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The University of Manchester to support the city’s creative industries

The University of Manchester to support the city’s creative industries

The University of Manchester has announced that they have received £3.3m funding for a ‘Creative Manchester’ scheme which looks to support the ever growing creative sector in the city.

New research shows that Manchester benefits from the fastest growing creative industry outside of the capital, with 7,475 more jobs in the sector than there were just two years ago. The ‘Creative Nation’ report by Nesta illustrates that Manchester’s creative industry is experiencing growth in excess of 18% which is far higher than the national average and triple the rate for any other industry.

Creative Manchester will back the continued success of the artistic, cultural and creative sectors in the city through the provision of new course such as Heritage Studies as well as improving existing programmes in Drama, Art, Music, Museum Studies, Creative Writing, Music and Film Studies.

New appointments will also be made in order to support the initiative which will see an even stronger partnership created between the university and local cultural organisations. Manchester is home to many artistic and cultural places of importance including The John Rylands Library and Research Institute, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama which are all sustained in part by the University.

Professor Alessandro Schiesaro, head of the university’s school of arts, languages and cultures, commented: “We are delighted to receive this funding – it is a huge recognition of the importance of the university’s contribution to the creative and cultural sector, and will enable us to recruit additional academic staff, host brand new courses and enhance our facilities.

“We are extremely excited about developing more partnerships and collaborations with business and cultural organisations, and to cultivating future generations to work in the ever-growing creative industries. The investment is part of a wider project to invest more than £31m of university endowment funding in a range of initiatives which will deliver real benefits to students, staff and the wider public.”

It is thought that not only will Creative Manchester draw in some of the best new talent and students nationally and internationally, but will also boost the offering for tourists and cement Manchester as a global centre for creativity.