The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
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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