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February 2017

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.


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.


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.
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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.


Wednesday March 15
University of Edinburgh

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Thursday March 16
National Theatre Wales

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Thursday March 16
Manchester School of Art

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For more information on all 10 of these meetings - including those in London, Plymouth, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Newcastle & Gateshead - visit our website.
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Drinking and thinking with the London night czar


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.

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Policy update
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.
Read our statement >
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.
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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.
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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 > 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.
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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.
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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.
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January 2017

The Federation's first international conference - save the date

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January 20, 2017

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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Our Brexit work - the latest

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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Complete our new 
Brexit survey

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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Members' benefits
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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Your chance to see
Collect crafts fair first
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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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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The Federation is hiring

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

A press officer to help devise and deliver our key messages to members, government and the wider public.

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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.
More info on Tate Exchange  > 
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.
More info here  >

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.
More info here  >

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.
More info here  >
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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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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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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
Cool and Contemporary
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.

Picture credit: Gareth Gardner

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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

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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



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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.



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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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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.

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The Business of Arts: Sir Peter Bazalgette

Creative Industries Federation 11 November 2016


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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.
January 9, 2017

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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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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.

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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

- 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
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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 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,
    •    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
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:
- 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:

Date: Wednesday July 20
Times: 3.30pm arrival, 4.00pm - 6.00pm
Venue: The Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB

Date: Thursday July 21
Times: 12pm arrival, 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Venue: The National Videogame Arcade, 24-32 Carlton Street, Nottingham NG1 1NN

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. 

Date: Tuesday August 23
Times: TBA
Venue: TBA

Date: Tuesday September 6
Times: TBA
Venue: TBA

Date: Wednesday September 7
Times: TBA
Venue: Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR

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 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 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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May 2016

Newsletter: National and International

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please read on for:

- Details of our new international journal and summer launch party
- Fed recruitment - exciting new roles as we develop our work nationwide
- Unique Breakfasts with Channel 4's David Abraham and Jesse Norman MP
- Other events including International Festival for Business and London Technology Week 
- Updates on our EU initiative with the Prime Minister, the BBC White Paper, what we learned in Wales and the first meeting of the Fed's working group on finance and funding.

Read more

Best wishes,

John Kampfner, Chief Executive

July 13 - The Federation Goes International

The Federation will publish the first edition of our twice-yearly new journal for members on July 13, offering a perspective on good practice and innovation around the world.

It will coincide with the launch of our international advisory council under Tom Fletcher, who was foreign policy advisor to three prime ministers (2007-2011), and be celebrated with a summer drinks party for members. For more details, click here

The Federation is Hiring
With so much to do and much more that is possible, we are looking to recruit enthusiastic, flexible, committed and talented new members of staff to our hardworking and passionate team.

Click here for details of what we want in our new digital content and social media officer.

And click here for information on becoming our UK policy engagement manager.

As we expand further, we are likely to reinforce our policy, research, comms, events and membership teams. If you want to make a general inquiry, please email us here.

Unique Breakfasts with Channel 4 and Jesse Norman MP

For the first in our series of Unique Breakfasts, David Abraham, chief executive of Channel 4, will discuss the future of the organisation. 

Following publication of the White paper on the BBC, attention has turned to Channel 4 as the Government examines options around changes to its remit, model and ownership structure and what these would mean for broadcasting. 

For more details and to register interest in this breakfast, on Thursday June 16, click here.

Jesse Norman, the chair of the culture select committee, will be the next guest speaker for this series. On July 12, he will discuss the thinking behind the committee's new inquiry, Countries of Culture. For more details and to register interest in this event, click here.
Business in Liverpool and Creative Tech in London

The Federation is delighted to be helping put the creative industries at the heart of the International Festival for Business in Liverpool next month.

We are hosting a panel on business and creativity where panellists including Rosy Greenlees, executive director of the Crafts Council, and Dr Rachel McLean, director of Liverpool Screen School at Liverpool John Moores University, will discuss how creative thinking at the heart of business leads to success - often in surprising and unexpected ways. This is open to non-members and complimentary.

For more details click here and for the latest IFB2016 newsletter click here.

There are also a limited number of places available on June 22 for Federation members at a special London Technology Week session - presented with Tech London Advocates and Digital Catapult - on how start-ups can successfully partner with larger established companies. For details and to apply click here.

* Don't forget to hold the date of the evening of August 23 for our first event with the Edinburgh International Festival. More details will follow shortly.

Europe, the BBC, Wales and Finance - Key Updates

- For those who missed it, click here for the results of our members' poll on Europe and our roundtable discussion about them with the Prime Minister.

- We held three seminars on the future of the BBC and the consequences for the arts and creative industries and made a submission. Our observations on the resulting White Paper can be foundhere.

- You can see pictures here from our first major event in Wales, at the Cardiff School of Art and Design, where Phil George, the new chair of the Arts Council of Wales, told of his hopes for bringing together the arts and creative industries to achieve greater success. To read his speech, click here.

- The first meeting of the Federation finance group - which is set to look at all issues of fundraising and finance over coming months - took place on May 5 and examined issues including corporate sponsorship, philanthropy and Gift Aid. More updates will follow.

Members' News and Special Offers
- SohoCreate festival in London will bring together the UK’s top creative minds for a week of talks, workshops, pop-ups and parties from June 6-10. More information on the line-up can be foundhere and Fed members can get discounted tickets.

- New Designers 2016 will showcase work by 3,000 recent design graduates including many from Federation members at the Business Design Centre, London. Running in two sessions from June 29-July 9, this is your chance to recruit top talent and spot new trends. Details here. Members get a discount.

- Iwona Blazwick, of the Whitechapel Gallery, and the artist Bob and Roberta Smith are among the speakers for a discussion at the Foundling Museum, London, on June 8 on artists and collective action, details here. We have a few tickets to offer.

Full details of the offers and discounts will be sent to members in a separate mailout.

* Members: feel free to send us details of your events and activities for inclusion
Who We've Seen and What We've Done
Who we have engaged with: No.10, HM Treasury, China British Business Council, Wales Millennium Centre, Founders Forum, Taylor Wessing LLP, English National Ballet, Bates Wells Braithwaite, Gloria De Piero MP, DCMS,  Beggars Music, Natural History Museum, UCL, Creative Entrepreneurs, Arts Council England, Liverpool City Council, City Hall, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Employment. V&A, Lord Puttnam, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Arts Professional, Mark Borkowski, Royal Drawing School, University of Liverpool, BBC, Society of London Theatre, Henry Moore Foundation, Simkins LLP, Somerset House Trust, Generation Investment Management LLP, Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium, Directors UK, Baroness Beeban Kidron, The Stronger In Campaign, Google, Havas, Bauer Media, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, London Theatre Chairs, National Museum Wales, Penguin Random House, Sutton PR, Henry Moore Foundation, Lord Freyberg, Colston Hall, Bristol, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Museums Journal, National Portrait Gallery and Doughty Street Chambers.  

What we have done, read, seen and particularly loved:

Kings of War, Max Richter, Strange and Familiar, Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are so Deep, and LSO performing The Dream of Gerontius, all at Barbican, Art 16, Photo London at Somerset House, Ali Smith and Eimear McBride in conversation with Kate Mosse, both at the Bailey's Prize pop-up book bar, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre's Songs of the Wanderers at Sadler's Wells, Gang of Youths at Electroworks, Botticelli Reimagined at V&A, Matilda the Musical at Cambridge Theatre, Punk 1976-78 and Shakespeare in Ten Acts at the  British Library, The Collected Short Stories of Saki, H.H. Munro, The Green Road by Anne Enright, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, Unritual II at Lime Wharf, Chatsworth House, The Caretaker at the Old Vic, Yinka Shonibare at Turner Contemporary, Captain America: Civil War, Royal Ballet’s The Winter’s Tale at the Royal Opera House, Great British Graphic Novel at the Cartoon Museum, Boy at the Almeida, Painting for Beginners at the Art Academy, London Original Print Fair, Alex Edelman at Soho Theatre, Sluice_ Art Fair at the Averard Hotel Talks, Handel's Israel in Egypt at Westminster Abbey, Magic Words: the Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore by Lance Parkin, Bold Tendencies, Forge North at Camden People’s Theatre, Me Before You, Bug at Theatre 111, Our Kind of Traitor,  Elegy at Donmar, Wiretapper all across London, the Groeningemuseum in Bruges, Minoan ruins at Akrotiri and the Archaeological Museum and Museum of Prehistoric Thira in Fira, Santorini, Denmark's Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and the Acropolis Museum, the Snehta Residency and the Benaki Museum in Athens. 

What we have attended: The Mayor of London's Cultural and Creative Welcome Reception at City Hall, Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards, inaugural Asian Voice Charity Awards, London Evening Standard Oscar's Book Prize, farewell drinks for Caroline Miller at Dance UK, and the launches of the VSO's 'Shakespeare Lives in 2016' project and the Rothschild Foundation's Illuminated River initiative. 

What we have been working on: Our working group on sponsorship and philanthropy, announcing our Europe poll survey with the Prime Minister, speaking at Culture Forum North and on diversity at The Photographer's Gallery.

Federation staff have also been working on their own creative projects outside of the office: Eliza has launched - a website featuring interviews with creative practitioners and a more informal take on policy issues; Anna has launched SMARTIFY - a free app for museum and gallery-goers that uses super-fast image recognition technology to identify artworks, allowing visitors to discover to share their responses and access varied commentary. Read more here

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April 2016

Newsletter: Tech, Telecoms, Wales and Scotland

Dear Members,

Please read on for:

- Creative tech at London Technology Week - how start-ups can partner with the big players
- Save the date for new events in Cardiff and Edinburgh
- Making communications work for everyone - a Unique Breakfast with Ofcom's Sharon White
- Philanthropy and corporate sponsorship: the first meeting of our finance working group 
- Catching up on our cracking EU debate - members can still view the live stream

Best wishes,

John Kampfner, Chief Executive

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Creative Tech - How to Succeed as a Start-Up

As part of this summer's London Technology Week 2016, the Federation is joining forces with Tech London Advocates and Digital Catapult to deliver an exciting panel discussion on how start-ups can successfully partner with larger established companies.

