This Is It! Stockton-on-Tees
We are delighted to announce that our next This Is It! event is taking place on Monday 6 March in Stockton-on-Tees. In the heart of the North East of England, ARC Stockton Arts Centre will host an inspiring day for our Creativ... (read more)
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) was set up in 2009 to get young unemployed people into jobs in the creative industries. Two years on we are proud to report that we have given more than 800 people the experience of working in this dynamic sector. We discovered that nothing makes you more employable than getting your hands dirty in a real job.
“Make a job, don’t take a job” should become the rallying cry for the creative sector. The sector has traditionally had a far higher percentage of freelance workers – around 40 per cent of the total, compared with 12 per cent in the economy as a whole.
“Do It Yourself: Cultural and Creative Self-Employment in Hard Times” was published by The Creative Society (formerly New Deal of the Mind) along with Arts Council England in July 2009. In the report, we raise questions about the Government’s current employment schemes and recommend a return to a Thatcher-era initiative.
The Creative Society calls for an Enterprise Allowance Scheme for the 21st century. Under Margaret Thatcher’s government, the EAS gave people £40 a week, advice on developing a business plan and access to free postage. More importantly though it allowed people to come off the dole and forge an identity as an artist or entrepreneur.
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 The Creative Society (formerly New Deal of the Mind), was commissioned by Arts Council England and launched on March 30th, 2010. The report lists a series of recommendations and concludes that struggling artists would rather have a helping hand than a hand out. 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.