Advocacy Update: April 2020

24 Apr 2020

April Highlights

Covid-19 Advocacy for the Dance Sector

· We are in regular discussions with Government, reporting on the needs of and shortfalls for our sector in terms of the impact of the Covid-19 crisis and Government support measures. This includes weekly calls with DCMS officials and the Culture Secretary and Minister, as well as collaborating with sector bodies across the creative industries.

· We have launched a Dance Sector Impact Survey to gather evidence from across dance organisations and individuals. We strongly encourage all dance organisations and individuals to take part and will be sharing results and recommendations. Your input to this survey is critical in helping us to articulate what support the dance sector needs. Thank you!

· We are collaborating with sector partners, including adding our name to the Creative Industries Federation’s #OurWorldWithout campaign calling on government for urgent funding for the creative industries.

· To help support the sector, we have created a One Dance UK website hub of the UK Government, Arts Council England, and Creative Scotland’s support packages for individuals and companies which can be seen here.

· We are working alongside other performing arts sector bodies to raise the key issues impacting our sector and are planning future joint Performing Arts All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) activities together with the APPGs for Dance, Theatre and Orchestras. This will include a future Performing Arts Parliamentary Drop In to be held in Parliament, a year on from the last one we held.

· Arts Council England is also inviting responses to its coronavirus survey, which you can access here.


Keep Informed, Get involved

Labour’s new front bench team has been appointed, alongside new Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer MP. Labour’s new Culture team is made up of Shadow Culture Secretary Jo Stevens MP, as well as Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries Tracy Brabin MP, and others.

Parliament has returned from an extended Easter recess, with plans for a ‘virtual Parliament’ having been approved.

Over 100 MPs and peers have signed a letter calling on the Government support the creative industries in lockdown.

Parliament’s Culture Select Committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of Coronavirus on the cultural sector with evidence to be submitted by 19 June.

The APPG for Creative Diversity has announced its plans and partners.



Whilst all attention is on dealing with the current Covid-19 crisis, we continue to liaise with Government regarding any Brexit updates we need to be aware of eg how the Brexit timetable is being affected etc.

We continue to receive a number of queries from our members about some of the specific immigration arrangements in place in relation to Brexit and how they will apply to them. We are flagging these specific concerns with Government and are offering advice and guidance to members wherever possible. See our Brexit webpage for the latest updates, including updates re Covid-19’s impact on EU Settlement Scheme Applications.


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 and share the Dance Manifesto.

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 Group’s Officers here.

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

Key Dates

Dates may be subject to change due to the Covid-19 crisis:

· 6 – 11 May: Parliament Recess

· 21 May – 2 June: Parliament Recess

· 21 July – 8 September: Parliament Summer Recess

· 17 September – 13 October: Parliament Conference Recess

· Summer/Autumn 2020: Spending Round