Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was joined by a host of music, film and theatre stars at the Theatre Royal Stratford East last night (November 24) to launch Labour's new charter for the arts. He will commit to put support for the arts at “the heart of government” with a pledge for £1 billion of new investment in a renewed cultural strategy.
Ahead of the December 12 election, Labour has set out a programme of support for Britain’s arts and culture sector, promising to radically expand access and increase funding for the arts.
While the policies are broader than specific music industry support, there could be a potential benefit from the £1bn investment to upgrade and build cultural venues, including arts venues, museums, galleries and musuems.
A plan to invest £175m a year in an arts pupil premium, in order to give every primary school student in the country access to creative and cultural experiences, could protect the talent pipeline.
Corbyn said: “The government I lead will ensure that every child has the opportunity to access the arts, learn a musical instrument and develop their creativity.
“Proper funding for the arts will be central to Labour’s commitment in Government to enable people to lead more enjoyable and fulfilling lives”
Emeli Sandé said: “The arts are so important to our culture, our identity and our communities. Every child, whatever their background, should be able to enjoy the fundamentals in life and the access to the arts is crucial to that. I’m proud to give my support to the pledge to give every child the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and develop their creativity.”
Lily Allen said: “The idea that we’ll have access to more galleries and theatres and that children will be able to learn a musical instrument is crucial. The policies Jeremy Corbyn is setting out to achieve it are huge.”