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 networks 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" give the headline figures for number of concerts and attendees across the ABO membership and is a good snapshot of the health of the sector.


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  • Public Affairs

    Public Affairs

    A primary focus of the ABO is advocacy and campaigning on behalf of its members.

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  • MU Agreements

    MU Agreements

    ABO / MU Agreement The ABO negotiates the ABO / MU Casual Concert / Freelance Orchestral Agreement annually.  The Agreement relates to orchestras who are full members of ABO and can be downloaded by following the link on the right.

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  • News and Press

    Latest News, Comment and media releases from the ABO

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  • Awards

    The ABO has a long history of rewarding best practice in the orchestral sector through various annual awards. There are currently three categories of awards:•    ABO Award, presented annually to the individual or institution considered by the membership to have made         the most important contribution to the orchestral life of the UK•    ABO/RPS Salomon Award, celebrating the ‘unsung heroes...

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  • Orchestras Everywhere

    Orchestras Everywhere

    Britain’s world-leading orchestras are well known for their great performances in the concert hall – and rightly so.

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