Creative Coalition Festival 2022 opened with a welcome address from The Rt Hon Nadine Dorries MP, Secretary of State for DCMS, who announced that the UK’s Creative Industries will benefit from a £50 million Government boost to help drove economic growth and level up the country.
At £8m more than the figure committed to in the recent Spending Review, the £50 million support package includes £21 million to deliver a multi-year UK Global Screen Fund, £8 million for the UK Games Fund and more than £18m for an extension of the Creative Scale-up Programme to support the fastest growing creative businesses across the country.
During the address, the Secretary of State acknowledged the power of the UK’s creativity and culture and highlighted the importance of efforts to address diversity, accessibility and inclusion across the sector. The Secretary of State also called on the Creative Industries to help shape the Government’s Sector Vision, in particular by discussing priorities with Julia Lopez MP, Minister of State for Media, Data, and Digital Infrastructure, on Day Three of the Creative Coalition Festival.
Caroline Norbury MBE, Chief Executive, Creative UK, said: “Creative Coalition Festival is a key moment for UK creativity, bringing together diverse voices from across industry and politics to drive the change and fresh thinking needed to unleash the potential of our world-leading Creative Industries.
“I’m delighted that the Secretary of State has chosen today’s forum for this announcement, an intervention which rightly recognises the power of our sector and the vital importance of investing in creativity to drive growth and innovation across all parts of the UK.”
Creative Coalition Festival continues on Wednesday 2 February and Thursday 3 February 2022.
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