Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Increasing the job creation potential of Cultural and Creative Sectors and SPOTLIGHT: Covid-19 and Music & the Night Time Economy





Culture & Jobs: Rescue, support and unleash

27-28 January 2021 Remote participation  

Co-hosted by Glasgow City Region

Culture webinar Jan - Glasgow city logo‌What is the issue?

Cultural and creative sectors represent over 4% total employment in some OECD regions, and there are many more creative jobs in other sectors. Jobs in venue-based sectors have been the hardest hit from the start of the crisis. Emergency policy responses have been unprecedented in their scope and scale but often are just not cutting it as they are not necessarily well suited to the needs of creative professionals who are often self-employed or pair standard employment with part-time gigs and contracts. This webinar will provide guidance for the recovery by looking into the effects of the crisis on cultural employment, ways to better adapt employment, income and business support measures to the needs of the sector as well as measurement approaches to capture the true size of the sector to better inform policies.


Day 1

Video Highlights:

Cultural Employment in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond


Measuring Cultural Employment



Presentation Highlights:

Job Creation and Local and Economic Development 2020: Rebuilding Better – delivered by Anna Rubin, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

COVID-19: Impact on Creative Jobs – delivered by Ekaterina Travkina, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities


Day 2

Video Highlights:

Policies to Support Jobs in the Sector During the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond


Case Studies on Addressing CCS Skills Needs: Entrepreneurial Learning 

Case Studies on Addressing CCS Skills Needs



Presentation Highlights:

Digital Leadership for Culture – delivered by Hans van der Linden, Department of Culture, Youth and Media, Flanders, Belgium

ARTS ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Preparing students for a self-managed professional career in Performing Arts– delivered by Lies Colman, Royals Conservatoire of Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium

XpoNorth- delivered by Iain Hamilton, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scotland, United Kingdom


SPOTLIGHT: Covid-19 and Music & the Night Time Economy

27 January 2021 Remote participation

In collaboration with Sound Diplomacy

Culture Webinar Jan - Sound Diplomacy logo

What is the issue?

As lockdown measures ban large public gatherings, the income from the live music sector and the night time economy is almost zero and may not return to pre-crisis levels for quite a while. The shutdown affects incomes of artists, ancillary workers in the value chain and represents a loss for cities too, as they significantly benefit from all indirect economic activity induced from the sector. This Spotlight session, co-organised with Sound Diplomacy, will explore the economic and social importance of the sector for cities and regions, explain the specificities of employment and sectoral business models as well as ways to improve resiliency and create a better music ecosystem in the future.


Video Highlights:


Opening and Welcome presented by Fiona Hyslop, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, Scotland


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