Sector Support Organisations

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The Sector Support Organisations (SSOs) are a new category within Arts Council’s National Portfolio and play a vital role in supporting the cultural sector.

Some organisations play a key role in their locality, working across a small geographical area; others provide a national function.

There are SSOs that focus on particular Arts Council goals, and others whose work cuts across all five. Together the SSOs will make a significant contribution to all five goals.

The SSOs who provide support for museums include:


Association of Independent Museums

Collections Trust


Kids in Museums



Arts Connect is the Bridge Organisation for the wider West Midlands who provide support for the cultural and education sectors to ensure the best opportunities for children and young people.

The Audience Agency will lead on supporting cultural organisations to gain a deeper understanding of current and potential audiences. Analytical tools will support audience development, artistic and business planning across the range of portfolio funded organisations and beyond. By adding insight on their audiences into Audience Finder, participating cultural organisations will be helping to develop the world’s largest shared system for analysing audiences and visitors for arts and museum events.

Find out more about the organisations that are working to support you by browsing the full directory of SSOs here.

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