More Than A Moment: Action With & For Black Creatives

to radically transform the West Midlands arts and culture sector.

The More Than A Moment pledge is the West Midlands Arts sector’s promise to take radical, bold and immediate action, to dismantle the systems that have for too long kept Black artists and creatives from achieving their potential in the arts and cultural industries.

Organisations who sign up to the pledge, wholeheartedly commit to ensuring equity, investment in, and opportunities with and for Black artists and creatives within their organisation’s culture and work, and in doing so, becoming the change we all need to see.

This pledge and process was designed and created in Summer and Autumn 2020 by the More Than a Moment Working Group, in partnership with the Black Creative Workforce and West Midlands Cultural Sector, to be a promise for radical and permanent change. It was launched on 29 October 2020.

We acknowledge and thank all of the Black Creative Workforce for their time, honesty and emotional labour in contributing to meetings and the Radically Listening research.

See the dates for More Than A Moment Quarterly Learning Meetings.

Organisations signed up to the More Than A Moment Pledge:

  • Altered Skin
  • BE Festival
  • Birmingham Dance Network
  • Birmingham Hippodrome
  • Birmingham Opera Company
  • Birmingham Young Film Network
  • Black Country Touring
  • BOM
  • Bread Birmingham
  • C&T
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land
  • Creative Black Country
  • Culture Central
  • Curiosity Productions
  • DanceXchange
  • Eastside Projects
  • Eloquent Praise & Empowerment Dance Company
  • Fierce
  • Gazebo Theatre In Education
  • Geese Theatre Company
  • Grand Union
  • Mothership Projects
  • Motionhouse
  • Multistory
  • Open Theatre Company
  • Purbanat CIC
  • Rosie Kay Dance Company
  • Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Severn Arts
  • Spectra
  • Stage2 Youth Theatre
  • Stan's Cafe
  • Talking Birds
  • The Play House
  • Theatre Absolute
  • TIN Smart Social
  • Urban Wilderness CIC
  • Women & Theatre
  • Writers' Guild of Great Britain
  • Writing West Midlands

Organisations signed up in principle:

  • Alexandra Theatre Birmingham
  • Arena Theatre Wolverhampton
  • Arts Connect
  • Ascension Dance Company
  • Aston Performing Arts Academy
  • B Arts
  • Belgrade Theatre Coventry
  • Bertz Associates
  • Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Birmingham Repertory Theatre
  • Black Arts Forum
  • Black Heritage Walks Network
  • Black Voices UK
  • Capsule
  • China Plate Theatre
  • CineQ
  • Coventry City of Culture 2021
  • Culture Coventry
  • DASH Arts
  • East Meets West
  • Equal Vision CIC
  • Equity
  • Ex Cathedra
  • Flatpack Projects
  • Friction Arts
  • Grosvenor Road Studios
  • Handsworth Creative
  • Highly Sprung Performance
  • Ikon Gallery
  • Little Earthquake
  • Meadow Arts
  • Midlands Arts Centre
  • Mitchell Arts Centre
  • Newhampton Arts Centre
  • Number 11 Arts
  • Partners in Creative Learning (PiCL)
  • Pentabus
  • Punch
  • Quench Arts CIC
  • Recognise Black Heritage & Culture
  • Sampad
  • SHOUT Festival / Birmingham LGBT
  • Sonia Sabri Company
  • Strictly Arts Theatre
  • The Bone Ensemble
  • Underground Lights Community Theatre
  • Vivid Projects
  • Warwick Arts Centre
  • WMCA Cultural Leadership Board
  • Yugen Arts

To confirm that your organisation is signed up to the More Than A Moment Pledge, please

  1. Email with a copy of your signed pledge, along with the name of pledge lead in your organisation, and who will be invited to the quarterly learning network meetings. To sign a copy of the Pledge, you can either:
  2. Add the pledge to your own website and confirm sign up on social media.
  3. Take part More Than A Moment quarterly learning network meetings and annual summit.

We understand that it may take a little time to gain Board approval for your organisation to sign up to the Pledge. If you are committed to signing up but need time for Board approval, please let us know and we will add your organisation to the above list of organisations signed up in principle.

Thank You

We want to thank all the Black artists, creatives and professionals who put themselves forward - from filling in the radical listening survey, contributing to the sessions; and spending hours working with us, shaping the pledge to ensure this was right for Black people, Black artists, creatives and professionals. More than 100 people were actively involved in this part of process, including Adaya Henry, Albert Wallace, Clancy Williams, Gabriella Gay, Jamaal O'Driscoll, Leon Phillips, Marika Beckford, Natalie Edward-Yesufu, Sindy Campbell Tamar Dixon and Tyrone Huggins.

The research, pledge and any other supporting documents and materials are free to use for individuals and organisations in the West Midlands Cultural Sector and under a Creative Commons License, however, if you wish to use this for commercial purposes, please contact

© More Than A Moment working group 26 October 2020.