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Cultural Commissioning Programme

Supporting arts and cultural organisations to engage in public sector commissioning

At a time when traditional forms of grant aid are diminishing, the newly launched Cultural Commissioning Programme will help arts and cultural organisations to diversify and increase their income streams by engaging with public sector commissioners. The programme will provide a range of activities and advice for the arts, museums and libraries sectors.  It will also work to create a greater awareness amongst public service commissioners of the potential for arts and culture to deliver their outcomes. 

Paul Bristow, Acting Director of Strategic Partnerships, Arts Council England, comments:

“Commissioning opportunities are obvious places to start as arts and cultural organisations seek new sources of income and to widen the positive impact they have in their communities.  Many organisations find it difficult to get started, and struggle to make a convincing case to commissioners in non-arts sectors.  The Cultural Commissioning Programme has been commissioned by the Arts Council to help organisations wanting to take this journey.  It’s a vital piece of work, and we hope this survey will identify the needs and experiences of organisations.  Completing it will ensure that the views and experiences of your organisation can shape future support."

It is hoped to involve the arts and cultural sector from the outset. There are two ways to get involved with the project:

1) Help design the programme by completing this survey about your experiences of delivering publicly funded services.  A wide range of views will ensure that the programme reflects the real experiences and interests of the sector. The survey will take no more than 20 minutes to complete, and completion of the survey may lead to organisations being profiled by the programme through a case study. Survey respondents will also be entered for a prize draw of a £50 John Lewis voucher for their organisation.

2) Sign up to the programme’s e-bulletins to hear about resources and training opportunities, good practice case studies, and other ways of getting involved with the programme.

Funded by Arts Council England, this three year programme is delivered by the NCVO in partnership with New Philanthropy Capital, New Economics Foundation and Mission, Models, Money.