Representatives of the local and national cultural sector are being brought together to form the Greater Manchester Culture Steering Group.
The steering group, formed by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, chaired by Culture Portfolio leads Linda Thomas, Leader of Bolton Council and Donna Hall, Chief Executive, Wigan Council and Wigan Clinical Commissioning Group, will guide work being done to help support and help the culture, arts and heritage sectors across Greater Manchester.
The Cultural Steering Group also includes local artists and arts organisations.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “From music and art to theatre, dance and literature, Greater Manchester‘s contribution to culture has been significant.
“We are known around the world for our music, artists and our art. We want to build on our amazing reputation as a culturally rich city-region, ensuring this reputation continues and grows and that all our residents have the chance to make, watch and take part.
“People often see the arts as a secondary sector that when money’s tight is the first to be cut. The cultural sector is incredibly valuable and not something to be underestimated. We know the economic benefit of culture, in attracting visitors and investors to our city region, but also in improving people’s health and well-being and sense of pride in our wonderful place.
‘’I want Greater Manchester to lead the way by recognising the importance of our cultural sector, investing in and celebrating our distinct and diverse cultural offer. Making Greater Manchester the best place in the world for artists to create and live and for residents to participate in and enjoy internationally significant work.’’