Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Today we launched the results of our EU survey. Thanks to so many of you for taking part and for giving your detailed responses.
The poll showed more than 96% support for Remain among our members, with barely 4% in favour of Leave*.
The results were welcomed by the Prime Minister today as he met Federation board members and other key figures from the sector to discuss the forthcoming EU referendum and the needs of the creative industries.
These included Sir John Sorrell and John Kampfner, chair and chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, arts leader Jude Kelly, Deborah Bull, assistant principal of King's College, London, the games entrepreneur Ian Livingstone, theatre director Sir Nicholas Hytner, Amanda Nevill, chief executive of the BFI, Kanya King, founder and chief executive of Mobo, the artist Sir Anish Kapoor, actor Dominic West, film director Tom Hooper, Harry Potter film producer David Heyman, David Joseph, chairman and chief executive of Universal Music UK, Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, the co-chairmen of Working Title Films, Labour's Baroness Jowell and Culture Minister Ed Vaizey. The discussion took place at Abbey Road Studios in London this morning.
David Cameron said: “When it comes to creativity, British talent and expertise has made this country the envy of the world. Whether it is music or film, art or video games, the UK leads Europe. More than most, this is a sector that thrives on being open to the world outside. Whether it’s bringing in talent, filming on location or simply having access to the Single Market of 500 million people across Europe.
“The results of Creative Industries Federation’s survey are clear: we are better off in a reformed European Union than out on our own. To leave would be a leap in the dark.”
Publication of the results coincided with an open letter by hundreds of leading figures from across the arts calling on the British public not to embrace Brexit.
The Federation survey also showed that 84% of members believed the outcome of the vote on June 23 was important to the future success of their organisation.
Among reasons cited for this vote of confidence in Europe were:
- Access to EU markets and influence - the EU is the largest export market for the UK creative industries, totalling 56% of all overseas trade in the sector. It is vital that Britain is able to influence regulatory decisions which may have a bearing on future trading, such as the current discussions around the Digital Single Market.
- Access to EU funding - the Creative Europe programme has provided support for films such as The King’s Speech, The Iron Lady and Slumdog Millionaire. ERDF has made grants to arts organisations in the regions, including Sage Gateshead, Manchester’s HOME and Falmouth University. In addition, Federation cultural education members benefit from the €80bn innovation fund, Horizon 2020. All this could be imperilled.
- Movement of talent - the UK is a creative hub. Close collaboration with EU partners is key to Britain maintaining this position. From orchestras to art schools to architecture firms, the UK’s creative industries are enriched by the diversity of cultural exchange and strengthened by the movement of talent across the EU.
John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said: “Our members have sent a clear signal about the importance of EU membership for the continued success of the UK’s fastest-growing sector.”
Sir John Sorrell, chairman of the Creative Industries Federation, said: “The UK creative industries are key to the way we are seen by the world and deliver a massive £84.1bn to our economy. Our position as a vital European creative hub is a huge part of this success - we benefit from a vast network of talented people, companies and institutions across Europe.”
Jude Kelly, arts leader, said: “European partnerships, people and ideas have combined with the UK’s creative industries to make us a world leader. I believe in the strength of this unity and want to continue being open, curious and fully involved in Europe's hopes, dreams and challenges.”
Tom Weldon, chief executive of Penguin Random House, said: “The EU has helped the UK to become a creative powerhouse, thanks to our ability to trade freely with 27 other countries in Europe and through the EU laws which help protect intellectual copyright, without which we would not have a creative industry at all.”
Ian Livingstone, chairman of Sumo Digital, said: “The UK video games industry is a good news story about intellectual property creation, exports and growth in a global market worth in excess of per annum. EU membership brings us unrestricted access to 560 million potential customers.”
Nigel Carrington, vice-chancellor of University of the Arts London, said: “Freedom of movement is a fundamental driver of success for students, staff and researchers. As far as I am concerned, the relationships and partnerships forged through European mobility are of massive benefit to students and universities.”
Sir Nicholas Hytner, co-founder of London Theatre Company, said: “Creativity knows no borders. Theatre, like all the creative industries, thrives on the free exchange of talent, of ideas, of inspiration and the EU enables this. Why would we want suddenly to impose borders on this free exchange of talent and ideas?”
