• Public Campaign for the Arts launches Arts Map

    The Arts Map, available now at www.campaignforthearts.org/map/, enables anyone to find and support arts companies near them. It was funded entirely by small donations from over a thousand members of the public.

    All UK arts organisations are invited to add themselves to the Map, and to share updates as they try to recover from the impacts of Covid-19. Users can search the Map by their postcode; check the status of local companies; send messages of support by video, audio or written text; and offer financial support by making a donation.

    The Map offers a real-time, national and local picture of arts organisations’ recovery status. Over time, as stories and messages are added, it will prove the value of the arts to people and places across the UK.

    At the point of launch, it shows that social distancing continues to present major challenges for arts companies to operate sustainably. Only 5% have been able to reopen, with 78% still closed and 17% operating with limited activities. According to a recent report by MPs on the cross-party Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, social distancing means that only 30-35% of seats can be sold in venues that typically need to sell 70-80% to break even.

    These ongoing impacts of Covid-19 mean that the survival of the UK’s globally-renowned arts industry is still not secure, despite the Government’s unprecedented investment of £1.57bn in the cultural and heritage sectors. The theatre industry alone has lost as much as £600m of box office revenue since venues were ordered to close on 20 March Before Covid-19, the cultural sector generated £32.3billion a year for the UK economy.

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