Creative Industries Federation launched

Friday 28 November 2014

With a view to giving the UK's creative sector "a single and independent voice", the Creative Industries Federation  has been launched.

The leaders of 200 innovative organisations came together to launch the federation. At the unveiling of its mission statement, the federation said that it was time the UK's creative community took "control of its own destiny".

In the UK, the creative industry is one of the fastest growing sectors and is somewhat of a stronghold for self employed professionals, including limited company contractors, umbrella company contractors and sole traders.

The federation said: "There is an urgent need for the sector to speak with a strong, independent voice, bringing together the UK's public arts, creative industries and cultural education."

It was set up by the designer Sir John Sorrell as well as a number of other senior figures in cultural and creative industries, who came together to find a way to give the sector a "stronger and more unified voice."

The federation says that it is open to all areas of the creative industries, including performing arts, design, music, digital media and more. It adds that it is bringing together cultural organisations with public funding, commercial companies, think tanks and education bodies across the country, regardless of size.

Moving forward, the federation will be drawing up a report to offer its members and the larger creative community an international assessment on the creative industries in the UK.

Among the companies that have become members of the federation are Google, the BBC, Virgin Media, Facebook, UK Music, News UK and the BFI. However, the federation also says that it wants to see more than just the biggest businesses involved and will be setting up an advisory council in the future.

Indeed, among the founder members are a number of one-person businesses and individuals as well as creative sector lobbyists such as Nesta and Creative SkillSet.

The federation says that the varied members will be able to bring different experiences and goals forward but each will share a common goal of furthering the success of the cultural and creative life in Britain.

Public arts organisations will be encouraged to become more entrepreneurial while private companies will be encouraged to look past their bottom line. According to the federation, the public and private sectors have a common interest in working more closely together as they are both aware that their long term strength depends on a cultural education that thrives.

The immediate focus of its advocacy work will look towards issues like education, finance, funding, digital development and diversity.

There are eight statements under which the federation operates. These include giving everyone an equal opportunity to fulfill their creative potential, defending intellectual property rights and making a case for strong public funding along with entrepreneurialism and investment.

Additionally, it does not want the location or community group where a business works to get in the way of how excellent a creative venture is and the federation says it will help each of its members to find talent and swap ideas.

By Victoria McDonnell

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