As many of you will know I was lucky enough to be given the title of UK Young Music Entrepreneur of the Year by the British Council in 2008. This has resulted in me being involved in all sorts of opportunities including some recent visits to India and Qatar.
In addition to developing relationships abroad the British Council’s Creative Economy Team have also created regular opportunities for those shortlisted for any of their YCE Awards to get together, debate issues and where possible have access to events many of which have policy makers and politicians present. At these events we are always encouraged to ask questions and get our views across to those who make policy – with the ultimate aim of influencing future and current government policy (it’s worth a try isn’t it?). These are usually pretty sparky sessions as we have usually plenty to say!
Well the latest opportunity is a chance to go to Downing Street next week to talk with senior civil servants (and possibly the odd policy advisor or Minister) in a 90 minute session to tell Government how they can better help creative entrepreneurs and where things are working and where are they failing.
I thought it would be interesting to see what questions you think I should be asking and in general what sort of constructive messages you think this group of policy makers and shapers should hear from creative businesses.
I’m not the only person who has been asked by the British Council to do this but I’m probably the only person from the the West Midlands so if you have ideas of how the government could help creative businesses in the future – leave me some comments and I’ll let you know which points I take with me and how I get on…
I have my own ideas on this but I’d love to go along with a broader understanding of the ideas, struggles and questions that others in the sector have. As you know I go with a music hat on personally but I think some of the issues for music are the same for other ‘creative industries‘. So if you run a creative business and think there is a burning issue I need to be aware of when I walk into Number 10 – let me know!
I’m going next Wednesday so you can suggest ideas right up to that time but ideally I could do with your thoughts by Monday morning (1st March) so I can have time to digest them and take them with me!