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Arts Councils

Arts Council England: Arts Council England with the national office in London and offices in each regional area

Arts Council of Northern Ireland : Arts Council for Northern Ireland, with the national office in Belfast

Arts Council Wales: Main Offices in Cardiff, with 3 regional offices in South, West and North Wales

Creative Scotland: Creative Scotland is the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. It’s our job to help Scotland’s creativity shine at home and abroad. Based in Edinburgh.

The British Film Institute: The BFI is the lead agency for film in the UK, ensuring that economic, cultural and educational aspects of film are adequately represented at home and abroad.


Creative Industries

Creative Industries Federation: The Creative Industries Federation is the national membership organisation bringing together all of the UK’s arts, creative industries and cultural education to provide an authoritative and united voice in a way never done before. The Creative Industries Federation unites the UK’s diverse arts and creative industries to secure the policies and funding needed to further Britain’s global success as a cultural powerhouse.

Creatives across Sussex: The online network for the arts, cultural and creative industries in West Sussex and the surrounding area, featuring a directory of creative individuals, businesses and places, in addition to news, events, opportunities, creative space listings and media items from across the sector. A part of the national ‘Creative Assembly‘ digital network.


Government Depts. & organisations

Arts & Humanities Research Council : The Arts and Humanities Research Council support research within a huge subject domain from traditional humanities subjects, such as history, modern languages and English literature, to the creative and performing arts. The AHRC funds research and postgraduate study within the UK’s higher education institutions. In addition, on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, it provides funding for museums, galleries and collections that are based in, or attached to, higher education institutions in England.

Cabinet Office: The Cabinet Office is at the centre of government, making government work better. This website brings together information from units in the Department

DCMS : DCMS is responsible for Government policy on the arts, sport, the National Lottery, tourism, libraries, museums and galleries, broadcasting, creative industries including film and the music industry, press freedom and regulation, licensing, gambling and the historic environment. It is the Department responsible for 2012 Olympic Games & Paralympic Games. DCMS 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.

Directory of MPs: An online resource listing standing MPs in Government

HMRC: HMRC has developed E-Learning products for small businesses HMRC – Starting in Business their Ready Reckoner calculates how much tax you have to pay on your profit ready reckoner along with Business expenses for the Self-employed . All these products above are free to use and will assist any business in meeting their obligations to HMRC but more importantly provide them with the education they may well need. HMRC maintain and update the products so the areas are constantly updated.

Local Area Agreements (LAAs):  General information on Local Area Agreements (LAAs) from the National Audit Office

List of Constituencies and Members of Parliament : List of Parliamentary constituencies and standing MPs

Local Councils Directory: Directory of local councils

Local Government Association (LGA): The LGA exists to promote better local government. We work with and for our member authorities to realise a shared vision of local government that enables local people to shape a distinctive and better future for their locality and its communities. We aim to put local councils at the heart of the drive to improve public services and to work with government to ensure that the policy, legislative and financial context in which they operate, supports that objective.

National Assembly for Wales : The Welsh Assembly Government is responsible for most of the issues of day-to-day concern to the people of Wales, including the economy, health, education, and local government. The role of the Welsh Assembly Government is to exercise functions devolved to it in order to: make decisions on matters which affect people’s daily lives; develop and implement policy; make subordinate legislation (e.g. regulations and statutory guidance) and propose Assembly Measures (Welsh laws).

NESTA: NESTA is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts – a unique and independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative. We invest in early-stage companies, inform and shape policy, and deliver practical programmes that inspire others to solve the big challenges of the future.

Scottish Executive Parliament : The official website of the Scottish Parliament, with founding principles are openness, accountability, the sharing of power and equal opportunities. These are at the heart of all our activities and we hope you find this website lives up to these principles.

Welsh Local Government Association: The Welsh Local Government Association represents the interests of local authorities in Wales.


National Arts & Culture Organisations

Artswork (youth arts) : Artswork is the national, independent youth arts development agency, committed to making a difference to the lives of young people at risk aged 12 – 25. For Artswork creative opportunities for young people, means participatory arts activities by and for young people, outside of schools and other formal education settings, and outside the demands of the national curriculum. Artswork sees its role as one of raising standards in youth arts work, and in increasing opportunities for young people, specifically those most at risk. Their unique approach is demonstrated through the range and strength of partnerships and pioneering work across the informal sector.

Arts Award Voice: an online magazine created by young people, for young people interested in the arts. Arts Award Voice has close links with Arts Award, a set of qualifications which support young people to grow as artists, critics and arts leaders – We provide a community for young people doing Arts Award as well as others who enjoy the arts.

The Audience Agency: The Audience Agency works with cultural organisations to build audiences.  With offices in Manchester and London and a network of Regional Directors across England, they provide unparalleled service built on in-depth knowledge and understanding of the cultural sector. Generating insight and evidence to inform individual and organisational decision-making and to help to grow a more sustainable cultural economy.

British Arts Festivals Association: BAFA is a vibrant community of festivals, welcoming members from across the full range of art forms including music, dance the visual arts, theatre, film, comedy and street arts.

Chief Leisure Officers Association (CLOA) : CLOA is The Professional Association for Leaders in Culture & Leisure. CLOA is the Professional Association for strategic leaders involved in public sector cultural and leisure services. It works with central government and other national organisations to influence the development of national policies, lobby for positive change and provide a peer-support network.
The organisation represents strategic managers in local authorities or non-profit distributing trusts and those working in associated areas such as health, education and social sectors, who are committed to the development of public sector culture and leisure.
CLOA also coordinates the National Culture Forum, of which nalgao is a founder member, the body set up to unite the major professional organisations in the cultural sector on issues of common concern.

DEMOS (Think Tank) : Demos is the think tank for ‘everyday democracy’. Their aim is to put this idea into practice by working with organisations in ways that make them more effective and legitimate. They focus on six areas: public services; science and technology; cities and public space; arts and culture; identity and global security.

Earlyarts is national network for people working creatively with children and families in the arts, cultural and early years sectors. Earlyarts members help children have the best start in life by exploring creative approaches to learning, thinking and doing. We help to connect people, ideas, resources and information that nuture young people’s creative and cultural capital.

English National Youth Arts Network (ENYAN) : ENYAN is a membership body designed to create connections throughout the diverse youth arts sector at national, regional and grass roots levels. ENYAN aims to raise the profile and support for youth arts within England and by doing so create more opportunities for the creative and personal development of young people, especially young people at risk.

Independent Theatre Council (ITC) : The Independent Theatre Council is the management association and industry lead body for performing arts organisations and individuals working in the field of drama, dance, opera and music theatre, mime and physical theatre, circus, puppetry, street arts and mixed media. ITC members are based throughout the UK and work extensively both nationally and across the world producing some of the best new work in the performing arts today.

Making Music: Providing advice, support and resources for leisure-time musicians and music groups across the UK.

Museums Association: The Museums Association is a membership organisation for anybody working in museums, galleries and heritage.

National Association of Youth Theatres: NAYT (National Association of Youth Theatres) supports the development of youth theatre and young people’s involvement in theatre through a professional programme of training, advocacy, information services and events.

National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) : The NCA is the UK’s only independent lobbying organisation representing all the arts.
Its mission is to be the leading independent and UK-wide voice for the arts world in all its diversity. Its vision is that the value of the arts will be understood and recognised by government, and that the arts will be adequately resourced as a key element in our national culture.

National Foundation for Youth Music: Youth Music works alongside the formal and community-based sectors to support music-making and training. Our funding complements music in the national curriculum by supporting activities held mainly outside of school hours and delivered by non-profit making organisations. Youth Music also aims to support wider aspects of music-making through funding training for music leaders, as well as working strategically to bring together partnership organisations from across the music, education and social sectors.

