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Artistic Programme

Questions you might ask yourself

  • How does our artistic programme reflect our artistic policy?

  • Are we being ambitious enough?

  • Are our plans appropriate to realise our audience development ambitions?

  • How do we judge our programme?

  • How well have we achieved the artistic goals set out in our plan?

  • Have we included out learning or participation programmes in our planning and do we remember to reflect on their achievements?

  • Is our programme appropriately diverse and relevant for the society in which we work?

What success looks like

  • Our artistic programme enables us to meet the artistic aspirations defined in our artistic policy/statement.

  • We discuss the quality of our work within our organisation and with our collaborators.

  • We are willing and able to talk about our artistic achievements in an honest way with our board and funders.

  • We are continually challenging ourselves and understand the risks that we are taking.



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.

Mission Models Money

Mission Models Money is an independent, sector-led initiative addressing the challenges faced by individual arts and cultural organisations and their funders in developing mission-led, organisationally and financially resilient businesses. It aims to test ideas for responding and adapting to the numerous and complex trends affecting non-profit distributing arts and cultural organisations.