Advocacy Update: April 2019

23 Apr 2019

Dance Motion in Parliament

A motion in Parliament has been tabled marking International Dance Day later this month, and congratulating One Dance UK on our work.

Write to your local MP today inviting them to sign the motion and help us gather many more supportive voices behind it, celebrating the UK dance sector.

Find your local MP and how to contact them by entering your post code here or more info and letter templates here.

April Highlights

One Dance UK, together with the Association of British Orchestras, UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre, hosted a drop in session in Parliament to highlight the achievements of the UK performing arts sector. The session was attended by many Parliamentarians and focussed on the sector’s future resilience, investment in the talent pipeline, creative education and continued international relationships.

We’ve attended several meetings with MPs, policy makers and campaign partners, including with Dance APPG Co-Chair Nic Dakin MP; Culture Select Committee member Ian Lucas MP; Shadow Economic Secretary Jonathan Reynolds MP; Dance APPG Officer Luke Pollard MP; DCMS Special Advisor Alex Jackman; attended roundtable Brexit meetings with DCMS and Home Office; a DCMS Welsh Cultural Showcase; and a Lib Dem Creatives meet up.

One Dance UK submitted a response to the Ofsted consultation on a new framework for the assessment of schools, early years and further education institutions, making the case for a board and rich curriculum, including the arts. With a 45% decline in the number of pupils taking GCSE Dance and a 48% decline in the number of pupils taking A Level Dance since 2010, we continue to make the case for dance as an integral part of every young person’s education.

Check out our latest dance in education briefing here.

One Dance UK Dance Ambassador Martha also penned this article about advocating for Dance Education.

Keep Informed, Get involved

Arts Council England has published a study showing that the contribution of arts and culture to the UK economy has reached £10.8bn, £390m more than the previous year and more than the agricultural sector, whilst 74% of arts organisations have been affected by public funding cuts.

A new cross-party Parliamentary group dedicated to improving diversity in the creative industries has been established, and will be chaired by former culture minister Ed Vaizey MP.

A report from the Digital, Media, Culture and Sports Select Committee in Parliament has recommended that arts subjects should be included in the English Baccalaureate, to ensure “all students benefit from a creative education” at GCSE level. The report also supports the performing arts sector’s calls for the introduction of an EU-wide touring visa, following Brexit. The recommendations came as part of a report into the live music sector.

On Brexit: the UK and the EU27 have agreed to grant a flexible extension of the Article 50 period to 31 October. If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by both parties before 31 October, the extension would be terminated (withdrawal would take place on the first day of the following month). The agreement also includes a “take stock” moment at the 20-21 June European Council. During this time, the UK will continue as a full Member State with all the relevant rights and obligations.

In the meantime, the UK’s EU Settlement Schemeis officially open.

Arts Council England also has a regularly updated EU Exit Guide that shares relevant government information to help arts and cultural organisations prepare in the event that the UK exits from the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

Representatives of Scotland’s culture sector (through working with our campaign partner Culture Counts) recently met to discuss the UK’s future skills-based immigration system, and produced eight clear recommendations for the UK Home Office aimed at minimising damage to the cultural economy as a result of Brexit.

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

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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.