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Island in Transition: The Journey from Reggae Music Mecca to Creative Economy Hub

Andrea Dempster Chung, Co-founder and executive director of Kingston Creative A blog from Creative P…

UK engagement in Central Asia: Education and the creative economy in the territories of the ‘new Silk Roads’

Dr Martin Smith and Dr Gerald Lidstone look at the history of the British Council's work in Central …

Creative Industries in Egypt: An Overview 

Omar Nagati – GCEC Member and Co-Founder of CLUSTER – outlines the findings of a study into the crea…

Introducing the Global Creative Economy Council (GCEC)

Hasan Bakhshi and Rehana Mughal explain what the GCEC is trying to achieve and how the network will …

Global Creative Economy Council: An introduction from the Chair

John Newbigin introduces Creative PEC's Global Creative Economy Council

Creative PEC’s response to the Spring Budget 2024

Creative Industries in the 2024 Spring Budget The creative industries are a significant part of the …

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Copyright protection in AI-generated works

Timely exploration of copyright law and AI generated creative content

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The economic value of cinema venues to their communities

In a tough economic climate for cinemas and where there is limited public funding, it is important t…

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Creative diversity in higher education

As the APPG for Creative Diversity launches their annual report, ‘Making the Creative Maj…

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Estimating the Contribution of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) R&D to Creative Industries R&D

The UK’s creative industries are hugely innovative; PEC research has suggested that over two-th…

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The Media Bill and the future of Public Service Broadcasting policy

In March the government published the first draft of its long-awaited Media Bill. The Bill prop…

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Creative spillovers: Do the creative industries benefit firms in the wider economy?

The creative industries are a force for innovation in the UK. Firms in the creative industries (CIs)…

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The PEC’s response to the 2023 Spring Budget

The creative industries are a vital part of the UK economy. There are, however, some continued chall…

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Re-imagining Channel 4’s Future

Michelle Donelan, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, has formally …

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A new deal for arts funding in England?

When thinking about why we publicly fund the arts, we can point to their multifaceted benefits. Not …

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Too many demands are being placed on universities to support their regional economies, without sufficient support and partnership

The creative industries have long been heralded as a UK success story. The creative economy grew at …

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Can you own a pixel?

This blog is based on the discussion paper Crypto Art and Questions of Value, a guide for anyon…

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What the Autumn Budget means for the Creative Industries

With the UK almost certainly entering a recession – Q3 has seen negative GDP growth – and inflation …

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Trade in creative services: scale, trends, and geography

Creative services such as advertising, publishing, and design are an important part of global trade.…

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How data analysis of colour can help courts make objective decisions about trademarks

The overall appearance of a product or service is called ‘trade dress’, according to trademark law. …

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How a placed-based employment programme is bringing creative workers back to Northern Ireland

The Department for Communities (DfC) recently awarded £4.7 million to Future Screens NI (F…

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New research suggests regulation could actually enhance user-creativity on the platform giants

Video-sharing platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, and TikTok provide a free space for everyone to shar…

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How Research and Innovation can help level-up the Creative Industries

The Levelling-Up White Paper produced by the Department for Levelling-Up, Housing and…

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Creative Clusters Case Studies

Creative Clusters – Case Studies The creative clusters in these case studies share some common…

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How to find out more about your local Creative Industries

How those bidding for levelling up funds can find out more about their local Creative Industries Alt…

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Eight things to know about the Creative Industries

What are the Creative Industries? The Creative Industries are a diverse and complex sector made up o…

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Looking at regional inequalities in the UK’s creative industries

The UK’s Creative Industries have been growing rapidly, both in terms of employment and economic out…

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Class inequality in the Creative Industries is rooted in unequal access to arts and cultural education

There is an incoherence at the heart of government policy. While Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries is…

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How can policy makers help rural creative businesses contribute to Levelling Up?

The creative industries have the potential to play a major role in the development of rural communit…

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Channel 4: Streaming on the world stage? Competing in the Changing Media Landscape

On April 28th, ‘The Government’s Vision for the Broadcasting Sector’ (CP 671) was published. The Whi…

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Envisioning Broadcasting Anew: the future of UK broadcasting policy

Last week the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) released its long-awaited&nbsp…

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Privatising Channel 4: The evidence behind the debate

On April 4th the government confirmed its plans to privatise Channel 4, the UK’s publicly …

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Differences in creativity across Art and STEM: We are more alike than unalike

There is a rapidly growing body of international evidence(1) that skills such as creative probl…

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How our Industry Champions helped define our policy priorities for 2022

The creative industries is a wide and evolving sector. As such, when developing policy recommendatio…

A new age for the creative industries…and the UK

Back in October last year, Peter Bazalgette, Chair of ITV, made an inspiring speech where he argued …

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Agile innovation funding is the solution for the UK Creative Industries

In 2020, during the height of the first Covid wave, Innovate UK ran a multi-million pound funding co…

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Key Facts About R&D in the Creative Industries

R&D plays a key role in the innovation processes of many businesses, and is also a driver of eco…

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How lessons from UKRI’s Creative Industries Challenge Programmes should transform the way we invest in R&D

After 20 years of evidence gathering, the economic importance of the Creative Industries is widely r…

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Creative R&D: where are we now?

