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Arts Emergency provides 16-18 year olds with free mentoring, advice and opportunities to help you pursue a career you’re passionate about.

Let Elisha and some of our 2022 mentees tell you all about having a mentor, or scroll down to read about it instead

Video edited by Lilla Nyeki.

What does being a mentee look like?

As a mentee with Arts Emergency, you will get a year of 1:1 support from a trained mentor who works within the creative industries. We will match you with a mentor based on your interests and the career you may be hoping to go into in the future. You will also be able to meet industry contacts and have the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace. Our mentors can support you with guidance, career insight, higher education and networking.

You can find out more information on mentoring on our mentoring FAQ page.

Who can apply?

We try to work with young people who most need the support of an Arts Emergency mentor, and therefore every mentee must meet at least one of the criteria below:

  • None of your parents or carers have ever studied at university in the UK or abroad
  • The postcode of the home address at which you spent the most time between the ages of 0 and 18 indicates you have lived in an area of deprivation*
  • You are currently, or have at any point in the last 6 years, been eligible for free school meals
  • You are currently in receipt of a 16-19 bursary
  • You would describe yourself as Black, Asian or from an ethnic minority background
  • You consider yourself to be disabled
  • You consider yourself to have a learning disability or special education need

*For example if you lived at five addresses before you turned 18, we'll use the one you spent the most time at to check your eligibility against this criteria

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.

If you will be aged between 16 and 18, live in or near London, Brighton, Greater Manchester or Merseyside, and you're interested in studying an arts or humanities degree or want a career in the creative or cultural industries, an Arts Emergency mentor could support you. After completing a year of mentoring you'll get access to professional networking and development opportunities until your 26th birthday.

Applications to get a mentor are now closed for 2022-23. They will re-open next year. If you need to get in touch with a member of our team please email

If you'd like to hear from us when mentoring opens again, or if you're aged between 19 and 25 and you were hoping to get a mentor with Arts Emergency - sign up to our Round Up newsletter!

We'll let you know when we're accepting applications for all our programmes, and about any new opportunities. In the meantime we'll also send you a monthly email with jobs, events and resources to help you pursue a creative or cultural career in the arts or humanities.

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.