WEST Yorkshire's creative industries are set to benefit from a £2.3million support package.

The funding aims to grow the sector as part of the region's new You Can Make It Here programme.

It includes business and skills training to support freelancers, help for creative businesses to increase their exports, and investment for venues to become more accessible to disabled artists and audiences. 

More opportunities for young people from disadvantaged groups to break down barriers and secure employment in television and film production roles are also promised.

The support package includes investment from Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, and £520,000 of funding from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Ms Brabin said: "Our creative industries and freelancers have had a rough ride over the last few years, so we're stepping up to ensure they're fully supported.

"It's an exciting time for culture in West Yorkshire and I want everyone to have the chance to unleash their potential. 

"Culture drives growth - and devolution has given us this incredible opportunity to build a stronger, brighter West Yorkshire that works for all," she added.