Frequently asked questions
What is Creu Cymru?
Creu Cymru supports Wales’ vibrant sector of performing arts theatres and companies, connecting people, audiences and communities.
Creu Cymru is committed to developing a more inclusive performing arts sector in Wales and to unlock the potential of performing arts presenters and creators to transform and expand opportunities for audiences across Wales.
Our focus is on:
- Equalities, diversity and inclusion
- Advocacy, research, and impact
- Workforce development, fair-work and wellbeing
- Audience development and community connection
- Showcasing and celebrating
- Environment and sustainability
Where are we based?
The Director is based in Cardiff, Administrator is based in Aberystwyth and Project Administrator is based in Barry. The main office address is Creu Cymru, PO Box 242, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 9AX.
Who we are
Director: Louise Miles-Payne
Administrator: Yvonne O’Donovan
Project Administrator: Megan Merrett
Who can join?
Membership is open to any Wales based professional organisation or individual whose principal purpose is producing, presenting or curating performing arts.
Full Membership is open to any Wales based professional organisation whose principal purpose is producing, presenting or curating performing arts work. Membership is held in the organisation’s name and all employees can benefit from membership.
Fee: 0.1% of turnover for the year 2019/20 with a minimum payment of £450 to a maximum of £2,500 per annum + VAT.
Individual Membership is open to any Wales-based professional performing arts worker You will also receive our newsletter and access to the member only area of our website and closed Facebook group.
Fee: £50 per annum + VAT.
Associate (Introduced in 2022):
Associate Membership is open to Wales based professional organisations working within the theatre or dance sector in a supporting or strategic capacity that can also support the mission of Creu Cymru but whose principal purpose is not producing, presenting or curating performing arts work. Membership is held in the organisation’s name and all employees can benefit from membership.
This includes organisations outside of the creative sector who wish to engage with those within the sector.
Fee: £300 per annum + VAT.
Pay as You Go membership level:
We recognise that even the lowest levels of membership may be prohibitive to some. We also have a Pay as You Go level. Open to any Wales-based professional performing arts worker.
This will give participants:
- The option to attend events such as training sessions and the Annual Conference by paying a one off fee for attending.
- Access to an annual ‘open day’ where resources and materials will be open access. The open day will also include a networking event with full Creu Cymru members.
- Advanced notice of schemes and projects that may be of interest.·
Why should I join?
Your membership helps us to create a vibrant and resilient performing arts sector in Wales.
As a member of Creu Cymru you will be part of a network of professional performing arts organisations and individuals throughout Wales.
- Under the Full and Associate Membership levels the membership is with the organisation and staff at all levels can participate in events, training and projects.
- Heavily subsided training events
- The ability to be part of a range of capacity building projects
- Networking events and membership meetings
- Discounted rates and opportunities to Go & See work or events
- Advocacy: Representing the Welsh Performing Arts Sector to the Welsh Government, Arts Council of Wales and other stakeholders and policymakers.
- Hynt – Hynt is the national access scheme and is an ACW initiative that Creu Cymru manages on their behalf. 19,599 hynt members have now signed up on the scheme across Wales
- Annual Conference and AGM inviting industry leaders to present, share learning and provoke practice and platform for members to showcase their own projects and expertise
- Access the Arts to Arts board bank – supporting those who want to expand their boards and those who wish to serve on them.
- Through our Ally for Change Partnership with Inc Arts, members will be able to access their own partnership at a discounted rate.
I run an amateur dramatic society can I join?
Our membership is only open to professionally run theatres or companies in order to appropriately service the membership as a whole.
I work in the sector but my organisation doesn’t want to join?
We welcome individuals from organisations who may join under the individual membership level. It might be something you try on your own and then encourage your organisation to join at a later point.
Once I become a member do I have to pay extra for training events?
We heavily subsidise our events and training sessions. There may be occasions where we have to charge for attendance in order to cover room hire or catering or go towards the event.
Why do I have to pay for hynt and Creu Cymru membership separately?
There is some crossover as Creu Cymru manages hynt on behalf of the Arts Council of Wales but as each are funded separately, we need membership for each to be managed separately. You do not have to be a member of Creu Cymru to join hynt and vice versa. Hynt membership is compulsory for some Creu Cymru members who are APWs. If you would like more information on joining hynt, please contact our Projects Administrator Megan Merrett on email@example.com.
How is Creu Cymru funded?
Creu Cymru receives income from membership fees and grants from Arts Council of Wales, trusts and foundations.
How does Go & See bursary work?
Open to Creu Cymru members, a cornerstone of Creu Cymru’s work is the Go & See scheme, individual members may apply for a bursary towards costs of attending performances, training opportunities, festivals and conferences.
To apply, a member informs the Administrator of an event that they would like to apply for a bursary for. The Administrator can book accommodation, travel and tickets on behalf of the individual. Half the costs will be paid by Creu Cymru with a cap at £150, with an invoice for the remaining costs sent to the member.
For this the member is required to write a report on the event that will be shared on the Creu Cymru website.