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.
New Deal of the Mind’s latest report, Creative Survival in Hard Times, looks at the obstacles facing young people who want to pursue a career in the arts and creative field. The report, produced by New Deal of the Mind, was commissioned by Arts Council England and launched on March 30th, 2010. New Deal of the Mind list a series of recommendations and conclude that struggling artists would rather have a helping hand than a handout. Young artists and creative entrepreneurs interviewed for the report wanted work space, access to information, mentoring and business skills. Small interventions that could make a big difference were far higher on their list of priorities than money.
Although the creative sector is widely recognised as key to economic recovery, “…we treat those who are striving to work in the creative industries abominably with low pay, long internships and little help with professional training.”
The creative industries contribute more than £50 billion a year to the economy and, according to the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), the sector will be “a key driver for the UK’s recovery from recession” employing more people than the financial sector within four years. Any government policy directed at young creatives is critical and the report lists several recommendations.
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New Deal of the Mind is currently recruiting for a Cultural Development Officer.
We are working with arts organisations, local authorities, Jobcentres and government departments to implement the Future Jobs Fund programme which helps unemployed young adults access the creative sector.
Job Purpose: To be responsible and accountable, under the direction of the Development Officer, for the effective delivery of the Future Jobs Fund (FJF).
Location: Central London
Hours and fees to be negotiated
Application Process: If you are interested in applying please submit a CV and covering letter of no more than 300 words to email@example.com. Please ensure you type “Job Application” in the subject line of your email.
We regret that due to the large number of applications we receive only shortlisted candidates will receive feedback.
Deadline for application is April 11 2010.
Many thanks for your interest and good luck.
We’re thrilled to report that Southbank Centre started their Future Jobs Fund programme this week. Its 30 new staff will be involved in a wide range of activities from welcoming visitors to behind-the-scenes support.
Southbank Centre was one of the very first arts organisations to bid for jobs through the Future Jobs Fund. The bid was in collaboration with New Deal of the Mind.
You can hear more about Southbank’s FJF programme from Carina and Duncan, two new members of Southbank’s team, on our website.
We’ve just found out the good news that we’ve made it to the London finals of Harvard Business School’s New Venture contest! The contest is designed to shine a spotlight on alumni ventures, support promising new ventures and award a $25,000 cash prize to the winning team. The final selection is taking place on March 25 in a Dragon’s Den type of event where the short-listed contestants present their projects to a series of well-known judges.
Please come to lend your support to NDotM. We’d love for you to be there to cheer us on: members of the audience participate in the judging. The evening kicks off at 6:30pm at NESTA, 1 Plough Place, London EC4A 1DE. Tickets cost £20 and can be bought online, http://www.hbsa.org.uk/store.html?event_id=189 We hope to see you on March 25