This headline event will feature sessions with speakers from Channel 4, Penguin Random House, DigitasLBi, MoFilm, PlayCanvas and Barclays, covering media, TV, film, games, publishing and advertising. Speakers will offer practical advice, debate and case studies on how best to avoid the pitfalls and reap the rewards of collaboration.

There are a limited number of places available exclusively for Federation members.  If you’d like to attend, please RSVP below to request a place.

Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Times: 5.30pm registration
6.00pm Introduction and panel discussion
7.45pm Feedback and summary
8.00pm Drinks/networking

Venue: Digital Catapult Centre - 9th Floor, 101 Euston Road, London NW1 2RA

Speakers at our London Technology Week event will include Dan Franklin, digital publisher and a senior member of the consumer and digital development department at Penguin Random House UK, who are Federation members. He heads a team who forge collaborations on behalf of the publisher's authors.

Click here to request a place.

What Matters in Wales - Come Tell Us
Save the date for our visit to Cardiff next month when we will be debating whether a cultural strategy is crucial to regional economic success. 

The Federation will bring together a panel of expert speakers as we debate the landscape for arts and the creative industries in Wales in the wake of next month's elections. As our first major event in Wales, this will be open to prospective members from across the arts, creative industries and cultural education as well as members.

Join us for an evening of topical discussion and the opportunity to share your concerns and passions. After the event, which is supported by Barclays, attendees will have the opportunity to view Cardiff School of Art & Design's 2016 Degree show and to meet and mingle over drinks. 

More details to follow very soon but click below to register your interest.  This is a complimentary event.

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Times: 6.00pm-8.00pm
Venue: Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB 

Click here to request a place.

Networking in Scotland - Come Join Us

We are delighted to be hosting our first event with the Edinburgh International Festival, who are Federation members, on the evening of August 23. More details soon.

Deep Thinking on our Communications Future

We kickstart our in-depth series of policy breakfasts - the Unique Breakfasts - with an exploration of how digital communications can continue to meet the needs of people and businesses UK-wide, over the next decade and beyond. Sharon White, chief executive of Ofcom, is the key speaker.

With the communications sector evolving at a rapid pace and consumers and businesses placing ever-growing demands on their mobile and broadband services, reliable and widely available communications are vital to the success of the creative industries and the wider economy.

The regulator Ofcom has just published its once-in-a-decade blueprint for the future of the sector and this is your chance to interrogate the thinking behind it.

There will be a limited number of places at this round table event and we expect demand to be high so may not be able to accommodate everyone interested in attending. We advise that everyone with a place is expected to take part in the discussion. Our thanks to the May Fair Hotel for hosting this breakfast.

Date: Friday, May 20, 2016
Times: 8.00am-9.30am
Venue: The May Fair Hotel, Stratton St, London W1J 8LT 

Click here to request a place.

Building Financial Resilience - Our Working Group Launches
The Federation’s working group on finance will launch on the afternoon of Thursday May 5 in central London.

The first session will explore existing models for cultural and corporate partnerships and we hope for a useful debate with a range of interested parties including arts organisations and financial institutions. Members are invited to share their experiences of engaging with the corporate sector and philanthropists as we seek to unlock current blocks in the system.

Future sessions will cover topics including making the case for local investment in the arts and creative industries, why the creative tech sector is more effective in attracting new forms of investment than the creative industry sector and - dependent on the outcome of the EU referendum - access to EU funding.

The aim of the working group is to identify practical steps to foster stronger engagement between the cultural and corporate/private sectors, examine what more the government could do to promote successful partnerships, identify new sources of funding and encourage entrepreneurialism and innovation.

To reserve a place, please contact Jack Powell at
EU Hustings: After the Debate, our Members' Vote
Any members yet to complete our survey on Europe are urged to do so - and have no excuse after Tuesday's fierce, fascinating and informative debate on what this summer's vote will mean for the arts, creative industries and creative education.

The Federation brought together Munira Mirza, deputy mayor of London for education and culture, Luke Johnson, founder of Risk Capital Partners, and Lady Bridgeman, founder of the Bridgeman Art Library, to make the case for Brexit, while Maria Eagle, shadow culture secretary, Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre, London, and Baroness Lane-Fox explained why we should Remain. (All pictured.)
Thanks to Federation member, ArtStreaming TV, for providing a live stream from the British Library in London which successfully brought the event to members nationwide.

We will publish the results of our members' survey shortly after the deadline of May 9. For members who can no longer find the questionnaire in their in-box, we will re-circulate it shortly.
Who We've Seen and What We've Done
Who we have engaged with: Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Alliance for Intellectual Property, Sony Pictures, Bristol Media, Somerset House, Jimmy Wales Foundation, No 10, DCMS, Cannes Lions, Gagosian Gallery, WGSN, Royal Opera House, Cameron Mackintosh Limited, Royal College of Art, ITV, Channel 4, David Lammy MP, Trinity Mirror, Nesta, John Nicolson MP, NBCU, Arts Council England, UK Music, Careers Enterprise Company, London Stock Exchange Group, Battersea Arts Centre, Advertising Week Europe.

What we have done, read, seen and particularly loved: English National Ballet's She Said and National Youth Dance Company's In-Nocentes, both at Sadler's Wells, The Tempest at Shakespeare's Globe, Zootropolis, Undressed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Theatre's People, Places and Things at the Wyndham's, Painting the Modern Garden at the Royal Academy, Be Be Wife Pan Ek Aj Life by Shivam Theatre at the Bhavan Centre, 
Hilma af Kilnt at Serpentine Galleries, Muse at The 02, Channa Horwitz at Raven Row, Jaco Van Dormael's film The Brand New Testament at the Barbican, Agatha Christie's Dead Man's Folly, Aarushi by Avirook Sen, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, the new season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, temples, shrines and the Imperial Palace gardens of Tokyo and Kyoto.

What we have been working on: In addition to the EU hustings at the British Library, our working group on further and higher education in Birmingham, a submission to the House of Lords' inquiry on Channel 4, and updating our briefings on the EBacc, now that a House of Commons debate has been secured. 

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Newsletter: Leading on Europe and Making Your Head Hurt

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please read on for details of:

- The Unique Breakfasts - details of our exciting new series
- Speaker line-up for our Europe hustings; member survey reaches climax
- The finance working group - inaugural session on philanthropy and corporate sponsorship 
- EBacc news, the Federation out and about and what our members are doing

If you have not already signed up to become a member of our unique network, now is the time.

John Kampfner, Chief Executive

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Europe In or Out - We're at the Heart of the Debate
This month comes the debate; in May we'll announce the results of our members' survey.

Big beasts from the Remain and Brexit camps will make their case at the Federation’s major debate on Europe this month as we focus our attention on the biggest political issue of the year.

Baroness Lane-Fox, Shadow Culture Secretary Maria Eagle and Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre, London, will explain why they believe we are Stronger In while Luke Johnson, founder of Risk Capital Partners and a former chairman of the Royal Society of Arts and Channel 4, and Lady Harriet Bridgeman, founder of the Bridgeman Art Library, argue for Vote Leave.

The Federation’s EU hustings - what it all means for the UK’s creatives

Date: Tuesday April 19
Times: 6.00pm registration
             6.30pm debate and Q&A
             7.45pm drinks & networking
             8.30pm end of event
Venue: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2DB

Members please register to attend here. If you have any questions you would like to put to the speakers, please let us know.

Those members unable to attend will be able to watch the event on a password-protected live stream thanks to Federation member, ArtStreaming TV.

Please note: Our members-only poll on Europe is open for another month. For anyone who has not yet completed the survey, we will re-circulate it next week and publish the findings mid-May.
Our Unique Breakfasts - How To Make Your Head Hurt 
Our high-level Unique Breakfasts will start this spring with the aim of offering incisive discussion on key policy issues or hot topics of the moment.

The first raft of confirmed guest speakers includes:

Naomi Climer, the first female president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Catherine Mayer, co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party
Kathryn Parsons, co-founder and co-CEO of Decoded
Sharon White, chief executive of Ofcom

These small, curated events, held over a light breakfast, are a new series for our members, designed as focused, informative and provocative conversations with creatives, entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

We expect demand to be high so may not be able to accommodate everyone interested in every session. We advise that all attendees are expected to be active and engaged in the discussion. But we promise you will come away with new ideas, ways of thinking and inspiration. Your head should hurt.
Full details of dates, venues and subjects for debate to follow but please click here to register interest, stating which Unique Breakfast or Breakfasts you would like to attend.
Working Group on Finance - Philanthropy First
The Federation’s working group on finance will launch on the afternoon of Thursday May 5 in central London.

The first session will explore existing models for cultural and corporate partnerships and we hope for a useful debate with a range of interested parties including arts organisations and financial institutions. Members are invited to share their experiences of engaging with the corporate sector and philanthropists as we seek to unlock current blocks in the system.

Future sessions will cover topics including making the case for local investment in the arts and creative industries, why the creative tech sector is more effective in attracting new forms of investment than the creative industry sector and - dependent on the outcome of the EU referendum - access to EU funding.

The aim of the working group is to identify practical steps to foster stronger engagement between the cultural and corporate/private sectors, examine what more the government could do to promote successful partnerships, identify new sources of funding and encourage entrepreneurialism and innovation.

To reserve a place, please contact Jack Powell at
Act Now for a Commons Debate on the EBacc
The Federation is still urging people to sign a petition that will secure a House of Commons debate on the English Baccalaureate - the EBacc - if it hits 100,000 signatures by May 9. It currently stands at around 96,000 signatories. So hurry, and sign, if you haven't already!

With creative education the biggest concern among members, our work on the EBacc sits alongside our working group on challenges facing further and higher education. Our submissions to Government on the EBacc will be sent to members next week.

For more information and to sign the petition, click here.
The Federation - Out and About
Since our last newsletter

Who we have engaged with includes: Edinburgh International Festival, Junk Kouture, International Festival of Business, National Gallery, Donmar Warehouse, National Trust, VisitEngland.

What we have done, read, seen or particularly loved: Debate on the future of public broadcasting with Lord Puttnam and Lord Hall, Ted Hughes Poetry Award, Les Blancs at the National Theatre, Afrobeats Easter Festival at the Troxy, London, Mappa Mundi at Hereford Cathedral, Duck House playing at the Old Blue Last, London, The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare’s Globe, It’s a Drag Knockout at Bloc Bar, London, Being the Brontes on BBC Two, Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran, Geisha by Lesley Downer, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a range of culture in Madrid, including the Royal Palace, Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum, and the Museo Nacional de Colombia, Museo del Oro and a Bazurto All Stars gig in Bogota, Colombia. And The Night Manager. Didn’t everyone?
Members' News
London Craft Week May 3-7, a showcase featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands. for tickets and news.

