Advocacy Update: March 2020

18 Mar 2020

March Highlights

See One Dance UK’s statement and guidance in response to the Covid-19 crisis here. As well as the official guidance included in One Dance UK’s guidance, you can also consult the guidance from Equity and Arts Council England, who have said that they will refocus some grant programmes to help compensate individual artists and freelancers for lost earnings. This will require further planning. It may take about 10 days before they can announce the details. One Dance UK are meeting with the Culture Minister and Government officials to discuss further the likely impacts on the cultural sector.

One Dance UK were signatories to an open letter published by ArtsAdmin in response to the UK’s withdrawal from the Creative Europe programme, worth almost £80 million to British creative organisations between 2014 and 2018.

We were delighted to host Baroness Bonham-Carter, Liberal Democrat Member of the House of Lords, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport and former Co-Vice-Chair of the Dance APPG and Lord Razzall CBE, at the performance of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s 13 Tongues & Dust at Sadler’s Wells.

Several members of the Dance APPG also attended the CDMT and Trinity College London industry reception.


Keep Informed, Get involved

Take part in this short, simple survey and tell us what tools you might need to better understand the current policy priorities within the cultural and creative sector and to influence local and regional policy-making, raising the profile of dance and the performing arts.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has been commissioned by Arts Council England to estimate the economic impact of the arts and culture sector in England. Add your organisation’s contribution to the picture by completing their survey by Monday 20th April.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered this Government’s first Budget Statement. See the Creative Industries Federation, of which One Dance UK are members, summary here.

New Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden gave his first major speech since his appointment setting out why the UK’s creative and media sectors are crucial to the country’s success.



The Government published a Policy Statement setting out details of the Future Points-Based Immigration System that will apply from January 2021. We continue to speak regularly with Government officials about the impact on the UK dance sector and will continue to make the case for dance artists within the new system, particularly for those who are self-employed workers. You can see the Government news release here and also the Creative Industries Federation’s response, of which One Dance UK are members, here.

A new Brexit advice website for arts workers has been launched –

A reminder of One Dance UK’s Brexit info page.

Local elections and London mayoral race have been postponed for a year, due to coronavirus.

Parliament’s 11 Culture Select Committee members have been confirmed.


Reports and Statistics

· According to a New Onward Research Programme: Levelling up Report, London received around half (47%) of the total culture spending in England over the period 2010/11 to 2017/18. Over the period culture funding per head in London was £687, nearly five times the average in the rest of England (£144).

· Ahead of the Scottish Government’s first Culture Strategy for 20 years, the National Trust for Scotland has published new public opinion research on current cultural activity in Scotland, and the barriers to its development.

· Arts Council England published its latest Equality, Diversity and the Creative Case: A Data Report, 2018-19.

· Arts Council England and Nesta published their Digital Culture 2019 report, a study on the impact and use of technology in the arts and culture sector.


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 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

· April 2020 – Labour Leadership Election

· Summer/Autumn 2020 – Spending Round