23 March 2018back

Response to National Assembly Report on Non-Public Funding of the Arts

Arts & Business Cymru welcomes funding call by Culture Committee to strengthen Private Sector investment in the Arts.

We are delighted that the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee has wholly endorsed the value of our work – the bridge we provide between arts organisations in Wales, the business community, trusts and foundations and individual philanthropists.

We were also very pleased that the Culture Minister, in his evidence to the Committee’s inquiry, made such positive comments about our impact as an independent agency specialising in developing income for arts organisations, and recommended that this activity should be developed further in Wales.

We welcome the very clear message that the Committee has given – that the Welsh Government must fund tailored and informed support to arts organisations to help them increase their income.

This has been our fundamental role for 30 years, and we have developed unique and unrivalled skills and experience to deliver in Wales.

We help arts organisations to thrive, and businesses to invest, by:

  • Advocating for, celebrating and supporting the investment in the arts by businesses in Wales;
  • Match funding business sponsorship of the arts;
  • Brokering mutually beneficial deals directly between business and the arts;
  • Providing specialist tailored training and placements for arts fundraisers;
  • Providing high level business expertise and advice to arts managers in order to strengthen the resilience and governance of arts organisations.

Rachel Jones, Chief Executive of Arts & Business Cymru said:

“We are delighted that the Committee has recommended that the Welsh Government should continue to provide financial support to promote this work and should consider further funding to strengthen the ability of arts organisations in Wales to attract additional private sector investment.

We can easily demonstrate that we are uniquely placed to be able to deliver that activity in Wales. Each year, the charity is responsible for bringing over £1 million of private sector support directly to the arts in Wales. Since becoming an independent Welsh charity in November 2011, we have provided tailored training to 208 arts organisations in key areas such as fundraising, governance and business skills. We have also strengthened the management and governance of 194 arts organisations through direct specialist advice from business experts and invested cash in 150 mutually beneficial partnerships between businesses and arts organisations across Wales. 

Though only 17% of our income is derived from the public purse, our delivery in comparison to other nations is superb. We have already achieved a huge amount, but we know with further investment and stable funding, we can achieve so much more for the communities who benefit from the creative activity, for the arts organisations looking for income, and for businesses who want to play a full role in the cultural richness of Wales.”


Notes to Editors

  • Please see below comparison funding and income for Arts & Business Cymru’s sister organisations in Northern Ireland and Scotland
  • For further information, requests for interviews, case studies and images, contact Rachel Jones on Rachel.jones@aandbcymru.org.uk or by telephoning 029 2030 3023 or 07970 224490

Comparison of public and private sector income levels:

Arts & Business Cymru, Northern Ireland & Scotland



Northern Ireland


Public Funding

£70,000 core

£30,000 project (applied for)

Total grants – core and investment programmes - £386,000

Total grants – core and investment programmes £735,531


Total Public Funding

£70,000 confirmed possibly £100,000 total



Public Funding % of turnover

17.5% (core)

23.5% with project funding









(74 business, 150 arts)


(70 business, 120 arts)


(34 business, 110 arts)

Sponsorship & Ticket Sales




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