Yesterday Labour launched its Charter for Culture and the Creative Industries.
We have a passionate belief that the arts should be the entitlement of everyone.
This vision is shared by our signatories – Sir Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters, Melvyn Bragg, Jeanette Winterson and many others.
You can read the charter – and see the first signatories – below.
If you agree with our policies, use your vote to secure a Labour government. And if you really want to help do that, support the campaign for Alex Sobel to win here in Leeds NW – sign up now.
LABOUR’S CHARTER FOR CULTURE AND THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Britain’s creativity is the powerhouse of our future prosperity and central to our national identity.
If you agree with our vision for the creative industries we ask you to join us in signing this Charter.
Labour’s 2015 Charter for Culture and the Creative Industries
We the undersigned do hold that:
. 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.
. There should be a universal entitlement to a creative education for every child.
. Careers advice should recognise opportunities in the creative industries.
. There should continue to be a Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
. Job opportunities for young people in the creative industries should be secured.
. Every art and culture institution that receives public funding should open its doors to and engage with young people.
. Arts funding should be balanced equitably across the whole country and not concentrated in any one region.
. Regional networks providing local leadership and enhancing cooperation and coordination in the arts should be strengthened.
. 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.
. 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.
. Channel 4 should remain in public hands.
. 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.
. 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.
. The beauty of our cities, towns and villages, including exceptional monuments, churches, cathedrals and historic houses should be protected and enhanced.
. 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.
. The National Lottery should be opened up to full transparency.
. Libraries should be valued as a key part of our communities, important to social mobility and community cohesion.
. Government appointments to arts bodies should reflect the full diversity of our country.
. Intellectual property should be protected at home and abroad.
. Government should work with the tourism sector to create jobs and growth across the country.
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; playwright 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
Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, Actor
Harriet Thorpe, Actor
Jack Thorpe Baker, Theatre Director
Julie Walters CBE, Actor
Sarah Waters, Author
Jeanette Winterson OBE, Author
Joanne Harris MBE, Author
Lord Puttnam CBE
Philip Hedley CBE