2020 brings step-change for culture across Birmingham and beyond


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In Summary

General | 9th January 2020
The New Year heralds a step-change for culture across Birmingham and the region through new leadership at Cultural Central and leadership opportunities via the Birmingham Cultural Compact.

In Detail

Additionally there will be investment opportunities from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP).

The end of 2019 brought the appointment of Erica Love as Director at Culture Central with a remit to drive forward the vision and ambition of Culture Central as advocate for culture across the city, supporting the development and sustainability of the sector.

As part of that remit Cultural Central is working with Birmingham City Council to establish a “Cultural Compact” for the city. The Birmingham Cultural Compact seeks to co-create and co-deliver a holistic vision for culture in Birmingham. It will link the cultural sector to broader aspirations and priorities for Birmingham and secure partnerships between the cultural sector and other sectors.

Currently there is an opportunity for a strategic leader to take up the role of Chair for the Birmingham Cultural Compact to drive the programme forward and to build and foster good relationships between the Compact and key stakeholders including Arts Council England and Central Government Departments. The deadline for applications is Friday 31 January, More information is available here >

Councillor Jayne Francis, cabinet member for Education, Skills and Culture at Birmingham City Council, said; “As one of the UK’s core cities, Birmingham was a key contributor to the national Cultural Investment Inquiry and one of the first cities to sign up to establishing a Cultural Compact. We value really highly the contribution that culture makes to the economy and reputation of our city and look forward to working with a new Chair to take this agenda forward.”

As part of this coordinated step-change in November the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) published its Cultural Action Framework – adopting the recommendations made by Culture Central’s report ‘A Toolkit for Smarter Cultural Investments in our Towns, Cities and Regions’.

The Cultural Action Frameworks support innovative cultural investments and funding models; capacity building of cultural organisations and cultural consortia; and development and identification of funding for a pipeline of investible Cultural Action Zones. Find out more about the Cultural Action Framework here: https://bit.ly/2LYeijA

To keep up to date on cultural activity in the region visit Cultural Central or GBSLEP website.