We congratulate Oliver Dowden on his appointment to the Culture Secretary role following today's cabinet reshuffle.
We look forward to hearing more about the government's strategy for culture and the creative industries and we urge the Culture Secretary to consider the huge benefits the orchestral sector specifically brings to the UK.
As a national organisation, Orchestras Live curates and co-produces relevant and inspirational live work in under-served areas. We believe that orchestras are for everyone and that live orchestral music has the power to inspire people for a lifetime.
We call on the new government to consider the following when putting together their new strategy for the culture sector:
- The power of orchestras to support regional regeneration – the performing arts have a key role to play in helping to develop culturally underserved communities; orchestras provide a unique and flexible resource of skills and expertise for the delivery of creatively relevant activities to stimulate self-expression and articulate local pride.
- The transformative impact of music on people’s health and wellbeing – regular engagement with live music can support better health outcomes, particularly for older people, as well as alleviate loneliness and improve social cohesion.
- The role of the performing arts in driving inclusion across society – access to the arts from an early age has been proven to develop lifelong skills in creative and critical thinking; skills that are essential for employment in today’s agile workplaces. High quality music education is unsurpassed in helping children to develop these skills and equality of provision is essential across all schools.