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Birmingham City Council

Culture Commissioning Equalities and Diversity

The Culture Commissioning Service is committed to equality and diversity in employment and service provision and as a minimum ensures all funded organisations have a policy for equal opportunities in employment and service delivery policy, an equal pay policy and a policy to deal with harassment and bullying in the organisation.

The Equality Act 2010 protects people with different protected characteristics from discrimination when they use services. The protected characteristics are;
• Age
• Disability
• Gender reassignment
• Marriage and civil partnership
• Pregnancy and maternity
• Race
• Religion or belief
• Sex
• Sexual orientation

For more information and equality act guidance visit the equality and human rights website or to find out more about Birmingham City Council's Development Directorate Equality & Diversity information, please click here.

The Culture Commissioning Service

Our service users are mainly not for profit arts organisations and individuals working within the arts. These organisations and individuals’ in-turn provide activities (an arts service) for Birmingham’s residents.

We have funding for arts activities that support our priorities which have been identified within Big City Culture 2010-15; Birmingham's Cultural Strategy.

Culture on your doorstep – Birmingham’s diversity is vitally important to the people who live and work here. We support activities that ensure all residents have access to good quality and relevant cultural opportunities in their neighbourhood.

Next Generation – Birmingham’s youthful profile means that nurturing the 0-19 year old population is extremely important to the city’s future success. We support activities to ensure an entitlement to cultural provision for 0-19s in keeping with the Creative Future II model and commission activities to fill gaps in the entitlement

A Great International City of the Future - Birmingham is an amazing cultural city and we support activities that help to promote the city and raise its profile.

Big City Culture is a concept that captures both the outward looking – seeking to promote Birmingham’s cultural credentials nationally and around the world, and inward facing – building better connections within the community and between the local population and culture.

This strategy enables effective strategic planning at citywide and local level to support the development of the cultural sector and address the needs of local people.


Arts Activities Commissioning

We actively encourage applications from all not-for-profit arts organisations delivering arts activity with Birmingham residents regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Through our commissioning schemes not-for-profit arts organisations are able to apply for support to target people with a particular protected characteristic through positive action. When applying you must demonstrate that the protected characteristic your target audience/participants share means they have a different need or experience disadvantage or have low participation in arts activities.

All applications received through the commissioning process are treated equally and fairly through assessment against eligibility criteria and priorities published within our funding prospectus.

The Culture Commissioning Service actively collates information where possible about engagement with the nine protected characteristics through the evaluation of Commissioned Arts Activities.


Accessible formats and communication support

We are committed to being accessible, and want to make our arts activities commissioning process open to everyone.

• Alternative formats of our commissioning documents can be made available on request. These include other languages, large print, Braille and audio versions.
• If you are disabled, have learning difficulties, or are affected by an impairment such as dyslexia and require communication support we can help you to complete the application form and develop policies/procedures.

Please tell us about your access requirements so we can assist you during the application process. If you are successful we can also offer support as part of the monitoring process.

Application forms must be signed by hand. However, if a disabled person finds it difficult to do so, we will accept their usual signing method.


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Birmingham City Council Culture CommissioningTel: 0121 303 2434, email:arts.team@birmingham.gov.uk,www.birmingham.gov.uk/arts