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Petition to UK artists and cultural workers

Artists for Corbyn: An Open Letter

Artists for Corbyn: An Open Letter Now is the time for artists to stand up.Now is the time for cultural workers to fight back. Now is the time to declare our support for Jeremy Corbyn's vision for a fairer society. Artists, cultural workers, please sign and share. The names of all signatories will be added to a huge hand painted banner:12 noon Saturday 3 June 2017 in front of the Museum of Liverpool,Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DG. Come along, bring your friends and enemies, all are welcome. Why Sign?The arts in Britain are at a crossroads with the post-Brexit loss of EU funding and the relentless Tory cuts to arts and public services. The Tories are well advanced in their systematic decimation of arts and culture in the UK. They are eliminating the arts from the education system, cutting funding support for the arts on an unprecedented scale, and overseeing our removal from an international community and related funding systems via a ‘hard’ Brexit. They’ve already trebled university tuition fees and scrapped maintenance grants. Artists are saddled with debt and confronted with the prospect of permanent low pay in a criminally underfunded arts sector. Cultural workers face ever more hostile working conditions. Ordinary people are not safe from Theresa May’s government. The young, the elderly, migrants, nurses, teachers, women and people with disabilities have all bore the brunt of relentless Tory cuts. We’re witnessing the development of a neoconservative social dystopia in which homelessness increases year on year (16% in the last 12 months) in sickening correlation with the growth of wealth of the UK’s 1,000 richest people (14% in the same period). Expect more, expect worse. This cannot go on any longer. We cannot allow this cold and calculated cruelty to continue to corrode our society. Enough is enough! Jeremy Corbyn proposes an alternative vision, a future in which we spend billions on education and healthcare instead of wars and bailing out bankers - a co-operative, democratic country of shared wealth and resources in which everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential no matter what their circumstances. A Corbyn-led Labour Government would introduce a raft of policies that would immediately and directly benefit the arts: the National Education Service, including a life changing 30 hours per week of childcare funding for many of our 1 year olds and all our 2 year olds, an ‘arts’ pupil premium’ (which translates to £160million a year for cultural projects in schools), the scrapping of university tuition fees, a commitment to tackle fair pay in the arts, including a ban on unpaid internships and a £10 minimum wage. Artists and cultural workers stand in solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn.We stand for an alternative vision of co-operation, democracy and fairness.We reject the Tory’s ideological warfare of austerity. For the many, not the few! Artists for Corbyn All signatories’ names will be added to a huge banner painted by artists (and their children), 12 noon Saturday 3 June 2017 in front of the Museum of Liverpool - Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DG. Come and join us for the event. The banner will then tour across the UK until Election Day (June 8th). Election Day will see a spectacular banner drop at a secret location to be announced shortly. Signatures will be collected until the General Election and added to the final spectacular banner drop on Election Day. This open letter has been initiated by a network of artists and cultural workers based in Liverpool and Manchester.

Artists For Corbyn
2,674 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Sir Albert Bore, James McKay, Jacqui Kennedy

Support Street Culture in Birmingham, Don't Strangle It

  Stop the Criminalisation of Street Culture in Birmingham Labour-led Birmingham City Council have introduced plans to make it a criminal offence punishable by fines of up to £1000 and a criminal record to play musical instruments or sing songs on the streets if any amplification is used. The proposed ‘Public Space Protection Order’ (PSPO) would also apply to political protestors such as the Friends of the Library of Birmingham Campaign who use microphones to make speeches during rallies and protests, and religious groups. When Birmingham Bobby PC Ian Northcott borrowed a busker’s guitar and gave an impromptu version of ‘Wonderwall’ on the city’s streets, a YouTube video of the incident went viral and became a feel-good international news story about the breaking down of barriers between the police and the public and the power of street music to create a sense of urban community. PC Ian Northcott went on to use his raised public profile to raise money and awareness for Socks and Chocs, a charity that provides food and clothing to vulnerably housed and homeless people. Under Birmingham’s proposals the ‘Busking Bobby’ would have been committing a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £1000 and a criminal record. Far from building good relationships between the police and the community, under these new powers police would be potentially be required to arrest any buskers breaching the PSPO doing damage to to the reputation of the police in the community. At time when police and local authority budgets are under pressure, the PSPO would waste the police’s time by requiring them to arrest people for playing music and singing songs rather than doing vitally important police work and keeping people safe.  As well as being an attack on cultural, political and religious freedoms these draconian new powers are totally unnecessary. Birmingham City Council have a wide range of existing powers that could and should be used against the small minority of street performers and street preachers that cause a persistent nuisance. The Keep Streets Live Campaign successfully opposed policies that criminalised street culture in Liverpool, York and Canterbury and went on to work with the councils in those cities to introduce policies that support a vibrant street culture. We call upon Birmingham to abandon its plans to introduce a PSPO and to work with the local busking community, business groups, Musician's Union, Keep Streets Live Campaign and other affected parties to agree a best practise guide that promotes harmonious relationships in the city, encourages and actively supports the artists and musicians who animate the city's streets helping to make Birmingham the vibrant city of culture that it is.  

