Mayor commits extra funding for creative sector

By Anita Jaynes on 28 June, 2021

Local people working in the hard-hit creative sector will be supported by an extra £1 million investment, Metro Mayor Dan Norris has announced.

The West of England Combined Authority Committee have agreed to invest an immediate additional £1 million targeted at freelancers and creative businesses.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said, “The creative freelance sector is a vital part of the West of England economy. West of England residents know the value of arts and culture to our economy and society and I am determined to back our brilliant creatives. These industries have become a huge part of what makes the West of England special and world-beating.

“I believe that, as part the hundreds of unique communities and thousands of talented people right across Bath, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North East Somerset, they have a key role to play in helping shape an even better future. From theatre shows for children to documentary film-making; with puppet-making and pop up art exhibitions; the recording of new podcasts and albums and creation of new e-books: I’m proud to back the talented local people working in this sector.”

Pictured above: Metro Mayor Dan Norris chats with freelance artist and puppeteer Steph Reeves of Arts Enlarge CIC, in Redfield, Bristol.