Creative United 2015-16 Annual Impact Report

Find out more about the impact of the programmes that we’ve been delivering over the past year

Our 2015-16 Annual Impact Report published this week shows that we’ve substantially grown the reach, impact and breadth of our programmes over the past year, thanks to the continued support of our funders and the hard work and dedication of our team.

Our Own Art and Take it away schemes have continued to grow, enabling more than 10,500 customers during the year. Working through our network of 472 art galleries and musical instrument retailers across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the schemes supported the sale of close to £9m worth of contemporary art and instrument sales, directly benefitting thousands of artists and 5,770 children and young people to get involved in learning and playing a musical instrument.

Through our Creative Industry Finance programme, we delivered more than 1,200 hours of free business advice to 182 creative enterprises across England, helping them to develop and implement their plans for growth and development. With the support of the British Council and the HEVA fund, we were delighted to be able to extend the value of our work overseas through our Kenyan Creative Enterprise Skills Exchange programme.

2015-16 also saw the development and launch of our ArtsCard pilot programme, the UK’s first employee benefits programme to focus exclusively on the promotion of arts, culture and creativity.

Designers in studio, part of the Creative Industry Finance scheme