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Classical Diary, a website which is committed to helping more people to discover and enjoy the many faces of classical music recently interviewed Harriet Harman, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport about Labour’s plans for the arts and classical music.  The interview covered a wide range of topics including education, support for businesses in the creative industries, and access to the arts across the country.  John Leech was also interviewed as the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Conservatives provided a short statement as opposed to being interviewed.

 

You can read the interview here.

Classical Diary interviews Harriet Harman, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Classical Diary, a website which is committed to helping more people to discover and enjoy the many faces of classical music recently interviewed Harriet Harman, Shadow Secretary of State for...

Today, at Theatre Royal Brighton, Harriet Harman, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Chris Bryant, Shadow Culture Minister, launched Labour’s Charter for Culture and the Creative Industries.  The Charter sets out Labour’s plans for culture and the creative industries, and has been supported by a number of high profile figures from the arts and culture world, including Sir Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters CBE, Sir Anish Kapoor CBE and Grayson Perry CBE. 

 

You can read Labour’s Charter for Culture and the Creative industries here

Labour launches Charter for Culture and the Creative Industries

Today, at Theatre Royal Brighton, Harriet Harman, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Chris Bryant, Shadow Culture Minister, launched Labour’s Charter for Culture and the Creative...

There has been some discussions in the news recently regarding working class bands and solo artists fading from the art and music scene along with the voices which reflect the life’s that are lived.

It is the difficulty of combing full time work with gigging that is a barrier to many. There is no right or wrong answer. I believe you have to do what you got to do to survive. To be completely honest of your intentions and see if they buy into your dreams. If they don’t, get your first months wage and get out.

Forming a band while at university would I suspect be easier with a readymade audience, a venue and some income places.

It takes time, focus, commitment and sacrifice; just a solid will to keep going. Many bands who have made it such as CatFish and the Bottlemen have been gigging for seven years. “We lived off five quid a day, you could buy a pack of fags and a burger a night - not many bands would do that anymore. But if you want something enough, you'll do it. It's the same with anything. If you want to be a footballer, you kick a ball against a wall every single night, and the ones who go in and have their tea are the ones that don't make it."

For me as a young songwriter my lyrics are formed from the streets of council estates, an alienating childhood and back street boozers. It’s from real towns and real people. The best thing that comes out of this is that my lyrics resonate with many people who are struggling. You can see this with my EP title 'Scraping for Change'- you can take it to mean scraping for money or scraping for actual change  

It is good to have this debate. Whether it changes anything remains to be seen.

 

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The debate over access to the arts – by Nick Aslam

There has been some discussions in the news recently regarding working class bands and solo artists fading from the art and music scene along with the voices which reflect the...

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