Tradition is price £5.5bn to London economic system, says Arts Council

Culture is worth £5.5bn to London economy, says Arts Council

The Fairfield Halls: closed once more, however nobody is aware of for a way lengthy

The affect on the native economic system of the persevering with closure of the Fairfield Halls is hinted at in a report printed right this moment by Arts Council England which reckons that arts and tradition contributed £5.5billion to London in 2018, supporting 67,075 jobs within the capital.

The report means that the humanities and tradition sector has misplaced almost one-quarter of its worth and financial affect in 2020 because of the covid-19 pandemic.

The council-owned Fairfield Halls has been open solely fitfully for nearly 5 years, since June 2016 when it was closed for a significant refurbishment undertaking. Reopened at a price of a minimum of £42million in September final yr, it was pressured to shut once more seven months in the past because of coronavirus. Whereas different theatres and live performance venues round London have accomplished their utmost to begin to stage performances with audiences once more – even by providing paid-for “distant” performances – the Fairfield Halls operators BHLive have given no updates on when it may be “curtain up” once more on the borough’s prestigious arts venue.

The Arts Council England report reveals that performing arts (13,700) and book-publishing (11,900) supported the very best variety of full-time equal (FTE) jobs in London, the place Arts and Tradition contributed extra in Gross Worth Added – GVA – to the capital’s economic system than Lodging (£3.6billion).

Based on the report, Contribution of the humanities and tradition trade to the UK economic system, “Together with provide chain impacts and worker expenditure, arts and tradition supported £10.2billion of GVA and 136,000 FTE jobs in London in 2018. And for each FTE job in arts and tradition helps 0.86 extra FTE jobs elsewhere in London.

“For each £1 of GVA the sector produces, this stimulates an extra £1.03 of GVA within the area.”

The info, after all, is all pre-pandemic. Among the many findings have been:

  • Added £13.5billion to the UK economic system, up from £12.8billion the earlier yr, and contributed £3.4billion in tax.
  • Creates good jobs, using 233,000 individuals, a bigger workforce than Sainsbury’s.
  • These roles have been on common extra productive than these in sectors comparable to manufacturing {and professional}, scientific and technical actions, with a median of £72,000 Gross Worth Added per full time equal employee, in comparison with the UK common of £56,700.
  • The sector additionally supported £28.9billion of Gross Worth Added and 454,000 full time equal jobs by way of its provide chains.
  • Helps the broader artistic industries, one of many quickest rising areas of the economic system, and brings guests to excessive streets close to cultural points of interest.

Additional analysis from the Centre for Financial and Enterprise Analysis (CEBR) predicts that the Tradition Restoration Fund will increase sector’s Gross Worth Added (GVA) by £1.4billion and can assist return to its pre-lockdown degree by 2022, a full yr sooner than was anticipated with out authorities intervention.

The analysis predicts the sector is ready to be price £15.2billion to the economic system by 2025.

Sir Nicholas Serota: arts has a ‘important function’

Arts Council England is working with the federal government on the distribution of a £1.57billion restoration fund, the Tradition Restoration Fund.

BHLive has not made any announcement about whether or not it, or Croydon Council, might be bidding for a share of that funding in the direction of the Fairfield Halls and the borough’s different cultural actions.

Sir Nicholas Serota, the chair of Arts Council England stated: “These figures display that, past the worth of the humanities to the lives of individuals throughout the nation, the cultural sector is an financial power in its personal proper, in addition to a vital pipeline for expertise and concepts into the broader artistic industries – one among our quickest rising sectors earlier than the pandemic.

“By investing by way of the Tradition Restoration Fund, the federal government helps to guard the sector, guaranteeing that it may well bounce again extra shortly and play an important function within the nationwide restoration as we emerge from the pandemic.”

The Arts Council stated right this moment that it’s “now working to distribute the Tradition Restoration Fund as shortly as attainable. £3.36million has already been invested in 136 reside music venues throughout England, with extra bulletins quickly to comply with”.


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