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Arts Emergency provides 16-25 year olds with free mentoring, advice, guidance and opportunities to help you pursue a career you’re passionate about.

If you’re interested in studying an arts or humanities degree or want a career in the creative industries an Arts Emergency mentor could support you.

After completing a year of mentoring you'll also get access to professional networking and development opportunities until your 26th birthday.

Applications are now closed for 2021 but you can use the form at the bottom of the page to register your interest for 2022.

Who can apply?

If you are under 18, you can apply if you live in London, Manchester or Merseyside. If you are 18-25, you can apply from anywhere in the UK. Every mentee must meet at least one of the criteria below:

  • neither of my parents went to university
  • my family’s household income is below £25,000 per year
  • me or my family receive Universal Credit
  • I am currently in care or have been in care
  • I was eligible for free school meals between year 7 and year 11
  • I was or am a recipient of a 16-19 bursary
  • I have a learning difficulty (such as dyslexia)
  • I have a disability*
  • I am a refugee or asylum seeker
  • I am a young parent
  • I am a young carer
  • I would describe myself as a person of colour or ethnic minority

If you’re not sure about your eligibility please contact us.

*You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

A young mentee stands on stage with his mentor against a bright green and pink projected background.
Mentee Deji on stage with his mentor Yoav. Photo: Lilla Nyeki.

Register your interest in having a mentor

Register your interest in having a mentor

We’re so happy you’re interested in the Arts Emergency mentoring scheme!

Applications for mentoring will open in September 2021. Please sign up below and we’ll email you when applications open with details on how to apply. If successful, you will be matched up and invited to meet your mentor in January 2022.

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