McMillan Theatre
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The search is on for Somerset’s creative people and places

ARE you an artist, musician, band, gallery, theatre, venue, tutor or community group that contributes to the creativity of Somerset?

If so, not-for-profit organisation ‘Somerset Arts Business Cultural Alliance’ (SABCA) is mapping all arts, culture, heritage and creative industries in Somerset and needs your help.

The county-wide mapping, supported by all Somerset local authorities, is designed to paint a picture of the creative sector and how it contributes to those who live, work and play in the county.

Andrew Knutt, chair and director of SABCA, said “Somerset and its towns are defined by its arts and culture sector: It’s cultural organisations, artists, musicians, performers, community groups and proud history of creative expression are a crucial part of Somerset’s identity, vitality, and social and economic growth.

“It’s time to shout out about and to help it grow. But we need to know who and where these creative people and places are, so we can inform governments and agencies to invest and support it; especially since Covid”.

A spokesperson for SABCA said: “Not only do we consider the subsidised cultural sector but also the commercial, amateur and participatory which, after all, are where most people find their cultural engagement.

“They are interested not just in publicly-funded concert halls, art galleries, theatres and museums, important as these are; but also, commercial film, music and literature; young people getting together in a band, amateur choirs, local art clubs and reading groups, and people crafting at home or in local clubs; as well as those engaging in prisons, hospitals and care homes.”

Giles Adams, Chair of Visit Somerset, said: “This sector has consistently been overlooked, yet its economic importance has become exceptionally clear in the current Covid crisis. The visitor economy in Somerset is worth £1.3bn and the creative sector is an integral part of this, with associated employment highly significant.”

To be counted, get more information and to get involved visit the Somerset Culture website 

You can the see video of the mapping programme on Youtube. 

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