Our goal is that the arts are sustainable, resilient and innovative

Arts and culture are part of a broader creative economy and they make an important contribution to economic growth.

We will work with partners, including local authorities, government departments, higher education institutions, and broadcast, tourism, skills and international organisations, to exploit opportunities in the creative economy and remove or reduce barriers that inhibit growth of the cultural sector.

We will also work with partners on a range of research and support a set of investment mechanisms that enable the sector to diversify income or leverage new investment from other sources.

Contribution of the arts and culture sector to the national economy

On Monday 13 July 2015 we published a new report: Contribution of the arts and culture sector to the national economy. Written by Cebr (Centre for Economic and Business Research), the report provides us with new evidence that the arts and culture sector makes a strong, tangible contribution to the national economy.  

The report was launched in conjunction with the Creative Industries Federation who have published their own report: Arts and Growth; How public investment in the arts contributes to growth in the creative industries.  

Read more about the contribution of arts and culture to our economy 

Partnership with VisitEngland

Arts Council England and VisitEngland have agreed a three-year partnership to boost cultural tourism in England.

The partnership statement sets out how Arts Council England and VisitEngland will work together, a key priority being to encourage and support destinations that have real potential to grow their economies by improving their cultural tourism.

Arts Council Lottery funding of £3 million will be available to local culture and tourism partnerships to help them capitalise on their local cultural offering and grow the value of tourism to the local area. This fund will encourage the development of arts and cultural experiences and targeted holiday packages for visitors that include cultural aspects as well as the more traditional accommodation and transport elements.

Find out more about the partnership by downloading the Partnership statement.

Coastal Communities fund

Arts Council England will be providing support to those that are successful in receiving funding through the Coastal Communities Fund.

Culture and the arts can make a contribution to reviving coastal communities in many ways, including growing the visitor economy, contributing to new opportunities for the development of skills and employment, changing perceptions and raising aspirations of places that would otherwise be seen as being in decline.

The funding is available to charities, social enterprises, local authorities, local enterprise partnerships and private sector companies to boost economic development in coastal communities.

The funding comes from the Department for Communities and Local Government, and is administered by the Big Lottery Fund, with the Arts Council providing support in the arts and cultural aspects of projects and initiatives.

Support packages will vary, but could include:

  • advice and guidance as to how to best use culture and the arts to realise their ambitions
  • advice on eligibility to apply for Grants for the arts and on other potential funding opportunities

Further information about the funding is available on the Department for Communities and Local Government website.