Welcome to birmingham.gov.uk

Due to essential maintenance, the website may be unavailable during the weekend. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Welcome to birmingham.gov.uk

Support for Cultural Activities (Culture Commissioning)

G37 image5

What is Commissioning?

By “commissioning”, we mean the process of identifying the most effective way to deliver our objectives based on a clear sense of what our priorities are, and evidence of what is the best way to achieve them. BCC is seeking to grant fund activities which are commissioned against the criteria set out in the Arts activities funding prospectus with a project specific financial contribution.

Why Does Birmingham City Council Commission Arts Activities?

Birmingham City Council aims to increase participation in the arts by residents in the city because we believe that the arts have the potential to improve the quality of life. This can be through creating original work, developing arts skills, experiencing art as part of an audience, performing, programming or taking part in activities. Participating in the arts can also help to build communities and to contribute to a range of positive outcomes including improved health and wellbeing.

In addition, the arts sector in the city is important to our economy. As well as the economic benefit of people directly working in the arts, a thriving arts scene brings visitors to the city. It makes Birmingham an attractive place to work and live, which helps to attract businesses to be based here. The arts can also play a role in promoting the city nationally and internationally through touring and international partnerships.

Arts Activities Commissioning

Resources for Artists and Arts Orgnanisations


Advice and Guidance

The Culture Officers within the Culture Commissioning Service are able to offer advice and guidance on many aspects relating to Local Arts Activity, Commissioning Arts Activities and Young People’s Cultural Entitlement.

Advice Surgeries are also available throughout the year but you must make an appointment. If you already have a “lead officer” (that is an officer you deal with regularly) then you can contact them direct. If you are new to us then please contact the Culture Commissioning Service on 0121 303 2434 or by emailing arts.team@birmingham.gov.uk When you arrange your appointment, we will advise you what information to bring to the meeting.


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