Become a Member
Join a community of ambitious Global Majority arts professionals and leading organisations and enjoy the benefits of being an ADF member.
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.
"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
*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
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
- Outdoor performance companies
2 free adverts, 15% off thereafter
Advance notice of activities
4 free adverts, 30% thereafter
Advance notice of activities
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;
- Executive Director
- Executive Producer
- Artistic Director
- Creative Director
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.