The directors of the British Museum, Tate, the National Theatre and the Southbank Centre pleaded to voters and the next government before the nation’s May election to spare cultural funding. This appeal came at a press launch held Thursday morning for a new manifesto called “Cultural Capital: A Manifesto for the Future.”
Bloomberg reports that the heads of the UK’s top cultural institutions indicated in a report that museums and galleries contribute $2.2 billion to the country’s annual economy, while music contributes around $7.4 billion and theater an additional $3.8 billion.
The British Museum’s director, Neil MacGregor said, “All governments in the future will be looking to make economies […] but as they are making those economies, we want to remind them that culture works.”
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