Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC)

One of the ways Creative Manchester is facilitating pioneering research that has a direct impact on the creative sector is through our partnership with the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC). PEC provides independent research and authoritative recommendations that aid the development of policies for the UK's creative industries.

We have partnered with PEC on several research projects and workshops since our partnership formed, such as Culture in Crisis.

Culture in Crisis

The ‘Culture in Crisis’ project analyses the impact of the pandemic on the cultural sector and is currently shaping UK cultural policy. Dr Abi Gilmore, Senior Lecturer in Arts Management, forms part of the project's research team as a Co-Investigator with the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre.

In February 2022, the project published the report ‘Impacts of Covid-19 on the UK cultural sector and where we go from here,’ one of the world’s largest investigations into the impacts of Covid-19 on the cultural industries and a vital source of insight during the pandemic for civil servants, cultural organisations, and policy makers.

From this report, the Centre for Cultural Value is working with policy partners to test and refine a set of policy recommendations based on the research findings, during a time when the critical importance of the cultural industries in supporting the Government’s Levelling Up agenda is becoming clear. Immediately evident is the need for national and local governments to communicate clear public health and safety guidance to all cultural organisations at the onset of a future crisis or pandemic.

The study was led by the Centre for Cultural Value, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Covid-19 Emergency Fund and undertaken in partnership with the Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC) and The Audience Agency (TAA).

For further information about the report, visit the Centre for Cultural Value. Alternatively, the Centre have published a summary video of the research project and its findings.


Creative Manchester have collaborated with PEC on several workshops, such as the research workshop Policy for the Creative Industries: Challenges for the 21st century. Bringing together academics, policymakers, and practitioners from the Greater Manchester City-region, attendees discussed the challenges, impacts, and strategies for the UK’s policy framework for the Creative Industries. The event sparked some vital discussions, which looked at the UK policy model from the viewpoint of the UK’s devolved nations and regions.