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


  • 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 and joint funding bids
  • 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

You can download our Memorandum of Understanding which has information on membership and our application form below. Please return to:

COoL Supports at:

COoL -Memorandum of Understanding


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