Membership benefits detail
Knowledge & learning
Cross-sector networking opportunities
The A&BS events programme includes opportunities for members to network with organisations across Scotland from the arts, heritage, public and private sectors to facilitate cross-sector knowledge transfer and learning opportunities.
Peer-to-peer networking opportunities
The A&BS events programme includes opportunities for members to network with peers to facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and support.
Briefing sessions are accessed through our events programme and offer taster sessions in areas such as HR issues, pensions compliance, business planning, understanding social enterprise and social investment to help build capacity and knowledge in the arts and heritage sector on key business management topics.
Training courses are accessed through our events programme and are usually half day sessions offering in-depth training in subjects such as sponsorship, fundraising and governance. Other shorter and longer courses and master classes, as well as bespoke courses for individual organisations, are run on an ad hoc basis and priced individually.
Development Forums are accessed through our events programme and offer the opportunity to hear presentations on successful arts and business partnerships and other fundraising topics, as well as subjects such as cultural tourism and understanding audiences. They are an opportunity for all our arts, heritage, public and private sector members and non-members to engage and share best practice.
Access to specialist advice
Through our events programme we offer the opportunity for members to access one-to-one advice surgeries on subjects such as sponsorship, fundraising, business management issues and CSR planning.
Our consultancy service can cover a range of issues such as in-depth reviews and advice on corporate social responsibility strategies, investigating the marketplace for new sponsorship opportunities, and evaluating cultural projects and partnerships. For our not-for-profit members we can also carry out fundraising and governance reviews.
Sponsorship strategy health check
The sponsorship strategy health check is a tool to externally review your organisation’s sponsorship and CSR programmes for effectiveness, return on investment and impact.
Website members' area
The website members' area is your go to area for intelligence, curates industry news and training and learning tools.
Access to online training & learning tools
Online training and learning tools can be accessed via the members' area of the website and include videos of training seminars, fundraising toolkits and fundraising FAQs.
The newsletter is designed to keep members up to date with A&BS news, events and opportunities, member updates, grants recipients and curated industry news.
Profile in quarterly newsletter on joining
On joining as an A&BS member, a 50 word profile about your organisation will be included in the next quarterly newsletter. The newsletter is sent to all A&BS arts, heritage, public and private sector members with a circulation of over 300.
Promotion of activities via social media channels
A&BS has an active social media presence with over 1,300 Twitter followers and over 200 Facebook likes, and supports members by retweeting/reposting news, job ads and other opportunities. On average each month our Twitter reach (accounts reached) is just under 17,000 and our exposure is around 20,000 impressions (the total number of times tweets were delivered to timelines).
Website link on the A&BS website
The interactive map on the A&BS website shows where are members are across Scotland and also includes a link to an individual or organisational website. Our website attracts around 15,000 visitors and 60,000 page views per year.
Profile and logo on the A&BS website
As part of A&BS’s commitment to profile organisations as significant strategic partners of the arts in Scotland, Principal Members benefit from a profile about their organisation and logo on the A&BS website. Our website attracts around 15,000 visitors and 60,000 page views per year.
VIP access to A&BS Annual Awards
Principal members are invited as guests of A&BS to attend the Awards event held annually in the autumn which currently rotates between Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and is attended by over 300 guests from Scotland’s cultural, heritage, business and public sectors.
Arts and heritage job vacancies advertising service
Dedicated page on the A&BS website where job vacancies can be submitted. Job vacancies are also promoted via our social media and newsletter channels.
Board vacancies advertising service
Dedicated page on the A&BS website where board vacancies can be submitted. Board vacancies are also promoted via our social media and newsletter channels.
Board Bank recruitment programme
The Board Bank recruitment programme provides access for our not-for-profit members to a number of business people interested in joining the board of an arts or heritage organisation. These individuals come from a wide range of sectors and have sound commercial experience. All have been trained by us in good board practice.
Board Bank placement programme
Our Board Bank placement programme supports business and other volunteers to find the right board of an arts and heritage organisations.