This submission is made to provide evidence to the Acting Up! Inquiry into the underrepresentation of working class men and women in the performing arts, in this first stage focusing particularly on film, TV, theatre and visual arts. A growing body of statistical evidence of the underrepresentation of working class workers in the cultural economy’s workforce is a vailable from government and sector bodies, for instance the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Creative Skillset, Nesta or Creative Industries Federation. In this submission we summarize the academic research into the causes of the inequalities illustrated by those statistics, especially regarding:

  • employment conditions as barriers for working class workers
  • the importance of HE degrees as a barrier for working class workers
  • perceptions of class and careers in culture
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