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27th June 2017 Verity Sanderson

ACE National Portfolio — Sector Support Organisation

Arts Council England announced today that the AMA will become a Sector Support Organisation, receiving £942,572 in funding between 2018 and 2022.

The AMA empowers individuals working in the arts, culture and heritage sector to be the best that they can be and drive a thriving sector. The AMA has nearly 2,000 members, working at all levels for organisations in the UK and beyond.

This funding will ensure that several major projects can continue, including the CultureHive website — a hub of approximately 1,500 resources, case studies, interviews and articles available free to everyone and already used by 70,000 people a year. It also guarantees new editions for innovative initiatives including the Audience Diversity Academy, Digital Marketing Academy and Small-Scale Development Programme.

Cath Hume, CEO of the AMA, said:
“I am delighted that we join the National Portfolio as a Sector Support Organisation. In practical terms it means initiatives that the AMA have realised and managed in recent years are able to continue thanks to this funding from Arts Council England. It will increase our impact across the sector, for our members, the organisations we work with, and ultimately their audiences.”

Tim Wood, Chair of the AMA, said:
“It is because of the hard work of the AMA team and the continued success of our programmes and CultureHive that we have been awarded this funding. I am enthused that Arts Council England have recognised this, meaning that the AMA can do even more to support arts and cultural professionals connect the public with art, culture and heritage.”


Image: Sheffield Theatres, Chester Hayes as Billy Casper with bird in Kes. Image by Johan Persson.