National Rural Touring Forum: The National Rural Touring Forum represents a number of mainly rural touring schemes and rural arts development agencies, principally across England, that aim to help local people to promote high quality arts events and experiences in rural and other community venues. The organisation became formally constituted in 1997 and is a registered charity as well as a company limited by guarantee. The NRTF currently comprises of about 40 full touring scheme members and 13 associate members.

Refugee Week: The purpose of Refugee Week is to deliver positive educational messages that counter fear, ignorance and negative stereotypes of refugees, through arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and promote understanding about the reasons why people seek sanctuary. Refugee Week is a multi-agency project, managed by the Refugee Week Team that consists of the UK Coordinator for Refugee Week, Welsh and Scottish Co-ordinators and a small number of volunteers with specific skills. Different regions, areas and towns have their own Refugee Week Steering and Operational Groups that manage and coordinate Refugee Week activities in their areas.

Sound Sense (community music): Sound Sense is the UK development agency for community music. We promote the significance and value of community music, and assist the professional development of people practising and participating in it.

The Theatres Trust: As the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres, The Theatres Trust works with commercial, public, subsidised and voluntary sectors to secure a sustainable future for theatre buildings. Our aim is to ensure that current and future generations have access to good quality theatres that reflect our rich cultural heritage and offer inspiring new environments in which to enjoy theatre. Providing leadership and strategic thinking, The Theatres Trust advises in planning, regeneration and development, architecture and design, heritage, and theatre. We enable better planning to secure, improve and achieve sustainability for new and existing theatre buildings and protect theatre use.

UK Theatres: UK Theatres is the UK’s major business association for organisations and companies including theatres and arts venues, involved professionally in the production and presentation of the performing arts.


Other National Bodies

Directory of Social Change: Directory of Social Change (DSC) is the leading source of information and training to voluntary and community sectors worldwide.

CIMSPA: The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. Launched in 2011, CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector.

Sustrans: Sustrans is the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity. Our vision is a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment. Every day we are working on practical, innovative ways of dealing with the transport challenges that affect us all.

The Management Centre: The Management Centre (=mc) is the UK’s leading training and consultancy organisation working exclusively with not-for-profit organisations worldwide. They also run the National Arts Fundraising School.

Train timetables and enquiries: Train timetables and other rail information


Professional Arts organisations

a-n The artists Information company: Stimulating and supporting contemporary visual arts practice with specialist areas for artists, arts organisers, students and advisers and  expert resources including guidance for commissioners and employers on good practice, fees and payments and contracts and online jobs and opportunities service to reach to all the best artists.

Arts Marketing Association : The AMA is the professional development body open to all arts professionals passionate about bringing arts and audiences together in the UK and internationally.

Arts Professional: Arts Management Magazine site with many features including podcasts.

Axis Arts: Axis is the one of the best online resources for information about contemporary art. The website features profiles of professional artists and curators, interviews, discussions, art news, debates and showcases the artists to watch.

Independent Street Arts Network: ISAN is an independent group of presenters and promoters of street arts throughout the UK working to develop the art form through networking, information, collaboration, lobbying, training and advocacy.

MAiLOUT Magazine: MAiLOUTis the only national magazine featuring and celebrating all aspects of participatory and community arts. It started 14 years ago in the Midlands before ‘going nationwide’ in 1991, with a new issue every two months.

STADT Arts (European Culture) : STADTart was founded in 1991 by Ralf Ebert and Dr. Friedrich Gnad. Our team develops ideas, solutions and strategies within the triangle of CityRegion – Culture – Planning and cooperates with other planning consultancies throughout Europe.


Public Art

ixia (public arts think tank) : ixia is the public art think tank – it provides guidance on the role of art in the public realm, in response to restrictive practices. These have resulted in missed opportunities and have limited the scope of artists. ixia works with artists, policy makers and implementers within the public and private sectors. It carries out research, supports events and delivers training, and commissions new writing and publications. ixia is a charity and is funded by Arts Council England.

Public arts online: ixia has taken over the management of Public Art online from ACE. The site is a unique public arts information website offering guidance and examples of public art practice from across the UK and internationally.


