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Open letter calls for government support for the creative industries

27 April 2020

More than 400 of the UK's leading artists, musicians, creative figures and industry representatives have signed a letter calling on the UK Government to release funds to support the creative industries. They warn that unless more is done the UK could become "a cultural wasteland" because of the economic damage done during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Written by Creative Industries Federation (CIF) and addressed to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the letter appeals for urgent funding for creative organisations and professionals who are "falling through the gaps of existing government support measures". Signatories include Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Stephen Fry, Grayson Perry and Anish Kapoor.

You can read the full letter and names of signatories on the CIF website.

See also articles of 27 April 2020 by Lanre Bakare in The Guardian and Isobel Lewis in The Independent.

The letter is part of the CIF campaign #OurWorldWithout calling on government for urgent funding for the creative industries to help creative organisations and professionals who are facing particularly challenging times.