The UK National Commission for UNESCO report, Wider Value of UNESCO to the UK 2012-13 brings together data and analysis of the costs, benefits and wider value of UNESCO to the United Kingdom.
The report is the first of its kind, in providing such an assessment of the direct and indirect benefits to the United Kingdom, its citizens, communities and organisations, of membership of UNESCO. The report’s conservative estimate of the financial benefit is £90million per year.
This figure comes from an analysis of 180 sites and organisations in the UK and Overseas Territories which have formal links to UNESCO through one of several programmes. These 180 range from universities and local archives to cities and large areas designated to further economic development and biodiversity conservation.
This report is the beginning of a dialogue about how arts and culture impact on our values, what that might look like in practice, and how we might foster new collaborations between artists, cultural institutions and the third sector to create new ideas for development.
The economic contribution of culture
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released a discussion paper about measuring the economic contribution of cultural and creative activity in Australia.
In Australia and internationally, there is strong public interest in the role of these activities in the economy, as highlighted recently by Australia’s National Cultural Policy Creative Australia.
Statistics have been published for these activities in other countries such as Canada, Finland, the United Kingdom and Spain.
The ABS’ discussion paper explains how cultural and creative activity could be measured in Australia and invites comment on the proposed approach, data and investment priorities
The proposals in the discussion paper were prepared in consultation with key government organisations and academics.
The ABS is seeking comments on the proposals by 30 August 2013.
Further information can be found in Discussion Paper: Cultural and Creative Activity Satellite Accounts (cat. no. 5271.0.55.001), available for free download from the ABS website http://www.abs.gov.au
Direct link to report: http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/5271.0.55.0012013?OpenDocument
Arts Council England has published a new report, The contribution of the arts and culture to the national economy. The report was commissioned from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).
Arts Council England says “The report is the first comprehensive analysis to determine the value of art and culture to the modern economy at a national scale. This is an independent report, which uses methodology the Treasury will recognise and respect.”
Key findings from the research include:
There are strong links to the tourism sector, with at least £856 million per annum of tourism being linked to arts and culture.
The government’s 0.1% of spend on the arts yields 0.4% of GDP.
Arts and culture generate more money per pound invested than health, retail, professional and business service sectors.
The sector grew from 2008 – 2010 with some decline as the economy shrank in the last 3 years. However the greatest sum of money supporting the sector is earned income.
110,000 are directly employed in the arts – 0.45% of the total workforce.
Arts had a turnover of £12.8 billion in 2011.
Responding to the report Chief Executive of ACE, Alan Davey writes: “With this report we can confidently confirm the impressive scale of the arts and culture industry and its distinctive strengths and contribution. It is an undeniably vibrant sector with strong links to the wider economy and a key part of our economic future.”
The study was co-commissioned with the NMDC but unfortunately, as detailed in the report, museums had to be excluded from Cebr’s macroeconomic impact analysis due to difficulties in accurately capturing the wide range and complexity of their activities. The report does demonstrate however the important role of museums in spillover impacts such as attracting tourists, supporting creative industries and contributing to national productivity through education, research and skills development. ACE and NMDC are using the report’s findings and possible solutions suggested by Cebr to consider options for further work to fully assess the macroeconomic impact of museums.