Just 15% of workers in London’s national portfolio organisations are from black and ethnic minority backgrounds compared to 40% of London’s working population. How can you and the Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries tackle this inequality and ensure culture and the arts are open to all Londoners?
I agree that the cultural sector as a whole is not representative of London and that much more must be done to increase diversity. This is a top priority in my Culture Strategy. National portfolio organisations are funded by Arts Council England and I have written to its Chair calling on the organisation to prioritise progress on this issue.
I have worked with the trade union BECTU to launch a Theatre Diversity Action Plan with 50 London theatres so far pledging to diversify their workforce. I have also funded Film London’s Equal Access Network to support screen industry employers like HBO and Sony to recruit and retain more representative employees. My £500k skills programme in Haringey’s Creative Enterprise Zone will enable local people to learn with Fashion Enter, 50% of whom will be from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.