynote on the business of the arts at Bloomberg. Bazalgette will share his insights on commerce, creativity and how to make a success of artistic enterprises.

Date: Friday, November 11, 2016
Time: 10.30am arrival, 11am-12pm
Venue: Bloomberg, 39-45 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1PQ

Those members unable to attend the event will be able to follow proceedings via a livestream. To request the link for this, please click the button below.

 

 

Request the livestream link here

Any members who would like to request a place at the event should contact our events team.

Request a place here

 

 
Digital Publishing across the Creative Industries
 

 

The Federation is curating a panel at FutureBook, The Bookseller's annual conference on digital publishing. 'Waving not drowning: digital lessons from across the media' will see leaders from across the creative industries discuss how the digital revolution has transformed their work and how it can help to reach brand new audiences. Speakers include:

- John Kampfner, chief executive, Creative Industries Federation (chair)
- Chris Auty, head of producing, National Film and Television School
- Martin Haines, COO, Kudos
- Emma Southworth, senior producer, Royal Ballet Studio Programme at the Royal Opera House

Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
Time: 11am - 12pm
Venue: 155 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YX

 

 

Click here for a full programme, and to book your place

 

 
The Business of Intellectual Property
 

 

The Federation and the Alliance for Intellectual Property are convening a practical discussion on intellectual property. It will help to demystify IP, address the main policy issues facing the creative industries and update on the challenges and opportunities Brexit poses for our sector. Speakers include:

- Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual property at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
- William Bush, Executive Director, Premier League and Chair, Alliance for Intellectual Property
- Eddy Leviten, Director General, Alliance for Intellectual Property
- Marianne Grant, Senior Vice President, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
- Mishcon de Reya - speaker to be confirmed

This session will include two practical breakout sessions on how to protect your rights as a creator or owner of IP, and how to make the most of it to grow your business.

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: 4pm arrival, 4.30pm - 6.15pm, drinks reception until 7.30pm
Venue: TBA, Central Manchester

This event is complimentary and open to all. Federation members will be given priority access.

 

 

Register to attend here

 

 

 
The Federation in Northern Ireland - New Speaker Announced
 

 

Games development and publishing entrepreneur Andy Payne has joined the lineup for the Federation's discussion on Northern Ireland's creative scene. Other speakers include:

- Donal Durkin, Director of Development, Belfast City Council
- Kathryn Thomson, Chief Executive, National Museums Northern Ireland
- Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen

Guests will be invited to join the conversation on the future of the creative industries and will have the chance to meet over drinks.

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time: 6.00 - 8.30pm
Venue: The MAC, 10 Exchange St, Belfast BT1 2LS

As our first major event in Northern Ireland, this will be free and open to prospective members from across the arts, creative industries and cultural education as well as members.

This event is supported by Barclays.

 

 

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Our amazing winter events

In the midst of our intense policy work, not least with the launch of our Brexit report last week, the Federation is busy bringing you a first-class programme of events. See below for a round-up of our schedule for the next three months, culminating in our huge second anniversary celebration at the new Design Museum in Kensington, London.

Please read on for details of :

- Sir Peter Bazalgette on the business of the arts
- The launch of our work in Northern Ireland 
- Conversation, cocktails and canapés with Grayson Perry
- Our event with The Bookseller on creative industries, publishing and the digital revolution
- The Federation's Brexit report, available now

- Members' news and what we've done and seen.

 

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Artistic Business with Sir Peter Bazalgette
 

 

Arts Council England Chair Sir Peter Bazalgette will talk about the business of the arts, sharing his insights on commerce, creativity and how to make a success of artistic enterprises. 

Date: Friday, November 11, 2016
Time: 10.30am arrival, 11am-12pm
Venue: Bloomberg, 39-45 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1PQ

This event is for members only.

 

 

 

Members: Register to Attend Here

 

 
The Fed Heads to Northern Ireland
 

 

Northern Ireland is home to a burgeoning creative economy. This event invites guests to share their thoughts on what lies ahead for its creative scene, as well as to hear from an expert panel, including: 

- Donal Durkin, Director of Development, Belfast City Council
- Kathryn Thomson, Chief Executive, National Museums Northern Ireland
- Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen

Guests will also have the chance to meet and mix over drinks. 

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time: 6.00-8.30pm
Venue: The MAC, 10 Exchange St, Belfast BT1 2LS

As our first major event in Northern Ireland, this will be free and open to prospective members from across the arts, creative industries and cultural education as well as members.

This event is supported by Barclays. 

 

 

 

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Conversation and cocktails with Grayson Perry
 

 

Turner Prize-winner Grayson Perry will launch our Unique Conversation series, which gives members the chance to hear from inspirational speakers and network over drinks. 

Perry will discuss what it means to be creative, and how we learn to go about it. Conversation will draw on his contribution to the Creative Stance - a new book featuring pieces from top artists, designers and performers on the role of art and design schools, co-published by Common Editions and UAL. 

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Time: 6.30 arrival for 7.00pm.
Venue: Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA

This event is for members only.

 

 

 

Members: Register to Attend Here

 

 

 
Party Tickets on Sale Now
 

 

Following on from last year’s 600-person spectacular at Television Centre, we’re celebrating our second birthday in January with a dazzling party at the new Design Museum in Kensington.  

Member tickets are on sale now at £40+VAT and demand is already high. We are also releasing a limited number of tickets for non-members, priced at £150+VAT. 

To bag your member tickets, or to register interest in a non-member place, please RSVP below. Those non-members who have already registered their interest will be emailed further details today. 

Date: January 9, 2017
Time: 6:45-9:45pm
Venue: Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

 

RSVP here

 

 

 

 
Our Brexit Report is Available Now
 

 

Last week saw the launch of our Brexit Report - our analysis of the vital issues for the Government as it negotiates leaving the EU.

The response so far has been incredible, with extensive press coverage, including on the BBC and across print media.

The report, available here, marks the start of a long-term focus on Brexit for the Federation and identifies issues on which further evidence and information is required. Our work, including that across eight government departments, will now intensify as we aim to secure the best possible outcome for the sector during exit negotiations.

As outlined at a meeting of the Federation’s UK advisory council yesterday, other upcoming policy work will include a look at the role of freelances and the next of our ongoing reports on international trends. Recent reports on industrial strategy and social mobility and the skills gap can also be found on our website, here

 

 

 
The Fed is Hiring
 

 

With demand for the Federation greater than ever, we’re looking to bolster our team with committed, hard-working and talented staff. 

- A Deputy Head of Policy and Public Affairs, to deliver the Fed's policy aims and further strengthen relations across all government departments

- A Press Officer, to bring authority, clarity and sparkle to our important communications work.

 

 

 
Members' News
 

 

- Architectural photojournalist Gareth Gardner talks to architect John Puttick, the man behind Preston’s Grade II listed bus station, for Creative Lancashire’s ‘Conversations in Creativity’ on Wednesday November 2 at the city’s Harris Museum & Art Gallery. Tickets here.

- Our Deputy CEO Harriet Finney chairs a panel discussion on diversity in the creative industries for Creative Leicestershire at Leicester’s Curve Theatre on Thursday November 3. Line-up and free tickets here

- Four Fed members - UWE Bristol, Bath Spa University, Bristol Media and Design Council - will show London why the South West is home to some of the UK’s most exciting designers at ‘Bristol and Bath by Design’ at Shakespeare’s Globe (another member) on Thursday November 3. Free tickets here

- White Cube’s new exhibition, ‘Magnus Plessen: the Skin of Volume’ opens on Friday November 4, featuring paintings made by the artist over the last two years. More info here

- The Dutch Embassy is hosting a pair of workshops on the impact of Brexit on the design and fashion industries, running November 4 and 11 and featuring discussion from leading designers, entrepreneurs and academics. Email to reserve a free place

- The Clore Leadership Programme have commissioned a review of the governance of arts organisations and museums. Members are invited to contribute their thoughts through a survey, open until 6pm on Friday November 4. Have your say here

- The Federation is partnered with the 2016 MOBO awards, which takes place at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Friday November 4. You can watch along live on ITV2 from 8pm and follow online using #MOBOawards. More info here

- Researchers at the University of Leeds will be hosting a free two-day forum on how copyright works and how it could be improved, running November 5 and 6. If you’re interested in attending, email the team

- Plymouth College of Art celebrates its moving image season with two openings for exhibitions by Claire Hooper and Megan Broadmeadow on Thursday November 10. More info here

- Film London partners with VisitBritain for Seen on Screen, a brand new conference on screen tourism at London’s Ciné Lumière on Thursday November 24. Programme and tickets here

- The Royal Television Society talks to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube about the evolving relationship between broadcasting, online platforms and video content at ‘Social Media Muscles in on TV’ in London on November 29. Book tickets here

- Collect, the Crafts Council’s international art fair for contemporary objects, returns to the Saatchi Gallery in February 2017. Book now and receive a 20% discount on tickets. More here

- Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Livity+ are among the partners of Undivided, a new campaign aiming to give young people a voice in Brexit negotiations. More info here.

 

 
What We've Done, Who We've Seen, Where W
 

Federation events: A Unique Breakfast with Tom Fletcher at Battersea Power Station, our 150-person event on the rural economy in Redruth, Cornwall

Where we have spoken:‘What Next?’ national conference in Manchester, North West Development Network at The Octagon, Bolton, University Alliance 

Who we have met and spoken with: the Prime Minister’s Office, DCMS, DIT, Creative Industries Council, RIBA, BFI, Artfund, Arab-British Centre, Fundsurfers, Gemini People, Creative England, British Fashion Council, Buckingham Palace, Brand Union, Tate, Imperial College London, STV, Founders' Forum, Mediacom

What we have attended: the Global Communication Reception at Foreign and Commonwealth Office, MOBO pre-awards show, South Africa: Art of a Nation launch at the British Museum, The Man Booker Prize, launch of the University of Leeds Cultural Institute, MCG's Museums+Tech 2016, Culture24 Let's Get Real Conference 2016, Mayor of London's Gala at the London Film Festival

What we have seen, done, read and particularly loved: the Paul Nash exhibition at Tate Britain, Tomorrow I Was Always A Lion by Belarus Free Theatre at the Arcola, Dalston, London Symphony Orchestra with Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting Mendelssohn at the Barbican, No Man's Land with Sir Ian McKellen (but sadly no Sir Patrick Stewart) at Wyndham's Theatre, the Missing, Amadeus at National Theatre, Sunwook Kim piano recital at the Wigmore Hall, Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie, Jinkx Monsoon and Peaches Christ at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans at the Royal Academy, A Life in Letters and Nothing Serious by P.G. Wodehouse, Shrinking Violets by Joe Moran, the Archaeological Museum of Vergina, Alan Moore’s Jerusalem, Amanda Knox, Goliath, Broken Hands at 229 Club, Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy, Adam Curtis - HyperNormalisation, Black Mirror, Westworld, Exchange Rates, Sluice International Expo, Dia: Beacon, Rashid Johnson, Fly Away at Hauser & Wirth, Oscar Murillo: through patches of corn, wheat and mud at Zwirner, Diane Arbus: In the Beginning and BreuerJerusalem 1000-1400 at the Met,  all in New York City, The Red Barn by David Hare at National Theatre, Hamilton, An American Musical on Broadway. 

 

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Sir Peter Bazalgette on the Business of the Arts: Full Speech Here

Earlier today our Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England, gave a major speech to Federation members examining the relationship between governance, business and the creative and cultural sector.

Click below to see the full text of his speech. 

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The Business of Arts: Sir Peter Bazalgette

Creative Industries Federation 11 November 2016

INTRODUCTION

Thank you for inviting me to speak here. I’m especially pleased to be hosted by the Creative Industries Federation, which is doing so much to speak up for the creative sector, particularly to Government, now that industrial strategies are in fashion again.

When I became Chair of Arts Council England at the beginning of 2013, things seemed pretty gloomy.

We faced a serious financial situation. The national economy had been in shock, there were large reductions in funding across the public sector, while falls in personal and business income threatened both revenue and donations. The Arts Council had seen its Grant in Aid cut by more than 30% .

But we knew that we had great talent in our sector. Right from the start, in my travels across the country, I was meeting imaginative, purposeful leaders of arts and cultural organisations. These were people who combined a commitment to great work with entrepreneurial flair.

It was crystal clear to all of us we needed to diversify the income streams of the arts as rapidly as possible.

Back then, we described our mixed funding model - public investment, earned income and charitable donations using the analogy of a three- legged stool. You need all three legs, or you fall over.

First, we needed to stabilise the all-important cornerstone of public investment by better articulating and demonstrating its value and impact.

I believe unequivocally in public investment in art and culture.

It secures the public’s interest in a national resource that shapes all our lives, powers our creative economy, informs our education, enhances our health and wellbeing, and enriches our communities and thus our national life.

And with government as a lead investor, arts organisations can lever in more, adding value to public money.

Second, could we increase giving by raising the charitable profile of arts organisations?

