Advocacy update: October 2019

23 Oct 2019

October Highlights

This month we took part in a Cultural Campaign Network meeting; a British Council Global Learning Conference; a DCMS Brexit workshop in Birmingham; and a Dance and Borders Conference in Belfast.

Keep Informed, Get involved

Boris Johnson’s first Queen’s Speech was delivered setting out the Government’s legislative programme.

DCMS published a ten-point checklist for arts and cultural organisations preparing for Brexit. Arts Council England has also updated its Brexit guide and published a Brexit Q&A with the Head of External Affairs and Policy at the Southbank Centre about their preparations for Brexit and lessons to be learned. Remember to also check One Dance UK’s Brexit webpage for updates and helpful info.

A study for the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) provides a pre-Brexit snapshot of where Europe is and where it might go following the UK’s departure and urges that policies relating to the creative and cultural sectors be put at “the heart of the European political agenda”.

DCMS released its latest 2018/19 statistics from its annual Taking Part Survey which records arts engagement across the country.

Arts Council of Wales (ACW) has introduced minimum pay rates for artists, saying it will not fund applications that don’t commit to meeting pay levels recommended by unions and professional associations.

Environmental sustainability organisation Julie’s Bicycle has published a guide to the ways that the arts and culture sector can respond to the biodiversity crisis, as Culture Declares Emergency urges Arts Council England to declare a climate emergency.

The Cultural Learning Alliance and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, have published a paper on why arts education is a social justice issue and calling for every child to have access to arts and culture.

The Durham Commission, a joint research collaboration between Durham University and Arts Council England, convened to look at the role creativity and creative thinking should play in the education of young people and has developed a vision for promoting creativity in education.

As part of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Infrastructure Plan, a new report has found that the city’s creative industries inject £40 billion into supply chains.

Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation will be merging, launching the united organisation, which will have a UK-wide reach, in Spring 2020.

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

TBC following updates in Parliament – Nov 2019.