Changes made to Arts Award Supporter Scheme in 2018. Thank you to everyone who took part in last year’s review of Arts Award Supporter led by The Audience Agency. You told us you think Supporter is a great scheme which benefits young people and organisations, but it needs to be simpler for you to use. We have therefore simplified the process. 

Arts Award Supporters, now carry all information about their Arts Award offer on their own website. Supporters no longer need to log in or update their Supporter profile, find out more about developing your offer.

What is Arts Award Supporter? Arts Award Supporter is a badge which shows your organisation offers activities which young people can take part in when doing thei, Arts Award, such as shows, exhibitions, workshops, meet the artist sessions, work experience etc. See examples in Supporter Spotlights

Young people doing Arts Award have to explore the world of professional artists and cultural organisations by taking part and seeing work. An Arts Award Supporter provides one or more arts and cultural activities for young people who are doing their Arts Award. They do not run the award but they work with the Arts Award centre to provide the artistic input. Sign up here

What is the difference between an Arts Award Supporter and an Arts Award centre? A centre takes individuals or groups though their Arts Award programme and is responsible for ensuring each student completes all aspects of the award, submitting their portfolios to Trinity College London and paying for moderation. A Supporter provides one or more activities which can contribute towards any part of any level of Arts Award. These could be events, back stage tours, work experience placements or talks in schools.

Can my organisation be both an Arts Award centre and an Arts Award Supporter? Yes, absolutely! A centre generally works with a specific group of young people, whereas a Supporter offer is often open to everyone. So a theatre might run Arts Award with their youth theatre group, but also be an Arts Award Supporter offering discounted tickets or backstage tours to any Arts Award centre. Sign up as a Supporter here www.artsawardsupporter.com/get-going

Where can I find the Arts Award Supporter logos? You can download the logos here. There is a simple version of the Supporter logo that you can right click and save, or there is a zip file with various print-ready versions, including black and white, underneath the logos. The ‘A’ stamp is a smaller edition of the logo, perfect for adding to webpages and marketing materials to highlight activities especially suited to young people doing their Arts Award.

How does my organisation become a Supporter? Visit here

How can I check if my organisation is already a Supporter? Search the map.  If your organisation is not already a Supporter you can sign up here

How can I reach Arts Award centres to tell them about my Supporter offer? It’s easy to contact centres in your local area. There is guidance here. There are also two videos showing you the process here.

If you want to reach young people aged 12 + you can create a profile on Arts Award Voice and post your events and opportunities. Young people can search for activities and offers in their local area.

How do I update my Arts Award Supporter offer? Your Supporter offer is held on your own website so you can update it whenever you wish. If you want to make a change to your contact details or weblink as published on the Supporter map, please fill in a new registration form. Please allow up to 10 working days before your new details appear on the website.  

Is Arts Award well recognised? 355,992 awards have been achieved by young people. Read the latest participation figures.

Arts Award has five levels, four of which are accredited on the the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework). The highest level, Gold, carries 16 UCAS points. More about Arts Award

Where is Arts Award available? Arts Award is available throughout the UK. Young people work towards their award at an Arts Award centre. Any organisation which supports young people’s arts activities can register as a centre if it employs or links with a trained Arts Award adviser. A centre may be a school, college, youth club, arts organisation, gallery, library, museum or theatre.

Do Supporters need to offer free activities? No, Supporters decide whether to charge normal prices for activities, or to offer discounted or free tickets to Arts Award groups or individuals. Supporter status enables you to package your offer and make it easy for schools and Arts Award centres to understand how your work links with the Arts Award.

Use the badge to encourage people to come into your organisation. See our Promote your offer section for ideas.

What am I agreeing to when I become a Supporter? When you sign up as an Arts Award Supporter, you accept our terms & conditions and confirm you have a Child Protection Policy. A child protection policy is a written or verbal statement about safeguarding children when they are interacting with your organisation.

We investigate user complaints promptly and work to resolve any issues, but Trinity College London is not responsible for the quality of provision within any Supporter offer.

Do Supporters need to run DBS checks on their staff? We require you to have a Child Protection policy in place, which is likely to include DBS checks where appropriate, but we do not require you to run DBS checks on all staff in order to become a Supporter.

If staff members are not DBS checked, we advise that they should not be left in charge or alone with children and young people. Your organisation is responsible for young people’s safety and wellbeing.

What about public liability insurance?  Your organisation is likely to have public liability insurance as part of interacting with the public, you do not need to take anything out specifically to be part of Arts Award Supporter.

Can an account have more than one Supporter profile? Yes, if your organisation sits across multiple venues or you are part of a collective of organisations (eg a group of museums or heritage venues) and would like to feature all of these on the Supporter map under one login then you can create multiple profiles within your Supporter account.

If you would like to sign up a group of organisations that have the same Supporter offer (such as a group of libraries), which will be managed by one individual then please get in touch with us on [email protected] and we can advise on the best way for you to sign-up.

Further questions?

Do you have more questions not covered here? Email [email protected] or call 020 7820 6178