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Spotlight on: the creative sector in London

We are on a mission to support young Londoners into employment; and we need your help.

London’s creative industry has major economic pulling power. However, young people from low income and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds aspiring to enter the sector are consistently faced with a highly uneven playing field. Lack of access to relevant networks, widespread informal recruitment practices and limited progression pathways disproportionately affect these groups, thus depriving London of diverse voices and talents. Covid-19 has obviously exacerbated these issues.

As part of our campaign to get young people back on track, we take a closer look at what can be done to make the creative sector more inclusive and diverse, leading with a Manifesto for Change, a series of five urgent and practical recommendations for the industry.

Scroll down to read more about our work in this area. If you would like to get involved with any of our initiatives, please do get in touch.



With thanks for their contributions: Tascha Von Uexkull, Harris Girls Academy East Dulwich, the London Screen Academy, Create Not Hate and Havas

Listen to the podcast: Creative FAQ 

Featuring six themed episodes and aimed at young people who are thinking about a career in the creative sector but are not sure where to start.

ABOUT OUR HOST – Rachael Simões – former Creativity Works trainee 
“I like to say I’m a screenwriter, but that’s probably what I have the least credits in. I started in videography at 17-years-old, by making lo-fi music videos and teaching myself how to edit. Since then, I’ve written a short film, Nightless, created a photo-series called BARGAINS, and graduated from one of the most competitive advertising schools. I’m a part of a collective called Failsafe, we try to inspire and support young-like-minded creatives on their creative journey.”

Host – Rachael Simões IG @eudaimonic.r
Guests – Marcella Chan IG @marcellachan_ and Dubheasa Lanipekun IG @sunzy_dee
Music – Jayden Thompson IG @jayt.8 and Soundcloud Jay T
Art work – Timi Akindele-Ajani IG @akinajan
and a special thanks to @failsafezine

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A word from our ambassador, Dame Helen Mirren DBE:

“Like many others, I am deeply concerned about the future of the creative industry. As we plunge into a second national lockdown, London’s creative sector is under an immense amount of pressure to survive and, crucially, to thrive. That is why we must support the next generation of filmmakers, artists, designers, journalists and musicians to flourish, while working to build an inclusive sector that nourishes the careers of diverse young talent. As an ambassador for the Mayor’s Fund for London, I urge you to please read their Manifesto for Change, spread the word and donate to help protect our future creative workforce in this time of crisis. Thank you.”