Inquiry submission

The inquiry on Brexit and the creative industries

The UK Culture, Media and Sport Committee launched an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market. As part of this, they asked for written evidence.

The following is the executive summary of Creative Europe Desk UK's written evidence to the inquiry, which was submitted in October 2016. 

Executive summary

  • Creative Europe is a highly effective programme supporting the UK’s creative sector to thrive through collaboration with peers in other countries; strengthening European cultural diversity; and improving circulation of cultural and audiovisual works. The programme has a strong multiplier effect. According to the European Commission, every €1 from the MEDIA sub-programme budget generates about €6 in private investment from the audiovisual industry.   
  • During its first two years (2014 and 2015), Creative Europe has supported 230 UK cultural and creative organisations and audiovisual companies as well as the cinema distribution of 84 UK films in other European countries with grants totalling €40 million .  
  • In addition to the financial return, there are many important, but less measurable benefits that stem from full participation in the programme, such as exchanging know-how, improving practices, growing international peer networks and reaching out to new audiences.
  • Creative Europe allows for participation of non-EU countries under certain conditions, so the UK’s participation in the programme could continue beyond its exit from the EU.  Evidence suggests that it is only through continued, full participation that we can ensure the two-way benefits of the programme, which flow both inwards and outwards of the UK, including access to audiences and markets, and to international knowledge and peer networks.
  • Should continued participation not be possible as a result of the leave negotiations on overarching issues, such as free movement of people or access to the single market, the Government could put in place a replacement UK funding scheme, which would continue to stimulate and support the UK creative sector’s international ambitions, including with Europe.
  • If this outward-looking activity, focused on partnerships, is no longer supported at all, the creative sector’s capacity to flourish and realise its international potential is likely to be diminished both to the detriment of the sector and to the detriment of UK citizens’ access to diverse cultural works throughout the nations and regions. 

Download the full Creative Europe Desk UK inquiry submission

Please note: the call for written evidence has now closed.

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