At the beginning of 2020, Arts Council England set out bold new plans with the potential to kickstart a radical shift in the cultural fabric of our country.
The ten year strategy focused on creativity and diversity and heralded a welcome shift from lofty “great art” language. It emphasised “everyday creativity” and moved away from elitist views of arts and culture, which made the arts inaccessible for so many – especially young people.
However, arts, culture and youth services have taken a real hit, with a decade of funding cuts and the impact of Covid-19, meaning many organisations face threat of closure.
This cannot happen – arts and culture are the soul of our communities and central to our lives, improving wellbeing and connecting people. We know that music-making, as an