Become a Member

Join a community of ambitious Global Majority arts professionals and leading organisations and enjoy the benefits of being an ADF member.

Professional Development

Immerse yourself in free industry events, workshops and leadership placements in partnership with leading arts organisations across the UK.

We design activities that demystify leadership roles, create recruitment transparency and develop skills. 

Wherever you are in your arts leadership career, our extensive training catalogue is just what you need to propel yourself forward into your dream role.

I joined ADF after making a late career change, to get a better understanding of strategic thinking in the sector.

As a member I can tap into their training, workshops and networking events. But more importantly, I love the fact that ADF champions global majority cultural leaders of the future, to increase diversify in the sector.”

⁠—Eileen Bellot, Writer/Director and Artistic Director of QuestLife 

Expand your network

We provide a range of networking opportunities including 1:1 meetings, pitching events, and Q & As.

We invite key-decision makers from leading arts organisations to lead our workshops to create meaningful engagement with our diverse arts community.

As an individual members you can sign up to attend paid online focus groups, voice ambitions, recommendations, challenges and opinions.

Group of ethnic creative professionals seated before a black man speaking on a stage

"I feel very supported and that Artistic Director of the Future has my back."

As a people-oriented industry, being able to navigate relationships etc are key to success and it’s something they don’t tell you at school.

ADF, uniquely position itself as a change-making organisation has a very special place in providing a safe-heaven for me, being my cheerleader as I progress to being a leader one day.”

⁠—Natalie Chan, Creative Producer at Derby Theatre

Discounted advertising space

Widen your network. As a member you’ll receive discounted advertising space on our website, social media channels and marketing emails.

Promote jobs, news, and opportunities to our network of over 500 Global Majority arts professionals.

Choose from Memberships for Individuals and Organisations


Our individual membership is for Global Majority arts professionals at any stage in the their career including:

  • Emerging, mid-career, and established creatives
  • Office building staff in operational support or managerial roles.
  • Career changers


For individuals
£ 130 per year or £13 monthly
  • *Unlimited free access to workshops
  • Unlimited free access to industry talks and Q & As
  • *Unlimited free access to industry pitching events
  • Invitations to paid focus group opportunities
  • *Free & discounted theatre tickets
  • Access to leadership placements
  • Access to the ADF network
  • Access to ADF Bite-Size
  • 10% off advertising fees
  • Newsletter


For individuals
£ 180 per year or £21 per month*
  • All Silver Benefits
  • 20% off advertising fees
  • Meet our Members newsletter features
  • Meet our Members blog features

Limited time offer on Gold Memberships

Use the discount code NEWGOLD For £50 off annual memberships, or NEWGOLDMONTHLY for £19 per month.

*Limited time introductory offer. 


  • Theatre, opera, dance and arts venues and companies
  • Drama schools
  • Immersive production companies
  • Festivals
  • Outdoor performance companies


For organisations
$ 250 per year
  • 2 free adverts, 15% off thereafter
  • Advance notice of activities
  • Newsletters


For organisations
£ 500 per year
  • 4 free adverts, 30% thereafter
  • Advance notice of activities
  • Newsletters

Questions about memberships?

As we offer free workshops and events to our Silver and Gold members, we do not offer a free trial.

  • Any performing arts organisation worldwide that wishes to support our mission, partner with us, diversify their senior staff and innovate their recruitment practices.
  • All arts professionals including artists and office support, at any stage in their leadership career based anywhere in the world.
  • Career changers from non-creative industries with the ambition, drive and passion to lead a theatre or arts building or company. You can be based anywhere in the world but our placements are for UK residents.

We are referring to race, not nationality. As you apply you will select a box that denotes your racial/ethnic group but if you are unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Once you have selected your membership, you’ll be taken through a form and can start your subscription from there.

We focus on supporting professionals with an interest in moving into decision making roles that have an influence over business trajectory, company vision, recruitment, curation and artistic programming. These roles include, but are not limited to;

  • Trustee
  • Executive Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Artistic Director
  • Creative Director
  • CEO

If you are a company of 2+ then the Silver or Gold Membership for organisations is definitely your bag. If you are unsure, do feel free to contact us.

Memberships are non-refundable and subject to a 12 month contract. If you have paid for an annual membership, you should wait until you are near the expiry date before you switch to a new tier.

Yes, you will receive notifications in the last month leading up to the end of your membership.

No, this is a 12-month contractual agreement.

Yes you can however, this needs to be within 14 days and if you haven’t accessed any online resources nor attended any of our activities.

We will reserve your place and make sure you are able to attend the next one.


Not a member yet?

We’d love you to be! We have so many resources that you would find useful if you’re an artistic leader or aspiring to be one.