The Sorrell Foundation, with funding from the HEAD Trust and Arts Council England, has made short films to inform young people, parents and teachers about the UK's creative industries and to encourage them to stick with art and design and design and technology when choosing their GCSE options. Information at and the videos are at

Arts Council chair, and Federation founder, Sir Peter Bazalgette will make a keynote speech on April 13 on local government, the arts and what can be achieved through partnership.

Youth marketing agency Livity is creating a new London online marketplace matching creative people looking for affordable space to rent with businesses and organisations with unused deskspace and meeting rooms. Contact for more information.

The Federation is preparing a short guide to the three-week International Festival of Business which is taking place in Liverpool this summer. But in the meantime, you can read the latest IFB newsletter here

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March 2016

Newsletter: Easter Update

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Here is your Easter update of the work that we've been doing on behalf of all the UK's creative industries, arts and cultural education. The headlines:

    •    Response to Culture and Education White Papers
    •    Finance Working Group - Sponsorship and Philanthropy
    •    EU Survey and Debate
    •    Over the Horizon
    •    Federation Out and About

If you have not already signed up to become a member of our unique network, now is the time.

John Kampfner, Chief Executive

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Finance Working Group
The first meeting of the Federation's Finance Working Group will take place on May 5 and will focus on sponsorship and philanthropy. Members from across the UK have raised with us the need for greater engagement between the corporate sector and cultural organisations. A number have expressed concern that private investment in the arts is diminishing. The need for stronger partnerships in this area was also acknowledged by government in the Culture White Paper.

If you would like to join this working group, and have not already signed up, or if you would like more information, please contact
Response to Culture White Paper
The Federation welcomes publication of the Culture White Paper, the first for 50 years. To read our critique - where we agree with the government and where we believe it has fallen short - click here
Response to Education White Paper
The Federation expressed its disappointment at the Government’s Education White Paper after it failed to address the skills pipeline challenges facing the creative industries.

Chancellor George Osborne said in his Budget that providing great schooling is “the single most important thing we can do to boost the long-term productivity of our economy” but the White Paper failed to follow through. To read our full response, click here.

The Federation is still urging people to sign a petition that will secure a House of Commons debate on the English Baccalaureate - the EBacc - if it hits 100,000 signatures by May (currently approaching 90,000 signatories).

For more information and to sign, click here by Monday, May 9.
Higher and Further Education Working Group
Following the successful launch of the working group in January, our next meeting will take place on Tuesday April 12 in Birmingham. We will update members on our work plan for higher and further education, what the government's plans for apprenticeships mean and we will end with a panel discussion on entrepreneurship.
The Big EU Debate
The big vote is getting closer: the Federation is convening leading figures to debate what the EU referendum means for the arts, creative industries and cultural education.

Members will be invited to challenge leading figures from both the Stronger In and Vote Leave campaigns at a big debate we are hosting at the British Library.

This event is open to members - please register below. We are working with Federation member ArtStreamingTV to provide a password-protected live stream for those members unable to be in the room.

Date: Tuesday, April 19

Times: 6:00pm for 6:30pm start
             8:30pm finish

Venue: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2DB

Members still have time to complete our EU survey. It's important that as many of you do as possible. The survey is anonymous although there is an option for leaving details if you would like to be more actively involved with us further on this issue. Members please contact us here if you need a link to the survey.
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Over the Horizon
As ever, the Federation team is active across the country in events and initiatives from music to tech, arts to design, fashion to TV, architecture to film, broadcasting to heritage, visual arts to publishing. Here's a taste: the International Festival of Business in Liverpool, Hay Festival, Culture Forum North in Leeds, Edinburgh Festival, London Tech Week plus events in Northern Ireland, Cornwall and Wales with many more to come. We'll keep you posted with more details
Federation Out and About
Since our last newsletter...

We have spoken at: The Manchester Cultural Partnership Conference, The Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre, London, University of Kent.

Who we have been talking to includes: Sadiq Khan, British Council, BBC, Creative England, High House Production Park, The Building Centre, Korean Creative Industries Forum, The Sharp Project, Manchester, Local Government Association, New Designers Art Fair, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, Arts Council England, Brunswick Arts, Indielab, Tech London Advocates, Milligan Retail, Motion Pictures Association, Camelot, Creative Skillset, CCSkills, UK Music.

What we have seen includes: Giorgione at the Royal Academy, If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me at Young Vic, Waste at the National Theatre, Room, A Bigger Splash, Hail, Caesar!, Ave Maya Gala at Coliseum, Jesus and Mary Chain at The Forum, The Dimbleby Lecture with the RSC's Gregory Doran, The Magic Flute at ENO, a cinema relay screening of The Crucible from the Barbican, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Hunna in Amsterdam, Royal Collection: Scottish Artists at the Queen's Gallery, The Leprosy Museum, Bergen, Norway, The Master Builder at the Old Vic, Diiv at Rough Trade East, Ludovico Einaudi at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, St Matthew Passion at Westminster Abbey, Munch Museum and Museum of Architecture, Oslo, Series of Chamber Music at the Oslo Opera House, Norway.


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Newsletter: Europe - The Big Debate

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please read on for details of:

- Our big debate on the EU 
- Q&A with Labour's London mayoralty contender Sadiq Khan
- Education, Parliament and the EBacc 
- Members' news

If you have not already signed up to become a member of our unique network, now is the time.

John Kampfner, Chief Executive

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The EU Referendum - The Debate and the Vote
It is the biggest issue in UK politics. So the Federation is convening leading figures to debate exactly what the EU referendum means for the arts, creative industries and cultural education.

Members will be invited to challenge leading figures from both the Stronger In and Vote Leave campaigns at a big debate we are hosting at the British Library.  

This event is open to members - please register below. We are working with Federation member ArtStreamingTV to provide a password-protected live stream for those members unable to be in the room.

Date: Tuesday, April 19

Times: 6:00pm for 6:30pm start
             8:30pm finish

Venue: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

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Sadiq Khan's Vision for London
Earlier this week, at a packed Soho Theatre, Federation members put Conservative contender for London Mayor, Zac Goldsmith, through his paces. Now it's your turn to engage in a similarly vigorous and productive exchange with Sadiq Khan, Labour's candidate.

Reserve your place for the event, which will include a brief speech, a Q&A session and the all-important Federation networking. The evening will be opened by Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate, and a Federation board member.

Date: Monday, March 14

Times: 5:30pm - registration
             6:00pm - speech and Q&A
             7:00pm - networking
             7:30pm - end of event

Venue: Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

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Securing an EBacc Debate in Parliament
MPs will discuss the English Baccalaureate - the EBacc - in a House of Commons debate if a petition currently open on the Parliament website hits 100,000 signatures by May.

We urge people to sign because there is strong evidence that the EBacc, a performance measure of "core" subjects which contains no creative subject, is contributing to the marginalisation of the arts in schools, with damaging consequences for children’s right to access arts and for the long-term skills pipeline for the sector.

For more information and to sign, click here by Monday, May 9. Please feel free to forward.
Federation Out and About
Since our last newsletter...

CONFERENCES WE HAVE ATTENDED include: Local Government Association annual culture, tourism and sport conference in Leicester, Creative and Cultural Skills national conference at High House Production Park in Thurrock, Essex, and the CR.eAM conference in Brussels. 

WHO WE HAVE ENGAGED WITH includes: 10 Downing Street, Nicola Sturgeon and Creative Scotland, Shadow Culture Secretary Maria Eagle, Conservative London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith, Creative Industries Council, Shakespeare's Globe, Turner Contemporary, Natural History Museum, BBC News, US Embassy, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Design Terminal of Budapest, ArtsCom, Livity, Channel 4, Digital UK, Whitechapel Gallery, Kent County Council.

WHAT WE HAVE ATTENDED includes: Brits with the BPI, London Fashion Week, Waste at the National Theatre, RADA dinner at the Globe with Warner Bros, Painting the Modern Garden at the Royal Academy, Josie Long at Invisible Dot, The Hangman NT Live screening, Coasts at the Roundhouse, Mighty Hoopla at Butlins Bognor Regis, The Father at Duke of York's, The Misfit Analysis at Vault Festival, Google Cultural Institute at St Paul's Cathedral, Ostia Antica, the Appian Way and other ruins in Rome.
What Our Members Are Doing
- Penguin Random House UK has launched a Creative Responsibility manifesto to help thousands of young people discover and reach their creative potential regardless of background. For more information, click here.

- Birmingham City University is hosting the #Rethink Media Conference on March 16, examining the latest in digital and social media. For more information, click here.

- ACID (Anti Copying in Design) is holding a symposium on opportunities and IP challenges for 3D printing in central London on April 14. For more information, click here.

- The Beautiful Meme and D&AD are collaborating on April's D&AD Festival, an event for the world-renowned awards for the best of design and advertising. For details, click here.


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January 2016

Chancellor: Public Investment Crucial to UK's Creative Success

Chancellor George Osborne told the Federation’s First Anniversary Celebration that the Government had “put money where it counts and where it says a lot about our country” when it decided to invest in culture.

Speaking to a packed crowd of more than 500 guests at Television Centre, west London, he said: “One of the big choices we have made is to invest in the arts.”

The Chancellor was the key speaker at the event which was attended by leaders of the UK’s arts, creative industries and cultural education – having given endorsement to the Federation and the creative industries at its launch a year ago.

He said there was a “big role” for public investment alongside private money and commercial success from ticket sales. “That’s always been part of the unique British mix.”

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“When we made the decision just a month or so ago not just to increase spending on the Arts Council and on our national museums and galleries at a time when we were cutting spending in other areas, it was a conscious choice,” Mr Osborne said.

“When we made those choices I would like to pretend to you I was sitting there as your finance minister looking at the pounds and pence of the return that you get. It’s true that if you do look at the pounds and pence return you get for investing in the arts, it’s pretty impressive. You put money in, you get money out as a country.”

But he said: “ It’s not simply an economic calculation because there are other investments you can make.  It’s also an investment in who we are as a nation. Art for art’s sake is something I think is very important. And it’s not just about reports that say how many people work in that particular sector that I think should sway our decisions. We wanted to put money where it counts and put money in something that I think says a lot about our country.”

