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Five artists, writers and comedians appeal for funding for young people struggling to open doors today.

Despite the darkness of our current climate, young people still deserve nice things and the chance to be creative, curious and change the world.

Right now we need to raise £15,000 to offer our 1,300 strong Young Community a practical lifeline in bleak times. With your help we will deliver:

- 45 work experience placements
- 5 paid internships
- 80 network connections
- 65 tickets to arts and cultural events
- 6 inspiring industry workshops

Can you help fund this work? Whether you can spare £50, £5 a month or fund an entire place on our programme with an annual £1,000 Bursar pledge - we appreciate every pound!

In front of a backdrop of the london skyline, four people smile at the camera

Watch Nish, Yomi, Mark, Raymond, and Jungleboi talk about their breakthroughs, their struggles, and why Arts Emergency is essential to ensuring we have a vibrant culture tomorrow.

“We thought in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis that we were having a difficult time of it. But things have just gotten worse and worse. I have nothing but sympathy for 16 year old kids right now; unless your dad has the same name as some enormous building in London, it's very, very difficult.”

Nish Kumar is sat in a theatre and gestures directly to camera

"Seeing my sister be able to make it in journalism definitely inspired me to take it seriously… But I did see her suffer in journalism. It's a very white and male and very, very middle class industry. She did struggle, and actually as much as her journey inspired me, it did put me off quite a bit.”

A head and shoulders view of Yomi Adegoke standing on a street at dusk

“I think now, coming from the background I did, trying to go to art school would seem a momentous task. And a huge financial undertaking. I didn't have anyone within my family network who helped me get into the art world, because it was not an interest within my family or, or friends, or my extended family in any way.”

Mark Leckey stands outside a tunnel in a furry coat

“If I was 16 years old now and trying to get into the publishing industry, the poetry or the literature world, I think my barriers would be very different. I went to a deaf school. Since I was at school, a lot of the a lot of deaf schools have closed or they've cut them in half. I got so much support, which is actually not there anymore.”

Raymond Antrobus tilts his head to look at books in a library

“I knew absolutely no one at all. That just seemed to stop me from being able to get my career further. I had to start right at the bottom literally. The first few years were quite tricky in terms of making ends meet financially, within the music industry.”

A profile view of Jungleboi in a purple lit studio

In defiance of those determined to keep the cultural sector the playground of the rich and powerful, we will keep providing the radical hope and practical tools young people need to pursue the futures they really want.

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of mentees have felt more positive during lockdown because of Arts Emergency's support