Jason welcomed the huge £1.57 billion emergency package for the Arts - we need to make sure the cash helps support the musicians, actors, electricians and may more, including freelancers, who are the lifeblood of our local arts and cultural sector.
Jason McCartney MP
We all welcome this huge package of support for the arts and cultural sector.
Last night, I spoke to a constituent who works as a percussion musician at the annual pantomime at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford; thinking of him and all the other performers, electricians, musicians, actors, and especially freelancers, can we please make sure that this funding does get through to support all of them, because they are the real lifeblood of our arts and cultural sector?
Caroline Dinenage MP
My hon. Friend is right to say that our creative people and artists are the lifeblood of our industry—without them we simply would not have it.
The key is that the cultural organisations that rely on audiences have been particularly hard hit, and if we can bring them back into use, there will be work for the freelancers he mentions.
The key to bringing them back is the key to supporting the supply chains that feed them.
Support has been available through the emergency funds, for example, through Arts Council England, but we understand that the best way to support our amazing freelancers up and down the country is to give them more work that they can do and get things back open as soon as possible.