Fuelling soft power

Although the creative industries are worth £77 billion in gross value to the UK economy and constitute the fast growing sector providing 1.8m jobs, enterprises within it are still finding it hard to get investment. An initiative from the private sector spearheaded by a new £40m fund aims to steer cultural industries away from the effects of expected subsidy cuts towards new sources. Simon Tait reports

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Brassed Off

Profile: Michael Dugher MP, shadow culture secretary

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Beyond the urban brand

What happens when you get 33 world cities in a room? Last month Justine Smith, the Mayor of London’s head of culture, chaired the World Cities Culture Forum. For our second special feature on cities, she gives a unique overview of the world’s capitals of culture

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The chance to make it

December is Disabled History Month, being marked by the arts charity Create with a special exhibition. Nicky Goulder, Create’s co-founder and chief executive, asks what opportunities are given to young disabled artists and what can be achieved when they are  

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