And third, we had to champion new ways for arts and culture organisations to broaden and boost their earned income, beyond ticket sales.

So at every available opportunity, rather like the ancient mariner stopping one in three, I stressed how critical it was to diversify revenues.

An important but unremarkable view, you might think. It wasn’t always understood. At least, not at first.

Some suggested that I was giving up on public investment – though nothing could have been further from the truth.

One artist obligingly painted my P45, which the Royal Academy generously displayed at the Summer Exhibition.

Well, that artist’s wish has come true, because I’m about to leave the Arts Council.

But it’s fair to say that my wish has come true.
Because the arts and cultural sector, even with all its manifest

challenges, is increasingly on a surer and broader financial footing.

We’re reaching out to more people; the vital role that art and culture play in our society is better understood by government; and the creative industries are leading the country in terms of economic growth.

That’s no joke. That’s a huge achievement by the arts and cultural sector. By all of you.

For that, I can take some mockery.

EARNED INCOME – THE STORY TO DATE

Today, I want to look a bit more closely at the business of the arts, especially around earned income. That’s the likes of ticket sales, hospitality, merchandising and other commercial revenues.

I’ll also talk about public investment and giving – there are good stories there as well as big challenges. But earned income merits special attention. It’s the unsung hero of this story, best exemplified by looking at what’s been happening with around 600 of our larger, publically- funded arts organisations, members of our National Portfolio.

And now that baking has taken over from football as our top national sport, I’ll ask you to think of the overall income of these arts organisations in terms of a cake.

In cash terms, between 2012/13 and 2015/16, the overall income of those 600 organisations rose to one and three quarter billion pounds. That’s an increase of more than 20%.

And a hell of a lot more cake.

What’s the magic ingredient?

While the cake has grown, the proportion of it the Arts Council contributes through Grant in Aid and Lottery funds remained largely the same, at 22%.

And the proportion that comes from Local Authority funding has declined to just over 6% - we know why that is.

So while the public purse remained an incredibly important part of the mix, it wasn’t contributing to the growth.

What about donations, so-called ‘contributed’ income? They’ve seen steady progress, with personal giving along with gifts from trusts and foundations, pushing their share of overall income up by 1.5%.

But the magic ingredient, that’s helped the cake rise so satisfyingly, is earned income - what organisations earn through their tickets sales, their educational activity - and their ‘supplementary’ income from commercial activities and other revenue streams – cafes, restaurants, car parks, merchandise, services and skills.

For that sample of 600 organisations, since 2012/13 earned income has grown from just over three quarters of a billon to more than £1 billion - up by more than 25%. And these commercial revenues now contribute comfortably more than half of the entire cake (I’m calling time now, I promise, on the home economics metaphor).

SUPPLEMENTARY INCOME

While income from ticket sales and educational activity has actually declined slightly – which reflects the tough times we’ve been through – income from supplementary activity has grown by – wait for it – a staggering 75%.

This is what’s helped make a significant change in the fortunes of the arts and culture sector. Entrepreneurial flair.

EXAMPLES

Let me tell you about some of the ideas that organisations right across the sector are employing – many of them backed by public investment.

Hospitality, whether a café, bar or restaurant.

Take the Theatre Royal Plymouth, which refurbished its catering facilities as part of a capital grant from the Arts Council - and between 2012/13 and 2014/15 increased its income from catering and retail by 24%.

Or the Chichester Festival Theatre. After a major makeover funded by public and private money, it made £1.4 million from catering operations in 2014/15 – up 9% on pre-refurbishment figures.

If you’ve got the right location, you might look at rental income.

Like Lighthouse Brighton, a cultural agency that pioneers developments in art and technology, and uses its city centre premises to provide a reliable source of income from commercial hire and office tenancy. Lighthouse has 100% occupancy of its creative office suites.

If you’re in a town that’s a destination for bargain hunters, you might run a charity shop on the high street, like The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury. Staffed by a team of volunteers, alongside a full-time manager, this currently contributes £20,000 per annum to the theatre’s finances as well as engaging the local community and advertising the theatre’s charitable status.

And if you’ve got a strong visual arts brand, you might develop a shop and online retail business like Baltic in Gateshead, selling special editions of art works, and adding art to the things we use every day – cups, coffee pots, shopping bags, toys or bookends.

If you’ve got the space, you might offer bed and breakfast, alongside artists and musicians, like the urban oasis of Islington Mill arts hub in Salford.

Or like, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester, you could run a stylish and popular hostel alongside your core business. These social enterprises represent a whole new sector of the British economy and the arts are ideally suited to lead it.

If you have a car park it might make sense to put it to work with a pay facility, supporting your great creative output. This is what the Yorkshire Sculpture Park have done.

Or if you’ve got a photogenic setting, you might promote yourself as a film location, like the Black Country Living Museum, which has been used for the three series of Peaky Blinders.

If you’re a publically-supported orchestra, you may make money by recording film scores and video-game soundtracks. In recent years, the Philharmonia has been on the soundtrack of Iron Man 3, Elysium, Thor: The Dark World, Fury and Avengers: Age of Ultron, while video games credits include the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, and Medal of Honour.

It shows that arts organisations are increasingly run by business-minded leaders who understand that when you run a great business, it’s a lot easier to make great art.

MORE TO DO

Some of you may say that my overall statistics are skewed by rich, London organisations.

Quite true – it’s undoubtable tougher elsewhere. If you look at theatres in the rural South West for example, you’ll see that their turnover has only grown by 10% - less than half the national average.

Supplementary income there has actually declined by 60% over 4 years. But laudably, this was offset by ticket sales and other core activities increasing by just over 50%. So they’re working hard to reach more people - and they are doing well at that.

Generally speaking, rural areas pose challenges for businesses of all sorts.

So we must continue to provide additional investment and support where it is most needed.

We’re doing this.

We’ll be investing up to £2 million through our Building Resilience programme, helping up to 100 organisations develop their entrepreneurship and philanthropy and make the most of intellectual property.

We’re investing £1.5 million in our programme for Developing Sector Leaders, and we’re also supporting the development of leadership across museums.

And through Strategic funds we’ve invested £400,000 in the Business Support programme, so that organisations can become better businesses.

When arts organisations have skills, networks, and good leadership they have shown they can thrive.

Helping them acquire these is one of the important functions of public investment, working alongside all the earned and contributed income.

PUBLIC INVESTMENT

I as I said earlier, public investment is the people’s skin in the game. It allows us to have a say in how art and culture is run, and who it is run for.

It ensures, for example, that diversity is prioritised, and that the best of art and culture can be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere, at affordable prices or for nothing at all, and increasingly by digital means.

It does all this for a small amount of public money.

Less investment would mean less influence, and that would be a loss to the public as a whole.

In recent years, I’ve been pleased at how much better we have all become at talking about these benefits – presenting what we call the “the holistic case for public investment in art and culture”.

The value of art and culture was recognised by the last chancellor, and we believe this is understood by the new government as well.

Stable public funding, agreed for the four years of the current spending settlement, will enable us to continue growing the arts sector in all these ways, whatever the weather.

Here, I’d like briefly to mention the referendum result.

Whichever way you voted, Remain or Leave - and all of us know people from both camps – the United Kingdom now needs to be more open to the world and more open to the world’s cultures than ever before in our history. I believe this is a special duty of publically supported arts and culture.

PHILANTHROPY AND GIVING

So that’s earned income and public funding. Now I’d like to talk briefly about the third element of the sector’s income – contributed income. Gifts, donations – or philanthropy, as we sometimes call it.

That 1.5% increase it made to the NPOs overall income sounds small, but in cash terms it amounted to a big increase on 2012/13.

In fact, last year contributed income was worth more than £200 million - a real advance.

We’ve recently commissioned research looking at the state of giving in the arts and culture sector as a whole over the last three years.

We’ll be publishing the report shortly, but early findings support the headline figures from the narrower sample of our National Portfolio. It will show that contributed income in art and culture generally is growing.

In 2014-15, it was worth was £480 million. Just under a fifth came from business, a bit less than a third came from trusts and foundations...which meant that, magnificently, more than half came from generous individuals.

A relatively small number of large private donations – around 50 – went to a relatively small number of arts organisations, many of them in London.

So before we rush to expect too much, too quickly, from publicly funded arts and culture organisations, remember that many of them are neither very big, nor are they based in London.

There have of course been some wonderful large gifts outside London, but in general arts organisations across the country need more support to develop fund-raising skills, so that we can make people aware of their charitable status, and so we can make better use of shared data and integrate sales, marketing and fund-raising.

We’re delivering that support through the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme of skills development and training.

We will continue to invest in our Catalyst: Evolve and Catalyst Small Grants programmes.

Catalyst Evolve will target organisations that are new to private giving.

And between 70-80% of this investment has been and will continue to be awarded outside London.

We’ve also been training the next generation of fundraisers though the Arts Fundraising Fellowship; 80% of participants have been from outside London.

BOARDS

So arts and cultural organisations need to be effective businesses which are also well-run, fundraising charities. Strong, supportive boards are crucial in this.

We need board members conspicuous for their actions as much as for their opinions. That includes fundraising.

It’s my personal view that every board member should give something, even if it is just a pound, so that they are not asking others to do what they themselves are not.

We talk about the need to have a skilled workforce and leadership, but having an appropriately skilled board is every bit as important.

There should be a strategic plan for appointments to the board; yes, boards must reflect the culture of their communities, but also the strategic ambition of their organisations.

Each board member should bring a relevant competency and, these days, after several high profile car crashes in the charity world, there’s no excuse for boards and trustees to be ignorant of their responsibilities.

Boards need to have foresight, and to be able, for example to develop a clear and consistent policy around ethical sponsorship, deciding what is or is not appropriate for their particular organisation.

The Arts Council does not dictate policy in sponsorship. We accept that different organisations will have different approaches, and boards should be free to accept donations they consider suitable. What matters is clarity, consistency and transparency.

NEW FUNDING STREAMS

Now, a word about novel funding streams.

Some of these have come from government in the form of tax credits for the theatre, for dance and opera orchestras and museums and galleries. In its first full year, the theatre tax relief was worth £25m to the sector.

Along with the parallel credits for film, television and video games, I see this beneficial programme of tax credits as the beginning of an industrial strategy for the creative industries.

These are the businesses which not only drive the economy but define our culture, power our empathy and fire our imaginations. Why wouldn’t you have such a strategy?

Then there are mixed models, such as social investment. We’ve helped start a fund which makes loans rather than grants to organisations. The Arts Impact Fund brings together public, private and philanthropic funds from the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Nesta, the Arts Council and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

The loans it offers to arts and culture organisations across England are for projects that show a social, artistic and financial return.

Among the first investees are Brighton-based South East Dance, who have a loan of £350,000 towards a new Dance Hub that will provide rental income and support work with local artists and the community.

There’s also £150,000 for the Titchfield Festival Theatre, so it can increase its rental income and install solar panels.

I predict that such publically beneficial financial instruments will grow strongly in the years ahead. We must make sure that they do.

CONCLUSION

So, as I look forward to my P45 from the Arts Council, I’m pleased with the progress that’s been made with income across the National Portfolio.

A stable settlement from the Government covering funding for the next four years, delivering amazing public benefit.

Increasing gifts and donations.

And boosting earned income, thanks to a new generation of talented cultural entrepreneurs.

There remain many challenges - as we always say, because it’s always true. But we have come a long way in a short time and that should give all of us who work in art and culture confidence.

The picture varies greatly across the country. We’re addressing that imbalance, investing more where it is most needed – that will be a part of our new investment process which has just been launched.

We do know we have to continue to make the case for public investment to local authorities, which are under such pressure and facing difficult choices. I have talked about this a lot, and there isn’t time today. But it’s a critical issue.

We’re keeping a careful eye on fluctuating Lottery revenues – increasingly important as our Grant in Aid has declined.

But new partnerships with the likes of higher education, health authorities and with LEPs are going to be fuelling more arts and more culture in more places.

With more we could always do more.
More for those organisations on the periphery of the National Portfolio. More for communities outside the better resourced cities.

Now, with that iconic P45 of mine in mind, I’d like to finish by emphasising once more how much of a bedrock public funding is, however strongly other revenues grow.

A few weeks into the job of Arts Council Chair, I got a panic call, late at night, from a certain Government minister.

The Minister: “Is it true that the Arts Council has spent thousands on a ‘sculpture’ made out of plumes of smoke?”

Me: “Yes, Minister.”
The Minister: “Is it true it doesn't work?” Me: “Yes Minister. Not on this occasion.”

He said that a certain tabloid was preparing the headline: “Arts Council money goes up in smoke!” At the very least I should announce an inquiry (don’t we love inquiries).

I calmed him down and human civilisation did not come to an end the following day.

But here’s the point: surely the role of public money is to take risks that wouldn’t be taken otherwise.

Today’s outrage is tomorrow’s mainstream.

You don't always back a winner; but you never get a successful business without taking risks.

