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Public investment, public gain: how public investment in the arts generates economic value across the creative industries and beyond

Creative workforce Investments Arts funding Arts Economics Cultural policy Future of work Creative city Creative economy Skilled workforce United Kingdom

In addition to enabling work with important intrinsic value and which provides great pleasure, public investment into the UK’s arts and culture unlocks social, reputational and economic value throughout the creative industries and beyond. It has cultivated new ideas, technologies, and cutting edge innovation; fuelled our talent pipeline and job growth in all parts of the UK; and leveraged private and inward investment to bolster British business.

Without public investment into arts and culture, the remarkable economic success of the UK’s creative industries - the fastest growing sector - would simply not be possible.

This report uses case studies to evidence this important contribution within three themes: talent, jobs and growth; innovation; new models of investment.

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