It’s five years since Nesta first identified “Creative R&D” as a distinct and distinct…

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How to support the creative industries around the world

‘We need a change in mindset’ On 7 December 2021 the PEC’s International Council launched …

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What value Higher Education?

Education is an investment, and not just in a narrow financial sense. It is often life changing, and…

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Wired! How 24/7 culture can put pressure on social media employees in the creative industries

What can professional networks, industry, funders and policy-makers do to ensure that digital worker…

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PEC’s comment on the 2021 Spending Review and Autumn Budget

The UK’s creative industries – from film to fashion, and from video games to the performing ar…

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Art, climate science and policy

Can art play a role in the intersection of climate science and policy? I have been researching …

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Managing transition in the UK fashion sector

The UK fashion industry, like other sectors, is experiencing significant transformation due to the c…

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How theatre can contribute to the UK’s net-zero targets

“It is with ambition, courage and collaboration as we approach the crucial COP26 summit in the UK th…

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Investment into R&D will be vital for the recovery of creative and cultural organisations

The summer and autumn of 2021 has been busy for those researching the impacts of the pandemic on the…

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What works to support equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Creative Industries?

Inequality is currently a key concern for academics, policymakers, and the public. In the UK we can …

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The austerity decade: local government spending on culture

Local government has been hit hard by austerity. On average, grants from central to local government…

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When policy meets place: ‘Levelling Up’ and the culture and creative industries

The UK Government’s ‘Levelling Up’ agenda aims to address regional disparities in economic prosperit…

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Plugging the Data Gap: Freelance Workers in the Creative Industries

The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the lack of available data on the self-employed and freelance wo…

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How differently has the creative workforce fared under COVID-19?

Previous PEC research undertaken in partnership with the Centre for Cultural Value shows how the cre…

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Freelancers in the Dark

This blog is based on the Freelancer in the Dark Interim Report #1 which will be published…

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One size can’t fit all

On February 10th the House of Commons Treasury Committee published the latest report of their i…

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How the pandemic is impacting creative sectors around the world

The creative industries have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Over the past months our…

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The Brexit shock in the UK’s fashion and textile industry

While the dreaded no-deal scenario did not materialise when the UK left the EU single market and cus…

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A little greyer and a bit more rectangular?

Using online museum collections to study the design of everyday objects A little greyer? We tracked …

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What does the Skills for Jobs White Paper mean for Creative Industries?

A good start but the devil will be in the detail Last week, after much anticipation, and numerous le…

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The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

We got there: a deal better than no-deal was eventually found. The two parties started with differen…

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Gating the gatekeepers

The responsibilities of platforms for their content is changing, in the UK, in the EU and globally T…

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The impact of Brexit on UK’s cultural and creative sectors: More heat than light?

The creative industries have been a pillar of the UK’s industrial strategies in the past two decades…

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A jobs crisis in the cultural and creative industries

The impact of COVID-19 on the creative industries, and particularly on the cultural sector, has been…

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Why regulating the public sphere matters more than ever

Schlesinger argues that in capitalist democracies we can only guess at how the post-public sphere wi…

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What we learned about digital cultural consumption as we went in and then came out of lockdown

Lockdown has had a calamitous impact on the arts and cultural sector, especially, but by no means ex…

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Small engines of growth: Understanding creative microclusters

Think about a creative cluster: What comes to mind? Creative clusters are the buzzing centres of the…

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Who is working second jobs in the creative economy?

Recent reports that Chancellor Rishi Sunak suggested cultural and creative workers find alternative …

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Free-time, leisure, culture and learning in 2020

The beginning of this new decade, the 2020s, was marked by irreversible disruptions. For the first t…

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A new R&D centre for the Creative Industries in Chile

Creativity and tech in South America This month sees the launch of a new technology centre&nbsp…

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Rebuilding a more inclusive creative economy

The creative industries currently face unprecedented challenges in the face of COVID-19. The news of…

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Ten reflections on the consumption of digital culture in lockdown

This week we published some of the insights on cultural consumption during the UK’s COVID-19&n…

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UK sovereignty: A challenge for the creative industries

Under the three word strapline, Check, Change, Go, a new campaign aims to prepare the UK for th…

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Rebuilding the creative economy with conscious capital: A view from the United States

At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN Secretary General asked artists, filmmakers, m…

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Brazilian culture and creativity during COVID-19: Solidarity and lives

Paraphrasing Jorge Amado, a famous Brazilian literary writer of the twentieth century, in his popula…

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Arts and culture: The need for a ‘live’ support system

The arts and cultural sector breathed a collective sigh of relief on Sunday evening (5th July) as th…

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Safeguarding a creative and cultural moment

A discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on East Africa’s creative sectors In the first decade of the …

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