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At Culture Commons, we care deeply about the creative and cultural life of the UK.


From our world-leading creative industries and vibrant cultural scene to the 'everyday creativity' taking place in communities, this country is home to a rich creative ecosystem.


The sectors that make it up are deeply interconnected, but often require very different policies to support their flourishing. We believe the ecosystem needs much more attention from decision makers.

That’s why we bring cutting-edge research and policy development activity together to co-design policy and influence decision making at the local, regional and national levels. 


Our work is always evidence-informed, implementable and impactful. As a not-for-profit, our work is underpinned by values of transparency, collaboration and bringing people who are often excluded from policy making processes to the table.

Who we work with

We support organisations operating in the creative industries and the publicly subsidised cultural sector too. We work with leading universities, independent think tanks and research institutions. We regularly engage with local, national and international governments, senior parliamentarians, arms length bodies, grant giving organisations, trade unions and sector representative bodies.

What we do

We provide ​a suite of services, including policy co-design; stakeholder mapping and engagement; designing policy roundtables, debates and outreach events; government, regulatory, and parliamentary analysis; 1-2-1 senior leadership counsel; political risk management; and communications and public affairs services.


Who we are

Our team is made up highly experienced professionals who've worked in senior positions within the creative and cultural sectors, policy and politics, with extensive experience of bringing ideas into law. Between us, we've worked in local, national and international governments and parliaments, as well as in mainstream political parties.


Why we're different

We're not your average consultancy. With team members in London, Manchester and Sheffield, we've developed a not-for-profit and cross-subsidy model that enables us to work with industry leading organisations as well as those who are all too often excluded from policy development processes. We're not interested in growing fast - our boutique offering means we can give our clients and partners the attention they deserve, leading to more impact and faster change.

Who supports us

Recognising our unique place in the policy landscape, we are kindly supported with direct and indirect project and core grant funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Federation of Entertainment Unions and Research England.

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