Culture and the creative industries contribute £52 billion to London’s economy every year and provide one in six jobs in London. Essential lockdown measures introduced to slow the spread of the coronavirus have had a catastrophic impact on the sector. Research from the culture trade body The Creative Industries Federation suggests that 60% of creative organisations won’t survive the next two months. Half of the industry’s workforce is self-employed or freelance and many creative industries businesses are excluded from business rates relief and grants from Government.
This is a snapshot of some of the ways City Hall is supporting culture, creative industries and night time businesses:
- Culture at Risk Business Support Fund to help save grassroots music venues; LGBTQ+ venues; independent cinemas; and creative workspaces.
- London Community Response Fund launched 14th April is also supporting arts and culture.
- PayItForward crowdfunding platform launched to help businesses trade by pre-selling vouchers, goods and services.
- Lobbying Government – to urge them to fund the survival of the creative economy and support self-employed workers.
- London Together – to help Londoners in lockdown access culture and educational resources from home.
- Cultural programmes – supporting existing cultural and trade programmes (London Games Festival and London Fashion Week online; Brent Unlocked giving skills training and support for local artists as part of Brent Borough of Culture).
- World Culture Cities Forum – weekly meetings with cities across the world to look at common ways of achieving exit and recovery.
- Recovery Planning – working with promotional agency London & Partners and industry partners to prepare cultural venues and creative industries to emerge safely from lockdown.
What will it take to make you feel safe and comfortable again attending a cultural event or venue?
What are the types of cultural organisations or activities you would feel most or least comfortable visiting when they re-open, and why?
Please tell us more in the discussion below.