Cultural Commissioning Programme - Supporting arts and cultural organisations to engage in public sector commissioning
For arts and cultural organisations, delivering public sector contracts can be an opportunity to reach new audiences and to develop artistic work in new areas, in addition to harnessing a new income stream.
For public services commissioners, working with arts and cultural providers can lead to better outcomes. Across the country, many have found that arts and cultural organisations bring creative approaches which offer new ways of engaging users, and which make a real difference to people's lives.
For the arts and cultural sector, brokering and maintaining relationships with public services, at a time of huge change in civic structures, can be challenging. For public services, understanding the landscape of arts and cultural providers and their ability to impact can seem complex. The Cultural Commissioning Programme will help to overcome these issues by supporting arts and cultural organisations to engage in public sector commissioning.
Toby Lowe of Helix Arts explores this further in his blog 'Can the arts and cultural sector meet the challenges of delivering public sector contracts?'
What is the Cultural Commissioning Programme and what will it deliver?
The programme aims to help the arts and cultural sector to engage in public sector commissioning by providing a range of activities and advice. It will also work to create a greater awareness amongst public service commissioners of the potential for arts and culture to deliver their outcomes.
The programme will be iterative, evolving support and resources as we learn more about where and how the arts and cultural sector is involved in public service delivery, and what support it needs to flourish. During the first six months, our partner NPC is undertaking a scoping study. This will identify areas where the interests of arts and cultural organisations match those of commissioners, and where there are opportunities to strengthen and broker relationships.
From spring 2014, we will roll out practical support including: training for the arts, museums and libraries sectors; commissioner support; networking events to build relationships; advocacy and profile raising; and online resources.
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The Cultural Commissioning Programme runs until June 2016 and is funded by Arts Council England. It is delivered by NCVO in partnership with NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), nef (New Economics Foundation) and Mission Models Money.