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THIS IS IT! was exactly what I needed. It left my mind whizzing with ideas. I don’t know what the future holds but I will keep working and keep climbing the ladder.”
The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
The Creative Society (formerly New Deal of the Mind) wants to boost employment in Britain’s creative sector. We believe art and creativity are really important for the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of everyone.
While there is a lot of good work being done by existing government initiatives and charities, unlike The Creative Society, none are specifically designed to deal with the urgent crisis of unemployment and the current economic problems.
We believe this sector of the economy is in the best position to react to and benefit from the recession, while also creating national wealth. Politicians and policy makers from all sides recognise the huge contribution the creative industries make. According to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, their exports hit £16 billion in 2006, while the number they employ rose from 1.6 million in 1997 to two million in 2007.
The Creative Society (formerly New Deal of the Mind) recognises the DCMS’s definition of the creative industries, i.e those industries that are based on individual creativity, skill and talent. They are also those that have the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing intellectual property.
The creative industries include:
Yes. Indeed those without a university degree are most at risk in the recession.
The Creative Society (formerly New Deal of the Mind) intends to continue its work to ensure that creative and entrepreneurial talent is supported and nurtured during the good times as well as the bad.
Quite simply, we will see people in jobs that would not have existed without The Creative Society.
We are not setting targets. But we have created over 1,000 Creative Placements since 2009.
Initially many will be short term six-month, paid work placements.
Our Creative Placements are aimed at young unemployed people seeking Jobseekers’ Allowance. Please enquire at your local Job Centre to see if we are offering any placements near you.
Yes. Our registration number is 1134482
Yes, please. If you’re an artist, entrepreneur or work in the creative industries and can help with work placements we’d love to hear from you. Or if you can offer space, practical help like mentoring and skills training. And, of course, financial donations will help us.
Yes. There are 5 full-time staff and four part-time people working at The Creative Society.
The Creative Society (formerly New Deal of the Mind) was extremely fortunate to benefit from an impressive meeting of political, artistic, designer and cultural minds at its launch at Number 11 Downing Street on March 24, 2009. Alongside politicians like Conservative Shadow Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Lib Dem spokeswoman for youth and equality Lynne Featherstone were Royal College of Art Rector Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, BBC director-general Mark Thompson, chair of the University of the Arts Sir John Tusa, and controller of BBC Radio 3 and director of The BBC Proms Roger Wright, to name but a few of the participants. We continue to talk with those who attended our launch and have created a coalition of supporters who continue to provide us with guidance while we create schemes aimed at stimulating employment in the creative sectors. We also have a cross party quartet of politicians as patrons, some fantastic advisers and our Board of Trustees.