Blueprint Programme


What is Blueprint?

Blueprint is Arts & Business NI’s financial resilience programme, which has the ambition to help strengthen the arts sector in Northern Ireland for the future. A five-year programme which started in January 2022, Blueprint supports a network of arts and cultural organisations to encourage income growth and long-term financial stability. In addition to tailored training and mentoring, the programme includes investment grants to help organisations free up capacity, test new income generation ideas and invest in and incentivise financial growth.

The programme is  informed by five years of research and development led by the team at Arts & Business NI (A&BNI), in partnership with a cohort of public and private funders.  The rationale for the programme  began to form in 2016, when A&BNI commissioned a piece of research entitled ‘Socially Investing in the Arts’

Through Blueprint, Arts & Business NI are providing a catalyst for transformational change, during an incredibly challenging time for arts organisations. Blueprint aims to deliver significant and lasting benefits to the arts sector in Northern Ireland.

To find out more about the programme, including where it all started and our ambitions for the future, view our linked brochure.

Who's Taking Part?

We currently have 17 cultural organisations taking part in the programme, this includes -  

Andersonstown Traditional & Contemporary Music SchoolBelfast ExposedBelfast Photo FestivalThe Duncairn Arts CentreFighting Words NIGolden Thread GalleryHOUSEHOLDIn Your Space CircusKids In ControlMaiden Voyage DanceReplay Theatre CompanySeacourt Print WorkshopTerra Nova ProductionsTheatre and Dance NIUniversity of AtypicalVault Artist StudiosYoung At Art

The Blueprint model of training and development, which runs alongside grants can affect real change. While the programme is initially providing investment grants to the 17 organisations who are taking part in Phase Two, the ambition is to increase these and in time to extend the programme to offer additional grants to others who would benefit from financial intervention. You can read more about our ambitions for the programme here .


Latest Blueprint News

Pioneering Financial Programme Develops Fresh Blueprint for Future of the Arts
Blueprint, developed by Arts & Business NI (A&BNI), is the first programme of its kind in the UK and Ireland, specifically designed at helping arts and cultural organisations become more resilient and commercially confident to diversify and grow.  Read the full story here. 


"Blueprint has helped our company understand what we need to do to move

forward. The mentoring opened up conversations that we long needed to have. We identified problems and found solutions."

"Blueprint has given me the confidence to interrogate our previous strategy and

rework it based on my experience within the organisation and the learnings from our team, and from Blueprint"

Our Funders

Arts & Business NI would like to express our sincere thanks to the funders who have partnered with on this programme. These include:



Arts & Business NI would also like to acknowledge and thank two other funders who also supported the research and development work that underpinned Blueprint.

They are: 


Our Funders & Partners

Arts & Business NI is generously supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.