We are a not-for-profit membership organisation that has been connecting and championing Manchester’s digital, creative and media industry for – well — generations.

As the largest organisation of its kind in Europe, our collective of over 2,000 members keeps growing. Wondering how we’ve become such a cornerstone? It’s all about bringing together the brightest minds and biggest hearts in Manchester through an unwavering commitment to fostering connections, nurturing the next wave of creative excellence and supporting charity partnerships through unparalleled fundraising, networking and educational events.

So, how do we do it?

Connect with career-defining events

Your industry moves fast. We do too. We offer over fifty dedicated member events and initiatives every year. Join us for industry-defining panel talks, career-enhancing networking events and practical workshops. Our calendar is as diverse as our members.

Our community looks after your community

We offer regular opportunities to support Manchester’s grassroots charities that deliver real change in our communities. Through our fundraising, we’ve helped charities like Prevent Breast Cancer, NABS and Mission Christmas.

Supporting the next generation with Native Creatives

Our Native Creatives event is a cornerstone for the digital, creative and media community, attracting over 600 students and educators each year, alongside our industry’s luminaries. It offers a unique platform for attendees to explore the vast landscape of creative careers through interactive sessions, expert panels, and networking opportunities. This day-long festival of creativity is designed to inspire, educate, and connect the next generation of creative professionals with the mentors and role models who can help guide their paths to success.

Fostering connections throughout our city

Whether you’re steering a company, leading teams, or carving your own freelance path, the MPA is your gateway to Manchester’s most vibrant community. We’re more than a connection point; we’re your launchpad to collaboration with the brightest minds in digital, creative and media. Think of us as your essential, paper-free little black book; the one everyone talks about. Membership not only opens doors to learning and partnership opportunities but also secures your place in our exclusive online directory, showcasing Manchester’s elite in creativity and innovation.

We celebrate success
and ignite joy

The MPA is dedicated to championing talent throughout your career journey. Engage with us by entering the Inspiration Awards, featuring on our podcast, or sharing insights at our panel events. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on you and your contributions to our vibrant industry. Let’s celebrate your achievements and the impact you’re making together.

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