Together, we champion, defend and expand access to the arts and culture.
Here are just a few examples of the things we’ve done and the difference we’ve made together.
Windsor and Maidenhead Council abandoned plans for a 100% cut to the arts, and instead increased arts funding by 17%, after our local campaign was backed by 4900+ people – including Russell Brand, Mark Watson, Rachel Parris, Stephen K Amos and former UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
We won a big victory in our first local campaign. Our supporters in Nottingham stopped a 37% cut in local funding of their arts organisations. Of the 3,659 hits we delivered to the Council’s budget consultation, around two thirds were about the planned cut to the arts.
Millions of people watched stories from our video demonstration on BBC One, in Alan Yentob’s documentary imagine…We’ll Be Back. The programme highlighted the role of our campaign in expressing the public’s concern and helping to deliver the Culture Recovery Fund.
We launched the Arts Map – a new digital platform for anyone to check the status of arts venues near them, and to offer support. In collaboration with Spun Glass Theatre, we created listings for 1,200+ arts organisations across the UK.
We consulted with the arts industries to publish ‘10 next steps for the arts in the UK’. It reached 50,000+ people, and helped to raise awareness of ongoing issues around social distancing, insurance and threats to the workforce.
150,000 people signed our petition and letter to the Chancellor. 2,000 people wrote to their MPs through our platform and thousands more joined our Twitter action to the Culture Secretary. The Government responded to nationwide pressure with the unprecedented £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.
We commissioned a poll to ask how much local authorities should invest in arts and culture. 63% of people said 50p or more, but the average investment was less than 16p. Our 50p for culture campaign enabled thousands of people to access data about their local area.
Samuel West became Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts. The organisation re-focussed its activities on engagement campaigns to raise awareness of the role of public funding for the arts throughout the UK.
As the Government was considering significant cuts in public spending, 21,000+ people signed up in support of our I Value The Arts campaign.
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The National Campaign for the Arts launched in London. Its first Director was Simon Crine and its President was Melvyn Bragg.