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This paper was prepared ahead of the Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday 6 October 2020 on the contribution of theatres, live music venues and other cultural attractions to the local economy. 

The economic output of arts, entertainment and cultural activities was £10.47 billion in Gross Value Added (GVA) in 2019; equivalent to 0.5% of the whole economy. The majority of this (£7.92 billion) was from the arts and entertainment sub-sector. 

The arts and culture sectors have been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic. A detailed discussion of the impact of COVID-19 on the cultural industries is provided in the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee report published in July 2020: Impact of COVID-19 on DCMS sectors (HC291) – see pages 22‑39.


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