ROH Connections aims to build on the relationships that the Royal Opera House already holds with performing arts organisations, allowing the organisation to work with Arts Council National portfolio organisations to build their sustainability and impact by sharing expertise in a variety of disciplines.

It follows a history of the Royal Opera House sharing skills and best practice with other organisations through their Associate programmes, and through participation in industry bodies and arts consortia.

ROH Connections consists of two main elements:

ROH Links

The Royal Opera House will connect with up to three small and medium-sized opera, orchestra, dance and/or ballet organisations per year, offering expertise within the Royal Opera House over a one- or two-year period. This expertise could be based around either arts management and/or technical areas, and will allow us to share more widely and formally the skills of our people so that we as an organisation can affect positive change.

As 2012 is a pilot year for ROH Connections, Arts Council England will recommend National portfolio organisations who strongly meet the conditions for this scheme. National portfolio organisations who are interested should register their interest with their Relationship Manager. Final decisions will be made by a panel of people from the Royal Opera House and Arts Council England.

For further information National portfolio organisations should contact their Relationship Manager at Arts Council England for application criteria and details of how to apply.

ROH Board Bank

The Board Bank is a database of Royal Opera House staff, from all departments and levels across the organisation, who have expressed willingness to act as a Board member, or a member of an advisory committee, for an arts or heritage organisation.

This scheme is open to all arts organisations who are looking to grow the expertise of their Board, and who might value the input of a Royal Opera House member of staff.

For further information contact Hywel David, Corporate Relations Manager, on or at +44 (0)20 7212 9526.

The Royal Opera House is a resource for the nation. The organisation's knowledge and experience is already widely shared; advising and supporting emerging organisations such as Ballet Black, and playing a leading role in initiatives such as the establishment of a National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills. They now want to offer an expanded programme of support to the sector, sharing more widely the skills of their people so that we as an organisation can affect positive change.

Who can apply?

  • ROH Links is open to Arts Council England's National portfolio organisations. Contact your Relationship Manager for advice on the application criteria.
  • ROH Board Bank is open to any arts or heritage organisation. You can contact the Royal Opera House directly if you would like further information or if you would like to apply.

Will the Royal Opera House be able to deliver the changes as well as share experience?

This programme is about sharing best practice and experiences - participating organisations need to have sufficient administrative capacity to incorporate changes themselves, and won't be able to rely on the Royal Opera House to fill gaps in staffing or implement any recommendations. The Royal Opera House will take advice from your Relationship Manager as to whether you have the capacity to implement any change programme which comes out of your partnership with the Royal Opera House.