Westminster Media Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
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Next steps for developing the UK creative industries - identifying and delivering research priorities, collaboration and investment, and dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will assess next steps for developing the creative industries in the UK.

We expect a major focus to be the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with discussion expected on:

  • the impact on the creative industries and how they will need to adapt going forward,
  • recovery, and what further support may be needed for the sector beyond measures such as the recently announced emergency support package for businesses and self-employed workers.

With the immense challenges facing the sector, the requirements for research, support and innovation being considered at this conference take on increased importance, including:

  • funding and support,
  • collaborative innovation, drawing in higher education and research institutions, policymakers, and all sections of the creative industries,
  • business development across the UK regions and nations,
  • research to inform decision making, and
  • strategies for improving the UK’s competitiveness and positioning in the global creative industries sector.

The agenda:

  • Where next for the UK’s creative industries?;
  • Growing the creative economy: examining the Creative Industries Cluster Programme so far;
  • Key priorities for research - utilising latest insights and identifying knowledge gaps, widening evidence base to inform policymaking, and making the case for investment;
  • Driving innovation throughout the UK - intellectual property protection, and access to talent, business development support and finance; and
  • Positioning the UK at the forefront of creative innovation and sustaining sector growth - key priorities going forward.

Areas for discussion:

  • The Creative Industries Clusters Programme - as it nears the halfway point in its mission to bring together businesses and HEIs into creative hubs across the UK - assessing progress in:
    • encouraging innovative use of data and new technologies,
    • driving the creation of globally competitive creative businesses,
    • delivering local-level economic impact - including in job creation and skills development,
    • supporting smaller creative businesses, and
    • insights and learning, and prospects for similar schemes and scaling up in the future.
  • The Policy and Evidence Centre, set up under the Creative Cluster Programme to help realise the full potential of the creative industries to the economy - looking at:
    • research priorities and assessing key knowledge gaps, and
    • how research can be used to address the most important challenges facing the creative sector.
  • Innovation and support already on stream - tapping into schemes such as:
  • Funding options for creative industries research including:
  • The roles of policymakers, higher education and research institutions, and the creative industries themselves in:
    • collaborative working to deliver the insight-gathering and further research that the sector most needs, and
    • research management and delivery of an evidence base that can inform future policy, and decision-making and strategy across the creative industries.
  • Intellectual property, looking ahead with:
    • the Government confirming that it is not planning to implement the EU Copyright Directive as part of the Government’s regulatory divergence agenda, and
    • what the sector needs from future copyright regulation and legislation in the UK to incentivise R&D in the creative industries.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders.

It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from the DCMS; the Department for International Trade; HM Revenue & Customs; the Intellectual Property OfficeOfcom and UKRI.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Media Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates