IntroducingThe Smart Fund

Tech enabling creativity

The Smart Fund is proposed as a collaboration between creators and performers, technology companies and the Government. It provides a direct way for tech manufacturers to invest in, grow, empower, and enrich the cultural DNA of our society, by supporting the creativity for which the UK is globally renowned. It would work by placing a small one-off levy on the sale of mobiles, laptops, PCs and devices that are built to allow people to store and download creative content, solving the problem that creators are not recompensed for the use of their work.

The Smart Fund is a no brainer. Currently there isn’t any effective way for creators to be recompensed when their work is downloaded and stored by audiences. The Smart Fund provides a way to invest in creative talent of all ages and backgrounds and their communities.

Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)

The positive impactof the arts

50+

exhibitions

3.5m

visits

+£70m

into the local economy

Art in Margate

Since it was opened in 2011 by Margate’s own Tracey Emin, the Turner Contemporary has had more than 3.5 million visits and shown work by more than 500 artists, from Turner, Rodin and Constable to Ai Weiwei, Barbara Walker and Grayson Perry. It has hosted more than 50 exhibitions, as well as the Turner prize, and put more than £70m into the local economy.