From the biggest opera house to the smallest regional gallery, from administrators to artists, we all have a role in advocating for continued public investment in arts and culture. Here are some practical things that both organisations and artists can do to advocate.
1. Put together some facts, figures and quotes to show the impact of your work and demonstrate the link between public funding and the outcomes of that investment. How has it helped to create jobs, generate revenue or positively supported your local community? Include this information in your programmes, on your press materials and on your website. For guidance on how to put together an Economic Impact Assessment visit our blog. You can also download and share our infographics which show key facts and figures around our investment, how arts and culture impacts employment and the economy and the benefits it brings to audiences.
3. Tell your social networking communities about the value of public investment in arts and culture and encourage them to share your messages - you can also share our key facts and stats infographics (see the right sidebar).
4. Encourage your stakeholders to make the case to local and national politicians. Invite them to see your work and use the occasion to talk to them about the value of what you do.
5. If you receive funding from us ensure your work is branded with the correct Arts Council England logo and that it links to www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do our public-facing landing page, so everybody knows that public money has made a contribution.
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1. If you are working with arts organisations, find out if there is any planned advocacy activity that you could support.
2. Identify opportunities in your own promotional activity to talk about how public investment in arts and culture shaped your own artistic career.
3. Write to or email your MP to tell them why public investment in arts and culture is so important. Tell them about how investing in arts and culture has benefited you and your local community.
4. Use your professional and social networks to share the 'why public investment in arts and culture is important' bullets. Encourage your contacts to make the case to local and national politicians. Join networks such as What Next?, VAGA and AMA to make key contacts and encourage others to share the advocacy messages.
5. If you have a website, include links to our public-facing page on the value of public investment in arts and culture - www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do
Use our advocacy toolkit presentation
Below is a presentation which may be useful to you in demonstrating the value of your work - feel free to share it, download it or embed it on your own websites and social media channels.
Use our infographics
Download and share our infographics which show key facts and figures around our investment, how arts and culture impacts employment and the economy and the benefits it brings to audiences.