In April, the Creative Industries Federation launched the #OurWorldWithout campaign, calling on government for urgent funding for creative organisations and professionals who are being hit hardest by the fallout from the pandemic.
Alongside other key organisations within the sector, the Federation has commissioned Oxford Economics to forecast the projected economic impact of Covid-19 on the creative industries. The report was published on 17th June 2020 and the results are devastating: a £74 billion loss in revenue and a loss of over 400,000 jobs this year alone, highlighting how hard our sector could be hit, if we don’t act now...which is where you come in.
The continuation of this campaign relies heavily on using all of our voices to call on government for a Cultural Renewal Fund for those who’ve been hit hardest. We must also avoid a cliff-edge on vital schemes such as the Job Retention Scheme and Self Employed Income Support Scheme, which have been a lifeline for many in our sector.
Creativity must be placed at the heart of our regeneration. Before the pandemic, the creative industries were one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK. Now, they have the potential to power us out of this economic abyss. Not only are they a huge driver of economic growth, they can reboot and reconnect our communities and contribute to positive social and wellbeing outcomes at a time of extreme challenge.
The creative industries helped to get us out of the last recession. They can get us out of the coming one. And they can help us build a fairer, kinder country too.
What Can You Do To Help?
The Federation have put together a few examples of what you can do to help at this time - it's easy to feel a bit hopeless when faced with devastating statistics like these, so we wanted to show that there is still action we can take. Take a look at what you can do to help the campaign here, including writing to your MP.
Together, we can help to ensure that Our World Without Culture doesn’t become a reality.