Thank you.

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October 2016

BREXIT REPORT: The impact of leaving the EU on the UK's creative industries.

HOW THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES CAN SURVIVE AND THRIVE POST-BREXIT - AN INTERIM REPORT OF RED-LINE ISSUES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The Creative Industries Federation today publishes its Brexit Report, a first-look analysis of red-line issues for government as it negotiates leaving the EU. 

The report includes recommendations, agreed jointly by the Federation and industry members of the Creative Industries Council, aimed at tackling short-term challenges and securing longer-term success for the fast-growing creative industries sector as the UK negotiates leaving the EU.

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Read the report.

It has been presented to Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, today. 

The 73-page document draws on evidence from around 500 contributors at 11 meetings held by the Federation nationwide, as well as a members’ survey, to identify the opportunities as well as the dangers that policy- and deal-makers must consider in the Brexit process.

It calls for the creative industries to be put at the heart of government thinking as the country develops its new industrial strategy, forges new international trade deals and tackles the fractures in society exposed by June’s EU referendum vote. 

John Kampfner, the Federation’s chief executive, said: “The challenge is to seize the opportunity sectors in the British economy and prioritise them in future trade deals and in the new industrial strategy. The creative industries are a massive opportunity for the UK government.

“This is the fastest growing sector of the UK economy and includes all the things that Britain is famous for - from our music to our films, television and heritage. We want to work with government to safeguard the jobs, the revenues and the prestige the creative sector offers.

“While the political circumstances are constantly changing, this report produces initial recommendations and explains how the UK’s creative sector currently engages with EU so that sensible decisions can be made.”

The Federation believes that Brexit offers the chance to tackle some existing problems. It creates an opportunity to: 

    •    Reboot education and training to provide young people with the skills needed for great jobs in the creative sector, including many with existing skills shortages, such as animation and visual effects

    •    Create a visa system fit for the 21st century - enabling access to world-class talent and recognising the importance of freelances and that value does not always correlate with high salaries

But there are risks both to funding and investment and to the regulatory framework that underpins the creative economy. It is vital that the government:

    •    Conducts an audit of existing EU funding to the UK’s creative sector (especially in the regions) to identify the streams that should be replaced by the UK as part of government public support alongside tax reliefs

    •    Upholds intellectual property rights including copyright in trade deals, especially with new markets with bad infringement records, and remains proactive in negotiations on the Digital Single Market and other regulatory issues with major implications for the sector

The consultation identified some immediate impacts including the effect of business uncertainty and the fall in sterling on planning and artists’ fees.

A range of other concerns raised include:

    •    The capacity to retain and recruit talent and how new visa rules will be implemented
    •    Increased costs including additional administration for British artists in touring to the EU and for British venues wanting to present non-UK EU nationals
    •    The impact on the finances and international standing of British higher education of a likely cut to the number of EU students and academics
    •    The loss of rights protecting original designs with knock-on effects for trade showcases such as London Fashion Week
    •    The UK’s ability and willingness to defend UK interests in negotiations on the Digital Single Market and other areas of regulations
    •    The loss of EU funding streams which have been particularly important in UK nations and regions
    •    Whether the UK will proceed with hosting the European City of Culture in 2023

Federation members today supported the case for action.

Sir John Sorrell, designer, UK business ambassador and Federation founder and chair, said: "It has taken two decades and more to turn our creative industries from an afterthought to a key driver of wealth and global success. To imperil that would be to imperil our wider economy. That is why we need to be at the heart of the new government's industrial strategy and negotiating priorities in coming months."

Baroness Lane-Fox, businesswoman and philanthropist, said: "Without great data and great analysis you can’t make great decisions. With so much at stake for our creative sectors in light of Brexit, we need this kind of work more than ever.”

Tom Weldon, chief executive, Penguin Random House UK, said: “We are still a long way from knowing what Brexit actually means, and it will be a true leadership challenge for the government to reconcile the public concern that has been expressed around topics such as immigration with the ongoing needs of business. For UK trade publishing, the four most important priorities post-Brexit are: keeping barriers to trade with the EU to an absolute minimum; strong copyright rules to encourage investment in the UK and to protect creators; ensuring publishers and businesses have access to the people and skills they need; and minimising business uncertainty.”

Amanda Nevill, chief executive, British Film Institute, said: “Film is a global business and the UK is a success story at its heart. We have this wonderful opportunity now to aspire to even greater heights of success, economically and creatively, if we can get the right framework for the future. In this time of change, film as one of the great arts has an important role in helping everyone engage with, imagine and shape a new future.” 

Sir Nicholas Serota, director, Tate, said: "The success of Tate in recent years has depended very much on our ability to employ people from across the EU at all levels of the Gallery. For us, this is an essential ingredient in creating one of the world's great galleries. We attract significant numbers of international visitors and a staff with different kinds of cultural and educational experience helps us to understand what engages these audiences. As the government works out arrangements for the future, we would not want any artificial barriers erected which might make it harder for us to attract the skills that we need in order to serve our public well."

Caroline Rush, chief executive, British Fashion Council, said: “One of the most important aspects of EU membership for the fashion industry is the access it gives us to a unique talent pool. Although home-grown talent is always encouraged and supported, the ability for international workers to be educated in the UK and to start businesses here gives us access to skills that are scarce, or in some cases no longer available in the UK workforce. This is essential to maintaining our enviable reputation as a global fashion hub.”

Jo Dipple, chief executive, UK Music, said: "The UK music business derives more than half its revenue from exports, to the tune of £2.2bn last year, so our future is dependent on securing favourable trading conditions with overseas territories. The government has limited time to understand business needs so it should use the Creative Industries Federation Brexit Report to inform decision-making which will affect our prospects for decades to come. So government, please read this document and make well-informed decisions on behalf of creative businesses in the UK.”
 
Chris Hirst, European and UK Group CEO, Havas, said: “The UK is one of the world’s leading centres of commercial creativity because it is a welcome home to the world's greatest creative talent, both the established and the new. Foreign-born talent doesn't deprive Brits of jobs, it make British creative talent better and thus creates jobs. At the same time it helps disseminate our ideas and creative product around the world. Any restriction on this impoverishes us all - in all senses of the word. We must continue to not just be delighted at the fusion of ideas and talents we find across our great nation, but ensure that we feel and sound like a place the best want to come to.

Richard Johnston, chief executive, Endemol Shine UK, said: "There has never been a more critical time for the UK’s creative industries to come together and to make their voice heard. This insightful report brilliantly articulates crucial considerations which need to be taken into account at the highest levels of government if the UK creative industries are going to continue to thrive.”

Dave Moutrey, director and chief executive, HOME, Manchester, said: “If the UK government wants to ensure that the growth of our economically and culturally important creative industries sector is not damaged by Brexit and, importantly, has a good chance of thriving in the future, I would urge them to act upon this clear set of crucial joint recommendations.”

More comments are available from industry figures including Russ Shaw, founder, Tech London Advocates, Alex Beard, chief executive, Royal Opera House, Catherine Mallyon, executive director, Royal Shakespeare Company, Deborah Bull, assistant principal (London), King’s College London, Victoria Pomery, director, Turner Contemporary, Margate, Alistair Spalding, artistic director and chief executive, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Jim Eyre, director, Wilkinson Eyre, Abigail Pogson, managing director, Sage Gateshead, Brett Rogers, director, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Ian Livingstone, co-founder, Games Workshop and chairman Sumo Digital, Dinah Caine, chair, Creative Skillset, Graeme Thompson, pro-vice chancellor connections and place, University of Sunderland, Fergus Linehan, festival director and chief executive, Edinburgh International Festival. Read more

The collaboration between the Federation and CIC reflects the sector’s recognition of the crucial importance of coordination and coherence over Brexit. The Creative Industries Council is a joint forum between government and the creative industries and focuses on areas where there are barriers to growth. Council members are drawn from leading figures across the sector. 

Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA Facebook and co-industry chair of the CIC, said: “We have responded to the government’s request for input with an exciting and ambitious agenda for growth before, during and after Brexit. We are now ready to work with our partners in government to ensure the UK realises the full benefits of its world-class creative industries as we enter this new stage in our history.”

The creative industries are valued by government as worth £87.4bn GVA to the British economy. Exports of creative services from the UK totalled £19.8bn in 2014.

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Vacancy: Deputy Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Overview of Role:
As deputy head of policy and public affairs you will work closely with the policy director, the communications and strategy director, and other members of the team, to develop the policy aims of the Federation and strengthen relationships across all government departments.

As the umbrella body for the sector, our policy work is focused on four key pillars which underpin the growth and success of our members - education and skills, finance and funding, infrastructure and international.

Whilst you will be expected to have a good working knowledge of all the above policy areas, we are looking for an individual to who will lead our work on the growing interface between the arts, creative industries and technology. You will have experience of dealing with policy areas including, but not limited to, intellectual property, digital infrastructure and access to finance for small, fast growing companies - both within a UK and European legislative context.

You will report to the director of policy, but will be expected to be involved in all areas of the Federation’s work. You will also be involved in account management of existing members and expected to contribute to growing the membership - both in and outside of London.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work within a high-profile, busy and growing organisation, working with the highest levels of government.

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Key Deliverables:

  • Build and maintain excellent relationships across all government departments
  • Work closely with members and the team to deliver a strong pipeline of influential policy papers and research, with a particular focus on digital, IP and access to finance
  • Respond to relevant government consultations
  • Respond to select committee inquiries - with both written and oral evidence
  • Identify new policy areas which will further strengthen the growth and success of the sector
  • Represent the Federation and views of members at industry and government working groups and events

 

Required Skills, Experience and Knowledge:

  • Extensive working knowledge of the sector and policy issues pertaining to it
  • Demonstrable track record of influencing government policy
  • Strong network of contacts across Whitehall
  • Confident communicator, ideally with both public speaking and broadcast experience
  • Excellent written and analytical skills
  • Confident networker with ability to deal with individuals at all levels

 

Personal Qualities:

  • Hard-working, flexible and comfortable working in a fast-paced and demanding environment
  • Confident in suggesting new ideas and ways of working
  • Reliable with an ability to adapt to constantly developing circumstances
  • Enjoy being part of a team as well as being able to work alone
  • Hands-on approach and willingness to help out other members of the team when required
  • Go-getting capacity to respond to the political news agenda and work at a very rapid pace

 

Salary:

£45,000 for a five-day week based in a central London office, but with a requirement for some evening work and travel within the UK.

 

Timetable:

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 30 October. Applicants are required to submit a CV and covering letter of between 400 and 800 words addressing how you would contribute to the policy work and broader aims of the Creative Industries Federation.

Interviews will take place the week commencing November 7, 2016.

All applications and any queries should be addressed directly to Harriet Finney, deputy CEO and policy director, harriet@creativeindustriesfederation.com.

Date issued: October 13, 2016

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Vacancy: Press Officer

Overview of Role:
You will work closely with the director of communications and strategy, the digital content and social media officer and other members of the team to devise and deliver the key messages of the Creative Industries Federation to members, government and the wider public.

Working as a confident, self-motivated and dedicated media professional, you will be expected to contribute to and sometimes lead on a range of communication requirements, ranging from writing and editing members’ newsletters, press releases and Government submissions as well as the media strategies to support the Federation’s policy work. You will be responsible for proactive and reactive media relations contact. It would be a strong advantage to have a working knowledge of the creative sector.

You will report to the director of communications and strategy, and deputise for her when she is away, but will be expected to be involved in all areas of the Federation’s work.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work within a high-profile, busy and growing organisation, working with and for the most exciting and significant businesses and organisations in the creative sector today.

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Key Deliverables:

  • Reinforce and build the Federation’s public profile and standing
  • Increase media coverage
  • Research, write and distribute press releases and members’ newsletters
  • Edit documents including Government submissions and the annual report
  • Build media contacts and maintain and update media contacts database
  • Respond to media inquiries and initiate Federation responses to the news agenda
  • Work with the digital content and social media officer to amplify messaging
  • Support the director of communications and strategy in all areas and deputise for her when she is away.

 

Required Skills, Experience and Knowledge:

  • Demonstrable experience in media relations, preferably within a press office
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Track record of planning and delivering media campaigns
  • Strong network of print and broadcasting contacts across all the areas of Federation work
  • Capacity to respond quickly and generate coverage and new ideas at a rapid pace.

 

Personal Qualities:

  • Hard-working, flexible and comfortable working in a fast-paced and demanding environment
  • Confident in suggesting new ideas and ways of working
  • Reliable with an ability to adapt to constantly developing circumstances
  • Enjoy being part of a team as well as being able to work alone
  • Hands-on approach and willingness to help out other team members when required.

 

Salary:
£30,000 for a five-day week based in a central London office, but with a requirement for some evening work and travel within the UK.

 

Timetable:
The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday November 16. Applicants are required to submit a CV and covering letter of between 400 and 800 words addressing how you would contribute to the communications operation and broader aims of the Creative Industries Federation. Submit your application here. Interviews are expected to take place the week commencing November 14.

