Changing Lives: Broadening the UK's Cultural Economy | IPT
Chair: Kevin Brennan MP, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee
Speaker: Alderman William Russell, Lord Mayor of the City of London Corporation
Speaker: Bob Shennan, BBC Group Managing Director, BBC
Breakfast Meeting


Tuesday 03 March 2020


House of Commons

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London and the United Kingdom have a rich cultural sector with four-fifths of adults in England engaged with arts. The sector contributed £101.5 billion in gross added value in 2017 and the Creative Industries Sector Deal predicts 600,000 new jobs by 2023. A key theme of the Lord Mayor’s agenda is to champion this cultural economy and the government has chosen ‘developing skills’ as one of the ten key pillars of the Industrial Strategy. A recent Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee report noted that access to arts and cultural education was uneven and inconsistent. The report found that engagement with the arts reduces re-offending rates, supports the learning of fusion skills combining technical and emotion skills, and improves wellbeing. How could the UK build a more vibrant sector to improve wellbeing, skills and enterprise?


This breakfast meeting will:

  • Discuss how to broaden access to programmes and engage communities
  • Consider how cultural participation could develop skills seen as crucial for a rapidly changing, digital society
  • Explore the future of arts and cultural funding, including through social impact investing and public sector spending