Mr Osborne offered “a big thank you” to arts and creative leaders for the choices they made in creating great works of art in a period of “incredible creativity” to rival the ambitions of the Sixties when the country was dominating world culture.

There was an “amazing” list of statistics on the UK’s creative success story. A fifth of all film awards in the world go to British films, the best play on Broadway is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time based on a British novel, and Adele is the biggest selling singer in the world, he said. “That’s not bad for a country that has one per cent of the world’s population.

Opening the evening, Federation chief executive John Kampfner stressed the importance of the arts and creative industries at the heart of British life and what defines the country internationally. “It is the centrality argument - that the arts and creative industries are not something soft you do on a Saturday night. They are the heart of everything we do, of every community and individual’s well being. They define our global reputation,” he said. 

“For so long, perhaps because each discipline was operating in its own silo, the sector did not have the heft it deserved. We hope that, working in partnership with others – as may have been evident in the run-up to the Chancellor’s spending review – we have begun to address that.”

Katie Derham, BBC broadcaster and Strictly finalist, compered. There were performances from the Richard Alston Dance Company, performance poet Hollie McNish and the band Coasts.

The First Anniversary Celebration was supported by: BBC, Bloomberg, Google, SME London Ltd  and Stanhope.


* Chancellor George Osborne with compere Katie Derham.

Credit: Ben Broomfield.

To see more pictures from the evening, please click here.

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Newsletter - Federation: Osborne and Creatives Launch Federation's Second Year

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you to the many of you who joined us to celebrate our amazing first anniversary this week. More than 500 people packed into Television Centre, west London, to hear the Chancellor, George Osborne, hail the value of the creative industries and endorse the importance of public investment.

Please read on for details of:

- The Chancellor's First Anniversary Celebration speech, and pictures from the evening
- Exciting new events planned for 2016 
- The first meeting of our working group on further and higher education
- The final panel line-up for our place-making debate in Birmingham.

Best wishes,

John Kampfner
Chief Executive

* 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 details of how to join, please contact Tim Moore, our Director of Membership, on or 020 78493304.

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More than 500 leading figures and creatives from the arts, creative industries and cultural education packed into Television Centre, west London, for the Federation's First Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday.

Chancellor George Osborne told the packed party that the Government had chosen “to put money where it counts and where it says a lot about our country”.

“One of the big choices we have made is to invest in the arts," he said. And he stressed there was a “big role” for public investment alongside private money and commercial success from ticket sales. “That’s always been part of the unique British mix.”

Speaking to an audience that also included culture minister Ed Vaizey, the French ambassador Sylvie Bermann and London mayoral contender Sadiq Khan, Mr Osborne  said: “One of the big choices we have made is to invest in the arts.”

Katie Derham, BBC broadcaster and Strictly finalist, compered the evening which included performances from the Richard Alston Dance Company, performance poet Hollie McNish and the band Coasts.

Click here for more pictures of the performers and our unique network in action. Click here for more from the Chancellor’s speech and from the welcome by Federation chief executive, John Kampfner.
This year will see the Federation launch a new programme of events. They will include the Unique Breakfasts, which will be high-level breakfasts on important issues of policy or of the moment, and the Unique Conversation, which will be talks by leading figures from a wide range of disciplines designed to inspire, encourage and promote creative thinking, for the benefit of our members.

We will be out and about across the UK, including returning to Scotland and holding our first events in Northern Ireland and Wales. We also hope to do more in non-urban centres with plans underway for work in Cornwall.

We will hold events around the London mayoral campaign and are also looking to explore what Europe means for the creative industries. The Federation will also play a key role at the International Festival for Business in Liverpool this summer.
More than 70 members have signed up to take part in our groundbreaking working group on further and higher education which held its inaugural meeting yesterday.

About 40 took part in the first session, held at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, chaired by its vice-chancellor, Nigel Carrington.

A key part of Federation work is how what is happening in HE/FE  ties into the success and growth story for the UK creative industries and how assessing and addressing current blockages in, and risks to, the skills pipeline is vital to ensuring that we are able to remain world leaders in our field.

Eliza Easton, Federation policy and research manager, spoke on the introduction of the EBacc and the implications for HE/FE, Professor Geoffrey Crossick on creative and performing arts research, Sir John Holman, representing the Gatsby Foundation, on better careers advice, and Dinah Caine, chair of Creative Skillset, on apprenticeships in the creative sector.

We will provide updates as its work progresses.

The new Birmingham Royal Ballet chief executive Jan Teo is to join next week's debate on the role the arts and creative industries have to play in building thriving towns and cities where people want to live.

The session, which will be chaired by Federation chief executive John Kampfner and also feature Ed Vaizey, minister for culture and the digital economy, will close the annual conference of the Association of British Orchestras in Birmingham on Friday.

For more details including how to reserve your place, here.

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Newsletter: Maria Eagle - First Speech Announced

Dear Friends and Supporters,

After the excitement of our First Anniversary Celebration, it's now back to the serious business of politics, policy and research. Please read on for more details of our current activity and plans including:

  • New Shadow Culture Secretary Maria Eagle's first speech
  • Strong new economic growth figures - but with a warning 
  • New posts at the Federation.

If you have not already signed up to become a member of our unique network, now is the time.

Best wishes,

John Kampfner
Chief Executive

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We are pleased to announce that new Shadow Culture Secretary Maria Eagle will make her first speech since taking on her new role at a special Federation event next month.

Members will get the chance to meet Ms Eagle when she speaks at the Southbank Centre on public service broadcasting, the creative industries and the cultural landscape.

Date: Tuesday, February 23.
Time: 10.00am - registration

           10.15am - speech and Q&A
           11.15am - tea and coffee/networking
           11.45am - close
Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
To register for a place, please click here.

The Federation is also preparing for the other key political events of the year with plans to put the spotlight on the London mayoral candidates and examine the arguments on European membership.
The new economic growth figures released by DCMS this week confirm we are a booming sector with the creative industries growing by 8.9 per cent in 2014 - almost double the UK economy as a whole.

The creative industries were worth £84.1bn to the UK economy in the year 2013-2014, up from nearly £77bn the year before, with employment also up by 5.5 per cent to 1.8 million jobs. The wider creative economy is worth £133.3bn and employs 2.8 million people.

The creative industries have been the fastest growing part of the economy for the period from 2008, when current measurements began. Construction overtook us as last year as the fastest growing sector - but has achieved a much lower rate of growth since 2008, at 9.7 per cent compared to 37.5 per cent for the creative industries.

The Federation congratulates its members on this great success story - but warns the Government needs to act to secure continued growth, not least by providing a proper creative education to ensure the workforce of the future. For more details, click here.

We have made submissions to current consultations on education and the EBacc.
After a thrilling first year, the Creative Industries Federation is expanding to help deliver our programme of advocacy, policy and research work as well as exciting events for our growing membership. We are seeking a commercial director and an events manager - which are both new posts. Please click the links below for full details.

Commercial director

Events manager
The Federation is proud to be partners in a new Speakers for Schools campaign which is taking top figures from the creative industries into state schools to inform and inspire young people.

John Kampfner joins leaders including Deborah Bull, (pictured) Sir Peter Bazalgette, Jude Kelly and the actor David Morrissey in the Creativity, Arts and Culture series of talks which are part of the broader work of the charity set up by the TV journalist Robert Peston.

For more details, click here.
Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD), the Northern School of Art since 1874, is conducting a future creative skills survey – seeking your views about the skills that must be taught and fostered to keep the creative sector successful into the next decade and beyond.  

The creative industries depend on graduate skills – 58.8% of jobs in the sector are at least graduate level (compared to 31.8% in the wider economy). But what skills will be needed within the next decade? What courses should be available and what should they cover?
The online survey, which has been prepared with input from the Federation, is available here and should only take a few minutes to complete.

Federation members are also invited to a free future creative skills event with Stuart Birkett, managing director, ncjMedia, part of Trinity Mirror group, and Eliza Easton, the Federation’s policy and research manager. 
Date: Tuesday, February 16
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: CCAD Hartlepool Campus.  
To register for a place, please click here
This summer’s International Festival of Business 2016 in Liverpool is set to be the biggest event of its kind in the world this year and act as a global marketplace for meeting new partners and doing deals.

The third and concluding seven days of the three-week festival at the Exhibition Centre will be devoted to creative and digital and the Federation is currently working with organisers on the plans.

Click here for the latest IFB2016 newsletter and details of how to register.

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First Anniversary Celebration - Final Places Now on Sale

It's a week to go to our First Anniversary Celebration and you still have time to grab the few remaining tickets to celebrate our inaugural 12 months, with drinks, canapés and a showcase of British creative talent.

One of the highlights will be a keynote speech from a senior Cabinet minister.

And we will be announcing details of our exciting policy and research work for 2016 and enjoying performances from established and rising stars including:

* The Richard Alston Dance Company, pictured below, with a site-specific work ahead of their new Sadler's Wells show in March.

* Performance poet Hollie McNish - a former UK Slam poetry champion 

* The band Coasts on the eve of the release of their debut album

* A special guest appearance by a Dalek

* And broadcaster and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Katie Derham, pictured below, who will be our compere.

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The event is set to be even bigger than our fantastic launch party. But as we dedicate our members' fees to our policy and advocacy work, not parties, you need to buy a ticket.

Click HERE to order your ticket. The formal invitation - needed for entrance - is being sent out this week.

To discuss membership fees and joining the Federation, please contact Tim Moore, Director of Membership here.

Please remember we are entirely independent. All our finance comes from members’ dues. You can still join, buy a ticket, and be part of an unforgettable evening and a movement that achieves results. We have only a few dozen places remaining in our 500-capacity venue.

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Venue: Television Centre, London

Times: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Tickets: Federation members can buy tickets for £40+VAT. A small number of non-member tickets are available at £100+VAT.

With thanks to our supporters:

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December 2015

First Anniversary Celebration - Line-up Revealed

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to our final newsletter of 2015 and we have left the best 'til last. Please find below the exciting initial details of the line-up for our First Anniversary Celebration, featuring a senior Cabinet minister, a feast of top young talent and a Dalek. The evening will be compered by broadcaster and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Katie Derham.

