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Get a mentor

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

Applications are now open for Arts Emergency’s 2022 Mentorship Programme!

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.

Who can apply?

If you are under 18, you can apply if you live in London, Brighton, Manchester, or Merseyside. If you are 18-25 you can apply from Bradford, Brighton, Birmingham, Coventry, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Merseyside, Newcastle and Gateshead, Nottingham, and Thanet. We try to work with young people who most need the support of an Arts Emergency mentor, and therefore every mentee must tick 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

  • I have previously been in care

  • I am currently eligible for Free School Meals

  • 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 am a refugee or asylum seeker

  • I would describe myself as Black, Asian or from an ethnic minority background

  • I have a disability*

  • I have a learning disability and/or I have special educational needs*

  • I am a young parent

  • I am a young carer

*You’re disabled or learning 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.

If you are not sure about your eligibility for the mentoring programme and would like to talk to a member of the team please get in touch.

How do I apply?

Please click the button at the bottom of this page to apply online. If you want to know more about what the application involves you can check out our FAQ page or download our complete guide to how to fill out this form and what to expect at each stage. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 6th October.

Alternative ways to apply:

If you feel more comfortable recording the answers to your application form or if you find it difficult to communicate through writing, for example if you have dyslexia, you have the option of recording part of the form, or completing it over the phone with us.

Q&A Sessions:

We know that filling out applications can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming or might bring up a few questions. So we are holding an online session to answer any questions you might have about your application to get a mentor. If you would like to attend, you can book your free spot below:

If you have any questions drop us a line at or on

Good luck with your application and we look forward to hearing from you!

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.