If you’re in need of further guidance and support for your business or project, below is  a list of some of the main support agencies and organisations in the arts sector.

If you can’t find the help you’re looking for on this page, drop us a line at and we’ll do our best to help.

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24/7 Theatre Festival

A unique theatre festival that brings innovative drama to the people of Manchester and nurtures the writing, directing, performing and producing talent of tomorrow.


Supports contemporary visual arts practice including making a living, profiles, publications, features and networking.

Arts Council England

The national development agency for the arts in England, providing funding opportunities.

Art Guide

Free weekly e-newsletter to be kept up to date with contemporary visual arts events and exhibitions in the North West


Contemporary arts website featuring professional artists, curators, interviews, discussion, news and artist showcases.

BBC Writers’ Room

An essential resource for aspiring TV and radio scriptwriters – news on opportunities and a valuable script archive.

Business Link NW

An independent, free-to-use business support and information service providing relevant and up to date information for all businesses in the North West

Castlefield Gallery

Leading contemporary art gallery in central Manchester, offers an Associate Programme and other initiatives for emerging artists.

Contact Theatre

Contact Theatre in Manchester envisions a world where young people are empowered by creativity to become leaders in both the arts and their communities.

Creative England

Supporting development for film, TV and games.

Creative Times
Online creative industries magazine with jobs, in-depth features, articles and event information.


Global, creative and design website featuring professional development advice, news and events.


Membership based organisation offering advice, for those in design and arts industries, about licensing, resale and copyright.

HM Revenue & Customs

Everything you need to know about registering as self-employed, VAT, tax and tax returns.

Intellectual Property Office

Official body for information about Intellectual Property including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

Literature NW

Website dedicated to writers in the North West. Includes business info, opportunities to be published, funding and PR support.

Manchester Craft & Design Centre

Studio and shop centre in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, featuring leading local designers. MCAD is also home to a makers’ network.

Manchester Digital Development Agency

Provides free ICT advice, support and guidance to small businesses, community groups and academic institutions.

Manchester Literature Festival

MLF provides unique and imaginative opportunities for audiences to experience high quality live literature via an annual festival format and associated project activities.

MediaCity UK

New MediaCity is coming to the Northwest, with news, opportunities, events and Q and As.


National Association of Writers in Education, their remit s to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of Creative Writing and to support good practice in its teaching and learning at all levels.

The Nerve Centre

Creative industries website for Bolton with business help, jobs, news and training information

New Writing North

Newcastle-based, but a great resource for all writers.

Own It

Own-It can answer all your questions on Intellectual Property and Copyright. The website is filled with factsheets, articles, podcasts and videos that contain everything you need to know about IP and the creative industries.


Panda is the performing arts network based in Manchester.

Publishing NW

List of NW based publishers and support for small presses.

CIT on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter – our username is @CITrafford. Get commentary and asides on our events, news on arts opportunities plus first look at our latest news.