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The creative industries are hurting, not helping artists—we need a new model

A holdover from Tony Blair's "Cool Britannia" vision, the New Labour invention has turned its back on what makes art great

By Oli Mould  

A holdover from Tony Blair's "Cool Britannia" vision, the hastily-assembled sector does nothing to help the artists it is supposed to serve. Photo: Prospect Composite

Every time you watch a television advert, go to a museum, play a computer game, or swipe right on a potential suitor, you’re indulging in the outputs of the so-called “creative industries.” Unless you can remember the time when a “smart” phone was one that simply had a snazzy cover, you would have grown up during the birth of the creative industries. The sector…

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