Want to write for ArtsProfessional? Do get in touch!
ArtsProfessional provides a unique platform for those working in the arts to share ideas, debate important issues and learn from each other’s experiences. You can also write for us, or tell us anonymously about anything you think we should investigate further.
We want to hear from you if you can give us an original perspective on themes that resonate with people working in the cultural sector. Whether you’re a CEO with decades of experience, a recent graduate just stepping onto the bottom rung of a career ladder – or somewhere in between – then we want to hear from you.*
Don’t worry about your writing skills, or whether you have time to produce a perfectly polished article. We offer some guidelines, but more importantly, our editors will work with you and your words to communicate your thoughts and experiences with the greatest effect.
We try to encourage as many different perspectives (and authors) as possible, and provide opportunities for a wide and diverse range of contributions. So if you've already written for us once in a 12-month period, or your organisation has been featured recently, we're unlikely to commission you again. But that's not a hard-and-fast rule, so if you have ground-breaking ideas to share, by all means get in touch. Best not to send us finished articles though. We prefer to discuss a brief before you start writing if possible.
Every week we publish a range of content to support everyone working in the arts and cultural sector, helping them to make the most of the work they do.
Do contact us if you would like to contribute an article that provides:
- An overview of key issues facing the UK cultural sector
- Insights into innovative projects
- Information and advice relating to management practice
- A commentary on a news story that's made AP's headlines
- A provocation that challenges the status quo with your well-reasoned analysis
- A summary of findings from academic research
- Examples of transferable practices from other countries or sectors
Occasional columns include:
- Head to Head: A dialogue between you and one other: creating an energetic and respectful debate where different viewpoints are put forward, and each responds to the other’s argument
- Slay Ahead: What have you learned that would help those new to the arts? What do you want to ask, so that you can learn more?
- A Day in the Life: Ever wondered what a dramaturg actually does? Or what the general manager’s up to at 3pm? You’re not the only one… shed some light on what it takes to do your job.
- My Gurus: Who are the people who have inspired you and influenced you path through life and work? Your chance to acknowledge them.
- Job Ladder: Have you had an interesting career path? What steps did you take to get where you are now? Inspire others to take their next step.
We accept contributions on any art form or theme, but each month features and case studies on the following themes will be of particular interest:
342 11th March 2021 - Collaboration and partnerships: when two (or more) can be better than one
343 8th April 2021 - Placemaking: how the arts shape communities
344 13th May 2021 - Climate crisis: the role of culture
345 10th June 2021 - Future of Festivals: a post-Covid reappraisal
346 8th July 2021 - Young People: the talent pipeline
347 9th September 2021 - Disability: engaging disabled audiences
348 14th October 2021 - Cultural Governance: fit for purpose?
349 11th November 2021 - Participatory Arts: challenging the mainstream
350 9th December 2021 - International Outlook: post-Brexit arts
The dates given above are publication dates. The copy deadline is three weeks before the publication date. We typically commission content at least three weeks before the copy deadline and only occasionally take last-minute submissions.
Occasionally we have to make changes, additions to and deletions from our editorial plans without notice, and we may have to re-schedule publication dates for specific articles. From time to time, we also add new topics to our editorial plan, particularly if they are of a timely or newsworthy nature.
*Sorry, we simply aren't in a position to pay our contributors. But please don’t let this put you off. Our writers invariably find that there is real value in raising their profile among the national and international arts sector, and that they benefit tremendously from wider recognition.