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Cultural Heritage

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the level of entrepreneurism in the cultural sector; and what steps she is taking to ensure that funding by her Department of this sector is linked to development of economic growth and jobs.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Following the recent spending round settlement, Ministers wrote to all publicly-funded arm’s length bodies setting out DCMS's priorities which include a focus on financial resilience and economic growth. Steps are already being taken to align public funding with support for economic growth and jobs in the cultural sector. For example, Arts Council England is investing in the Creative Employment Programme which is putting in £15 million to enable young people gain access to on the job training and skills in the cultural sector; Catalyst is a £100 million sector-wide initiative set up by DCMS, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund aimed at helping organisations diversify income streams and access funding from private sources; and a partnership between the Arts Council and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) is bringing together research and investment to build innovation and resilience across the culture sector and creative industries.

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