Voluntary Arts Organisations

Voluntary Arts: VA works with policy makers, funders and politicians to improve the environment for everyone participating in the arts, and we provide information and training to those who participate in the voluntary arts sector. This includes over 300 national and regional umbrella bodies, and through them, their member groups of local voluntary arts practitioners.


CPD & Training

Sector Skills Councils

Creative & Cultural Skills: is the Sector Skills Council for the Creative & Cultural Sector. This covers Crafts, Cultural Heritage, Design, Music, Performing, Literary and Visual Arts.


Short Course Providers:

Directory of Social Change A comprehensive range of training courses covering a wide variety of Third & Public Sector management issues. Most are held in London at the Charity Centre, with the more popular also run regionally (by the Liverpool office).

Management Centre Provides a wide range of management and fundraising training, in-house courses and consultancy for the not-for-profit sector.

Northern Ireland CVA

National Open College Network site gives quality standards and local OCN contacts who may offer qualifications in community development, volunteering training, management.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations A good selection of short courses, plus other training services.

The Centre for Strategy and Communication Aim to help public sector and non-profit organisations transform the way they communicate. Courses in Media and Communication, Leadership and Management, Administration.

Wales Council for Voluntary Action


Other Providers

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) run various workshops for trustees and staff, on fundraising, media, governance.

Clore Leadership Trust aims to train and develop a new generation of leaders for the UK cultural sector.

Communique Bid writing, fundraising, presentation skills, public speaking, management and personal development courses specifically for the voluntary sector, plus short courses in central Birmingham.

Fircroft College Short residential courses for Voluntary Sector take place at Fircroft College of Adult Education in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

The Glass House offers design courses, advice and support to tenants, residents and professionals working in neighbourhoods undergoing change and renewal. Courses held at Trafford Hall, Chester.

Henry Stewart Conference Studies has a division providing briefings, conferences and training for the non-profit sector.

Institute of Fundraising ‘Developed by Fundraisers for Fundraisers’.

NCVO: NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteering because they’re essential for a better society. Each day, millions of people make a difference through voluntary organisations and volunteering. Our vision is a society where we can all make a difference to the causes that we believe in.

Newable: provides training focused on organsations delivering publicly funded projects.

Ocean Recovery Centre is a national provider of drug and alcohol treatment. Ocean Recovery aids people living in for their addiction problems. Ocean Recovery offer detoxes, and a range of therapy on an inpatient or outpatient basis.



Awards for All: Awards for All is a Lottery grants scheme funding small, local community-based projects in the UK for programmes up to £10,000.

Big Lottery Fund: Every year the Big Lottery Fund gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. Money goes to community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment. Big is the largest lottery distributor in the UK, and has several different grant streams available.

Coalfields Regeneration Trust: The Trust provides funding to not for profit and statutory organisations with the aim of regenerating coalfield communities. Its current funding focus is on supporting community regeneration; ensuring that the best possible learning facilities and resources are provided to coalfield communities; support for innovative and locally designed approaches to supporting people into work; and supporting the creation and development of social enterprises within coalfield communities.

European Youth Foundation: The European Youth Foundation is an independent, international and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the positive development of children and young people throughout the world. To support its objectives the Foundation makes grants to international not for profit youth organisations and networks.

Government Funding: A one-stop shop for information on all government grants available nationally and regionally

Heritage Lottery Fund: The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) was set up by Parliament in 1994 to give grants to a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom. They distribute a share of the money raised by the National Lottery for Good Causes. This year, they will allocate funding to heritage in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Leicestershire 4 Communities: Provided by Leicestershire County Council. a great place  to visit for a wealth of funding information and a very impressive funding search toolkit.

Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN): WREN is a company limited by guarantee and a non-profit making Environmental Body (EB) registered to fund projects which are “eligible” under the Landfill Communities Fund. WREN receives the majority of its funding from the landfill tax levied by Waste Recycling Group. To be eligible projects need to be within 10 miles of a WREN landfill site.