Published date 25th Jun 2021

Mayor commits extra help for creative sector

Dan Norris with a puppet maker

Local people working in the hard-hit creative sector will be supported by an extra £1 million investment, Metro Mayor Dan Norris has announced.

The West of England Combined Authority Committee agreed today (25 June) to invest an immediate additional £1 million targeted at freelancers and creative businesses.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “The creative freelance sector is a vital part of the West of England economy. West of England residents know the value of arts and culture to our economy and society and I am determined to back our brilliant creatives. These industries have become a huge part of what makes the West of England special and world-beating.

“I believe that, as part the hundreds of unique communities and thousands of talented people right across Bath, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North East Somerset, they have a key role to play in helping shape an even better future. From theatre shows for children to documentary film-making; with puppet-making and pop up art exhibitions; the recording of new podcasts and albums and creation of new e-books: I’m proud to back the talented local people working in this sector.”

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