For any immediate queries, please contact Louise Jury, director of communications and strategy, on louise@creativeindustriesfederation.com. She is away at the beginning of

November when queries in the first instance should go to Puja Teli on puja@creativeindustriesfederation.com

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Federation: Working For You In Turbulent Times

The Federation is fighting for the arts, creative industries and cultural education in every corner of government as these turbulent political times continue to throw up new challenges and opportunities.

Please read on for details of :
- Government engagement and our next working group with Universities Minister Jo Johnson
- Social Mobility and the Skills Gap - our new education paper reignites debate
- Tickets for our Second Anniversary Celebration on sale today
- Work for the Fed - join our fighting force
- Members' offers, members' news, and what we've done and seen.

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Meeting Ministers and Making the Case -
Plus Jo Johnson Addresses Fed Working Group
 

 

As the ramifications of Brexit unfold, the Federation has been in and out of government - eight departments in the last couple of weeks at the last count - making the case for our brilliant sector.

We are continuing to analyse the findings of our round-Britain Brexit meetings and have already presented an interim paper to the House of Lords. We have made a submission on the new plans for an industrial strategy to the Business Select Committee as well as publishing our new education paper, detailed below.

Possible restrictions on EU workers makes it ever more important to tackle education and the skills shortages in the UK.

So the pathways to higher education and the impact of Brexit will be among the crucial policy issues on the agenda when Universities Minister Jo Johnson (pictured) addresses the Federation’s higher and further education working group next month.

With the discussion also set to include diversity, the next meeting will also hear from speakers including Adrian Packer, the inspirational head who turned round the so-called Trojan horse schools in Birmingham and runs the CORE Education Trust.

If you have not already signed up to our HE/FE working group and would like to attend, please let us know below. Membership of the group, which currently has more than 100 members, is open to any Federation member concerned with education and not simply those working in the field.

 

HE/FE Working Group
with Jo Johnson

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016

Venue: Royal Academy Schools (pictured), Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Time: 2pm-5pm

 

Members: Register to Join HE/FE Working Group Here

 

 
Social Mobility and the Skills Gap -
What the Government Must Do Next
 

 

The publication of the Federation’s new education paper, Social Mobility and the Skills Gap - Creative Education Agenda 2016, has reignited the debate on the impact of the EBacc.

The paper, by Eliza Easton, the Fed's Policy and Research Manager, warns that the Government’s ambitions for the young people of Britain cannot be achieved without a radical shift in policy on school education and training.

It calls for the Government to drop plans to make 90 per cent of students study the traditional core curriculum called the EBacc. And it further demands a proper audit of the education and training the UK needs for a prosperous future as part of the Government’s new industrial strategy.

 

Read the Report Here

 

 
Buy Your Party Tickets Now!
 

 

Tickets go on sale today for our Second Anniversary Celebration - the dazzling sequel to our inaugural annual party attended by more than 600 of our members in January.

Everyone who has already registered will receive an email with details today but for any members foolhardy enough to have not yet expressed interest in nabbing a place, please RSVP below.

Our extravaganza will take place in the new Design Museum in Kensington. (Shown here in a rendering by Alex Morris).

Date: January 9, 2017

Venue: Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Time: 6:45pm-9:45pm

 

RSVP To Register Interest in Attending

 

 
Free Tickets and Other Members' Offers
 

 

* We have eight free tickets to Crowdfest, the most comprehensive event on ideas and opportunities in crowdfunding which takes place October 19-20 at Shoreditch Town Hall, London. Follow us and Tweet #FedMembers by 9am Monday to go into the draw. If you can't wait, contact us to get a 50% discount code. Full tickets originally priced at £299.

* Our now not-so-new next-door neighbour, The Hospital Club, is extending a special partnership offer to Federation members. Message us here for further details.

* In an offer that may be of particular use to members based outside the capital, eOffice has a limited number of day passes for Federation members to use its hot-desking space in Soho, London. Message us here for further details.

 

 
Working With the Fed - New Staff Jobs
 

 

With an ever-growing workload and increasing demand, the Federation needs dynamic new staff members to bolster its highly-effective team. 

If you have the commitment, imagination and stamina to help us achieve our ambitions, we would love to hear from you.

We are recruiting:

* A Deputy Head of Policy and Public Affairs, to deliver the Fed's policy aims and further strengthen relations across all government departments

* A Press Officer, to bring authority, clarity and sparkle to our important communications work. 

And you still have just a few days left to become our new Membership Manager, bringing new members to the Federation and delivering benefits to them.

 

 
Members' News
 

 

* The Bristol and Bath by Design project will be launching its Report to show why Bristol and Bath designers are some of the most productive design-led companies in England and Wales.

* The actress Carrie Hope Fletcher is supporting the Get It Right campaign and its new Time is Valuable initiative. Details and to get involved tweet at @GetItRight #GetItRight.

* Take part in Antonia Beck’s research into business practices in the arts, in collaboration with Birmingham City University and The Exchange.

* The Crafts Council have released an update of their Studying Craft research, highlighting that the future of craft education remains at risk. View the animated summary and find more in the detailed findings.
  
* Bold Tendencies have released a two-minute film on their My Museum project and are now looking for volunteers and donations as they launch their charity, Bold Everywhere.
  
* The DfE have been running webinars for employers who wish to know more about the Apprenticeship Levy and changes to apprenticeships funding. Details and register  here.

* A team of researchers from University of Leeds will be hosting a two-day event, November 5-6, in Leeds on copyright policies. Details here

* The Barbican announces its new programme including Basquiat: Boom for Real, the first large-scale UK exhibition of the New York painter Jean-Michel Basquiat.

* The Donmar Warehouse has made 25 per cent of all tickets free to 25s and under in a new initiative as part of its all-female Shakespeare trilogy at King's Cross, London.

 

 
What We've Done, Seen, Read and Particularly Loved
 

 

Our own events: A Unique Breakfast with Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom, MOBO season launch with Kwame Kwei-Armah at BFI Southbank.

Where we have spoken includes: CACIN Brexit panel at the Conservative Party Conference, BBC Breakfast’s investigation of the impact of EBacc on creative education, Day of the Girl mentoring event at Southbank Centre, University for the Creative Arts - Multistory Lecture Series at the Canterbury School of Architecture, North West Development Network in Bolton.

Who we have met and spoken with includes: No 10, Treasury, Office for Civil Society, DCMS, Welsh Government, Centre for London, Burberry, Department for Exiting the European Union, Music Publishers Association, Time Warner, UK Music, ResPublica, Creative Skillset, Universities UK, Channel 4, University of the Arts London, UK Screen, Enders Analysis, Alliance for IP, Art Fund, Creative Europe, Enders Analysis, Creative Industries Council Education sub-group, Association of British Orchestras, McKinsey and Company, E. Tautz fashion label, Pinewood Studios, Design and Technology Association, British Fashion Council, Milltown Partners, Transport for London, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Holts Academy, Paisley 2021, Creative Review, Digital Remit, University of Glasgow, Edwardian Hotels Group, Wow Talks, Craft Scotland, Fundsurfer, University of Westminster, Directors UK, Society of London Theatre, UK Theatre, Virtually Reality, Royal Drawing School, Escape Studios, SohoCreate, HereEast, Publishers Association, UbiSoft, Tech City UK, Bloomberg, University of Oxford, Ed Victor, Ogilvy and Mather, Revolution Games, BBC Studios, Business Growth Fund, Liberty Global, Business Growth Fund, English National Ballet, Manchester International Festival, Brand Union, Manchester Royal Exchange, Nine Lives Media, British Council.

What we have attended includes: Conservative Party Conference, PwC media summit, GuildHE Creative Matters panel discussions on neurodiversity and on degree apprenticeships in the creative sector, Richard Price 'Is this a Poem?' book launch, Royal Opera House season launch, ELX Art Exchange launch, Podge lunch, 2016 Bournemouth Marathon Festival, A New Direction's 'Where next for Arts Education?', Black and British BBC season launch, Crafts Council launch of new findings from its Studying Craft research, Institute of Directors’ Annual Convention, special breakfast at Tate Britain marking the BBC's support of the Turner Prize, NSPCC Childline Ball, London Film Festival opening night gala and Mayor of London's gala, Black British Business Awards, RIBA Stirling Prize. 

What we have seen, done, read and particularly loved includes: Beyond Caravaggio at the National Gallery,Turner Prize at Tate Britain, ArtLicks Weekend, Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? at Whitechapel Gallery, Philippe Parreno: Anywhen at Tate Modern, Frieze, Frieze Masters, Feminist Avant Garde of the 1970s and Simon Fujiwara: Joanne & Julie Cockburn at The Photographers' Gallery, The Other Art Fair, Romuald Hazoume: All in the Same Boat at October Gallery, RSC’s Dr Faustus at Barbican, No’s Knife at Old Vic, Brooklyn, Vertigo, Björk Digital at Somerset House, Mariah and Friendz at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, Panoply Network's You Must Remember This podcast, voguing class at Pineapple Dance Studios, Grayson Perry's A House for Essex in Wrabness, The Hunna at Kentish Town Forum, Richard Serra private view at Gagosian Gallery,Turnover at The Boston Dome, Kings College London Art and Humanities Festival 2016: Play, Videobrains, Dear Esther concert at the Barbican, White Cube Frieze reception and opening of Antony Gormley exhibition, Frieze VIP breakfast at Serpentine Gallery, Gaming Series: Dear Esther at The Guardian, Video games and architecture: cities in virtual worlds at Museum of London, Imaginary Games by Chris Bateman, The General and the Prime Minister by the China National Peking Opera Company, Bridget Jones's Baby, The Tempest at the Donmar Warehouse, A Streetcar Named Desire at the Manchester Royal Exchange, Purity by Jonathan Franzen, Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy, Jannis Kounellis at White Cube, Drawing a Blank at Safehouse 1 gallery space in Peckham, James Richards: Requests and Antisongs at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, ICA Associates: PAN present Aleksandra Domanović & M.E.S.H., Ville Haimala & Jenna Sutela, Harm van den Dorpel and HELM x Embassy for the Displaced (short ICA Associates: PAN), The Infinite Mix at The Hayward Gallery in collaboration with the Vinyl Factory, Slow Bounce DJ collective at Canavan’s, Art Sisterhood art class at DIY Space for London, The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla, Home Turf at Sadler's Wells, Andy Blake’s Dance Cafe, The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Little Men, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer, Love and Friendship, Trump/Clinton presidential TV debate, Stalin’s Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan, and in Sicily, Madame Butterfly at Teatro Massimo of Palermo, Valley of the Temples at Agrigento, Teatro Greco in Taormina, and in Rome, Museo Doria Pamphilj, Capitoline Museums, The Vatican Museum, Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Gagosian Rome.

Staff news includes: Rosa Carbo-Mascarell’s paper placing videogames into the cultural timeline of Romantic art and tradition has been published in the Digital Games Research Association online journal. Read it here.  

 

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Social Mobility and the Skills Gap, Creative Education Agenda October 2016

The Federation has launched 'Social Mobility and the Skills Gap - Creative Education Agenda 2016', a paper demonstrating how the current focus on the EBacc - alongside plans for apprenticeships - are limiting the life chances of the next generation and will not achieve the Prime Minister’s ambitions for greater social mobility.


The paper also highlights how current policies threaten the UK’s standing as a global creative power by failing to produce enough young people with the mix of creative and technical skills needed.

 

Click here to read the full report, and here for the accompanying press release. 

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Vacancy: Membership Manager

Vacancy: Membership Manager

Overview of Role:
The Membership Manager will work closely with the Head of Membership, Head of Development and the rest of the Federation’s small team to develop innovative ways to grow membership and deliver benefit to our members. We are a new organisation with a very broad remit and this role has tremendous potential for the right candidate to shine and truly develop their career. We are looking for someone with a strong interest in the creative industries who wants to be part of the core team establishing this unique and vitally important membership organisation. At all times you will need to ensure that members have the best possible experience in their dealings with the Federation. We are looking for a great communicator, a natural salesperson and with prior experience of account management or working in a membership organisation. In addition you will be an organised and creative problem-solver with excellent written and verbal communication skills, plus some knowledge of digital systems and getting the most out of a CRM system.

