How can Government help creative entrepreneurs? What questions would you ask Policy Advisors on this issue?

Clare Edwards would like you to send her YOUR views, opinions and questions to put to some senior civil servants at Downing Street on the subject of How can Government help creative entrepreneurs?”

Clare says on her blog: “Well the latest opportunity is a chance to go to Downing Street next week to talk with senior civil servants (and possibly the odd policy advisor or Minister) in a 90 minute session to tell Government how they can better help creative entrepreneurs and where things are working and where are they failing.

I thought it would be interesting to see what questions you think I should be asking and in general what sort of constructive messages you think this group of policy makers and shapers should hear from creative businesses.

I’m not the only person who has been asked by the British Council to do this but I’m probably the only person from the the West Midlands so if you have ideas of how the government could help creative businesses in the future – leave me some comments and I’ll let you know which points I take with me and how I get on…

I have my own ideas on this but I’d love to go along with a broader understanding of the ideas, struggles and questions that others in the sector have. As you know I go with a music hat on personally but I think some of the issues for music are the same for other ‘creative industries‘. So if you run a creative business and think there is a burning issue I need to be aware of when I walk into Number 10 – let me know!

I’m going next Wednesday so you can suggest ideas right up to that time so…. I can take them with me!”

I’ve been reading with interest some of the comments already submitted including comments from Stef Lewandowski, Sarah Habgee, Nick Dunn, Ed King, Nick Booth, Dave Harte,  Norman Perrin, Robin Valk, and others. You can add your own comments, ideas or submit your questions to Clare Edwards here

Clare Edwards is a freelance music consultant and event organiser – she has run Gigbeth over the past few years, works with Soweto Kinch Productions, conducts Notorious and is a Chair of Sound It Out. Clare is involved with the board of Arts Council England WM, Moby Duck and is a Chair of Governors at a local primary school. In between Clare has found time to lead The Music Network monthly meeting and she sings with Ex Cathedra.


  1. Ian Campbell

    make music a credible employment option. so unemployed musicians can get aid and help fro job centres. Official Regional Development Agencies dedicated to music with Music credible Tzars at the helm. The enormous amount of money being made on music, with little or no investment direct from government questionable. Award more independent radio stations regional licenses such as the black community so an official charting system amongst black and ethnic music can be adhered and administered properly, bringing wealth into the communities. Easier access media’s and mediums such as TV and magazines or joined up thinking and strategy. A tear system of music charting based around the football premiership and lower league tables.

  2. Darrell Parkes

    It’s not always easy for musicians from Birmingham for example to access the epicentre of the music industry in the UK (Which is London).First of all I think that music industry professionals should set up shop in Birmingham with the backing from, and not the influence of the local government (Stick to what you’re good at). Therefore I think they should employ, fund and network with the right people to make a professional call on which artists will generate a feasible income. And as Ian stated a way of employment for musicians and producers.
    Will this be taken into serious consideration by the government? and if not why?

  3. dave hulatt

    The first thing govenment should do is level the playing field so that as their mantra keeps telling us` there isopportunity for all`. i have no faith in a government which allows the current radio plugging scenario baseed on the abillity to pay to have music aired???
    I agree partly with a previous commentator, but only i the sense that government is taking enormous revenues from the industry but what is happening on the ground is largely depressing-most pubs putting on cover acts-pubs closing down creating less opportunity to play etc etc.
    The government needs to start respecting musicians as artists and yet see the money making potential around the world for all musicians in this country-and not instead leaving many to rot on the dole in a constant perplexing state of anxiety about where to play,all the problems associated with running a business which is not a business etc.
    There is very little to go on at the moment, apart from educational packages like the new deal for musicians, when what is required is management companies that specialise in organising marketing tours etc, and not telling people how to make websites which tho important is merely a shop window.
    The whole culture of music making and audience expectation is wrong and stagnant. this nees to change at the same time as govenment policy-the end of explotation by so called `talent shows` on tv and the re emergence of artistic expression as a positive and enterprising activity !

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