The ABO champions British orchestras and the wider membership, raising their profile and influence with key stakeholders and the British public, through political engagement, the media, social media and stakeholder bulletins. We track and influence the development of cultural policy from the European Union, UK government, local government and devolved administrations, and advocate the value of public and private investment in the orchestral sector.
The ABO meets regularly during the year with representatives from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England. It co-ordinates regular meetings of its Scottish and Welsh members and maintains a dialogue with Creative Scotland, the Scottish Government, and Arts Council of Wales.
The ABO regularly collects data from its members to support its public affairs work and to inform the media, and its latest Key Facts can be found here. "Key Facts" gives the headline figures for number of concerts and attendees across the ABO membership and is a good snap shot of the health of the sector.