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To: The UK Government

Save the UK’s Arts and Cultural Industries


After weeks of campaigning from leading figures from the world of art, music and theatre, the UK government has announced a £1.57 billion rescue package to save the arts industries.

Save the UK’s Arts and Cultural Industries

Unless our government acts now, most of Britain's theatres, music venues and performing arts companies will be gone by the end of this year, as a result of the coronavirus lockdown and social distancing.

From your local music venue to the nation’s leading performance spaces, our whole arts and cultural landscape is on the brink of ruin.

In other countries, billions of dollars have been allocated to prevent cultural catastrophe. We call on the UK government to act now, and to save this vital, irreplaceable part of our society by:

1) Investing in the arts - with emergency funding to rescue our cultural infrastructure and to keep the arts alive, plus new public investment for arts activity to boost our economic and social recovery

2) Sustaining the workforce - through job retention and financial support schemes, so we don’t lose our valued artists and arts companies

3) Supporting outside investment - including through changes to tax relief schemes and a national pledge for culture

Why is this important?

The arts enable us to connect with ourselves, each other and the world. As well as providing entertainment and escapism, they play a vital role at the heart of communities across our country.

The arts enrich the mental health and social lives of millions of people all over the UK. Every year, around 34 million people go to the theatre.

The participatory and outreach work done by many arts organisations empowers people to develop creative skills, grow in confidence and collaborate.

There are also major economic benefits to the arts continuing to thrive. Before coronavirus, the UK’s Creative Industries contributed almost £13 million to the UK economy every hour. For every £1 spent at the theatre, £3 was spent on food, drink, accommodation and travel in the local area (with significantly more being spent in the West End).

But these are just some of the reasons why it’s so vital that we rescue the arts. You will have your own – and we’d love to hear them.

Please click below to tell your story about what the arts mean to you, and see what other people have said about what is at stake in this moment of crisis:


2020-07-06 18:35:33 +0100

Petition is successful with 89,101 signatures

2020-06-25 22:18:35 +0100

50,000 signatures reached

2020-06-21 16:35:51 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2020-06-21 13:29:21 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2020-06-21 12:49:12 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2020-06-19 13:16:30 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-06-19 12:18:28 +0100

500 signatures reached

2020-06-19 11:56:10 +0100

100 signatures reached

2020-06-18 22:11:49 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-06-18 18:08:20 +0100

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2020-06-18 17:38:16 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-06-18 16:30:12 +0100

10 signatures reached