The Federation responds to guidance around the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO of the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England, said:
As we emerge from lockdown, innovation and great ideas will be key to the UK’s regeneration. Creative industries will play an integral role in creating jobs, growing our economy and enhancing our reputation for creative and commercial excellence as we reposition ourselves on the world stage. Today’s announcement of the support for film and TV productions hit by the pandemic, and further details of the £1.57bn support package and the establishment of the Culture Recovery board is encouraging. We welcome the appointment of Sir Damon Buffini as Chair, and the announcement of the other board members, who bring with them substantial commercial experience and insight into the challenges facing the creative industries sector.
The package will provide a lifeline to many of our country’s key cultural assets and creative organisations. It is good to see government’s commitment to align this support with their levelling up agenda, recognising the role that the creative industries play in rebalancing and regenerating the UK economy. It is imperative that the distribution of these funds has inclusion and diversity at its heart. The majority of the creative industries ecosystem is made up of freelancers, microbusinesses and SMEs and there remains an urgent need for direct support for the self-employed, particularly for those who will be much later to return to work.
The Creative Industries Federation recently convened hundreds of our members to imagine what this change could look like and outline what needs to be done. The result is our recent publication, Creative Coalition: A Plan to Reimagine, which can be downloaded here.