We connect culture and politics, amplifying the voices of creatives and cultural organisations who want their work to have an impact on policy at a local, national and international level.
We blend public relations, stakeholder management, campaign strategy, policy development and traditional lobbying practices to enhance the work you're already making.
We approach our work with the vigour of a campaign, thinking strategically to help you to seize the moment and drive the change you want to see in the world.
We've wanted to have more influence on policy making for years. Culture Commons opened that door. We've now put across our views to the Home Office and had a meaningful response and that's just major for us.
- Stand and Be Counted Theatre Company
I look forward to working with other metro mayors and groups like Culture Commons to ensure that London’s creative industries is even more accessible, rich and vibrant after the pandemic than it was before.
- Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Are you ready to make the change you want to see in the world? We'll take time to understand your needs and primary objectives, leaving you to focus on making your work.
Do you know who will help your project fly? We'll identify and connect you with stakeholders, including key decision makers, existing campaigns and policy development initiatives to enhance your impact.
Do you know what decision makers are up to? We'll provide you with the most up to date political analysis and research that can inform your creative practice and help shape your public relations approach.
Do you know how to lobby the right people? We'll deploy our in-house political, campaign and communication expertise to support you in making the right approaches, to the right people at the right time.
Want to be in the room with the decision makers? We project manage roundtables, panels, recorded media screenings and live events, deploying decades of hands-on production experience bringing key stakeholders into the room.
How can your work change policy? We'll use our real-world parliamentary experience and political nouse to translate your work into policy recommendations to elected politicians and officials.
METRO MAYORAL 'CREATIVE WORKFORCE PLEDGE' CAMPAIGN
Jan 2021 - May 2021
Culture Commons is leading the 'Creative Workforce Pledge'.
Partnering with the nations most high profile campaign for workers unable to access financial support during the pandemic Excluded UK, the Federation of Entertainment Unions and regional sector stakeholders across England, Culture Commons developed a 10-point pledge to help protect the creative and cultural life in areas represented by a Metro Mayor.
By developing a bespoke digital tool, the campaign saw over 12,000 people check if they were in a metro mayoral race area and immediately send the Pledge to all their local candidates, asking them to sign up.
The campaign generated hundreds of thousands of impressions on social media and was featured on primetime media slots including BBC, Sky Arts, Sky News.
Five elected metro mayors across the country have signed the Pledge. A number of household names who support the Pledge act as ambassadors.
If you or your organisation would like to be involved, please email email@example.com
UK HOME OFFICE VULNERABLE PERSON'S RESETTLEMENT SCHEME
Culture Commons is working with SBC Theatre Company who support refugees and asylum seekers across the UK.
We audited their programme of activity to identify where policy impact might intersect with ongoing policy development at the national level.
We identified that the International Organisation for Migration called for a temporary suspension on the resettlement of refugee travel to the UK. This saw over 600 people due to arrive in the UK from Syria stranded in deeply precarious and life-threatening situations. We also identified that refugees acquire English quicker through arts and culture activity than via traditional ESOL classes.
We devised and deployed a targeted PR campaign around an Open Letter to the Chancellor, Home Secretary and Culture Secretary on behalf of SBC. We identified strategic partners like the Theatre Companies of Sanctuary network and Refugee Action, to support the intervention, drawing up concrete recommendations ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
Culture Commons secured SBC and project partners front page news coverage in The Stage (the sectors leading in-print and digital newspaper) and coverage in the i newspaper, helping to raise funds to enable their work with refugees and asylum seekers here in the UK to continue
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