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Arts Emergency provides 16-25 year olds with free mentoring, advice 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 to get a mentor will open in September 2022.

To register your interest in getting a mentor please sign up to our Round Up newsletter. When applications for mentoring open in the autumn we'll contact you with details on how to apply.

We'll also send you a monthly email with opportunities, jobs, events and resources to help you pursue a career in the arts or humanities.

What does being an Arts Emergency 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?

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.

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.