Skills for Success

Helping the arts to survive and thrive 

A&B Cymru is delighted to announce the pilot of a new initiative funded by the Foyle Foundation. Skills for Success aims to equip arts organisations with the tools necessary to become robust, sustainable and confident operations.  Building on the achievements of A&B Cymru’s Professional Development Programmes, it is a tailored service which identifies challenges being faced and provides effective, practical solutions to overcome them.

It is hoped that Skills for Success will play a key role in sustaining the arts in Wales, helping them to effectively build both skills and capacity.

To ensure its impact and relevance, the initiative will be driven by the needs of applicants and support will be tailored to each organisation, maximising the effectiveness for all involved.

Skills for Success is designed as a 3-stage process, as follows:

1. Assessment 

On receipt of a completed application form, A&B Cymru will arrange a meeting with the arts organisation to gain a true understanding of core challenges being faced.  Depending on the nature of these, board members may be interviewed, as well as key staff.  A&B Cymru may also need to review relevant paperwork e.g. budget, business plan, marketing strategy and / or fundraising plans.

A report will then be prepared outlining suggested practical solutions, including a rationale for recommendations. In most cases, the solution will be multi-faceted and a timetable will be suggested in order to retain momentum.  The organisation’s specific structure and circumstances will influence Stage 2 recommendations. 

2. Action 

A second meeting will be held to discuss and agree the recommendations so that A&B Cymru can put a tailored action plan in place. Barriers to organisational success most likely to be identified include Governance, Business Planning & Strategy, Finance, HR, IT, Marketing and Fundraising.

3. Follow Up 

On completion of the action plan, the arts organisation will submit a short evaluation to gauge the initial success of the project and identify any further skills needs. The level of after-care will depend on the individual needs of the project.


To apply for support through Skills for Success, your organisation must be a not-for-profit member of A&B Cymru.

All supported projects will be monitored and thoroughly evaluated in order to measure the success and impact of the scheme.

If you're interested in applying or would like more information on the scheme, please contact

Skills for Success is an A&B Cymru initiative made possible with generous support from: