Arts & Business Cymru schemes
Topic of the practice
Arts based training; skills development and transfer; business investment in the arts; community regeneration The schemes run by Arts & Business Cymru make a direct contribution to the partnership, professional development and transfer of new skills between the commerce and culture sectors and the development of new markets.
Good Practice Information
Arts & Business (A&B) Cymru is an organisation specialised in bringing business and the arts together for their mutual benefit. Its network covers all of Wales, with offices in Cardiff (South Wales ) and Llandudno (North Wales), and it is a point of contact for hundreds of organisations. Specifically, its work makes a direct contribution to: the economy (by levering private investment into the arts through its CultureStep programme); to employment, skills and training (through its Professional Development Programmes and through arts based training opportunities); and to community regeneration (by brokering partnerships in communities across Wales). Its main objective is Developing new markets for the arts and training and up-skilling individuals in arts organisations. This will contribute to the EU2020 agenda for new skills and jobs.
Budget: for the programmes considered here, Arts and Business receives:
•£125,000 core funding from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Department of Economy and Transport and
•£100,000 from the department of Children Education and lifelong learning.
•Each business pays for each employee that is trained which brings an additional £50,000 (each business pays between £1,000-£10,000)
•£50,000 from the Arts Council of Wales for the Culture Step programme
- Arts Based Training – individual artists and practitioners looking to diversify their income stream. Businesses looking for an innovative and creative training programme for their employees. Employees looking to apply creative skills in their professional lives.
- Professional Development Programmes – individual arts managers, arts organisations, business executives and their companies.
- Culture Step programme: Cultural organisations and businesses, their employees, the wider community in which they work
Evidence of success
The Professional Development Programme it has a 100% success rate.
The success of the Board bank is evident in some of the key case studies – eg Legal and General’s Paul Ralley joining the board of No Fit State.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Arts Council of Wales