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Key Deliverables:

  • Work with the team to grow the membership base of the Federation - in London and in all the nations and regions
  • Provide excellent service and support to all our existing and potential new members to maximise membership acquisition and retention
  • Work closely with the Head of Membership and Head of Development to implement new processes, develop the membership offer and grow membership
  • Work closely with the membership team and Director of Communications on developing a range of member communications and publicity materials
  • Manage multi-channel customer communication routes (multiple email inboxes, website contact forms, telephone calls etc.) ensuring that all enquiries are answered in a friendly and professional manner
  • Optimise the membership and CRM systems to best serve the business and our members
  • Log and monitor enquiry trends to help identify any potential resource/service issues that may require attention
  • Maintain an expert working knowledge of Federation resources, website and CRM functionality in order to provide speedy first-class support and guidance to our members
  • Maintain an excellent knowledge of membership pricing, discounts and offers and be able to articulate the benefits of membership in line with current strategy
  • Deputise for Head of Membership when they are on leave or absent

 

Required Skills, Experience and Knowledge:

  • Excellent people skills
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Experience of working in a membership or account management role
  • Understanding of Salesforce or other CRM/customer database systems

 

Personal Qualities:

  • Knowledgeable – a good knowledge and keen interest in the creative industries, public arts and cultural sectors
  • Skilled communicator – the ability to communicate effectively and to forge strong relationships with all levels of staff and stakeholders, both internal and external
  • Positive, hardworking and enthusiastic – outgoing, confident and keen to contribute to a productive team environment at a very fast and demanding pace
  • Skilled problem solver – finding the way to get things done and always looking for ways to improve
  • Reliable – with an ability to adapt to constantly developing circumstances and challenges and able to prioritise effectively
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and collaboratively as part of a team

 

Salary:
£25,000 - £28,000 p.a., based on experience. This role is full-time, based in a central London office.

 

Timetable:
The deadline for applications is 6pm on October 17. Applicants will be required to submit a CV and a covering letter of between 400 and 800 words addressing why you would like this post and why you are best suited for it.

Interviews will take place before the week commencing October 31. It is hoped that applicants should be in a position to take up the role in early December 2016 at the latest.

All applications and any queries should be addressed directly to Andrew Major, Head of Membership, andrew@creativeindustriesfederation.com.

Date issued: 28/09/2016.

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Save the Date: Second Anniversary Celebration

 

 

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Hundreds of you will remember our inaugural annual party. Save the date now for its dazzling sequel.

We expect interest for our Second Anniversary Celebration to be exceptionally high.

Tickets are now on sale for members. Register your interest to attend here.
 Date:
January 9, 2017

Venue:
Design Museum 
224-238 Kensington High Street
London, W8 6AG

Time:
6:45pm-9:45pm

 

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September 2016

Newsletter: Fun with Grayson, Business with Bazalgette

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please read on for details of :

- Our first Unique Conversation - Grayson Perry discusses creativity 
- A keynote speech on the business of the arts by Sir Peter Bazalgette 
- Search begins for new Fed chair as Sir John Sorrell announces plans to step down
- Members' offers with MOBO, London Fashion Week as well as The Hospital Club
- Members' news and what we've done and seen.

Best wishes,

John Kampfner, Chief Executive

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Please note: We are a membership body which relies on our membership dues to do our work. You need to be a member in order to attend our events and take part in our policy work and other activities. For more information on membership, please contact Andrew Major on andrew@creativeindustriesfederation.com or click here

 

 
Inspiration and Networking - Grayson Perry Kickstarts our Unique Conversations
 

Can creativity be learned? What’s the point of a creative education? What does it mean to be ‘creative’ at all?

We launch our new season of inspirational members-only evenings with Grayson Perry in entertaining conversation on these important questions over a drink - or three.

The Turner Prize-winning artist, who is also chancellor of University of the Arts London (UAL), is the first guest speaker in our new series of Unique Conversations, the fun complement to our high-powered policy-driven Unique Breakfasts.

Perry is among top artists, designers and performers who have contributed to a new book, The Creative Stance, exploring creative success and the role of art and design schools. It is co-published by Common Editions with UAL.

DateWednesday, November 23, 2016

Venue: Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA

Time: 6.30 arrival for 7.00pm.

Members: Register to Attend Here

 

 

 
Sir Peter Bazalgette on the Business of the Arts
 
As he prepares to stand down as chair of Arts Council England, Sir Peter Bazalgette will make a major speech exploring the business of the arts.

The businessman with a passion for the sector will examine questions including what makes successful arts organisations and creative businesses tick.


It has been announced that Sir Nicholas Serota, director of Tate and a Federation board member, will succeed Sir Peter at ACE.

DateFriday, November 11, 2016
Time: Morning
Venue: London tbc

This event is members-only. Click here to register interest.

* On a business note, just a reminder that our post-EU referendum members’ survey - designed to complement the series of UK-wide Brexit meetings just completed - is still open. If you can no longer find the link, please contact Jack Powell.

 

 

 
New Chapter for Federation as Founding Chair Stands Down
 
Sir John Sorrell, the designer, UK business ambassador and philanthropist who conceived and established the Creative Industries Federation, has decided to step down as our chairman at the start of 2017.

For all of us it is a great sadness but we are delighted that he will continue to work closely with us in a new role as Founder President. 

Sir John said today: "I've been working on the project to establish the Creative Industries Federation for the best part of a decade and certainly long before we formally launched. The Federation is in fantastic shape with great leadership and staff and board and a good strategic plan. It is now time for someone else to take the organisation forward. But I will be proud to remain closely involved."


We will begin the formal recruitment process for his successor shortly. We anticipate that this will be one of the most hotly sought-after board posts across the UK’s arts and creative industries. More details will follow. Here are a selection of board responses:

Sir Nicholas Serota, director of Tate, said: “John Sorrell, who is unmatched as a champion of the value of art and design to the economy and society, recognised the need for an organisation that could both promote and serve the creative industries in the UK. He conceived the Federation and has led it with a deft touch and with imagination, winning the support of government and the creative community. We are all immensely grateful.”

Anna Jones, chief executive of Hearst Magazines UK, said: "Following the amazing Sir John Sorrell as chair will be an enormous challenge but an exceptionally rewarding one. This is one of the best jobs in the UK’s creative industries."

Nigel Carrington, vice-chancellor of University of the Arts London, said: “The Federation has been incredibly important in reflecting the importance of good creative education in underpinning the UK’s arts and creative industries. We look forward to working with a new chair who is as inspiring and insightful as Sir John Sorrell has been."

After founding and running his own design business, Sir John Sorrell went on to establish the London Design Festival and the London Design Biennale, chaired the Design Council and now the University of the Arts London, and is a UK business ambassador. 

Among his most recent honours is the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, presented jointly with his wife, France, in recognition of the work of their charitable organisation, The Sorrell Foundation. The award recognises the contribution of modern-day cultural patrons.
Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award winners Sir John and Lady Sorrell, Montblanc Cultural Foundation Chairmen Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Montblanc UK MD Kevin Boltman
 
Members' Offers
 

- The British Fashion Council invites you to experience London Fashion Week with a 30 per cent off ticket offer for London Fashion Weekend at the Saatchi Gallery from today until Sunday. Bookhere.

- MOBO invite Fed members to attend the launch of their new season with a talk and Q&A with the actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah at BFI Southbank on Tuesday, September 27. Tickets on a first come first served basis from anna@mobo.com.

- Our new next-door neighbour, The Hospital Club, is extending a special partnership offer to Federation members. Message us here for further details.

- In an offer that may be of particular use to members based outside the capital, eOffice has a limited number of day passes for Federation members to use its hot-desking space in Soho, London. Message us here for further details.

 
Members' News - Exhibitions, Festivals and Campaigns
 
Plymouth College of Art has opened This Is Now: Film and Video After Punk, an exhibition that looks at artists’ film and video from the post-punk era in the UK. It runs until October 26 at The Gallery. Info here.

Creative Content UK, the nationwide initiative encouraging the use of genuine sites to stream and download, is asking for support for the TIME initiative aimed at reminding consumers of the time and effort that creators put in. Info here.

The Serpentine Gallery in London will hold its 11th annual festival of ideas, The Miracle Marathon, with artists, writers, scientists and philosophers in a London-wide weekend of discussion and events, on October 8-9. Info here.

The Royal Shakespeare Company announced its 2017 season, running from February to September, would focus on Shakespeare’s Rome - his epic plays of power and politics. Info here.

The Ragdoll Foundation has launched the Save Kids’ Content UK to highlight the importance of high quality programming that entertains, educations and informs and which children in the UK can identify with. Info here.

Making Music have released the results of their survey on young people and participation in amateur music groups. Read it here.

Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, is hosting the Creative Lens Forum - part of a Creative Europe programme - on business innovation for arts organisations on October 13. Info here.

Artist agency MTArt will run #poweredbyartists MELT week 2016 from October 4 to 9, featuring installations, live performances, talks, parties, speeches and exhibits in London. Info here.

 

What We've Done, Who We've Seen, Where We've Been

 

Our own events: The first keynote speech from Matt Hancock, Digital and Culture Minister, a Unique Breakfast with Naomi Climer, the first female president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Brexit meetings in Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol and Plymouth, and Swansea with Wales Arts International. 

Where we have spoken includes: Culture Select Committee hearing on countries of culture, Education Select Committee conference, Liberal Democrat forum discussion on Brexit, Chinese cultural delegation at London College of Communication.

Who we have met includes: Prime Minister's office, RIBA, Universal Music, Tricycle Theatre, DCMS, Germany Trade and Invest, Hat Trick Productions, CORE Education Trust, The Place, Endemol Shine UK, Freelands Foundation, Ed Vaizey, Havas, Soho House, Japan External Trade Organisation, Westminster Abbey, Foundation for Future London, John Tiffany, Arts Council England, Daily Telegraph, Nesta, [Space], Fragomen, German Design Council, Activision, STEAM Co, Greater London Authority, University of Suffolk, Southbank Centre, Julie's Bicycle, Guardian Media Group, ISIS Arts.

What we have attended includes: Institute of Directors' farewell reception for director general Simon Walker, Jeremy Corbyn’s keynote speech on the economy at Bloomberg, Evening Standard Progress 1000, The Economist end of summer drinks party, Google reception and private dinner with the Natural History Museum, BBC Two Saturday Nights arts programme launch, Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, Future Fest 2016, London Indies, BPI Annual General Meeting, Digital Arts and Culture Accelerator Showcase, GamesAid cheque-giving ceremony, Videobrains, Games Democracy at UCL, Google Campus breakfast roundtable with Coadec, Women in Games conference, EFG London Jazz Festival launch, 'How will AR/VR disrupt your business' by GrowthEnabler, Creative Matters’ ‘Think Different - Neurodiversity: Who Stands to Gain’ panel discussion. 

What we have seen, done, read and particularly loved includes: Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy, Proms - Last Night and Verdi Requiem, Fire Garden at Tate Modern, LSO’s new season concert of Verdi Requiem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Sadler’s Wells, Hell or High Water, The RSC’s Alchemist and Doctor Faustus at the Barbican, Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre, David Hockney at the Royal Academy, Burberry Makers House, Mary Katrantzou and David Koma at London Fashion Week, Something Fresh by P.G. Wodehouse, White Moose gallery in Barnstaple, The Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, The Deep Blue Sea at the National Theatre, Swallows and Amazons (film), The Green Road by Anne Enright, Groundhog Day at the Old Vic, Floating Cinema at Up Projects, London Design Biennale 2016 at Somerset House, Open House London, The Raghu Dixit Project at O2 Academy Islington, Christeene: Trigger and Belarus Free Theatre’s Burning Doors, both at Soho Theatre, Incarnations: India in 50 Lives by Dr. Sunil Khilnani, Out of the Picture at The Byre contemporary craft gallery, Millbrook, Cornwall, Chatsworth House summer country show, Powder at Bodymotion club night at Rye Wax, Slow Bounce club night at Canavans, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of Scotland and Joseph Beuys: A Language of Drawing at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, all in Edinburgh, MShed museum and Julieta screened at the Watershed, both in Bristol, Gerald Laing at the Fine Art Society, Rochester castle, Wild Rumpus indie video games night, The Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

 

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What Matt Hancock Said: Read His Speech Here

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please read on for details of this morning's first keynote speech by Matt Hancock, the Digital and Culture Minister, at an event hosted by the Federation at the BFI and attended by more than 250 of the UK's creative leaders and practitioners. It was also livestreamed.

The speech was very well received and we were delighted that so many people had the opportunity to meet the minister.

Best wishes,

John Kampfner, Chief Executive

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New Minister Matt Hancock Vows to Fight
for Creative and Digital Industries in Government
 

 

Matt Hancock, the new Digital and Culture Minister today promised to fight for the creative and digital industries as he unveiled his vision for the sector at an event hosted by the Creative Industries Federation.

The minister told a large and high-level audience at BFI Southbank: “I will fight to ensure that the creative and digital industries are at the heart of this Government’s industrial strategy with a tax, regulatory and public investment framework that supports you to grow.”

He dismissed suggestions that the problem with the British economy was that “we don’t make things any more,” pointing to the exports of music, television, film and video games. 

“We make immersive stories, uplifting music, iconic characters and beautiful designs…And while the product is often fun, even frivolous, it’s serious business. The creative industries consistently outperform the rest of the economy.”

He made assurances that creative sector tax reliefs would not be “adversely affected” by Brexit.

And he outlined three principles - backing the success of the sector “to the hilt,” promoting access across "every part of our islands" and “synthesis of culture with digital and technology”.

