What are our artistic aspirations and challenges?
How well are they articulated and communicated?
How do we report achievements against our artistic policy/statement?
Do the board, management and staff have a shared understanding of our artistic ambitions?
We have a clear statement of our artistic aspirations that guides programming and other activities and is understood by our board and staff.
Every aspect of our activity contributes to achieving our artistic aspirations.
The ABO is the national membership body representing the collective interests of professional orchestras throughout the UK. Parts of its website are accessible only to members.
The ABO publications list includes titles such as 'Orchestras into the Future - Showcasing orchestral innovation in all its forms' and 'Beyond the Concert Hall - Orchestras working in rural and isolated communities', and a large range of reports on education projects and evaluation.
Arts Council England is the national arts development agency for England, supporting a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, carnival to crafts. It distributed both grant-in-aid and Lottery money.
A summary of the arts debate, one of the largest pieces of qualitative research into the arts and their funding ever undertaken, compiled in October 2006. Its aim was to find out whether, and how, people in England value the arts and to help the Arts Council focus on the things that really matter to people.
A PDF download of a report into the role of cross-artform and media venues, by Tom Fleming.
A PDF download of a report mapping the dance ecology, economy and environment in England. It looks at the various market segments and identifies trends and patterns, challenges and opportunities for dance.
This document (2004) draws together research evidence on the impact of the arts on employment, education, health, criminal justice and regeneration. It presents findings on the impact of the arts on individuals and on communities.
BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings.
Although BREEAM does not specify arts venues or organisations among its environmental assessment schemes, it has a section on 'Other Buildings' under which venues and leisure centres would fall.
Julie's Bicycle is a not-for-profit organisation assisting the music industry to reduce its carbon emissions. It carries out research and gathers case studies, and has developed the Industry Green certification programme for the creative industries.
Resources including: Industry Green tools to measure your organisation's annual greenhouse gas emissions; case studies in the music industry; detailed information on climate change; a list of organisations providing information and guidance; the benchmarking methodology behind the IG tools; research reports from all its research projects. You must register to gain access to these resources, but there is no charge.
VAGA (the Visual Arts and Galleries Association), is an independent organisation promoting the visual arts in the UK, operating as a professional network with a UK-wide membership of organisations and individuals. Parts of its website, including some resources, are accessible only to members.
REALISE is a campaign to advocate the "right to art", lobbying for "the placement of art at the heart of people's lives, public policy and the political debate". Its steering group comprises a number of high-level gallery and visual arts leaders.