What we do

Arts & Business NI (A&B NI) is a membership network for cultural and commercial businesses, working to build a strong and valued arts sector for Northern Ireland. We've been working for over 35 years to help forge creative collaborations between the cultural and private sectors. Through innovation, investment, support, and advocacy we help our members grow and achieve their big ambitions.


We connect our network of members, to help inspire and ignite mutually beneficial partnerships finding ways to help them collaborate to fulfil their organisation's goals. 

Through the Arts & Business NI Investment Programme, which is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, A&B NI provides match-funding to support creative partnerships between commercial and cultural organisations.

We provide bespoke advice on cultural engagement strategy and help our business members find arts-based solutions to business challenges. Our arts members also receive tailored one-to-one support, resources and mentoring. We design and deliver an annual programme of networking and training events to build skills on topics such as governance, leadership, income generation and partnership. 

We provide governance health-checks and advice to arts management and boards to help them find ways to diversify and boost their income. Our board matching programmes place young professionals, seasoned executives and strategic thinkers from our business membership pool onto the Boards of local arts organisations.

Interested in seeing our work in action? Check out our Celebrating Creative Partnerships microsite, to see some case studies of the projects we support here.

Statutory Information

Arts & Business Northern Ireland a company limited by guarantee (NI609126) registered in Northern Ireland and one wholly-owned subsidiary company, Arts & Business Northern Ireland Services Limited. Arts & Business Northern Ireland is a registered charity (XT31864). VAT number 123 344 840.

The registered office is East Belfast Network Centre, 55 Templemore Avenue, Belfast, BT5 4FP.

Our Principal Funder

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) is the Principal Funder of Arts & Business Northern Ireland. ACNI is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. It provides the main support for artists and arts organisations, offering a broad range of funding opportunities through our exchequer and National Lottery funds.


Our Funders & Partners

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