As the worlds of art and technology move closer, he said: “Our aim is to have not only the best content in the world, but also the best digital platforms on which to display it. This is our sweet spot for the 21st century.”

John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said: “We were delighted to have helped bring together all the different parts of our sector to engage with the minister at this critical time.

“It was hugely encouraging to hear his promise to fight for the creative and digital industries and place them at the heart of Government. Like us, he recognises the enormous contribution this sector makes to the economic success of this country and to Britain’s global reputation. We look forward to working together.”

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August 2016

Newsletter: Helping Sort Out Brexit

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Federation is gearing up for a huge autumn and obviously Brexit is top of the agenda.

As ever, we will work with all our members across the entire country on everything that matters to the sector - and, in coming weeks, we will unveil another round of exciting events.

Read on for details of:

    •    How we are dealing with the Government on Brexit
    •    More exclusive offers for Federation members
    •    Members’ news
    •    What we’ve done, who we’ve seen and and what we've been to.


Best wishes,
John Kampfner, Chief Executive

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Please note: We are a membership body which relies on our membership dues to do our work. You need to be a member in order to attend our events and take part in our policy work and other activities. For more information on membership, please contact Andrew Major on andrew@creativeindustriesfederation.com or click here

The Next Steps For Our Work on Brexit

Our members will recall that within hours of the referendum result, we announced plans to bring the entire sector together. 

After 200 of our members - including senior figures from across the creative industries, arts and education - met at the first meeting in London, we have been holding discussions around the country. In Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham and Edinburgh we have explored what members need to know, what is already happening, and what the negotiating priorities are as we leave the EU. The series continues - details below.

We are also very pleased to be working in partnership with the Creative Industries Council and our work with members will form part of our joint presentation to ministers.

The aim is to ensure that there is one clear set of recommendations for Government to ensure the best possible outcome for UK's creative sector. 

We will shortly announce an event for members at which we will summarise the findings and outline the key policy objectives.


Remaining Brexit impact meetings are as follows:

Swansea: September 6,
3.30pm-7pm at Volcano Theatre

Bristol: September 7
11am-1.30pm at Colston Hall


Plymouth: September 8,
2pm-4.30pm at Plymouth College of Art
Leeds: September 14,
12.00pm-2.30pm at the University of Leeds

Newcastle: September 15,
9.30am-12pm at Sage Gateshead

 

Click Here to Register Your Interest in Attending

 

The Federation in Scotland

The Federation team spent last week in Scotland holding a series of events and meetings - including our own EU referendum response discussion - and enjoying a joint reception with the Edinburgh International Festival.

We took part in the International Culture Summit, a Creative Europe event on Brexit and the Beyond Borders Festival as well as meeting members and enjoying a string of performances, including on the Fringe. John Kampfner, our chief executive, also had a detailed bilateral meeting with Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.

Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop and Edinburgh International Festival director Fergus Linehan speak at our joint reception following the Edinburgh Brexit impact meeting. Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic, Edinburgh International Festival

 

 Exclusive Offers for Federation Members

- To mark our move to 22 Endell Street, Covent Garden, our new next-door neighbour, The Hospital Club, is extending a special partnership offer to Federation members. Message us here for further details.

- In an offer that may be of particular use to members based outside the capital, eOffice has a limited number of day passes for Federation members to use its hot-desking space in Soho, London.

All members are also eligible for discounted rates on virtual office services and hot desks and meeting rooms across the country. For further details on any of these offers, message us here.

Getting Creative in Cornwall

This event will explore how Cornwall, which is already home to an incredible number of creative businesses, can develop its potential even further.

Partnering with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, we will host practical workshops on skills, investment, innovation and digital as well as a debate on what creative companies can bring to rural areas. Speakers include:

    •    John Kampfner, chief executive, Creative Industries Federation
    •    Caroline Norbury, chief executive, Creative England
    •    Simon Belsham, CEO, Notonthehighstreet.com
    •    Phil Geraghty, managing director, Crowdfunder

Date: Friday October 21
Times: 9am arrival, 9.30am - 1pm
Venue: Heartlands, Robinson’s Shaft, Dudnance Lane, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3QY

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What Our Members Are Doing

 - Screen Yorkshire’s Bootcamp 2.0 is offering classes and on-set placements for film industry entrants with less than six months’ experience. Applications close at 5pm on Friday September 2. Info here

 - The National Society for Education in Art and Design has followed up its survey report on the impact of government policies on creative education with an analysis of what this year’s GCSE results tell us about arts in schools. Available here

 - Camelot have teamed up with startup FreeForm to offer a year’s digital skills training to 16 young people that will help shape the National Lottery’s digital future. A recruitment event will take place in September. Info here

 - The Old Vic 12 competition gives 12 emerging performing artists a budget, mentoring and freedom to work with its departments to develop three new plays. Apply here.  

 - The Building Centre is hosting its own discussion on how to respond to Brexit with speakers including Rohan Silva from Second Home and Zaha Hadid Architects’ Patrik Schumacher. Bookhere for the event on September 7

 - Chelsea College of Arts will host the first Creative Lenses forum on October 13, exploring innovative business models for arts venues and performing arts organisations. More info here.

 - Penguin Random House is looking for new writers from underrepresented communities for its Write Now scheme. There are live events across London, Birmingham and Manchester. Infohere

 - The V&A has acquired the Tommy Cooper Collection of 116 boxes of archive material tracing the comedian’s life, as well as an extremely rare ceramic bowl by celebrated postwar potter Hans Coper through the Annabel Freyberg Memorial Fund, which is on display now.

 - The 60th BFI London Film Festival sees the return of LFF Connects - a series of talks and events stimulating collaboration between filmmakers and creative leaders. Industry delegates can book here. Tickets go on sale from September 8 for BFI members and September 15 for non-members. 

Who We've Met, What We've Seen, What We've Been To 

Federation events:  Joint reception with Edinburgh International Festival in Edinburgh, EU response events in Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester. And Norwich today.

Where we have spoken: Beyond Borders International Festival.

Who we have engaged with includes: Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital and Culture, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, GREAT campaign, European Conservatives and Reformists, Manchester City Council, Mayor of Liverpool’s Office, Battersea Power Station Development Company, Manchester International Festival, Channel 4, Arts Council England, Federation of Scottish Theatre, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival, Riverside Trust, Ingleby Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, Summerhall, Royal Academy of Arts, Rural Culture Forum, Weber Shandwick, Pinewood Studios, Warner Bros. UK, Clore Leadership Programme, Victoria and Albert Museum, Mediacom, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Nesta, Greater London Authority, LSO St Luke’s, Dezeen, Southbank Centre, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Bolton and Quinn, Mishcon de Reya, Ideas Foundation, Tech UK, The Drum, Liverpool Philharmonic, Donmar Warehouse, Julie’s Bicycle, Pearson UK, Dancers’ Career Development, Metal Culture, Liverpool, British Library, Scottish Government Culture and Historic Environment Division, The Audience Agency, Creative United, eOffice, Design Business Association, Virgin Trains, Creative Europe, Bristol Media and the Bacc for the Future campaign.

What we have done, read, seen and particularly loved includes: Yerma at the Young Vic, Ira Glass masterclass at the Radio Independents Group, Standon Calling Festival, The Castle Builder at Summerhall, Angel at Gilded Balloon, Horniman Museum and Gardens, No Man’s Sky by Hello Games, Woburn Abbey, Georgia O’Keeffe at Tate Modern, Weiner, Pop-Up Duets at National Museum of Scotland, The Hunna at HMV Oxford Street, Alnwick Castle, The Deep Blue Sea at the National Theatre, Eden Project, Painting with Light at Tate Britain, Bamburgh Castle, Ron Arad’s Curtain Call at Roundhouse, Kew Gardens, Port Eliot Festival, What Do You Meme? at Holdron’s Arcade, The Complete Book of Aunts by Rupert Christiansen, Tintagel Castle, Pretentiousness by Dan Fox, Sicily: Culture and Conquest and Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne’s Watercolours of Rome at the British Museum, Be Mused: a collection of art from the community of the Queen Adelaide, Lost at Sea by John Ronson, Georgia Tasda’s Chicken Cottage Club at Lime Wharf, Mauritshuis in the Hague, Fram, Viking Ship and Kon Tiki museums in Oslo, Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre, Weiner Dog, The Arts Dividend by Darren Henley, Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick, Me After You by Jojo Moyes, Bolshoi Ballet’s Swan Lake at Royal Opera House, Ayoade on Ayoade by Richard Ayoade, Married at First Sight (Australia) on 4OD, Toilet Humour at Doomed Gallery, Soul Train at Bussey Building, Victoria on ITV and Stranger Things on Netflix.

What we have attended includes: Karen Bradley, Culture Secretary, speaking at the Liverpool Philharmonic, Edinburgh International Culture Summit, London by Night: Our Disappearing Club Spaces at the Bussey Building, the Courier Design Issue launch, Federation of Scottish Theatre and Independent Theatre Council reception in Edinburgh, Calvert 22 launch for Power & Architecture Part 3, London’s autumn season launch at the Science Museum, CBI’s roundtable at Channel 4 on post-referendum priorities for the creative industries, ADCAN Awards, Creative Scotland reception in Edinburgh, Creative Europe’s Brexit event in Edinburgh and breakfast seminar on support for the cultural and creative sectors in London.

 

Membership of the Creative Industries Federation is open to companies, arts organisations, educational institutions, trade bodies, arts practitioners and other individuals, with a special rate for under-25s. For more information on joining our unique network, please call 020 3771 0350 or click here.

 

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Newsletter: Partnerships Deals, A Party and More Brexit Policy-Making

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


This is our final newsletter of the summer. Read on for our details of:


    •    Our new home and a special partnership deal
    •    The Fed in Edinburgh and more of our Brexit impact meetings nationwide
    •    Engineering and Ofcom at our Unique Breakfasts plus culture in Cornwall
    •    Members’ news 
    •    What we’ve done, who we’ve seen and where we're going on holiday. 


Best wishes,
John Kampfner, Chief Executive

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Our New Home and a Partnership Offer

We are excited to announce that from tomorrow we have a new headquarters at 22, Endell Street, Covent Garden, London.

To mark this move, we're delighted to be able to offer a membership partnership with The Hospital Club. This is for Federation members only and for details click here. We plan to announce other partnerships in the course of the autumn and winter.

Debating Europe and Celebrating Creativity in Edinburgh

The Federation will take the post-EU referendum debate about what must be done to safeguard the arts and creative industries to Edinburgh next month. 

Following on from our meetings in London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester, we will explore the priorities for negotiations on leaving Europe in the context of Scotland. The event on Tuesday August 23 will precede our joint reception with Edinburgh International Festival celebrating the creative industries.

EU response meeting
Date:
Tuesday August 23
Times: 1.30pm arrival, 2pm - 4pm
Venue: The University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS

Register for the Edinburgh EU Response Meeting Here

The Federation's evening reception with the Edinburgh International Festival is by invitation only.  If you're interested in attending please get in touch with us directly here to express your interest.

Evening Reception
Times: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Main Hall, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

 EU Response Meetings Continue Nationwide

 

The discussions on what must be done in the wake of the referendum result continues around the country as we seek to uncover what members need to know, what is already happening, and what the negotiating priorities are as we leave the EU.

There is still just time to register for the event at Manchester Metropolitan University which is taking place between 2pm and 4.30pm today.

The future sessions are:

Norwich: August 31, 11.30am-2pm, at Norwich University of the Arts

Swansea: September 6, 3.30pm-8pm (including reception), venue TBC

Bristol: September 7, 11am-1.30pm, at Colston Hall

Plymouth: September 8, 2pm-4.30pm, at Plymouth College of Art

Newcastle: September 15, 9.30am-12pm, at Sage Gateshead

These events are free to attend for members of the Federation.  

As part of our nationwide engagement on this important issue, we will reserve a small number of places at each meeting for organisations considering membership to participate. Please apply for a place in the same way but note that priority will be given to our members.

Register for Other Brexit Impact Meetings Here

Engineering, Ofcom and Creativity in Cornwall

The EU referendum vote required a rapid response but our normal events and engagement programme resumes this autumn with two Unique Breakfasts - our high-level brain fuel for members - and a major debate on creativity in Cornwall where we will extend an invitation to potential new recruits interested in what we do.

- Unique Breakfast with Naomi Climer
  President of Institution of Engineering and Technology

Date: Wednesday September 21
Times: 8.00am - 9.30am
Venue: TBA

For more information, click here.

- Unique Breakfast with Sharon White
  Chief Executive of Ofcom

Date: Wednesday, October 12,  2016 
Times: 8.30am - 10.00am
Venue: TBA

For more information, click here

- Creativity in Cornwall

Cornwall supports a density of creative businesses often found only in urban environments and there is evidence that these businesses are growing at a faster rate than others. Supported by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, the Federation is bringing together a panel of experts to discuss the role of creativity in rural regions and identify how we can unlock the potential of the creative economy in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. For speakers, click here.

