New Deal of the Mind has become The Creative Society
Since founder and CEO Martin Bright wrote the article that kick-started our work, the concept of a New Deal of the Mind has provided a mutually rewarding service in which creative organisations and businesses have directly benefitted from the creation of over 1000 sustainable jobs for young people.
As our work has evolved however, we’ve had to evolve with it, and now need a new way to better reflect the positive outcomes that we as New Deal of the Mind have helped to shape.
We are therefore evolving our brand to become known as The Creative Society with a mission to build and support the creative economy.
Look out for changes across our social media sites – coming very soon.
The days of the unpaid intern could be numbered. The excellent blog Interns Anonymous said last week that it had received information that HMRC will very shortly issue guidelines recognising that internships qualify for the minimum wage. And not before time. The practice of expecting graduates to work unpaid for months before they can even be considered for paid work is rife in the creative sector, particularly in the media.
The surprise announcement in the Queen’s Speech that the Government intends special help in getting 16-24 year olds into work is welcome indeed. The even more surprising news of help for this group in becoming self-employed is especially welcome. As we noted after the publication of November unemployment figures these are the young people that urgently need support if we are not to create a new lost generation. The “one-in-five”, as we called them in our recent blog (19.8 per cent of this group are actively seeking work), cannot afford to be out of work for months on end as they attempt to set out in their chosen careers. (more…)
Did you know that it’s Enterprise Week? On Tuesday 18 November Martin Bright, NDotM’s founder, chaired a seminar at the University of the Arts titled ‘Turning Creative Ideas into Money’ stressing the need for an entrepreneurial spirit in the creative industries. This was part of a series of events organised by Enterprise Centre for the Creative Arts (ECCA) for Global Enterprise Week.
It was truly inspiring to hear the three young panellists relate their experiences and talk about their paths to success! (more…)
Some commentators are finding comfort in the fact that the latest unemployment figures did not break through the 2.5 million barrier. Others that the levelling out of the number of those seeking work hints at recovery in the economy. Lord Mandelson managed to find cheer in the fact that unemployment among the young had not yet reached a million. It was only 943,000.
It is worrying to hear Alan Davey, chief executive of the Arts Council England, talking so pessimistically. The arts, he argues, may be in “grave danger”.
In an interview with the Times, Davey suggests the money may be running out. The Arts Council’s £40m Sustain Fund is all but spent, leaving thousands of arts organisations at the mercy of the downturn.
So far £17million has been allocated to 52 organisations, including the Royal Opera House (pictured) (£700,00), the London Symphony Orchestra (£600,00) and the Almeida theatre (£175,000).