Labour’s 2015 Charter for Culture and the Creative Industries

We the undersigned do hold that:

  1. Exploitative zero-hours contracts should be banned, unpaid internships longer than four weeks should be stopped and properly accredited apprenticeships in the creative industries should be ensured.
  2. There should be a universal entitlement to a creative education for every child.
  3. Careers advice should recognise opportunities in the creative industries.
  4. There should continue to be a Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
  5. Job opportunities for young people in the creative industries should be secured.
  6. Every art and culture institution that receives public funding should open its doors to and engage with young people.
  7. Arts funding should be balanced equitably across the whole country and not concentrated in any one region.
  8. Regional networks providing local leadership and enhancing cooperation and coordination in the arts should be strengthened.
  9. Government appointments to arts bodies should reflect the full diversity of our country.
  10. No one media owner should be able to exert undue influence on public opinion and policy makers. No media company should have so much power that those who run it believe themselves above the rule of law.
  11. A strong BBC, properly funded by the licence fee, should be independent, impartial and free to create the very best programming for all in every genre.
  12. Channel 4 should remain in public hands.
  13. The very best of our national cultural heritage should be available to all, with free admission to our national galleries and museums and incentives for private collectors to provide greater access to great works of art.
  14. As a nation we should encourage further investment in the arts and the creative industries through public subsidy and tax credits, such as those for film, television, theatre production, the video games industry and orchestras.
  15. The beauty of our cities, towns and villages, including exceptional monuments, churches, cathedrals and historic houses should be protected and enhanced.
  16. Superfast broadband and mobile telephony should be treated as essential aspects of the economic and social infrastructure of the country and nobody should be excluded from the digital economy by virtue of their geography, their age or their wealth.
  17. The National Lottery should be opened up to full transparency.
  18. Libraries should be valued as a key part of our communities, important to social mobility and community cohesion.
  19. Intellectual property should be protected at home and abroad.
  20. Government should work with the tourism sector to create jobs and growth across the country.

Yours faithfully,

Harriet Harman
Chris Bryant
Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, Actor
Lenny Henry, Actor
Julie Walters CBE, Actor
Jeanette Winterson OBE, Author
John Mark Ainsley, Tenor
Matthew Bourne OBE, Choreographer
Melvyn Bragg, Broadcaster and Author
Peter Davison, Actor
Shaun Dooley, Actor
Simon Fanshawe OBE, Writer and Broadcaster
Michael Grandage CBE, Director and Producer
Bonnie Greer OBE, Former Deputy Chair of the British Museum; playwight and author
Charlie Hanson, Producer and Director
Elizabeth Heery, Actor
Luke Jennings, Writer
Sir Anish Kapoor CBE, Artist
David Lan, Artistic Director of the Young Vic
Kathy Lette, Author
Dominic Minghella, Screenwriter
David Morrissey, Actor
Grayson Perry CBE, Artist
Arthur Pita, Choreographer
Baroness Rebuck CBE
Toby Sawyer, Actor
Francesca Simon, Author
Harriet Thorpe, Actor
Jack Thorpe Baker, Theatre Director
Sarah Waters, Author
Joanne Harris MBE, Author
Susie Orbach, Writer
Nicola Green, Artist
Lord Puttman CBE
Philip Hedley CBE

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