March of the modern makers: An industrial strategy for the creative industries
An interesting report from the Institute for Public Policy Studies. The 70-page document considers the current state of the creative industries. These are defined as nine broad sub-sectors: advertising and marketing; architecture; crafts; design (including fashion); film, TV, video, radio and photography; IT, software and computer services; publishing; museums, galleries and libraries; and music, performing and visual arts. The report includes assessments of relative strengths and weaknesses with suggestions on how a revised industrial policy from the government could aid their growth.
For those seeking further information on the creative economy here are some good starting points:
- The UK government produces regular estimates of the contribution of creative industries to the UK economy.
- The website also has a range of policy documents and reports which you can download.
- The CBI produces reports and news from an industry perspective on what should be done to support the sector.
- The British Council seeks to develop the industry for overseas export. Its website has news and project information.
- The Arts and Humanities Research Council is supporting four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy. These are good starting points for discovering news and information about the latest research.