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Artistic policy / statement

Questions you might ask yourself

  • 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?

What success looks like

  • 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

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.


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

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.

Visual Arts and Galleries Association (VAGA)

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.