Thank you to all our supporters for helping us hit the ground running in our inaugural year. We will reveal more about our 2016 policy priorities, our events, our research and working groups in the New Year. In the meantime, have a very merry Christmas. 

Best wishes,
John Kampfner
Chief Executive

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Early details of our First Anniversary Celebration can be announced today. We can promise a galaxy of stars will be at Television Centre, west London, on January 12. If you've not yet bought your ticket, act now for a glittering night of great company, drinks, and food by Urban Caprice.

Other talent will be disclosed immediately after the New Year. 

We can reveal today that we will be joined by:

* A senior Cabinet minister
* The band Coasts on the eve of the release of their debut album
* Performance poet Hollie McNish
* The Richard Alston Dance Company
* From the set of Doctor Who - a Dalek 
And broadcaster and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Katie Derham who will be our compere for the evening.

Read on for an introduction to our talent. Tickets are still available for members at £40+VAT with a very limited number now on sale to non-members at £100+VAT. Your party invitation will be despatched after Christmas for access on the night. You have to have a ticket to get in.

There is a small amount of availability left. Please note, our office is closed from December 24-28 and January 1-3.

The Federation is a not-for-profit organisation, independent of government and not receiving any state funding. Our membership dues are devoted entirely to our policy and research work, and accompanying policy-related events across the UK.

First Anniversary Celebration
Venue: Television Centre, London, W12
Date: Tuesday January 12, 2016

For more details and to reserve your place, please click here

Coasts are a five-piece band who formed while at the University in Bristol and first made an impact with 'A Rush of Blood' which was named one of Zane Lowe's hottest records of 2014. They were tipped for success by iTunes 'Ones To Watch' and Spotify's 'Tips for 2015' and enjoyed an outstanding year, appearing at festivals including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Coachella and Lollapalooza.

Their debut album will be released 10 days after they perform at the First Anniversary Celebration as they embark on a tour including a headline show at the Roundhouse in Camden.

Hollie McNish is a British poet who straddles the literary, poetry and pop scenes. She was the UK Slam poetry champion in 2009 and the first poet to record and perform at Abbey Road Studios and has performed at events from the Glastonbury Festival to the Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. 

She has written on subjects from motherhood to immigration with work that has received more than 2 million views on YouTube.

Photo by Chris Nash
The Richard Alston Dance Company is one of the UK's most established contemporary companies and from its home at The Place in central London tours extensively throughout Britain, Europe and the USA.

Artistic Director Richard Alston's newest work, 'An Italian in Madrid', will premiere at Sadler's Wells in March, featuring the BBC Young Dancer grand finalist Vidya Patel dancing with the company for the first time. 

The company will perform a specially-made site-specific work at the First Anniversary Celebration.
Just a reminder that Federation Chief Executive John Kampfner is hosting the closing session of the ABO's annual conference, which will be an exploration of the role the arts and creative industries have to play in building thriving towns and cities where people want to live.

Confirmed speakers include:

- Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
- Charles Allen, Baron Allen of Kensington, Chairman, Global Radio
- Lucan Gray, Founder and Owner, The Custard Factory
- Amahra Spence, Founder and Director, MAIA Creatives, freelance producer and writer
- Gisela Stuart MP for Birmingham Edgbaston

How the arts and creative industries can create places where people want to live
Venue: Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ
Date: Friday January 22, 2016

To register, please click here

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November 2015

November Newsletter - Our Essential Guide to Growth

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The Federation has been overwhelmed with responses to our plans for a high-level working group to examine the challenges facing further and higher education. We are also forging ahead with a string of new events and today launch a new strand of members-only offers.

Read on for details of:

    •    The launch of our unmissable guide to growing your creative organisation - with the ICAEW
    •    Members' chance to have your say on Europe - our EU referendum
    •    Huge response to our working group on higher education - plans announced
    •    Scottish Culture Secretary's speech and other roadshow news
    •    Tchaikovsky ticket offer - from one member to fellow members
    •    How to buy tickets for our First Anniversary Celebration
    •    Top-level execs wanted to inspire state school pupils about the creative industries
    •    Last call to lobby MPs on Early Day Motion on economic value of culture.

Please join us and get involved in the action.

John Kampfner, Chief Executive,
Creative Industries Federation

Please note: Events are now for Federation members only unless otherwise specified.
For details on how to join, please contact:

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With George Osborne gearing up to announce his Spending Review, the Federation launches its unmissable guide to assist member companies and public organisations make money and build financial resilience.

'Creative industries - routes to finance: A guide to sources of funding and investment for arts, cultural and creative organisations,' written by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, covers everything from venture capital to philanthropy and tax credits to Arts Council funding. It is the first dedicated one-stop-shop guide to finance for the sector and should be an invaluable asset for all businesses and organisations looking to survive, thrive and grow.

Date: November 18, 2015
Venue: National Theatre, London

Members click here to register. Full details to follow.
Members will this month receive the first survey questionnaire in what is intended to be a regular snapshot of attitudes to Europe to guide Federation thinking on this crucial topic. Look out for it and make your voice heard.
The Federation has hit a nerve with plans for a further and higher education working group to examine the urgent challenges facing creative education.

In the face of enormous interest, we plan to kick off with an initial forum of all interested members before setting up an expert group chaired by Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London. It will examine the teaching excellence framework (TEF), age limits on postgraduate loans, the place of universities in culture-led regeneration and other issues vital to future success.

Any members not yet registered, should contact Harriet Finney, Director of Policy, on by November 6. Details will follow shortly.
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Glasgow Roadshow
Next Tuesday

Fiona Hyslop, Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, will deliver the keynote speech at our Glasgow roadshow, hosted by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), in their new home, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, in partnership with Glasgow School of Art.

Speakers including Janet Archer, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland, Professor Tom Inns, Director, The Glasgow School of Art, Brian McLaren, Managing Director, EKOS, and Dr Krishna Thiagarajan, Chief Executive, RSNO will discuss “the new Glasgow miracle” and the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the city’s creative future.

On this occasion, prospective members are invited to take part. Members of the Federation team will be also available before the event to meet anyone who would like to fix a meeting.

Please click here for more information.

There is no charge to attend this event. Please click below to reserve a place or discuss a meeting.
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Newcastle/Gateshead Roadshow
November 16, 2015

The Federation will then continue its programme of learning more about what is happening around the country in a roadshow at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead on Monday, November 16, in partnership with Northumbria University. Speakers will be discussing how the creative industries can help create a better future for the region under devolution.

On this occasion, prospective members are invited to take part. Members of the Federation team will be also available before the event to meet anyone who would like to fix a meeting.

Please click here for more information.

There is no charge to attend this event. Please click below to reserve a place or discuss a meeting.
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BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
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Not only is the Royal Scottish National Orchestra hosting the Federation for its Glasgow roadshow, it is offering Creative Industries Federation members the chance of a top ticket deal too.
To celebrate the opening of their new home, the RSNO is offering a special deal on its first concert in December. Members will be contacted shortly with details of how to claim a 50% discount on tickets for the concert featuring the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto performed by the young Latvian Baiba Skride on Thursday, December 3, in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Members will be also sent details of a discounted hotel room rate. Please see here for more information on the concert. 
Please see here for more information on the concert.

NOTE: If you are a member and would like to make an offer to other members, get in touch             here.
Tickets are still available for our first anniversary celebration on January 12. Members of our unique network have priority for our night to remember with drinks and nibbles at Television Centre, west London. Watch this space for an amazing array of guest speakers and entertainment to rival last year's launch party line-up of George Osborne, Paul Greengrass, Anish Kapoor and Martha Lane Fox.

Member tickets at £40+VAT can be purchased here. Tickets for non-members may be released at £100+VAT at a later date, subject to availability. 

Note: The simplest way of ensuring you are in the room is by becoming a member. Click here for membership details.
Speakers for Schools are launching a new campaign in January - and they would like Creative Industries Federation help.

The laudable S4S provide state schools with inspiring talks from leading figures including top politicians, professors and world-class performers, free of charge, and are looking for extra speakers, particularly from the worlds of the music industry, fashion design and gaming, for the new year drive. If you are a member with the time and the profile to help, please contact us 
The important role public investment in arts plays in supporting the creative industries is the subject of an Early Day Motion. Lodged in July, Arts Council England has launched a final push for everyone who cares about culture and the creative industries to lobby their MP to sign it. Act now. You can see which MPs have already signed at:
A new logo for your website will be sent out to Creative Industries Federation members shortly. Use it with pride.

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October 2015

October Newsletter - Higher Education and Europe: Members Have Your Say

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

After high-level work on the BBC and the spending review, the Federation prepares to examine two more of the biggest issues of the day - Europe and the challenges facing further and higher education.

Read on for details of:

    •    Our new working group on further and higher education
    •    A members’ survey on Europe - do you want in or out?
    •    How to buy tickets for the party of the year
    •    The BBC and the creative industries - we publish our submission
    •    Our Creative Diversity report - and what you can do now
    •    Roadshows in Glasgow and Gateshead and other new events
    •    What members are doing on diversity, economic growth and copyright

Please join us and get involved in the action. 

John Kampfner, Chief Executive, Creative Industries Federation. 

Please note: Events are now for Federation members only unless otherwise specified. For more details on how to join, please contact:


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The Federation is launching a higher and further education working group to examine the urgent challenges facing creative education.

The expert group, which will be chaired by Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London, will examine a policy area crucial not just to education, but the future success of the UK's creative industries and arts - in the light of the forthcoming Green Paper, the spending review and changes to immigration policy.

It will examine issues including the teaching excellence framework (TEF), proposed cuts to the Disabled Students’ Allowance, age limits on postgraduate loans, and the place of universities in culture-led regeneration and in Europe.
We invite Federation members to take part. To be considered, please contact Harriet Finney, Director of Policy, on marking the email “education working group”.
With opposing camps on the starting blocks, we are preparing to survey members on what you think and what issues matter. If there are questions you want asked, please contact Harriet Finney, Director of Policy, at

Ticket lines are buzzing for our first anniversary celebration on 12 January. Members of our unique network from across the diversity of the arts and creative industries have priority for our night to remember with drinks, canapés and entertainment at Television Centre, west London.

If you weren’t there with George Osborne, Paul Greengrass, Martha Lane Fox and Anish Kapoor at last year’s launch, don’t repeat the mistake. Member tickets at £40+VAT can be purchased by contacting Tickets for non-members may be released at £100+VAT at a later date, subject to availability.

