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Nine Creative Clusters Announced To Spearhead £80m R&D Investment

Following a rigorous year-long selection process, the Creative Industries Clusters Programme recently announced the nine creative clusters and a new Policy and Evidence Centre that will build on the UK's leading position in the Creative Industries bringing together...

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Creative Economy Programme Events

Beyond is the R&D conference for the creative industries on 13th November 2018 in London.

Featuring leading thinkers and practitioners, Beyond will explore the dynamic relationship between research, academia and business innovation, bringing together business leaders, creatives, researchers, policy makers, journalists, funders and anyone with an interest in the future.

Visit the conference website for the agenda, speakers and to get your ticket they’re all gone.

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The Creative Industries Clusters Programme starting in 2018, will invest £80m in eight new creative research & development partnerships bringing together the UK’s renowned creative industries with arts and humanities led research from our world-leading university sector.

Clusters Bid Infographic Map Only65 statements of intent have been submitted from institutions interested in hosting an R&D cluster. A full list of the bids (that have opted to share details) is available as a spreadsheet and as an infographic.

A core recommendation of the recent Bazalgette Review, is to foster clusters of creative industries, supporting regional growth. The report endorsed the Creative Industries Clusters Programme, developing “focal points for work to grow and strengthen the creative economy”

Successful Stage 1 bids will be announced in early February 2018.

From film and music to video games and architecture, the UK has one of the world’s largest, most innovative and fastest growing creative industries.

The Programme will act as a catalyst to further grow the creative economy unlocking emerging fields and adapting new technologies with a new wave of R&D that will open up exciting ways to create, distribute, and participate in products and experiences.

Part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, this programme will drive economic growth through the development of exciting new products and services, generating a step-change in the creation of new jobs and the supply of high-value skills to fill them.

While providing the impetus for the creative industries to flourish across the UK, this investment will also expand international trade and secure the UK’s reputation as having the world’s leading creative industries.

Creative Economy Programme Events

The Creative Economy Programme’s public events programme has finished for 2017 but plans are underway for 2018. To keep updated with future events, research calls and other news, why not sign-up for our email alerts or follow us on your social network of choice: Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin.

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