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Arts Council England



Music, Theatre, Dance and Visual Arts


About us

We believe that great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. We use public money from Government and The National Lottery to champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support activities that stretch across the arts – from museums and libraries, theatre to digital art, dance, music, literature, crafts and collections, supporting cultural organisations, artistic groups, and individuals.

Through a range of funds, we provide short- and long-term investment for individual artists and arts projects, arts organisations, museums, galleries and libraries. We support a National Portfolio of organisations across the country – they receive regular funding from us for a set period. We also fund Music Education Hubs – these are groups of organisations, schools and local authorities working together to provide music education to children and young people. We also support people and places through a variety of different grants and funding schemes, including National Lottery Project Grants and Developing Your Creative Practice.


Mission: Our strategy for 2020-2030, Let’s Create, is an invitation to those who share our beliefs to come together and create new opportunities for every person in England to get creative and enjoy brilliant culture.


Alongside investing in arts and culture, we also have a vital role in developing its diversity, availability, relevance and sustainability across England – our Investment Principles outlined in Let’s Create will guide us to ensure this vision comes to life.

Organization size

Organisation size

251-1000 employees

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Alex Howard

HR Partner