The simplest way of ensuring you are in the room is by becoming a member. Click 
here for membership details.

After three combative discussions in Manchester, Birmingham and London on the future of the BBC, the Federation’s submission to the DCMS Green Paper consultation - reflecting the issues flagged and concerns raised - is published here.  

Working in partnership with the MOBO organisation, the Federation launched 'Creative Diversity - The state of diversity in the UK’s creative industries, and what we can do about it'. For action you can take now, read it here. 

Fiona Hyslop, Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, will deliver the keynote speech at our Glasgow roadshow on Tuesday, 10 November, hosted by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, in their new home, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, in partnership with Glasgow School of Art. 
On this occasion, prospective members are invited to take part.  Members of the Federation team will be also available before the event to meet anyone who would like to fix a meeting.

There is no charge to attend this event. To reserve a place or discuss a meeting, please click

The Federation will then continue its programme of learning more about what is kicking off around the country in a roadshow at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead on Monday, 16 November, in partnership with Northumbria University. 
On this occasion, prospective members are invited to take part. Members of the Federation team will be also available before the event to meet anyone who would like to fix a meeting.

There is no charge to attend this event. To reserve a place or discuss a meeting, please click 
Details of our new Unique Breakfasts events to start early in 2016 with top speakers. Exclusive to members. Don’t miss out.

- Goldsmiths and the Barbican alongside Create London are conducting the Panic! survey examining how people get their jobs in the creative industries. Complementing the work in our own report 'Creative Diversity' this will provide new data. Participate here. The survey closes this Sunday, 18 October.

- Advisory council member Ian Livingstone, with PwC, has launched ‘
Imagi-Nation: The Business of Creativity,’ looking at the health of the UK’s creative economy and identifying seven policy areas the Government could target to achieve growth.
- The BPI are among the major organisations behind 'Get it right from a genuine site', part of Creative Content UK, a Government-backed initiative to boost consumer awareness of legitimate online content services and how to reduce online copyright infringement.

Please note: This is the first of regular updates on members' activities. If you are a member and would like us to spread the word about what you are doing, please contact Louise Jury, Director of Communications and Strategy, on
To contact John Kampfner, please email: 
For media inquiries, contact Louise Jury, Director of Communications and Strategy,

Membership of the Creative Industries Federation is open to companies, arts organisations, educational institutions, trade bodies, arts practitioners and other individuals, including under-25s.


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First Anniversary Celebration

The New Year will see the Federation mark its first full 12 months in operation. Tickets are now on sale to members for our First Anniversary Celebration at Television Centre in London on 12 January. Click here to reserve your place at what should be one of the most memorable nights of the year.

For full details please click here.

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September 2015

Federation Launches Seminars on Future of the BBC

Today (Wednesday September 9) the Creative Industries Federation will host the first of a series of policy seminars on the BBC's role in the creative industries.

The seminars, presented in partnership with the BBC Trust, will take place over the next two weeks in Manchester, Birmingham and London. Each will involve senior figures from the BBC and the Trust and experts from across the creative industries and the arts, with Lord Hall addressing the final meeting in London on September 23.

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They will examine subjects such as the BBC's support for the creative industries through its guaranteed income and spend; the BBC's role in training and development; the BBC's impact on the creative industries market; the BBC's role as a creative catalyst in cities other than London and the Corporation's contribution to the development of the digital economy.

John Kampfner, Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation, says: "The BBC plays a vital role in the UK's broader creative industries and arts. As the national membership body for the arts, creative industries and cultural education, the Federation and its members see the Government's Green Paper and its discussions on the BBC as one of the important issues of the moment.

"Our series of three events are aimed at investigating dispassionately the role of the BBC in the wider creative industries, with the input of experts from a number of different fields, producing evidence for a strong report to Government.

"The BBC is of such importance to the cultural life of Britain that any decisions made now about its future will have an impact way beyond what the public gets to see and hear on radio, television and online. It will affect the strength and success of the UK's creative output for years to come."

Rona Fairhead, Chairman of the BBC Trust says: "The Trust has a particular responsibility to speak on behalf of licence fee payers and our job is to make sure we get the broadest possible public debate about the structure of the BBC and what its content and services should look like. These debates are part of that process."

Tony Hall, BBC Director General says: “The BBC is the largest single investor in TV and radio original content in the UK. In 2013/14 we spent around £2.2bn of licence fee income in the creative industries, of which around £450m went straight to small businesses. We’re already working hard to help create creative hubs in cities like Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol and we want to explore with local government and industry what more we could do.

“During the next Charter period I believe it’s vital that the BBC becomes more open as an organisation and a true partner. These seminars are a great opportunity to work with the Creative Industries Federation to make sure the BBC of the future will inform, educate, entertain – and enable.”

Notes - The first seminar takes place today at Dock10 (TV studios and post-production facility) in MediaCityUK, Salford; the second will be at Birmingham City University on September 14, with the concluding event at King's College London in London on September 23.   This is as press released today by the BBC.

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September Newsletter - Crunch Time for Culture and the Creative Industries

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome back to an autumn set to be a crunch time for the arts and the creative industries. With big decisions due on spending, a major debate on the future of the BBC, and a White Paper on the arts, this is a pivotal time for British culture and the Federation will be at the forefront of political engagement.

We want to know more about what our members think so we can represent you at the heart of government. 

Please join us and get involved in the action. And watch this space for a special announcement of a rather exciting event we think you will want to attend...

John Kampfner, Chief Executive, Creative Industries Federation

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Seminars on the Future of the BBC

With the BBC entering one of the most challenging periods it has ever faced, the Federation is holding three events to investigate the role of the Corporation in the creative industries and what any change in its scale and scope might mean for British cultural life in the future.

We want to hear from the diversity of our membership - from orchestras to video gamers and dancers to movie-makers and recording labels.

The aim is to gather evidence that will form part of a submission to the Government's Green Paper review. There will be round-table discussions in Manchester and Birmingham followed by an event with an expert panel, and discussion from the floor, in London, kindly hosted by King's College London. Members will be given priority.
Manchester - Wednesday September 9, 12-2pm
Birmingham - Monday September 14, 12-2pm
London - Wednesday September 23, 2pm-4pm
For full details and to register, click here.
Diversity Report Launch
As Lenny Henry, among others, has highlighted, the lack of diversity in Britain's arts and creative industries remains a serious problem. "For 35 years, I never once had a work meeting with anybody who looked like me," he has said. "I was often the only black guy within five miles...And if you're working class as well, it's a double whammy."

As a matter of social justice and for concrete business reasons, too, the Federation will this month launch a new research paper offering advice on action that can be taken now. It will be unveiled in London on Monday September 28, in association with the MOBO Awards. To register interest in attending, click 
Spending Review
As the Government thrashes out what is expected to be one of the toughest of spending rounds, we will continue to make the case for ongoing public investment in the arts. We are also investigating other measures that could support culture and the creative industries.

If you have points for us to consider on philanthropy, regional development, tax reliefs or other financial incentives that could benefit either the private or the public sector (or both), please contact Harriet Finney, our Director of Policy, on
Political Engagement
With party conference season upon us, the Federation will be in debate with partners including UK Music and Arts Council England at events with the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats. Details will be provided under News on our website.
Our programme of meeting members (and prospective members) and learning more about concerns and passions across the country continues. Bristol and Newcastle are being planned. Please sign up below for Glasgow in November and for remaining places in Liverpool. There is no charge to attend.
Liverpool Roadshow

Speakers including David Pichilingi, of Liverpool Sound City, Yaw Owusu from the Liverpool International Music Festival and Erika Rushton of Baltic Creative are set to join us on Tuesday. Our partners are Liverpool John Moores University and the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, who are hosting.

Event Details:
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Glasgow Roadshow

Fiona Hyslop, Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, will deliver the keynote speech at our Glasgow Roadshow taking place on Tuesday November 10, as we expand our work in Scotland and across the UK. Hosted in the new home of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow, the Federation is working in partnership with the RSNO and Glasgow School of Art.

Event Details:

Places are limited so please register early.
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Longer Term
Plans for the future include:
* High-level members-only monthly policy breakfasts from November
* A hustings on the arts and creative industries with the candidates for London mayor in the new year.
To contact John Kampfner, please email: 
For media inquiries, contact Louise Jury, Director of Communications and Strategy, on

Membership of the Creative Industries Federation is open to companies, arts organisations, educational institutions, trade bodies, arts practitioners and other individuals, including under-25s.

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July 2015

July Newsletter - BBC, Scotland and major autumn events

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As we look forward to a busy autumn, here are some highlights of what we're planning and a quick recap of our two major policy events of this month:
- BBC Policy Seminars - The Federation to explore BBC's role in the creative industries
- Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Culture Secretary, to deliver keynote speech 
- How we made the commercial case for investment in the arts
- What Education Secretary Nicky Morgan told members about arts and EBacc
- Future UK Roadshows - Liverpool and Bristol

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The Federation will be contributing to discussions on the spending review, the White Paper on the arts and the Green Paper on the BBC as part of its intensive policy work with Government on behalf of members.
Please note: Federation members will be given priority access to all events, and any remaining places are strictly limited. To register your interest in membership please contact:

Membership is open to companies, arts organisations, education institutions, trade bodies, arts practitioners and other individuals, including under-25s.
BBC Policy Seminars
As part of our engagement with the Government's consultation on the future of the BBC, we are set to host a series of policy seminars on the Corporation's role in the creative industries. Participants will include the BBC Trust, BBC, politicians, policy-makers and stakeholders from the creative industries and arts across the UK.

We will be visiting Manchester, Birmingham and London in September. Full details to come. But we strongly recommend early registration. Note: members will be given priority.
Date: Wednesday 9th September
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Date: Monday 14th September
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Date: Wednesday 23rd September 
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Fiona Hyslop to Deliver Keynote Speech

Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, will deliver the keynote speech at our Glasgow Roadshow taking place on Tuesday 10th November as we expand our work in Scotland and across the UK. Hosted in the new home of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Federation is working in partnership with Glasgow School of Art and the RSNO.