Keep Streets Live Campaign
5,535 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Cllr Tim Warren, Ben Howlett MP, Cllr Charles Gerrish, Cllr Martin Veal, Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones, Cllr Michael Evans, Cllr Paul Myers, Cllr Alan Hale, Cllr Cherry Beath

Scrap Bath and North East Somerset 100% Arts Cuts

On Valentine's Day BANES Council are voting on plans to cut 100% of their Arts budget. They currently fund projects like: The Bath International Music Festival  Children's Literature Festival Literature Festival Community and children's professional theatre eg Kilter Theatre, The Natural Theatre Company, B-creative (who ran projects in Radstock, Foxhill, Twerton and Snow Hill) Bath Film Festival's Rural Cinema Project A full list of all the organisations they fund can be found on their website: BANES List Of Funded Organisations.   By signing this petition, you call on BANES to scrap all arts cuts because they understand that Bath is what it is today because of its arts, sense of fun, creativity and joy. These things need money. Click now and share. Valentine's Day is also when BANES vote on their whole budget: library cuts included. A petition about this is here: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you want to know more about the value of the arts.....    What would the world be like without the arts? We are the lucky ones. Do you know that 1 in 5 of your neighbours do not have access to the arts? How many more will suffer if what little funding is there to support them is cut entirely? *** The arts rely on decent levels of Government investment to thrive.  Commercial Sales, private philanthropy and tax breaks play their part but the bed rock of a successful mixed arts economy, is decent Government investment. Every time that investment is scaled back the arts shudder and stall! Output is lost and the effects on the creative economy can be dramatic. Every £1 invested in the arts generates £2 to £7 pounds in return, depending on the exact art form supported. Based on these figures there is no economic case to cut a single pound from the levels of Government investment! The arts aren’t just some ethereal, feel good factor for good times as facts demonstrate: 1.       The arts = popular: More people in Britain are engaged in the arts than in Premier League football – between April 2014 and March 2015, 77 per cent of adults had attended or participated in the arts at least once in the previous year (Source – DCMS Taking Part Survey) (‘Life beats you down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.’ – Stella Adler.)   2.       The arts = jobs: Employment in music, visual and performing arts stands at nearly a quarter of a million people and has grown by 14% between 2011 and 2013 (Source: ONS) (‘Logic will get you from  A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere’ – Albert Einstein.)   3.       The arts = well being The Arts on Prescription initiative research study found that engagement with the arts resulted in positive outcomes for 78% of participants, through an increase in mental wellbeing and/or a decrease in social isolation, anxiety or depression: (‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.’ – Pablo Picasso.)   4.       The arts = soft power Cultural engagement leads to a higher level of trust in the UK, and this is associated with a greater attraction to visit or do business in the UK. (Source – British Council 2012). The UK is recognised as one of the world’s most adept soft-power states. In a recent global ranking of soft power by the Institute for Government, the UK came top. (Source: The Soft Power 30 global index). (‘The Arts......essential to the prosperity of the State and to the ornament of human life.’ – George Washington.)   5.       The arts = ideas Subsidised theatre fuels risk taking and talent development. The benefits of these in some cases stay within the subsidised sphere, and in others branch out to the commercial theatre sector and wider creative industries (Source CC Skills Publicly-funded arts as an R&D lab for the creative industries?) (‘Creativity Takes Courage’ – Henri Matisse)   6.       The arts = growth The creative industries are important to our economy – worth £77bn or 5% of the UK’s GDP according to the latest figures from DCMS. (‘...the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery and achievement.’ – Paul G Allen, Co-Founder , Microsoft.)   7.       The arts = regeneration Arts and cultural education can lead to higher earning and better job prospects, improved wellbeing and regeneration of places (source - Centre for Economics Business Research (CEBR) 2013) (‘Even in difficult times – especially in difficult economic times – the arts are essential – Maria Shriver.)   8.       The arts = tourism In 2011, 10 million inbound visits to the UK involved engagement with the arts and culture, representing 32 per cent of all visits to the UK and 42 per cent of all inbound tourism-related expenditure (CEBR 2013). Visit Britain estimate that Britain’s cultural and heritage attractions generate £4.5 billion worth of spending by inbound visitors annually which is the equivalent to more than one quarter of all spending by international visitors.  (It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.’ - Terry Pratchett)   9.       The arts = education Students from low income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to get a degree than children from low income families that do not engage in arts activities at school. Engagement in structured arts and culture improves the cognitive abilities of children and young people (Source: CASE 2010) (‘The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.’ – Oscar Wilde.)   10.   The arts = community Participation in the arts can contribute to community cohesion, reduce social exclusion and isolation, and/or make communities feel safer and stronger (CASE 2015) (‘The only thing better than singing, is more singing.’ – Ella Fitzgerald.) Thanks to Equity for the 10 facts on the arts.    

Theatre Bath
1,100 supporters