The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
It’s no good pretending, autumn is well and truly here so look out your laggies.
Gone are the cool people chilling on the terrace of a summer evening, silenced the squeals of small children running among the fountains here at Somerset House but we have much good news to share to bring sunshine into your lives regardless of the weather outside.
The most exciting news is that the coalition government has announced the reintroduction of the Enterprise Allowance Scheme to help people start their own businesses. This is something we’ve been campaigning for and while it’s not perfect, it’s a great start and we hope will provide practical and financial support to budding entrepreneurs. Interestingly, there’s been a record number of business start-ups since the recession and we think this may be a sign of things to come. Watch this space.
Our MD, Karen Freyer, spoke recently at a national conference on the government’s new Work Programme which will have a major impact on the way government commissions welfare to work services and how they’re delivered through what’s called a Prime Provider model. In fact, NDotM is in the running to become a Prime Provider of welfare to work services, drawing on our experience and knowledge of the arts and cultural sector. We’d be really interested in hearing from potential partners who share our enthusiasm for shaping the welfare to work programme that will replace the Future Jobs Fund next year.
There are now over 300 young people working in the arts thanks to NDotM and hundreds more will be recruited in the next couple of months. Of the 30 people who started at London’s Southbank six months ago, almost half have been offered permanent jobs there which is absolutely brilliant.
Regular readers of this irregular newsletter will know we work with a huge range of arts and cultural organisation including London Metropolitan Archives, Chisenhale Dance, British Library, Stratford Circus, Royal Court, Proboscis and many more.
It means that young people are working in music, theatre, archives, design and performance, gaining skills and experience in the arts and creative sector and they’re being paid for it!
One of our recruits who started off collecting oral histories has actually ended up treading the boards with The Mayhem Company and can be seen performing in Elephant 21 later this month in South London.
But we’re not just working in London – Manchester based PANDA is currently recruiting 100 people in the North West, and Brighton & Hove are also taking on people.
Nationally we’re seeking cultural partners to join our exciting and innovative Digital Domesday project which will provide jobs and training using new technologies to create and archive personal and local histories with particular emphasis on popular culture and music.
If you’re interested, we’d love to hear from you. We’re already working with Bristol Old Vic, London Metropolitan Archives, Screen England, Screen Yorkshire, North West Vision and Media and Counterpoint. We’ve been to the seaside to hear how arts and creativity are driving the regeneration of Margate where Dreamland will soon wink across the prom to Turner Contemporary.
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP, snapped here with Karen and one of our new members of staff Mwila Mulenshi, visited the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in North London where he met some of the 25 young people on NDotM work placements and saw how the BGAC works as a shared space for creative entrepreneurs who want to rehearse, design and create while sharing resources and knowledge.
We’re supporting University of the Arts’ Enterprise Week in November and once again will be offering a prize for the Creative Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
If you want a reminder of summer, then do call in to an exhibition at Islington Arts Factory that celebrates carnival and features the work from some of our recruits. A private viewing is being held on 22nd October from 7pm till 9pm. We guarantee it will chase the winter blues away.