Tuesday 22/10/2019 - 05:15 am


Ed Sheeran: fund arts or homegrown music talent will disappear


2019.05.29 04:09

 Ed Sheeran has warned that “home-grown talent” could disappear from the music industry without public funding. The chart-topping British singer-songwriter said many aspiring musicians, artists and actors needed subsidies to discover their talents.

 
“Without the funding for art, drama and music for young people then you just won’t have any home-grown talent at all,” said Sheeran, 28.
 
“The music industry in England is one of the most powerful things in the world and one of Britain’s best and most lucrative exports. It just makes no sense not to support it.”
 
His comment comes in a report from the Creative Industries Federation and Arts Council England.
 
Alan Bishop, the chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said the commercial success of British fashion designers, music stars and film directors had been “umbilically linked to the deep talent pool of the publicly funded arts”.
 
The report said the economic success of the creative industries – which it calls the UK’s fastest-growing sector – would not be possible without public investment in arts and culture. It said arts and culture contribute more than £10.8bn to the UK economy.
 
It said Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator of the hit TV dramas Fleabag and Killing Eve, worked with several subsidised organisations and venues, and actors including Idris Elba, Olivia Colman and Daniel Kaluuya trained and developed their craft through subsidised programmes and courses.
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