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Lost Arts lobby exposes damage cuts will do

The Lost Arts website will launch on 15 June 2011. www.lost-arts.org

15 June 2011

Representatives of cultural institutions across the country gather in Westminster today (Wednesday 15 June) to press the government to reconsider cuts in public spending which will do huge damage to the creative sector.

A rally at  Westminster Central Hall (Lecture Hall from 1pm) will see the launch of the Lost Arts website, an initiative set to track the impact of the cuts on arts bodies across the UK until 2015.

From 2.30pm representatives will move to the Houses of Parliament where MPs will be lobbied to secure their backing for efforts to limit the damage.

Briefing document for members lobbying their MPs

View the Lost Arts website (set for launch, today 15 June).

BECTU is working together with the Musicians' Union, Equity, NUJ, Unite, The Writers Guild, Prospect and the PCS on this initiative.

Multi-union support

Commenting on the difficulties now faced by the arts and the role of the Lost Arts site, John Smith, general secretary of the Musicians' Union and current president of the FEU said:

 “I’m delighted that we have been able to secure support for this important initiative from such a wide cross section of unions. For every £1 that the Arts Council invests, an additional £2 is generated from private and commercial sources, totalling £3 of investment. At a local level this investment can lever five times its worth."

"The Arts and Culture sector is currently suffering from disastrous Local Authority cuts, as well as the cuts that the Arts Council has had to make after its 30% cut from Government.

"The reality is that these cuts signal the start of the end for many organisations, and we want to make sure that these losses are documented. By keeping an account of the damage done on the Lost Arts website, we hope to win the argument for public funding of the Arts once and for all.”

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