Date: Friday October 21 2016
Times: 9am arrival, 9.30am - 1pm
Venue: Heartlands, Robinson’s Shaft, Dudnance Lane, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3QY

To Join Us in Cornwall Click Here

What Our Members Are Doing

- The Royal Television Society London Conference 2016 speaker line-up will include fellow Fed members, the BBC, Channel 4, NBCUniversal and Sir Peter Bazalgette
- Nesta, with Creative England, has mapped the creative industries of the UK to provide a data resource highlighting the value of the creative industries and inform policies.
- On September 6, Sound Diplomacy, with U+I, are putting on the first conference, Sound Development, to explore the collaboration potential between property developers and the music and creative industries. Tickets: http://sounddevelopment.eventbrite.com
- Hereford College of Arts principal Abigail Appleton uses graduation ceremony to warn of threats to creative education - read an extract here
- The Barbican Centre’s September highlights include Valentijn Dhaenens paying tribute to the art of speech-making in BigMouth.
 

Who We've Met, What We've Seen, Where We're Holidaying 

Who we have engaged with includes: Matt Hancock, Digital and Culture Minister, No 10, DCMS, Vicky Ford MEP, UKTI, UKIE, PACT, Museum of Wales, Weber Shandwick, London Open Workspace Providers Group, IAG, Sony Music, Brand Union, Edelman, Peters Fraser & Dunlop, Linley, Condé Nast, BT, National Theatre Studio "missing conversations” roundtable, impact of Brexit discussion with Lib Dem DCMS group in the House of Lords.

What we have done, read, attended and particularly loved includes: Littoral Light exhibition and Garsington Opera screening of Eugene Onegin on Ramsgate Beach as part of Ramsgate Festival, DBA Editions Dear Poster print workshop, Star Trek Beyond, BBC Proms 7: Fauré, Stravinsky and Poulenc, 11: Wagner and Tippet, 13: Lindberg and Beethoven, 16: Dukas, Berkeley and Prokofiev, Groundhog Day at the Old Vic, Latitude Festival, Flamenco show and a life drawing class in Madrid, Closer to the Veg at Fitzroy Park Allotments, National Gallery Inspiration Late, Richard III at Almeida Theatre, Royal Academy Summer Circus Late, Performer/Audience/Mirror at Lisson Gallery, The Rising Sun Collective, Horniman Museum and Gardens, The Vegetarian by Han Kang, Buckingham Palace Summer Opening: Fashioning a Reign exhibition, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark, Podcast listening group (on the Guilty Feminist), Camposphere at the Resistance Gallery, dinner hosted by Mike Fries, president and chief executive and board of Liberty Global, and the launch party for Alasdair McLellan and Lev Tanju's The Palace.

Federation events: Unique Breakfast with Jesse Norman MP, Brexit discussion with MEP Vicky Ford, EU response events in Birmingham, Nottingham and Manchester.

And where we are going on holiday includes: Standon Calling and Reading festivals, Spain, Norway, Croatia, Devon, Cornwall, Sicily, France, The Netherlands and Russia.

The office is open as usual in August and we will be serving our members, but our next newsletter will be at the start of September. Have a great holiday period.

 

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July 2016

Newsletter: Creative Industries and the New Government

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Read on for details of:

    •    Our policy priorities for the new government
    •    More of our Brexit impact meetings nationwide
    •    UK Advisory Council completes first year after International Advisory Council launch
    •    The view from Europe - meeting with MEP Vicky Ford
    •    Members’ news and other political engagement
    •    What we’ve done and who we’ve seen.

Best wishes,
John Kampfner, Chief Executive

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Our Message to the New Government

The events of the last three weeks have changed everything. A radically re-shaped government is now having to work through all the consequences of the EU referendum.

Federation staff have already begun high-level meetings across Whitehall to secure answers and action on key areas including access to funding, freedom of movement of talent, trade and markets, DSM and IP protection.

As the Prime Minister completes her appointments, the Federation sets out key targets and priorities for the new administration:

1. Brexit negotiations to ensure the sector is at the heart of all policy-making
2. An integrated industrial strategy
3. A rounded education, including creative subjects, for individual development and
    social cohesion.

This builds on our existing policy work on issues such as the skills and talent pipeline, IP protection, funding, and nations and regions, where we look to identify and tackle the blockages to future growth and success.

Please read on for more Brexit impact meetings where we will continue to gather intelligence to inform this political engagement.

Brexit Impact Meetings - Nationwide

After our massively well-attended first Brexit impact meeting in London, the series continues around the country this week to uncover what members need to know, what is already happening, and what the negotiating priorities are as we leave the EU.

In addition to sessions previously announced, meetings in Norwich, Swansea, Bristol and Plymouth are now confirmed and more may still follow.

Birmingham: Today, Wednesday July 20, 3.30pm-6pm at Birmingham Hippodrome

NottinghamTomorrowThursday July 21, 12pm-2.30pm at The National Videogame Arcade

ManchesterJuly 28, 2pm-4.30pm at Manchester Metropolitan University

EdinburghAugust 23, afternoon, venue TBC

NorwichAugust 31, 11.30am-2pm, at Norwich University of the Arts

SwanseaSeptember 6, 3.30pm-8pm (including reception), venue TBC

BristolSeptember 7, 11am-1.30pm, at Colston Hall

PlymouthSeptember 8, 2pm-4.30pm, at Plymouth College of Art

NewcastleSeptember 15, 9.30am-12pm, at Sage Gateshead

These events are free to attend for members of the Federation.  

As part of our nationwide engagement on this important issue, we will reserve a small number of places at each meeting for organisations considering membership to participate. Please apply for a place in the same way but note that priority will be given to our members.

Click Here to Register for a Brexit Impact Meeting

Our UK Advisors Complete First Year as International Advisory Council Gets Under Way

The successful launch of our International Advisory Council under the chairmanship of diplomat Tom Fletcher was followed by a meeting marking the highly successful first year of its UK equivalent.

The UK Advisory Council met yesterday with policy priorities for the next year at the top of the agenda and will reconvene in the autumn with new members ensuring representation of all sectors and strong input from nations and regions.

For a reminder about the international launch, click here. To see the current membership of the UK body, click here.

The View from Europe - An MEP's Insight 

Having heard Vicky Ford MEP speak at a Parliamentary event, the Federation thought members would also benefit from an insider's view of Brexit as seen from Brussels.

Vicky Ford is chair of Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) at the European Parliament, the committee responsible for working through a number of the key proposals relating to the establishment of a Digital Single Market. 

We are inviting her to speak to members about the repercussions of Brexit as felt in Brussels and throughout the member states. It seems important when framing our new relationship with Europe that we understand the political and economic sensitivities of the other member states.

DateMonday July 25 
Times11am arrival, 11.30am - 12:30pm
Venue: TBC

Click Here to Register for Vicky Ford

Members' News and Political Engagement

- BBC Worldwide announced it had returned £222.2m to the BBC, up 17.6% on the year, with headline sales of £1,029.4m and headline profit of £133.8m

- The Scottish Government is calling for evidence in its enterprise and skills review here


- Mayor of London Sadiq Khan asks for members’ support to spread a message of inclusiveness and openness with the #Londonisopen campaign.

Who We've Met, What We've Seen, Where We've Spoken 

Who we have engaged with includes: Treasury, DCMS, CBI, Creative Entrepreneurs, Working Title Films, UK Music Network, MTArt, Double Negative, ITV, Sheffield Hallam University, Argonon, Weber Shandwick, Greater London Authority, Coventry University, Foundation for FutureLondon, Barclays, UKTI Sector Advisory Group, 21st Century Fox, British Fashion Council, Norwegian Government Council for Cultural and Creative Industries, Bombay Innovation Group, Film London, The Beautiful Meme. 

What we have done, read, attended and particularly loved includes: Georgia O’Keeffe at Tate Modern, Art Fund Museum of the Year ceremony at the V&A, Serpentine Gallery's summer party, First Night of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, the Crafts Council Innovation Through Craft report launch at the RSA, Richard III at Almeida, Louise Nevelson at Pace Gallery, David Hockney and Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, Weiner, Ghostbusters, Laura Mvula at Somerset House, Names Not Numbers dinner, Jorge Otero-Pailos’ The Ethics of Dust for Artangel at Westminster Hall, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, The Truth at Wyndham’s Theatre, Ladylike at the Glory, Guys and Dolls at Phoenix Theatre, LCD Soundsystem at Lovebox festival, The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, Alex Katz: Quick Light at Serpentine Galleries, Urban Art 2016 in Brixton, Fury at Soho Theatre, Duckie DHSS at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Anohni at Barbican, Love Island, David Gray at Greenwich Music Time, Berlin’s Boros Collection, Berlinische Galerie and 9th Biennale for Contemporary Art and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and CentroCentro in Madrid. 

Events where we have spoken include: Communicating the Museum 2016 Conference in Berlin where, in a personal capacity, the Fed’s Anna Lowe discussed how new technology can support the reach and resilience of museums in the digital age.

Federation events: First Brexit impact meeting, at King’s College London; launch of the International Advisory Council and summer drinks.

 

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Newsletter: New Brexit Impact Meetings and Fed International

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As Theresa May takes office, the Federation looks forward to working with the new prime minister and her team at what is a crucial time for the sector.

And it could not be more appropriate that today we are launching our International Advisory Council and our international work.

Now that the UK has taken the historic decision to leave the EU, it is more important than ever to ensure that the sector learns from best practice around the world. Members have been sent the first copy of C.International, our new journal offering insight, comparisons and case studies. Read on for more details. As we offer an international perspective, we are also continuing to develop a Brexit action plan for the new Government. After our dynamic opening session in London, further members' meetings nationwide are detailed below. Best wishes,

John Kampfner, Chief Executive

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The Federation today launches its International Advisory Council - and warns Britain has lessons to learn from around the world if it wants to safeguard its position as a global cultural powerhouse.

The International Advisory Council is intended to discover and share examples of best practice, policy and innovation in the arts, creative industries and cultural education worldwide with the aim of harnessing opportunities and measuring risk.  

The work was planned long before the EU referendum, but has taken on added urgency in the light of the decision to leave. 

Chaired by the diplomat Tom Fletcher, the council will be a mix of UK-based experts with an international perspective and experts from overseas. 

Tom Fletcher said: “As a diplomat, I have seen the huge power and potential of the UK's extraordinary creative industries. I am excited at the prospect of playing a more active role in ensuring we continue to be a world leader.

“The 21st century will throw huge change at us. The strongest economies will be those that prioritise their creative industries. This is the urgent and vital task ahead of us."

Click here to read the press release

 

Brexit Impact Meetings - First Details Announced

Our series of nationwide events to work out the ramifications of Brexit and what must be done to safeguard the arts, creative industries and cultural education continues next week.

Our first meeting in London, on July 7, raised a whole series of questions, ideas and proposals on issues including trade, access to funding, strong IP protection and freedom of movement of talent. We also began the discussion about whether the arts and creative industries can help engage all communities.

We are now taking the talks further to explore what issues need to be addressed across the whole country. The aim is to learn, to marshal experience and opinions and to come to decisions about the way ahead. The meetings will be small, focused and intensely practical.

We are pleased that we will be joined at the Manchester event by Sir Richard Leese, the leader of Manchester City Council.

Details of confirmed meetings are as follows:

Birmingham
Date: Wednesday July 20
Times: 3.30pm arrival, 4.00pm - 6.00pm
Venue: The Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB

Nottingham
Date: Thursday July 21
Times: 12pm arrival, 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: The National Videogame Arcade, 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

Manchester
Date: Thursday July 28
Times: 2.00pm arrival, 2.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, The Ormond Building, Manchester M15 6BX
In partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and Design Manchester. 

Edinburgh
Date: Tuesday August 23
Times: TBA
Venue: TBA

Swansea
Date: Tuesday September 6
Times: TBA
Venue: TBA

Bristol
Date: Wednesday September 7
Times: TBA
Venue: Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR

Newcastle
Date: Thursday September 15
Times: 9.30am arrival, 10am - 12.00pm
Venue: Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR

Other locations are planned to include Plymouth and Leeds. Details will be released in due course.

These events are free to attend for members of the Federation.  

As part of our nationwide engagement on this important issue, we will reserve a small number of places at each meeting for organisations considering membership to participate.  Please apply for a place in the same way but note that priority will be given to our members.

 

RSVP to join a Brexit Impact meeting here

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter: Preparing for the Future and Celebrating IP

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please read on for details of:

- Speakers for our urgent EU meetings
- The launch of the Creative Industries Council's new five-year strategy
- What we said as MPs debated the EBacc 
- The Fed's summer drinks
- Celebrating British intellectual property.

Although many were disappointed by the referendum result, the challenge now is to ensure that the sector continues to thrive and grow. Next month, we launch our new International Advisory Council and the first C.International, our new horizon-scanning journal offering insight for members.