Date: Tuesday 10th November
Time: Evening
Venue: Royal Scottish National Orchestra, 
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 19 Killermont Street

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Full programme and agenda to be announced.
There is no charge to attend this event; however places are limited so please register early.
 The Commercial Case for Investment in the Arts

Our new report for the first time drew on testimonials from leading figures in businesses from advertising and auction houses to fashion and publishing to reinforce the case that public investment in the arts is crucial, not only for the arts themselves but for the wider creative industries.

The study, How public investment in arts contributes to growth in the creative industries, was launched in partnership with Arts Council England to an audience of members on Monday 13th July, at an event hosted by Warwick Business School at The Shard, London.

Guest speakers included Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Arts Council England Chair, Sir Peter Bazalgette, Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-Founder, Black British Business Awards, and Tracey Barber, Chief Marketing Officer, Havas Creative Group.

- For the full PDF version of the report please click 
- For a full transcript of Federation Chair Sir John Sorrell's speech at the event click here.
- And to view some of the press coverage click here and here.
- Please see below for footage from the event.
Nicky Morgan Answers her Critics
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan insisted the absence of creative subjects in EBacc did not show a lack of commitment by the Government to arts in education as she faced an audience of arts and creative industries professionals for the first time at our event at London's Roundhouse. 

Speaking alongside Minister for Schools Nick Gibb on Thursday 16th July, she hailed access to culture as "the birthright" of every child - but faced tough questioning from Federation members.

- For a full transcript of the speech please click here.
- And to view some of the press coverage click 
here and here.
- See below for footage from the event.
Nicky Morgan on Cultural and Creative Education - Thursday 16th July - The Roundhouse
Future UK Roadshows
After the pleasure of meeting delegates in East Anglia this week, the Federation will continue its programme of UK roadshow events from September. Details to be announced.
Liverpool Roadshow
We will be collaborating with partners including Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse as the Roadshow returns to the North West.
Date: Tuesday 8th September
Time: Evening
Venue: Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

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Full programme and agenda to be announced.
There is no charge to attend this event; however places are limited so please register early.
Bristol Roadshow
The Federation will visit Bristol's Watershed at the end of September, working with partners including Bristol Media, The Watershed and Bath Spa University as we continue on our mission to engage with all areas of the UK.
Date: Wednesday 30th September
Time: Evening
Venue: The Watershed, Bristol

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Full programme and agenda to be announced.
There is no charge to attend this event; however places are limited so please register early.
- To register your attendance for all events please click here.
- To register your interest in membership please click here.
- For more information please click here.
If you want to get in touch with me personally please contact:

There are many ways to get involved. Become a member. Be part of the action.

John Kampfner

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June 2015

Leeds Roadshow Event Footage

The second in our programme of UK Roadshow events saw the Federation visit Leeds' Opera North. Topics including the Northern Powerhouse, skills and infrastructure were discussed before an eclectic audience from across the creative sector.

Click here to view highlights from the event

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Keynote Speech:

Anya Hindmarch MBE, Founder, Chair & Chief Creative Officer, Anya Hindmarch, UK Business Ambassador for the Creative Industries

Remarks From:

Jo McBeath, UKTI, Trade Adviser Manager

Tom Riordan, CEO, Leeds City Council

Panellists Included:

- Dominic Gray, Projects Director, Opera North 
- Anya Hindmarch MBE, Founder, Chair & Chief Creative Officer, Anya Hindmarch, UK Business Ambassador for the Creative Industries
- Sally Joynson, CEO, Screen Yorkshire
- Jamie Sefton, Managing Director, Game Republic 
- Ian Thompson, Owner, Thompson Brand Partners
- Sharon Watson, Artistic Director, Phoenix Dance Theatre

The panel was chaired by John Kampfner, CEO, Creative Industries Federation and Anamaria Wills, CEO, CIDAco.




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May 2015

Manchester Roadshow Event Footage

Before a capacity audience of delegates from the creative industries and beyond, Manchester welcomed the Creative Industries Federation to its iconic Whitworth Art Gallery on Monday 27th April to kick off our programme of UK Roadshow events.

You can view highlights of the event here.

Or see a video of the full event here.

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Keynote Speech from:

Tom Bloxham MBE - Chairman, Urban Splash

Panellists included:

Sir Peter Bazalgette - Chair, Arts Council England
Lou Cordwell - CEO, Magnetic North
Malcolm Garrett - Creative Director, Images&Co and Co-founder, Design Manchester
Charles Lauder - Chair, Contact Theatre
Helen Bullough - Head of CBBC Productions

The panel was chaired by John Kampfner, CEO, Creative Industries Federation and Dr Maria Balshaw, Director, the Whitworth and Manchester City Galleries.

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UK Roadshows

The Creative Industries Federation is planning an exciting series of road shows up and down the whole of the UK with the aim to identify the challenges and opportunities you face and let this inform our work. Sign up for our newsletter so we can keep you up to date.

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April 2015

Liberal Democrats Creative Industries Strategy

Liberal Democrats Creative Industries Strategy

You can watch edited highlights of the launch of the Liberal Democrats Creative Industries Strategy for the next parliament by clicking on the picture. The event was hosted by the Federation at the Roundhouse, London on April 22nd with Vince Cable, Baroness Bonham Carter and Lord Clement Jones. Alternatively you can watch the full event on our YouTube Channel.

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March 2015

UK Roadshows Launched

UK Roadshows Launched

The Federation is delighted to announce its first three events of the UK Roadshows, in which leading figures from the arts, creative industries and commercial education will come together to forge new links and map the challenges the sector faces in their area:

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Monday 27 April, Whitworth Gallery


Wednesday 20 May, Fazeley Studios


Monday 1 June, Opera North

Further roadshows will follow in other areas across the UK throughout the year.

To reserve a place please contact

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Policy Seminar Series

Policy Seminar Series

The Federation is launching a series of specialist Policy Seminars. These are exclusive events at which a selection of experts and interested parties will hold detailed discussions on specific areas of policy affecting the creative industries.  Our first three Policy Seminars will be as follows:

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Philanthropy and Funding for the Arts

Tuesday 21 April, National Theatre (tbc)

BBC World Service

Wednesday 6 May, Broadcasting House (tbc)

Access to Careers in the Creative Industries

Thursday 14 May, Somerset House (in association with the Bridge Group)

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February 2015

Chris Bryant Speech

Chris Bryant Speech

The shadow Minister for the Arts discusses Labour's Cultural plans in Birmingham.

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You're Beautiful: Government and the pursuit of beauty

I know it seems intrinsically odd that a politician should venture to say anything about beauty. Politics is, after all, as they say, show business for ugly people.

But fifty years ago today Jennie Lee published her White Paper on the Arts and although it had a remarkably prosaic title – A Policy for the Arts – it had an enormous ambition, namely to bring beauty within the grasp of the many and not just the few.

Let me start with what I am not going to say.

As Jennie Lee put it, 'no one would wish state patronage to dictate taste or in any way restrict the liberty of even the most unorthodox and experimental of artists'. So, despite the fact that The Times recently described me as slightly worse than Stalin, I'm not in the business of laying down statutory guidelines on nationally acceptable taste. Some like Handel, some like One Direction. Some want film to transport them to another world, others want it to reflect their own lived experience. Some like Old Masters, other prefer BritArt. To my mind there's no hierarchy of the arts; and artistic snobbery, whether inverted or not, nearly always betrays insecurity.

There are good philosophical reasons for not being prescriptive about the nature of beauty, too. The idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder is as old as Greek democracy. Shakespeare put it in the mouth of the Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost, 'Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye'. The Scottish philosopher David Hume agreed, arguing in 1741 that 'Beauty in things exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.' And even the philosopher-poet Keats was notably Delphic on the matter of beauty, ending Ode on a Grecian Urn with the words:

'Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all
Ye know on earth and all ye need to know.'

So that's sorted, then.


But is beauty the business of government at all?

I would argue that unless we want a dry, stale and unprofitable national life, beauty must be part of the business of government, not mandating taste but not leaving everything to the vagaries of the market either.

Why do I care about it?

For four reasons.

Firstly, because when I grew up I became very close to one of my grandmother's cousins, Jean Gracie, who trained at Glasgow School of Art in her youth but was never allowed to finish her course because it was thought inappropriate for a proper young girl in an Edwardian household. Forced to be right-handed and deprived of her full education, she exhibited at the Royal Academy, yet I often wonder what might have been if she had lived in a more enlightened era.

Secondly, I joined the National Youth Theatre when I was 13 and toured Europe in Richard II (playing Aumerle) and Good Lads at Heart (in which, as the only public school boy in the company, I played the druggy toff). The NYT didn't make me a better actor – but it certainly broadened my horizons and gave me confidence at a time when things were pretty bleak in my homelife.

Thirdly, I have always enjoyed murdering a song, whether playing Mack the Knife in Threepenny Opera (directed by Ian Bostridge) or at karaoke – and for that matter played the cello appallingly in a Scottish Youth orchestra performance of the Arsenienne suite. There is something very educational about bravely going where you might not entirely succeed.

And fourthly I have been privileged to study and work in some of the most beautiful buildings in the world, including the 900 year old Church of All Saints in High Wycombe and Christchurch Cathedral where I sang in the choir and was ordained. Walking underneath Westminster Hall's hammerbeam wooden roof suspended on the wings of angels it is difficult not to admire the phenomenal Creative Industries of the 14th century – and want to protect that inheritance and enable others to share in the privilege of that beauty.


Beauty has always been a part of Labour's historic record.

Let's not forget that it was the Christian Socialist Octavia Hill who dreamed up the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest and Natural Beauty and Richard Acland, later a Labour MP, who was one of the largest major donors to the National Trust.

When George Lansbury was made First Commissioner of Works in the Labour minority government of 1929-31 some thought it was a bit of a non-job. But he had a vision, to rescue some of Britain's greatest historic monuments and make them accessible to everyone. He had the hideous cottages around Stonehenge pulled down, he rescued Hadrian's Wall from collapse, he used armies of the unemployed to reconstruct historic moats, and he gave the poor of London a chance to breathe clean air in parks that matched those built for the nation's wealthiest.

As Octavia Hill put it, this was creating 'a few acres where the hill top enables the Londoner to rise above the smoke, to feel a refreshing air for a little time and to see the sun setting in coloured glory which abounds so in the Earth God made'.

It was the same in 1945. Rather than let advertising hoardings ruin the beauty of rural England, the Labour Government introduced the Town and Country Planning Act, protecting both the countryside and our historic built environment.

