Creative Workforce Pledge

Updated: Nov 18

Clients and partners: Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, South Yorkshire Combined Authority, West of England Combined Authority, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, Federation of Entertain Unions, Excluded UK

Culture Commons is leading a national consortium and campaign for the Creative Workforce Pledge to support the creative and cultural life of areas represented by a Metro Mayor. We are partnered with Excluded UK and the Federation of Entertainment Unions and supported by the Arts Council England.

So far, the campaign has seen saw over 12,000 people from across the UK using our unique digital campaign tool to ask their Metro Mayoral candidates to sign up to the Pledge. Generating hundreds of thousands of impressions on social media, featuring on primetime media slots including BBC, Sky Arts, Sky News, and supported by a series of household names, the Creative Workforce Pledge campaign managed to get candidates from all major political parties signed up to 10 key principles.


Six elected Metro Mayors across England have now made the Creative Workforce Pledge. They are: Andy Burnham (Greater Manchester), Steve Rotherham (Liverpool), Tracy Brabin (West Yorkshire), Nik Johnson (Cambridgeshire & Peterborough), Dan Norris (West of England) and Oliver Coppard (South Yorkshire).


Culture Commons are now working with each of the Metro Mayor's and their teams to implement the Pledge commitments, including a Culture Forum in South Yorkshire and supporting Creative UK to take forward a national 'Freelance Charter' with Combined Authorities across England.