Advocacy Update: August 2019

20 Aug 2019

This month we had meetings with the Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism as well as with the Festival 2022 and the Coventry City of Culture leadership teams within the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

One Dance UK were one of over 150 key figures from across the creative industries and beyond to have signed and added our voice in support of an open letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson MP urging government to recognise the personal, social and economical value creative education provides for individuals, for the Creative Industries and for the economy at large.

This week we are taking part in a Creative Scotland workshop for Culture Counts members.

Keep Informed, Get involved

As our new Prime Minister Boris Johnson took office, another Ministerial reshuffle followed. Nicky Morgan is the new culture secretary, alongside Chancellor, Sajid Javid, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. Rebecca Pow remains Culture Minister. See the full Cabinet and their backgrounds here. Arts Council England, The Stage and National Campaign for the Arts have called on the new Prime Minister calling to invest in the arts.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, has announced the Government will be fast-tracking a one year Spending Review, which determines how government spending is to be distributed across departments, to help departments focus on preparations for Brexit. The accelerated review will take place in September. If you are planning to tell the story of how your own organisation is improving people’s lives, you can find helpful ACE materials here.

DCMS has launched a survey to understand the level of awareness and preparedness of organisations in the digital, culture, media, sport, telecoms, tourism and charitable sectors in case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on 31 October. The survey closes on 24 August. Take part here. For our members who are UK nationals living in the EU, see this Living in the EU: prepare for Brexit guide on the rights and status of UK nationals living in the European Union, European Economic Area (EEA) and European Free Trade Area (EFTA), and Switzerland post Brexit. For EU nationals living in the UK, whether or not the UK and EU reach a deal before 31 October 2019, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

Culture Counts, the collective voice of Scotland’s cultural sector, has released this new interactive research tool for the cultural sector.

DCMS shared that 44.5% (£13,540 million) of total services imported by the DCMS Sectors were from the European Union member states in 2017.

A study from the Social Mobility Commission reveals “huge disparities” in participation rates in extra-curricular activities, including drama, dance and music, depending on social background.

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group for Creative Diversity has been created with the aim to establish effective practices for the creative sector in its approach to recruiting, retaining and developing diverse talent and provide recommendations for industry and government.

According The Stage, ten performing arts BTecs are to be discontinued from 2020 as part of a government “crackdown on poor-quality post-16 qualifications”.

Arts Council England (ACE) released its Grant-in-Aid and Lottery distribution annual report and accounts 2018/19.

ACE are currently developing their new strategy for 2020-2030 and want to know what you think. The consultation on the draft strategy 2020-2030 is open until 23 September 2019. Have your say here.

Government figures reveal that Britain’s creative and art sectors have benefited from £1.1 billion in tax reliefs in the last year.

Remember, to keep informed and get involved in advocating for dance, you can:

Sign up to:

· Politics Home Email briefings
· Rt Hon Ed Vaizey’s weekly newsletter
· Your local What Next? Chapter


Check out MPs on Twitter and find and engage with your local MP on social media. Don’t forget to invite your local MP to join the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dance.

Write to your local MP

Tell them about your organisation, how many local people you reach and the benefits they enjoy from engaging in dance activities. Invite them to come and visit you, perhaps to see a show, class, rehearsal or to tour your facilities…find your local MP

Spread the word Email Hanna to let us know of any upcoming performances or events that you would like for us to consider including in the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dance programme of events.

Dance All Party Parliamentary Group

The Dance APPG exists to promote dance as an art form and as an important element of healthy living and the fight against obesity, and to promote its education and social benefits.

If you ask your local MP to join the APPG, express to them how their membership of the Group would be an incredibly valuable declaration of commitment to the importance of dance in the UK and would be extremely appreciated by their local constituents involved in dance. See the current membership of the Group here.

Please make sure to let us know about any contact you have with national and local politicians.

Key Dates

· Parliamentary recess – House will return from summer recess on 3 September

· Party Conferences 2019:
14-17 September, Bournemouth – Liberal Democrat Party Conference
21-25 September, Brighton – Labour Party Conference
29 September – 2 October, Manchester – Conservative Party Conference
13-15 October, Aberdeen – SNP Conference