As our team expands, we have created a new post of UK policy engagement manager. Hallie Humphries will have a dedicated brief to support our existing and future member organisations outside London.

There has never been a more important time for us to be working together. We have had a surge of interest in membership as the need for a professional fighting force for the sector becomes ever clearer. The greater our membership the more informed we can be and the greater the traction in getting things done. If you haven't already, do join us.

Best wishes,

John Kampfner, Chief Executive

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Plotting a New Route Forward

This Thursday will be the first of our urgent meetings designed to plot a way forward for all our members after the EU referendum result.

The aim is to provide insight, establish what our members need to know, and develop a course of action to ensure that the UK’s current success in the arts, creative industries and cultural education can now be secured. The sessions will be intensely practical.

The experts for the first event include:

- Fabrice Montagné, chief UK and senior European economist for Barclays
- Jenni Russell, political commentator, The Times
- Darren Henley, chief executive, Arts Council England

The logistics are as follows:

Date: Thursday July 7, 2016

Time: 11.00am arrival for 11.30am start. End by 2.00pm.

Venue: King’s College London, Great Hall, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

If you have not already done so, please register to attend. New members will be welcome.

Other meetings will follow across the nations and regions, with current plans including Edinburgh, Wales, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham. The aim will be to produce a set of proposals for the new government by September.

Register to Attend London Meeting Here

 

Create Together - New Five-Year Strategy for Growth

The Federation is pleased to back the new five-year strategy from the Creative Industries Council, the partnership of industry and government.

Launched yesterday at the House of Commons, Create Together is a blueprint to cement the UK’s status as a global hub for commercial creativity. It outlines plans to grow exports and encourage creative businesses to scale up and for the role of the creative industries in the UK regions.

The CIC and Federation both agree that the creative industries are well placed to address the opportunities and challenges created by the Leave vote.

Nicola Mendelsohn, co-chair CIC and VP EMEA Facebook, said: “The UK’s creative industries are open for business as usual. We now believe we can be instrumental in shaping the new growth agenda in the post-Brexit world and play an important part in economic development of all parts of the UK.”

Federation chief executive John Kampfner, who sits on the CIC, said: "We're delighted to welcome the launch of the CIC strategy. It is crucial that the Government listens to the creative industries and does everything possible to secure access to markets and to talent if we are to safeguard the jobs, the growth and the success of our amazing sector."

To read the CIC strategy, click here.

 

What We Said About EBacc

We welcome the debate held in Parliament yesterday on the EBacc - but hope it is just the start of a new discussion on education.

For those Federation members who have not followed the issue, the EBacc requires pupils to study a minimum of seven GCSEs, but the options do not include any creative subjects.

We are exceptionally concerned about the message this sends from the Government about the value and importance of creative subjects. We are further concerned that the marginalisation of creative subjects in schools will exacerbate existing skills shortages in the sector. We briefed several of the MPs who spoke on the subject to flag our worries.

John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said: “The EBacc debate’s a moment to focus on a key issue for the UK economy - whether we are giving generations of schoolchildren an education that prepares them for fulfilling lives and careers and whether we are building the skilled workforce of the future.

“A narrow, traditional curriculum not only does a disservice to many students but can only exacerbate existing skills shortages in jobs such as animation and special effects - jobs that young people would want to do. Other industries, such as engineering, that require a similar mix of creative and technical skills, are also affected.

“We hope the EBacc debate is only the start of a serious discussion on how to achieve the best education for our young people and the future of the British economy. The creative industries are currently the fastest growing sector but a proper creative education is crucial to maintaining that success."

The creative industries are worth £84.1bn GVA to the British economy and grew by 8.9 per cent in 2014, nearly twice as fast as the economy at large. Employment in the creative industries has grown by almost 20 per cent in the last five years.

 

Summer Drinks Update

We are thrilled so many of you want to raise a glass with us at our first summer drinks next week. But as space is limited, if you find you are unable to attend at the last minute, do please tell us. And if you have not yet made your request for a place (and are a member), do likewise.

The reception will coincide with the launch of our biannual international research journal, C.International, which will give members an insight into what’s going on in the arts, creative industries and cultural education around the world and potential developments for our sector.  

On the evening, we will be joined by the chair of our new International Advisory Council Tom Fletcher - foreign policy advisor to three prime ministers and former British ambassador to Lebanon. 

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Venue: The Hospital Club, 24 Endell St, London WC2H 9HQ

This event is free for Federation members to attend. To register your interest, please RSVP.

RSVP for Summer Drinks Here

 

Celebrate British IP Day - Today

The Alliance for Intellectual Property has created British IP Day to celebrate the best of British creative talent and IP from writers to games developers, designers to brands, and all points in between.

Some of those creators and business owners are meeting their MPs to explain why IP matters, at both a local and national level, and why policy across government needs to help nurture, support and protect that creativity. Baroness Neville-Rolfe, minister for intellectual property, will tonight present the first IP Champion award at a reception in Parliament.

Follow events on Twitter via #BritishIPDay and @AllianceIP

 

Who We've Met, What We've Seen, Where We've Spoken 

Who we have engaged with includes: Blackpool Council, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Birmingham City Council, Cambridge City Council, Durham County Council, The Hepworth Wakefield, Paul Mellon Centre, The Art Fund, Harewood House near Leeds, The Piece Hall in Halifax, Bradford City Council, EY, Tech UK, BBC Sport, MPL Limited, London Film School, Core Education Trust in Birmingham, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Repucom, Yorkshire Festival, Isobel Griffiths Limited, Pinewood Studios, Alliance for IP, Publishers Association, Channel 4, Greater London Authority, Goldsmiths, Sage Gateshead, Careers Enterprise Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, DCMS, BIS, No10, Mishcon de Reya, Arts Council England, Facebook, Radiocentre, The Kazimier in Liverpool, Cultural Organisations of Liverpool, Equity, Cosmopolitan, Mediacom, Crispin Porter and Bogusky, European Association of Communications Agencies, Hearst Magazines, Grey London, Virool, University of Edinburgh, Barclays, Creative Industries Council, Science Museum Group, WN Sync in Liverpool, Edinburgh TV Festival.

What we have done, read, seen and particularly loved includes: SOHO at National Centre for Circus Art in partnership with Stufish Productions, Yorkshire Festival: Stanley Spencer, David Storey and Stephen Sutcliffe openings at The Hepworth Wakefield; Imran Qureshi - Garden Within a Garden opening at Cartwright Hall, Bradford, England -v- Wales with BBC Sports and Premier League, Phaedra(s) and The Shadow King at the Barbican, David Hockney at Royal Academy, Rake, Powers, Game of Thrones, Midnight Special, Everybody Wants Some, Bill Cunningham: New York, The Magic Flute streamed from New York Met, Tom Fletcher’s Naked Diplomacy, Hannah Rothschild’s The Improbability of Love, Nina Stibbe’s Man at the Helm, Razed: Syrian ruins exhibition in aid of the White Helmets by Arthur Laidlaw, OXO Tower Wharf, National Summer Club Summer Show private view at Somerset House, Masterpiece, Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design at V&A, Hampstead Affordable Art Fair, Sculpture in the City 2016 launch, Art Night 2016, Old Vic Summer Gala, Fork to Fork food festival at ARK Franklin Primary, NW6 (organised by member Thomasina Miers), Royal College of Art Show 2016, Painter's Paintings at National Gallery, BP Portrait Award at National Portrait Gallery, Jeff Koons at Newport Street Gallery, all in London, Guildford School of Acting MA graduate show Avenue Q, Francis Bacon at Tate Liverpool, London Collections Men, and receptions for the V&A, the opening of the new Tate Modern, Policy Exchange, London Essays, UK Music, Barbican, the investiture of Kevin Spacey, the launch of CIC's Create Together, Julia Peyton-Jones’ farewell to the Serpentine Galleries and Barclays Bank marking 30 years in media. And still enjoying Roll 7's Not A Hero and the return of Oasis' 'O Refreshing Stuff' advertising campaign.

Events we have held or where we have spoken include: International Festival for Business in Liverpool, Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association AGM in Telford, European Literature Network workshop in London, New Thinking, Essential Change in the Creative Industries conference in Birmingham, discussion panel on EBacc at New Designers fair, London, and CEO roundtable, Cannes Lions Festival in Cannes.  

Federation events: Unique Breakfast with David Abraham, chief executive, Channel 4, London Tech Week event with Digital Catapult and Tech London Advocates on how startups can partner with bigger organisations, business of creativity panel at International Festival for Business, Liverpool.

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June 2016

Urgent EU Meetings - and Note from our Chairman

As the UK begins the process of leaving the European Union, the consequences for the creative industries - the fastest-growing sector of the economy, the driver of regeneration and the calling card for our nation around the world - could not be more acute.

It has never been more important for our amazing creative community - which employs more than 5 million people in all the nations and regions, from an army of freelancers to iconic arts institutions to multi-national companies, to our world-beating universities - to come together.

We need to make sure that the issues that our members raised during the referendum campaign are understood and represented by those negotiating the new future for Britain. These include access to markets, access to regional and sector-specific funding, strong IP protection and freedom of movement of talent. 

We need to look at the ramifications for the sector of broader economic uncertainty. We also need to analyse the fractured geography of our country and ask whether the arts and creative industries can help engage all communities.

The Creative Industries Federation plans to host a series of events around the country to bring the sector together, to learn, to marshal experience and opinions, and to come to decisions about the way ahead. These events will be no-frills, sleeves-rolled-up and intensely practical.

Register your interest in attending here

We will host the first meeting in London on July 7. The venue and other details will be announced shortly. The timings will be approximately 11.30-14.30. Other meetings will follow across the nations and regions, concluding by mid-September, ahead of the formation of a new government.

                                                

 

To become a Federation member, click here

If you are willing and able to host any of these meetings and assist in planning, please contact Katie Banham, head of events, on katie@creativeindustriesfederation.com or 020 7849 3306. We will circulate a draft agenda in advance of each meeting. So if you have issues you want discussed, any questions you want asked or any insight to share, please contact Harriet Finney, director of policy, on harriet@creativeindustriesfederation.com or 020 7849 3309.

The Federation's members voted 96% to stay in the EU in our own survey and many added detailed comments. Some members were unable to express a view, or chose not to. And 4% supported Leave. You all have a voice.

We have spent the days since the referendum in contact with Whitehall departments, with the Scottish government and with the London Mayor's office to begin discussing next steps. That work will intensify.

Best wishes,

John Kampfner
Chief executive

 

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Federation: EU Referendum Response

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Creative Industries Federation today pledges to play a positive role in safeguarding the future of the UK’s arts, creative industries and cultural education and their significant contribution to the economy in light of the decision to leave the European Union.

John Kampfner, chief executive, said: “As the UK creates a new identity and a new position on the world stage, our arts and creative industries - the fastest growing sector in the economy - will play an important role.

“It will be vital for all sides to work together to ensure that the interests of our sector on issues including access to funding and talent are safeguarded as the UK forges its new relationship with Europe. The importance of British culture in representing our country to the world will be greater than ever.” 

After a campaign that highlighted deep social, geographic and economic divisions, the role the arts can play will be significant. “Within the UK, we will play our part in helping to bridge divides within and between the nations and regions of the country.”

The Federation, which held a high-profile debate on the EU in April, and whose members' poll showed an overwhelming vote in favour of remaining, plans to hold a series of events to engage the creative community on charting a way ahead. Details will be released shortly.

The Federation’s members' survey showed more than 96% support for Remain, with 4% in favour of Leave*. (A number of Federation members were by statute unable to participate in the poll. These included members in receipt of government funding, those that are arms-length governmental bodies, such as Arts Council England or Creative Scotland, or have public service broadcasting obligations.) 

For more details of members' reasons for wanting to stay and the launch of the findings with Prime Minister David Cameron click here.

The Federation has played a prominent role in major issues affecting the UK’s cultural sector since its launch 18 months ago.

Last autumn, in conjunction with partners, we secured a better-than-expected funding settlement for the publicly-supported arts and in the past few months we have worked to ensure the continued strength of the BBC and particularly its role within the creative industries ahead of the publication of the Government’s White Paper. We will continue to represent the interests of members across national, devolved and local government and beyond on ongoing issues including creative education and access to finance.

The creative industries were worth £84.1bn to the economy in 2013-2014 and grew by 8.9 per cent - almost double the rate of the economy as a whole. Europe is currently the largest export market for the creative industries, taking 57% of all overseas trade.

John Kampfner
Chief Executive

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Our EU Evidence - Please Read and Share

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


On Thursday, UK voters go to the polls to make the biggest political decision the country has faced for decades. The Federation will be ready to act whatever the result.


We surveyed our members and 96 per cent backed Remain for reasons ranging from freedom of movement of talent to ERDF and other EU funding and the desire to be at the table for crucial IP negotiations. 


Click here for a summary of the case, in the words of members who took part in the poll and the EU referendum hustings we held.<