Protection of Voluntary Sector Music, Dance and Cultural Activities

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-02-20
Session date: 
February 20, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0668
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

I note positive progress made for London's grassroots music venues. However, as a result of government cuts, grassroots music/dance/cultural activities run by London's diverse voluntary sector are either shutting down or are under unprecedented threat of closure. How can the Mayor intervene and support Local Authorities and London's diverse communities to keep their activities going?    

Answer

Answer for Protection of Voluntary Sector Music, Dance and Cultural Activities

Answer for Protection of Voluntary Sector Music, Dance and Cultural Activities

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I convene the London Culture Forum, a Strategic Alliance of local authority officers from London's 32 local authorities and the City Of London, who are committed to transforming people and places through arts and culture.

It has co-commissioned strategic programmes such as The Streets on high streets across outer London. I will also be launching the London Borough of Culture competition to support Local Authorities, throwing a spotlight onto the social value of culture across their communities.

The Grassroots Music Venues Progress Report I published in January shows that I have taken positive steps to address some of the challenges facing grassroots music venues. In 2018, I will also publish the capital's first Cultural Infrastructure Plan, which will help local authorities plan for cultural places and spaces.

My volunteering programme, Team London, helps non-profit organisations to recruit volunteers for their roles. At any one time, 1,250 roles are advertised and approximately 15% of these roles are for arts and cultural organisations.