Labour and the Liberal Democrats have released their election manifestos, which include a commitment to ensure all school children have access to the arts.
The Conservative Party is yet to release its manifesto for the upcoming election on December 12.
Labour pledges to introduce a £160 million annual ‘arts pupil premium’ to fund arts education for every primary school child.
Other key pledges in the Labour manifesto include:
• To open up career opportunities in the creative industries for everyone
• To consult on ways to address the gender imbalance in the digital creative industries
• To review copyright laws to ensure fair remuneration for artists
• To launch a town of culture competition
The Liberal Democrats also pledged to “protect the availability of arts and creative subjects in the curriculum and remove barriers to pupil studying these subjects”.
Other pledges in the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto include:
• To protect arts funding via the National Lottery.
• To examine the available funding and planning rules for live music venues to protect venues from further closures.
Arts campaign organisation the Creative Industries Federation praised both manifestos for acknowledging the importance of the creative industries.
Director of policy and programmes Caroline Julian said: “We are pleased that both the Labour and Lib Dem manifestos clearly acknowledge the crucial role of the creative industries in the UK’s cultural life, social transformation and economic success.
“Both manifestos include a welcome focus on working with sectors like ours to spread opportunities to all people and communities across the UK, respond to the climate emergency and ensure sustainable growth across the economy.”