Creative Industries

There is an increasing awareness of the economic impact of culture. Culture is central to the creative industries, now worth 5% of our economy. The arts and culture industry alone is worth £7.7bn to the UK; more than the entire textile industry.

Two men work on digital technology in a workshop.
FACTLab, 2015. Photo © Stephen King, courtesy of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).

The Arts Council supports the wider creative sector in several ways:

  • Making loans and grants available for those with creative ideas from music to craft. The seed funding creative micro businesses need.
  • Providing business with tools and support they need on copyright, access to finance, business planning, and digital media
  • Supporting apprenticeships and the highly talented and skilled individuals who will work across the creative industries. 
  • Improving our towns and cities by investing Capital funds, and building relationships with local partners like universities and LEPs
  • Inspiring entrepreneurs from fashion to advertising by investing in world class arts and culture in some of the greatest buildings in the world

Next steps

In the next few years we will build on these achievements. As well as providing the funding and support mentioned above we will;

  • Continue to be a voice for the sector on the Creative Industry Council and work closely with partners like the Creative Industries Federation, BFI and Creative England. 
  • Explore opportunities such as those in arts and technology, or gaming
  • Strengthen our research and share best practice

Culture is the lifeblood of the creative industries, and the Arts Council will be at the heart of that in the years to come.

A woman in a showercap has buckets of water chucked over her.

Grants for the Arts

Our grant programme for individuals, art organisations and other people who use the arts in their work

Members of Tangle's 2013 company in rehearsal.

Creative Local Growth Fund

A fund placing art and culture at the heart of local economic growth, supporting creative industries and tourism

More on creative industries

Performers from the Enchanted Chandelier by Transe Express.

Pride of the community

Laura Dyer, from our Executive board, talks about how the Creative People and Places program is working to restore a sense of pride in our communities.

Drummers walking through Blackpool

Grit and glamour in Blackpool

Michael Trainor on how LeftCoast in Blackpool is helping the local community to get involved in the town’s art and cultural life

Theatre performers in robes act shocked on stage.

Watch this Space

Fiona Morris, Chief Exec and Creative Director of The Space, on her role managing the digital arts commissioning organisation and new work coming up

Old furnace Coalbrookdale illuminated in blue light with light beams pointing into the night sky.

Paying our way

Richard Russell, our Director for Policy and Research, introduces our newly published report on the economic contribution of arts and culture

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Nam June Paik, Internet Dream, 1994 © Nam June Paik Estate 2. The Revenge of Mr Trout! by TongueTied Theatre. Photo © Kyle Davies / TongueTied Theatre. 3. Tangle Company 2013. Photo © Tangle 4. World Famous. Photo © So Festival. 5. Appetite presents the Enchanted Chandelier by Transe Express. Photo © Clara Lou Photography. 6. Spark Drummers at Blackpool Illuminations. Photo © Claire Griffiths 7. The Passion performed by Streetwise Opera. Photo © Graeme Cooper, courtesy of The Space. 8. Real Ideas Organisation's primary schools photography work via Arts Award. Image © Shaun Hurlock. 9. Old Furnace Coalbrookdale, lit as part of the Cultural Olympiad 2008. Photo © Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.