A tourist tax that is ring-fenced for culture is one of the recommendations from an independent enquiry looking ways cities can grow their arts offering.
The recommendations also include developing routes into the cultural industries, including apprenticeships, to develop local and diverse talent.
The Cultural Cities Enquiry was chaired by Virgin Money UK chief executive Jayne-Anne Gadhia and is made up of arts and local authority leaders, including Arts Council England chair Nicholas Serota.
It is jointly funded by Arts Council England, Core Cities UK – an organisation representing 10 UK cities, Key Cities – which represents a group of medium sized cities in the UK, Belfast City Council, Creative Scotland and Arts Council Wales.
The enquiry’s main recommendations are:
Gadhia said: “Our aim in undertaking this enquiry was to help cities across the UK to unlock the full potential of culture to promote thriving communities and drive economic growth.
“Smart investment, innovation and collaboration are at the heart of our proposals to radically increase the ability of cities to use arts and culture to maximise the social and economic benefits of a city’s culture for everyone.”
Serota added: “Culture makes a vital contribution to these activities, while the creative industries are our fastest growing business sector. This report shows how we can make best use of our cities’ cultural assets to build strong communities for the future.”