Advocacy Update: February 2019

18 Feb 2019

February so far has been a busy month of political meetings and events. Read on for our latest highlights as well as some recent statistics and reports on the value of and challenges facing the cultural and dance sector.

February Highlights

One Dance UK are attending a number of meetings with MPs and Government officials, including with the new DCMS Head of International Arts Policy and Head of Domestic Arts Policy, the Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury, members of Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and the Dance All Party Parliamentary Group.

We were delighted to see several political guests attend our Private View of the ‘Beyond Borders – Great Women in Dance’ exhibition, in collaboration with the European Commission Representation in the UK.

Keep Informed, Get involved

The Department for Culture (DCMS) has released statistics that show that the creative industries contributed over £100bn to the UK economy in 2017.

The Government has also put processes in place to help provide financial assistance to participants in the Creative Europe Programme and the Europe for Citizens Programme, if the European Commission ceases to provide funding to UK participants following Brexit.

The Government has issued an update on the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens in the UK, in preparation for Brexit. The government also released a policy paper on people arriving in the UK from the EEA after exit day in a no deal scenario. You can access the government’s “Public Information Campaign” on EU-exit here, which includes guides on how to prepare for Brexit.

Arts Council England published its published its annual diversity report, revealing that whilst some progress has been made, people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds and disabled people continue to be underrepresented in arts organisations in England. Meanwhile, there have been over 100 signatories to The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto, calling for strategic partnerships between Special Educational Needs organisations and cultural institutions.

Arts Professional’s ‘ArtsPay Annual Survey 2018’ reveals a culture of long unpaid hours at work in the cultural sector and expectations that arts workers will take on duties in their own time.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright gave a speech last month about the importance and value of the arts. Our friends at the Cultural Learning Alliance have a useful summary here.

For the latest on dance in education, check our One Dance UK’s ‘Dance in Education’ February briefing.

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.

Key Dates

  • 13 March 2019 – Spring Budget Statement
  • 4-23 April 2019 – Easter Parliamentary Recess