Welsh Young Liberals and the Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling on the Welsh & UK Governments to provide funding and support to the arts industries now to #KeepWalesCreative.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader, Jane Dodds, and Welsh Young Liberals are calling on the Welsh and UK Governments to help Keep Wales Creative and save the arts in Wales.
The Creative Industries bring a huge boost to the Welsh economy each year, and give us all a chance to connect with our culture and explore our creativity.
But the pandemic has been tough on many, with smaller independent music venues faced with permanent closure, larger venues predicting it will take over two years to recover financially, and local businesses losing footfall and income.
That’s why we’re launching #KeepWalesCreative to make sure that the Welsh Government uses the £59m of new funding to ensure that as many venues and performers as possible can benefit from financial support, with our four-point plan:
1. We want to see a clear and conditional plan for reopening theatres, live music venues and rehearsal and recording spaces across Wales, to help managers and performers plan their return.
2. Following a cross-party campaign led by Lib Dem MP Jamie Stone and Excluded UK, we want the Welsh Government to pressure the Chancellor and support freelancers. Many young performers who are freelance have missed out on furlough or self-employment scheme, and depserately need our support.
3. We’re also endorsing UK Music’s #LetTheMusicPlay campaign, to lobby the UK Government to remove VAT on all ticket sales. This will put money back in people’s pockets, and encourage them to support local venues and performers again. The Welsh Government must endorse this scheme.
4. The Welsh Government to must also offer financial support to help venues adapt and become Covid-secure, by funding screens, hand sanitizer and changes to venue layout. Covering these costs for venues will reduce the risk of further pay cuts and job losses.
Chloe Hutchinson, Chair of the Welsh Young Liberals and a Regional Candidate for South Wales West, added:
“We are really proud to be launching this campaign today. So many young people benefit and enjoy our cultural industries, especially our live music venues, providing entertainment as well as much needed jobs and opportunities.
“These industries were already struggling before the crisis, but now thanks to Covid-19 the situation is much more severe. If we do not act now then many of these precious spaces will be lost forever.
“I encourage everyone to sign our petition and make your voice heard on social media using the hashtag, #KeepWalesCreative.”
Our creative industries and performers need your help. Sign and share our petition today to show your support and #KeepWalesCreative.