Creative workers and culture lovers are being encouraged to join a national campaign for all mayoral candidates to sign a Creative Workforce Pledge.
The pledge calls for politicians standing in May to commit to ten measures to protect the creative and cultural life of their areas. These include regional investment for the creative and cultural sector as part of the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda, the launch of a national enquiry into the status of freelancers and the self-employed, and nurturing talent to give people access careers in the creative and cultural industries.
More than 20 million people in England will be electing city-region mayors in Greater London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, West Midlands, Tees Valley, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, West of England and West Yorkshire.
A dedicated campaign website indicates the areas expecting mayoral races and has a click-to-email function for lobbying candidates.
The initiative is being driven by Culture Commons in partnership with ExcludedUK and the Federation of Entertainment Unions.