Sector Support Organisations (SSO)

Sector Support Organisations (SSO) are a new category within Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.

SSO’s play a vital role in supporting the cultural sector, but don’t directly deliver or produce content themselves. Instead, they aim to support the wider cultural sector in the following ways: 

  • Talent development and artistic innovation 
  • Understanding and growth of audiences  
  • Creating a more skilled and diverse workforce  
  • Creating a more resilient cultural sector 
  • Embedding better provision and access for children and young people.  

SSO’s are a diverse range of organisations working across all art forms supported by Arts Council England. Some focus on regional support, others work nationally. Some are large organisations, others small. 

They include Bridge organisations, Museum Development providers, umbrella and networking organisations, strategic library and museum partnership bodies and organisations that work in other ways. 

 As part of a range of projects highlighting exciting innovations in the sector in the AMA’s 25 anniversary year, AMACulturehive is launching an ongoing series of interviews with SSO’s working right across the board. 

Find out more about the organisations that are working to support you in reaching audiences old and new.


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