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Mayor calls for fair funding for Black arts
The Greater London Authority today called for greater capital funding to help develop and support the expansion of the Black arts and cultural sector in the capital.
The GLA called for the support for four leading projects, the Rich Mix Centre in Tower Hamlets, the Stephen Lawrence Technocentre in Deptford, the Bernie Grant Centre for performing arts in Tottenham and the Talawa Theatre Company in Westminster.
Lee Jasper, the Mayor's advisor on equalities, commented;
"London is home to nearly half of the country's minority ethnic population, 80% of which is of Black or of South Asian origin, yet this sector has been consistently ignored, whilst suffering from the disadvantages of high unemployment and poverty.
"This is as true in the cultural sector, where Arts Council data shows that Black-led projects received less than 0.2% of the £1billion of Lottery investment in arts buildings between 1995 and 2000.
"The creative industry is a fast growing sector of the economy and a vital area of career opportunity for young people. Investment in these venues will create greater access for young Black people across London, ensuring that creativity is unlocked in disadvantaged, marginalised and minority ethnic communities. The venues will create jobs, training and skills development as well as providing sustained growth and regeneration for London's Black and Asian communities."
The Arts Council and Millennium Commission have already earmarked £20million each for capital developments from Black and minority ethnic groups. The London Development Agency and others have also identified the need to build and strengthen the infrastructure for Black and minority ethnic businesses. The GLA is working to ensure that these commitments are transformed into achievable projects.
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