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West Midlands has a rich and diverse cultural sector, and arguably the largest cluster of arts organisations outside London.

Over recent years West Midlands Combined Authority's primary role around culture has been as an enabler and influencer to ensure our arts and cultural sector can thrive.

That is now expanding, as we launch new funding streams and work in closer partnership with government and arms-length bodies, such as Arts Council England. Other activities of the cultural work at WMCA include:

  • Ensuring the wider benefits of arts, culture, and heritage are embedded across other WMCA policy areas such as Housing and Land, Public Service Reform and Skills; 
  • Advocating for projects that bring wider benefits to our region; 
  • Enabling research and data-driven innovation within the sector; 
  • Advocating for our arts and cultural sector nationally and internationally, and developing a deeper devolution deal for the region working with government and arm’s-lengths bodies; 
  • Developing a WMCA Cultural and Heritage Strategic Framework; 
  • Delivering several projects and providing direct streams of funding for regional organisations and creatives. 

Supporting our Cultural, Heritage and Creative projects - Latest funding and programme opportunities

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Cultural Programmes

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Funding and support

Where to access help and advice

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Advisory Groups and West Midlands Combined Authority

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West Midlands Cultural Sector Research Project

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Culture Webpages

Cultural Advocacy Toolkit and Research Reports

Find assets to support our cultural projects