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Academic visits Downing Street for launch of Creative Entrepreneurs project

Professor Andy Pratt provided advice to the team behind the new initiative

by Ed Grover (Senior Communications Officer)

Professor Andy PrattProfessor Andy Pratt has attended a reception at 10 Downing Street to launch a project that supports entrepreneurs in the creative industries.

The new initiative, Creative Entrepreneurs, which received initial seed funding from Arts Council England and has seen the development of a website with information for people starting businesses.

Professor Pratt, Director of the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries at City University London, attended an event hosted by Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy.

The academic was invited as one of the experts who were consulted ahead of the project’s launch, providing advice about the cultural economy and the challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the creative industries.

Professor Pratt has previously written policy documents for UNESCO on the issue and advised Greater London Authority and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, as well as many cities and states around the world.

He said: “The creative industries are out-growing almost all other areas of the economy, but they make up Britain’s Cinderella sector. Despite its economic performance and the intrinsic value of art and culture, it is often not taken seriously by policy makers and politicians. Therefore, the fact that the Prime Minister is now backing this new project is symbolically important, as is the fact that the Chancellor has recently supported the Creative Industries Federation.

“It is for these reasons that the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries at City exists – to provide the evidence base for policy making and informed debate around this area of society and economy. We are proud that our BA and MA programmes are playing an important role, nationally and internationally, in providing the new intermediaries that are so vital in enabling the growth of the sector. Moreover, we are proud that our research is leading the world in this area – a leading example of academic impact.”

The Huffington Post UK published an article on Creative Entrepreneurs, by the organiser of the initiative Carolyn Dailey, which cited Professor Pratt and his advice on setting up the project.

Creative Entrepreneurs also included insight from Professor Pratt in its article, Why we need to wake up to the power and techniques of Creative Entrepreneurs.

Read the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries blog, or visit its website

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