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The DCMS's aim is to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries.
Our vision is to extend excellence and improve access in all our many sectors.    
To achieve this, we have developed four strategic priorities around which we organise our work:
  • Children and Young People - enhancing access to a fuller cultural and sporting life for children and young people and giving them the opportunity to develop their talents to the full
  • Community - opening up our institutions to the wider community to promote lifelong learning and social cohesion
  • Economy - maximising the contribution which the tourism, creative and leisure industries can make to the UK's economy
  • Delivery - modernising the way we deliver our services by ensuring our sponsored bodies are set and meet targets which put consumers first

What does the DCMS do?

The DCMS is responsible for Government policy on the arts, sport, the National Lottery, tourism, libraries, museums and galleries, broadcasting, film, the music industry, press freedom and regulation, licensing, gambling and the historic environment.
It is also responsible for the listing of historic buildings and scheduling of ancient monuments, the export licensing of cultural goods, the management of the Government Art Collection and for the Royal Parks Agency
Our Public Service Agreement targets which we have agreed with the Treasury for 2003-2006 are:
  • to enhance the take-up of sporting opportunities by 5-16 year olds by increasing the percentage of school children who spend a minimum of two hours each week on high-quality PE and school sport within and beyond the curriculum from 25% in 2002 to 75% by 2006 (joint target with the Department for Education and Skills)
  • to increase significantly the take-up of cultural and sporting opportunities by new users aged 20 and above from priority groups
  • to improve the productivity of the tourism, creative and leisure industries
  • to improve significantly the value for money of the Department's sponsored bodies.


Leading the Good Life  -  A new publication from the DCMS, aims to promote the integration of cultural and community planning. The guidance is now available online. [6 July 2004]

The Government welcomes the Select Committee's Report and its consideration of the work of the Department in 2002-03. [14 June 2004]

"Taking it on" - Have your say on the new UK sustainable development strategy. [17 May 2004]

DCMS becomes first Government Department to open its website to non computer users.  [11 May 2004]

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport 2004 Annual Report is now available online. [29 April 2004]


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Over 60 public bodies receive funding from the DCMS to deliver direct sporting and cultural support to the public.
The Government Art Collection has about 11,700 works of art and displays them in about 450 locations in the UK and around the world.
The Department was responsible for establishing the National Lottery in 1994. Over 7 billion was raised for good causes in the first five years.
The DCMS has the responsibility for maintaining the list of over 500,000 listed buildings in England.
Following changes to the Lottery rules in August 1998, the proportion of Lottery grants awarded to small groups has doubled.