Unions representing workers in the cultural sector have written an open letter to candidates in the West Midlands mayoral election calling on the candidates to commit to securing a new TV and film studio for the region, greater devolution of arts spending to the region and a fairer deal for cultural workers. The letter points out that whilst the region is the home of Shakespeare and other fantastic cultural assets the region is disadvantaged when it comes to per head of population arts funding with only £4.58 versus London's £69.
To maximise the region’s cultural potential a cultural manifesto (PDF) has been published urging the incoming Mayor to address 6 key areas:
A Midlands film and television studio facility.
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