Westminster Media Forum

The future for arts and culture in England - funding, participation and Arts Council England’s new 10-year strategy

TO BE PUBLISHED December 2019

Delegates at this conference will examine the future for arts and culture in England as stakeholders prepare for the release of the finalised Arts Council England (ACE) strategy for the next 10 years, which will take effect from April.

We expect discussion to focus on key themes that have emerged in consultation on the draft strategy, including in the areas of:

  • Funding and new business models,
  • Skills and the use of technology,
  • Engagement and collaboration, and
  • Diversity and sustainability.


There will be a keynote contribution from Rosie Millard, Chair, BBC Children in Need; Chair, Firstsite; and Vice Chair, Opera North.

Further confirmed speakers include: Pearl Chesterman, Birmingham Royal Ballet; Louise Coysh, University of Southampton; Lucy Crompton-Reid, Wikimedia UK; Lamia Dabboussy, BBC Arts; Mark Featherstone-Witty, The LIPA Learning Group; Peter Mather, BP; Annette Mees, Royal Opera House; Paul Pacifico, The Association of Independent Music; Jack Rubin, Tessitura Network; and Dr Jeremy Silver, Digital Catapult.

The chairs are: Rosie Millard and Professor Franco Bianchini, Professor, Cultural Policy and Planning and Director, Culture, Place and Policy Institute, University of Hull.

The agenda

  • Arts and culture in England - key priorities and next steps;
  • Arts Council England’s new strategy - creating adaptable business models, diversifying funding, and maximising opportunities presented by emerging technologies:
    • Support for research and development that creative organisations need - advice, commercialisation and mitigating risk;
    • New approaches to widening engagement;
    • Fostering greater sector collaboration - development of resource hubs, shared infrastructure, and innovation; and
    • Latest developments in corporate sponsorship of the arts.
  • Nurturing creativity in young people and increasing opportunities for engagement with arts and culture; and
  • Towards a more representative sector - skills development, creating and communicating diversity in career pathways, and reducing socio-economic barriers to participation.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Media Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates