Join The Association for Cultural Enterprises

Associate Membership

Become an Associate Member to raise your profile, build your audience and grow your business in the arts, cultural and heritage sector.

With income generation fulfilling an increasingly vital role within the cultural sector, now is an exciting time to join us an Associate Member. We connect the supply chain with the sector, giving you access to a growing network of influential decision makers.

Our members represent over 1,650 arts, cultural and heritage sites across the UK and beyond. View current member organisations

We offer three tiers of Associate Membership designed to suit all budgets, see below for details and FAQs.

Associate Membership Packages

Guidelines and FAQs

Associate Members are given priority booking for our Trade Show, which runs alongside our annual Conference. Bookings open to non-members at a later date, for an additional fee. You will be notified by email when stands go on sale to Associate Members. In the meantime, you can register your interest in our 2025 show here

All Associate Members are entitled to a free listing in our Supplier Directory, a fully searchable directory of suppliers, consultants and businesses providing services to the cultural sector. Users can browse by category and keyword search, and the directory is regularly promoted across our entire network.

You can add your own text, images, videos and contact details. Once you have joined as an Associate you’ll be sent a link to submit your content for the directory and your listing will then be made live.

We have created a prominent Exclusive Member Offers page on our website, which is promoted regularly to our members. We can work with you to shape an offer that will have maximum cut-through, such as for example:

  • An exclusive discount for Cultural Enterprises members
  • A member exclusive rate for your services
  • A free service 
  • A special ‘taster’ session or limited time offer
  • An exclusive product or service
  • A free consultation, advisory service or review.

To submit your offer or discuss further please email lucy@culturalenterprises.org.uk

We will work with you to create an email exclusively about your business, which will be sent to members, landing in the inboxes of approx 2,500 professionals across the arts, cultural and heritage sector. We will do our best to accommodate your preferred mailing date, subject to availability within our comms schedule.

You will be asked to provide text (max 250 words), 3-4 images, call to action, relevant links and a subject line for the email. We will then create a draft which will be sent to you for approval. 

Final sign-off on content, timing and distribution will be made by Cultural Enterprises in accordance with our communications schedule and guidelines. You will be provided with post-campaign analytics including open and click rates.

You will be entitled to one social media post about your business which will be featured on the Cultural Enterprises LinkedIn and Instagram channels. You can submit up to 100 words of copy along with up to 5 images, call to action and relevant links. We will then create the post for publication at the next available slot in our social media schedule.

Final sign-off on content and timing will be made by Cultural Enterprises in accordance with our communications schedule and guidelines. You will be provided with post-campaign analytics including post impressions and engagement rates.

You will be able to submit one featured article for inclusion in our online blog, which will be promoted in our fortnightly newsletter and on our socials. The article should be approx 750 words in length, with 3-4 images, and must be authored by an employee of your organisation. 

We will work with you to suggest suitable ideas for format and content but please keep in mind that for maximum engagement, the article must have an educational slant relevant to cultural income generation, with practical takeaways for our members. It might be a case study, perhaps a project you have worked on with a client in the cultural sector, and/or practical advice related to the field your business operates in.

Once you have submitted a first draft, we will edit it and create a final draft which will be sent to you for approval.

Final sign-off on content, timing and promotion will be made by Cultural Enterprises in accordance with our communications schedule and guidelines. You will be provided with post-campaign analytics including click rates and page views.

Ultimate Associate Members are offered one free place at View from the Top. This prestigious annual event features keynote speakers from executive roles in the cultural sector. It attracts many of our members, and offers a golden opportunity to mix and meet with top level decision makers from culture, heritage and arts venues across the country. 

Full event details will be posted on our website once bookings are open. Please email info@culturalenterprises.org.uk to claim your free place.

Ultimate Associate Members are entitled to two further free tickets at another in-person event (excluding the Conference). This can either be two single tickets to two events, or two tickets to one event. Live events offer an excellent opportunity to meet our members and gain valuable insight into how the sector operates. We will work with you to discuss what’s on in our events calendar, and what would be most useful to you to attend. Choose from Study Days or Behind the Scenes events to suit your area of interest.

Travel and accommodation must be covered by the attendee.

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