Being a COoL member brings numerous benefits for a modest yearly membership contribution that is paid in relation to annual turnover. Benefits include:

COoL network

  • Access to a unique network of 30 of Liverpool’s key cultural organisations. Membership offers the chance to collaborate and build relationships with a diverse range of organisations
  • COoL members are renowned for their expertise in engagement, participation and diversity
  • Regular networking and social events
  • Monthly membership meetings with guest speakers and networking/programme sharing opportunities
  • The opportunity to connect with other cultural organisations and networks


  • Support from COoL’s Development Manager and Coordinator in fundraising, marketing and management
  • Access to COoL business plan, key data and member case studies which articulate the impact and value of COoL to sector and beyond


  • Opportunity for COoL members to engage with key policy issues and feedback to representation at senior meetings with funders and MPs

Events and activities

  • Opportunity to become involved in collaborative projects across the membership
  • Representation at major conferences and talks internationally
  • Services, training and professional development arranged for members
  • Specialist relevant workshops and training courses for members
  • Monthly internal newsletter featuring latest training/funding opportunities
  • Discounted and shared services network between COoL members
  • Joint membership of major associations


  • A dedicated presence on COoL website with external links
  • Cross promotion on COoL website events calendar
  • Social media marketing through Twitter and Facebook
  • Monthly external newsletter to key external contacts

Join COoL

COoL welcomes new applications from small-to-medium arts organisations based in the Liverpool City Region.

All members must meet the following basic criteria:

  • Membership of the Collective is open to not for profit, professional arts organisations or organisations that exist to support the development of the creative and cultural economy
  • The organisation will normally have been in existence for at least two years, but exceptions may be made.
  • The organisation must be based within the Liverpool City Region*
  • Crucially, the member organisation will make a demonstrable contribution to the aims and activities of the Collective as set out in COoL’s Memorandum of Understanding

To make a membership enquiry or request membership application documents, including the benefits of joining COoL, please contact Jack Welsh: cool[at]

* Liverpool City Region is defined as Liverpool and the local authority districts of Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, and Wirral.