Joanna Baker, managing director of Edinburgh International Festival, said: “Founded following the Second World War, the Edinburgh International Festival is an important example of the power of international cultural exchange to unite people – a principle which also lies at the heart of the European Union.”
Chris Hirst, CEO UK & Europe of Havas, said: “In an increasingly global business world, advertising and the creative industries as a whole cannot afford to be on the outside. An 'Out' vote would affect our ability to entice talent and to land global accounts here in the UK. It cannot be in our best interests to act like an island in such a connected world.
Jo Dipple, CEO of UK Music, said: “We export over 60% of the music made in the UK and the EU single market has helped British music become a world leader. There can be no question that leaving it will have a significant impact, be that short- or long-term.”
Richard Mantle, general director of Opera North, said: “Leaving the EU could leave the UK culturally isolated, an issue for all cultural organisations, but especially for those working in opera - a fundamentally European art-form. It would diminish our burgeoning cultural voice, which should be at the heart of European culture."
Professor Anne Carlisle, vice-chancellor of Falmouth University, said: “With EU support, universities generate local growth and jobs through support for projects which build new companies, foster entrepreneurship and increase wages. This is nowhere more evident than in Cornwall. Falmouth University has been a major beneficiary of EU funding which has only benefitted the Cornish economy.”
A joint statement was issued by
Sir Nicholas Kenyon, managing director of Barbican
Mark Boleat, chairman of the City of London’s Policy and Resources Committee
Professor Barry Ife, principal of Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Kathryn McDowell CBE, managing director of the London Symphony Orchestra
Sharon Ament, director of the Museum of London:
“As leaders of a creative alliance that aims to maintain and enhance the City of London’s position as an internationally renowned centre for the arts, heritage, learning and entertainment, we are committed to the UK’s continued membership of the European Union, which plays a major role in ensuring the UK’s position as an international cultural powerhouse.”
Tom Inns, director of Glasgow School of Art, said: “Don’t underestimate how significant European funding, networks and ideas are for UK culture and creativity. A vote for Brexit would really put the country in the cultural slow lane and will do nothing for the UK’s thriving creative economy.”
Dave Moutrey, director and chief executive of HOME in Manchester, said: “Leaving the EU would be a big mistake with a huge cost. HOME and many other cultural organisations benefit significantly from EU financial support, while the free movement of ideas, products and creatives is key to making the UK such a creative place to live and work.”
Andrea Stark, chief executive of High House Production Park in Thurrock, said: “Our new costume centre would not have been possible without support from the European Regional Development Fund - crucially it unlocked the other funds necessary to make this development happen. The Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre will house costumes for Royal Opera House productions, and a new BA (Hons.) degree course in costume construction will be delivered from the centre’s bespoke workrooms.”
Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates, said: “The UK’s world-leading creative tech sector has blended arts and creativity with technology to create world-leading video games, digital fashion innovations and adtech products. Companies benefit from being in the EU for talent and private sector investment, which is why 87% of Tech London Advocates back remaining in the EU.”
Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery, said: "The Photographers' Gallery has a rich history of identifying, showcasing and championing talent from across Europe. We strongly believe that an exit from the EU would affect our ability to support the diversity of photographers and the collaborative work we pride ourselves on."
Linda Merrick, principal of the Royal Northern College of Music, said: “EU students bring distinctive musical and cultural backgrounds to the RNCM, enriching learning for everyone and establishing lifelong musical relationships. Students return to their home countries as powerful advocates for the UK’s cultural and education sectors.”
Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras, said: “British orchestras need open borders to tour to other European countries, providing a vital source of income at a time of diminishing public investment at home.”
John Tulip, managing director of Northern Film and Media in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, said: “Like many organisations in our creatives industries, we would have shut down without backing from the European Regional Development Fund. Whether the imperative is economic or cultural, the case for remaining seems from our perspective to be overwhelmingly clear.”
Paul Williams of Stanton Williams said: “It is quite obvious that the architecture industry will be badly damaged if the UK leaves the European Union. Although an island, culturally Britain is inextricably woven into the fabric of Europe’s rich and varied landscape - it is unthinkable to imagine a future adrift.”
* A number of Federation members have by statute been unable to participate in the poll. These include 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.