The think-tank Demos is twenty years old this year. Often described as “New Labour’s favourite think-tank” its star has faded somewhat since those days, but it still has influence. To mark the anniversary it has published a collection of essays looking back at some of the debates of the last two decades. Several of these are of interest, such as Mark Leonard’s discussion of ‘Cool Britannia’ and British identity, but two touch directly on our areas of work.
01 August 2013
31 July 2013
A new article from The Economist draws attention to an interesting trend in the music industry. Despite the spread of globalisation, people seem to be listening to (and buying) more domestic music than they were 30 years ago. The article cites recent academic research to suggest that domestic music accounts for 70% of listening time in the 22 countries surveyed, a figure that has grown sharply since the mid 1980s, when American and British acts dominated the scene.
29 July 2013
London’s West End is one of the two capitals of world theatre. Yet the West End is only the most visible part of the theatre sector in the city; there are dozens of smaller theatres scattered across London’s boroughs. A new report from the London Assembly has looked at the challenges they face. It points out:
25 July 2013
The BFI (a BOP client) has published its annual statistical yearbook. The 2013 edition, which weighs in at over 250 pages, is full of useful information, and suggests that British film had another good year in 2012. Films that were at least part-British accounted for 15% of the global market, among them Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit. UK cinema-goers made 172.5m visits, leading to a domestic box office worth over £1.1bn, a new record. Skyfall led the way, taking £103m in the UK.
23 July 2013
A new report from NIESR and Growth Intelligence, called Measuring the UK’s Digital Economy With Big Data, argues that Britain’s digital economy is much bigger than official estimates suggest. The report says that government data fails to capture the true scale of the sector, due to its reliance on outdated classification systems such as SIC and SOC codes.
22 July 2013
Creative Skillset, the sector skills council for creative media industries, has just published the findings of its 2012 Employment Census. The census received responses from 832 companies.
18 July 2013
This year BOP is holding its summer school in Wakefield. The city is one of those which has invested in culture as part of wider regeneration efforts. The Hepworth gallery has been at the heart of this effort, and it’s where BOP will be based for our two days away.
16 July 2013
Last month the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) lauched its good practice guide for improving culture, arts and sporting opportunities through planning.
15 July 2013
The Local Government Association has published a new report looking at the contribution the visitor economy can make to local growth. While the value of tourism is increasingly recognised – VisitEngland was one of the few DCMS bodies not to see its budget cut in the recent Spending Review – the LGA feels that there are still opportunities in many localities to increase visits further. Among the ways they suggest to do this are:
12 July 2013
In this guest post, BOP associate, Tom Campbell, explores the shifts in the government’s attitude to creative industries strategy, and what it means for the sector.
Politicians rarely admit they were wrong, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t change their minds. You wouldn’t necessarily know it to listen to them, but the government’s economic policies have changed profoundly in the last six months. Interventionism is back. The dominant laissez-faire policies of the last thirty years are out of favour – across government departments but also, and most crucially, in the Treasury. As the political commentator Rafael Behr has observed, “Buried in the coalition’s austerity programme is the kernel of acceptance that, ultimately, government is the solution to economic malaise.”