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Arts Emergency

We help young people get a fair start in the arts and humanities 


of mentees have felt more positive during lockdown because of our support

What We Do

Arts Emergency is an award-winning mentoring charity and support network. Our Network members share opportunities, contacts and advice so that young people can flourish in higher education and the cultural industries.

Become a mentor

This really is a crucial time for young people and you can have a big impact by becoming an Arts Emergency mentor. We're looking for volunteers in London, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Leeds, Bradford, Brighton, Newcastle, Gateshead, and the East and West Midlands.

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Get a mentor

Aged 16-25? Want to break into the arts or humanities but don't know how? If you don't have a pre-existing network, knowing what choices to make can be difficult. We match you with a handpicked industry professional for a year of mentoring and provide up to eight years of continued support, advice, and opportunities to help kickstart your journey.

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Smiling mentors and mentees sit across a table from each other.

Your next steps

Check out our resources for advice on higher education and taking your first steps in your creative career.

Support Us

So many young people are locked down and locked out right now. If we don’t do something today their life chances will be decimated by coronavirus.

Could you help fund expert mentors, guidance and opportunities?


of our funding came from individuals in 2019-20

A young woman stands in front of a microphone, a row of people sit watching her on stage.