Cornwall council are facing budget cuts. Tell them to keep supporting the arts in Cornwall!
Cornwall Council is facing severe budget cuts which will cut front line services next year. The Government wants them to reduce their spending by £196 million by 2019 - including £24 million by April 2015.
Cornwall Council currently supports a whole range of Arts and Cultural organisations, from village halls and museums, to art galleries and theatre companies (including Kneehigh!)
Cuts to this support means that the economic and social benefits these organisations deliver could be lost.
Arts and cultural industries currently have a hugely positive effect on the Cornish economy:
20% of Cornish workers are employed in Arts, Culture & Tourism – almost double the national average. It’s a vital sector for employment and job prospects, and also a growing sector (source: South West Observatory)
For every £1 invested in the arts, up to £6 is created for the local economy. This is seriously good value for money. (source: Arts Council England)
The annual value of creative industries in Cornwall is a whopping £500m (source: Green Paper for Culture 2012)
49% of visitors to Cornwall come for a cultural event or activity, and plough money into local businesses when they visit. (source: Ecogen report 2008)
3,400 students are studying creative industries at higher education level in Cornwall, fueling the next generation and bringing student buying power into the region (source: Green Paper for Culture 2012)
1,000 village halls are used regularly for cultural activity, keeping community spirit alive (source: Green Paper for Culture 2012)
A budget debate will be held on 10th October in Truro, and it’s really important that before then, as many people as possible let the Council know that funding for the arts in Cornwall should be protected.
The Council are consulting the public at a series of open meetings now all around the county about what services you value. If you can, please attend one of these consultation days and let the Council know how important arts funding is to the economy and future of Cornwall. Click here for more about having your say at council meetings.
Alternatively (or additionally!), email your Councillor and tell them to protect vital funding for arts projects in Cornwall. Find out who your councillor is here. Feel free to add why you personally think arts funding is important!
Tweet @CornwallCouncil and tell them why you think arts funding is important to Cornwall. Use the hashtag #ArtsFunding