Culture and Mass Media

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 25th July 2018.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing ring-fenced funding for arts, culture and media projects to incentivise greater diversity.

Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to introduce ring-fenced funding for arts, culture and media projects to incentivise greater diversity.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

We have not assessed the specific merits of ring fencing funding for arts, culture and media projects. DCMS work closely with our arms length bodies to increase diversity in the cultural, arts and media sectors. Our Culture White Paper stated that publicly funded culture should reflect the diversity of our country and DCMS has asked Arts Council England, Historic England and the national museums and galleries to develop and share strategies for tackling the lack of diversity in leadership. The BFI is also amongst our ALBs who have developed and rolled out Diversity Standards, which applies to all of its public funding programmes.

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