Then, in 1965, came Jennie Lee, cementing the arts alongside her husband Nye Bevan's NHS at the heart of Labour's mission. Theatres were built up and down the country, concert halls opened, galleries started. The National Theatre finally came into existence – and the English National Opera – the People's Opera.

And in 1997 the Blair government was determined to drive through a policy of free admissions to our national galleries and museums. Despite opposition, it was a phenomenally successful policy. Just take one museum – between 2000/2001 and 2010/2011 attendances went up at National Museums Liverpool by 269%.

We trebled the arts council budgets during the Blair/Brown years.

We established the UK City of Culture and stimulated regional TV production.

We invested in regional museums through the Renaissance programme and rescued regional theatres with £25 million of investment after the 2001 Boyden Review.

So, what does a Labour policy look like now?

Very different from 1965. Then Jennie was able to announce that every budget was being doubled – and that if anyone wanted more, then they should ask for it next year. That isn't where we are at today. Finances are tight at every level of government – national and local. So in the words of Eric Blair, aka George Orwell, this is a time of love in a cold climate.

But there is much we can do. And much we must do.


First comes access.

Access because we still hold to the principle that the arts are for everyone.

Jennie Lee put it this way. 'More and more people begin to appreciate that the exclusion of so many for so long from the best of our cultural heritage can become as damaging to the privileged minority as to the underprivileged majority. We walk the same streets, breathe the same air, are exposed to the same sights and sounds.'

That's why Ed Miliband spoke about how Labour will ensure a universal entitlement to a creative education for every child on Monday. That's the bedrock of a good education, nurturing the whole person, giving children new ways to express themselves as individuals and to work as part of a team, giving them new ways of interpreting the world around them, seeing things through someone else's eyes.

That's why we say no school can be considered an outstanding school by Ofsted unless and until it offers outstanding artistic opportunities to its pupils.

But it can't end there. The foundation document of the Arts Council (from 1946) states very clearly that its role is 'to increase the accessibility of the fine arts to the public throughout Our Realm', but the truth is we have to contend with some depressing trends.

The Warwick Commission came up with some devastating statistics last week. On the one hand the wealthiest, best-educated and least-ethnically diverse 8% of the population accounted for 44% of all attendances at live music. On the other, participation in music in schools by children aged between five and ten has dropped from 55% to 37% between 2008/9 and 2013/14.

At the same time the Rebalancing Our Cultural Capital report review has pointed to the enormous gap between spending on arts organizations in London and in the rest of the country – the combined DCMS and Arts Council England spending came to £68.99 per head in London and just £4.58 in the rest of England. Even allowing for the fact that companies like Matthew Bourne's New Adventures in Motion Pictures has an office in London but primarily tours outside the capital and that many London arts companies outside the tourist centre struggle for funding – the truth is that we cannot allow the country to continue to be divided between artistic feast and cultural famine.

Again, Jennie Lee was right. 'too many working people have been conditioned by their education and environment to consider the best in music, painting, sculpture and literature outside their reach.'

That's why the new Prime Minister's Committee for the Arts that Ed Miliband announced on Monday will have as its first task devising a means of extending access to the arts across the whole country.

There's more we can do to enhance universal access. We will maintain our policy of free admission to national museums and galleries, we will work with the new English Heritage to maintain the fabric of some of our great historic assets and we will actively work with the National Trust and the Historic Houses Association to promote our national heritage at home and abroad.


It is one thing to have access to beauty. But it is equally important that we have strong creative industries; that people can make a living out of their artistic talent; and that those industries can thrive across the globe.

The latest Creative Industries statistics suggest that 2.62 million people now work in the creative industries – a figure that has risen nearly 4% year on year since 1997 – representing one in every twelfth job in the UK. The evidence is clear – creativity is the long-term powerhouse of the UK economy.

Many of the creative industries, of course, suffer from exactly the same problems as other SMEs – lack of finance, skills shortages and complicated legislation.

Equally importantly, though, we recognise that government needs to play a role in enabling individuals to make a living out of the arts. We introduced the Public Lending Right in 1979 to give authors an added source of income and we introduced the artists resale right in 2006 to ensure artists could benefit from sales of their works. We stand by them both.

Because we recognise that the people who subsidise the arts the most are artists themselves, working often for minimal pay, we will ensure that all DCMS sponsored bodies pay the Living Wage and we will end exploitative zero-hours contracts in this sector as in others.

We will review vocational artistic education and training for artists, musicians, dancers and actors to ensure that it is value for money for students and prepares students for the tough world of working in the arts.

And we will work to ensure that the number of apprenticeships in the creative industries rises so that young people from any background can consider a career in the arts rather than just those who are prepared or able to take on unpaid internships.

Above all, we recognize that subsidy of the arts is an investment that pays dividends across the whole economy. An actor who performs one year at the Arts Council funded Birmingham Rep may next year be in a blockbuster movie bringing millions of pounds of investment to the UK. Visual artists work with the video games industry and it in turn sparks new movie ventures and franchises. In one year a musician may work in an orchestra, a band and a school. This is a mixed economy where small amounts of public subsidy can make dramatic differences. That's why we're proud that Labour trebled the Arts Council budget between 1997 and 2010 and why we're worried that after the Arts Council has already suffering a 30% cut since 2010 a further five years under the Conservatives would mean returning to 1930s levels of public spending.


But we also want people to be able to enjoy beauty in whatever form it comes.

As Jennie Lee put it, 'in any civilized community the arts and associated amenities, serious or comic, light or demanding, must occupy a central place. Their enjoyment should not be regarded as something remote from everyday life.'

For many, the UK's amazing broadcasting sector will be intrinsic to that. I say amazing because it genuinely is world-beating. I don't just mean the BBC. I mean the whole mixed ecology, not least because I well remember, back when I worked for the BBC, being congratulated by a taxi driver in Brussels for all the brilliant BBC programmes he enjoyed, Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect and Inspector Morse.

It's an extraordinary success story – that whole ecosystem. The BBC, funded by the licence fee and not by advertising, freed from pursuing ratings but required to provide something for every person in every household. ITV, bound to the public by its remit to provide more than just the commercially obvious. Channel 4, retained in public hands but always ready to be a bit more edgy and naughty. And Sky – yes, Sky – discovering its role as a producer of exciting new drama and comedy. All of them making programmes that hold a mirror up to Britain and project us on an international stage – including Broadchurch, Hinterland, A Casual Vacancy, Indian Summers.

Of course there are things we can criticize. There should be more arts programming on the BBC. Channel 4 is almost bound to have offended someone. It is depressing that according to the Creative Skillset employment census, fewer BAME people work in the industry today than five years ago. Programmers, commissioners and producers need to think harder about reaching out to wider audiences. Ofcom should monitor on-screen and behind-screen diversity as provided for under the Communications Act. And yes, the British Film industry needs to embrace every type of diversity – gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality – not run from it. That's the lesson the best and strongest international companies have learnt – and it's time we learnt it too.

Of course there are other subjects I have not talked about – publishing, dance, libraries, tourism – but I want to end with another quotation from Jennie Lee: 'Nor can we ignore the growing revolt, especially amongst the young, against the drabness, uniformity and joylessness of much of the social furniture we have inherited from the industrial revolution. This can be directed, if we so wish, into making Britain a gayer and more cultivated country.'

That's what Ed Miliband was talking about on Monday. A universal entitlement to an artistic and creative education, creativity as the powerhouse of a strong economy, our cultural heritage at the centre of government.

All of us will have our own instances of heart-stopping beauty – the moment in The Winter's Tale when Leontes discovers that Hermione's statue is warm – the almost balletic farce in Noises Off – the Wilton Diptych – the aria Sherza Infida from Ariodante – Amy Winehouse's Back to Black – Wolf Hall on BBC2 – the view of Salisbury Cathedral immortalized by Constable.

We are custodians of a great heritage, but more than that our humanity imbues us with a passion for beauty and a need to create. That's why there could be no greater ambition than to ensure that after five years of a Labour government more people than ever before have read a book, been to the theatre, taken up an instrument, visited a gallery, had their novel published, jumped up and down at a live concert, opened a gallery and started a career as an artist, a sculptor, a writer, an actor, a musician, an arts administrator, a video game designer or a film director. If we can achieve that we will almost certainly be a healthier, livelier, happier and more prosperous country.

But at the very heart of our arts policy is what some would call art for art's sake – the intrinsic value of art, something crafted out of nothing, something that gives form to our hopes and aspirations, something that touches the core of our shared humanity.

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Ed Miliband Speech, Arts for All

Ed Miliband Speech, Arts for All

Labour Leader Ed Miliband promised an audience of Creative Industries Federation members at London's Battersea Arts Centre "to put policy for arts and culture and creativity at the heart of the next Labour government's mission".

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He praised the contribution of creative industries to the UK economy and stressed the importance of creativity in education. He pledged to create a Prime Minister's committee to prioritise issues of concern to the arts and creative industries, and to ensure that all young people, no matter what their social background or location, would have access to a creative education. Followed by a lively Q&A session the Opposition Leader, along with Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman, answered questions from the audience and ended the evening by talking to Federation members at a reception held in the BAC Great Hall.

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Upcoming Political Events

Upcoming Political Events

The Federation is pleased to announce the following events with senior politicians over the next two months:

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An Audience with Nicky Morgan - 6.30pm, Monday 23 March

We regret that the Department of Education has cancelled the Nicky Morgan event.  All attendees have been contacted individually with this update.

Creative Industries Hustings - 7pm, Wednesday 8 April

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman, along with spokespeople from the other major political parties, will debate their parties' policies on the arts and creative industries in front of a studio audience including leading figures from the sector. The debate will be followed by a reception.

Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

To request tickets to these events please send an email to

Please Note: we expect these events to be over-subscribed. Tickets will be allocated first to Federation members. To become a member please visit our membership page.

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24th November 2014

The Creative Industries Federation Launch

The Creative Industries Federation Launch

More than 200 arts organisations and commercial creative companies representing the UK's cultural sector come together.

The Creative Industries Federation is the first fully independent body bringing together the public and private sector, across all parts of the country, from the largest multinational to the smallest start-up, from television to computer games, from music to design, from architecture to visual arts. This is a radical and practical project to challenge the status quo and Britain's global performance, to increase access and diversity and - for the first time - provide a single and independent voice for Britain's fastest-growing sector.

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