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EACEA National Policies Platform


8. Creativity and Culture

8.6 Developing entrepreneurial skills through culture

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 07/12/2020 - 18:22

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  1. Developing entrepreneurial skills through cultural activities
  2. Support young entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative sectors

Developing entrepreneurial skills through cultural activities


A number of programmes exist to support the development of entrepreneurial skills in young people through engagement in cultural activities:

  • Takeover Day England involves children and young people being given meaningful roles in museums, historic sites and heritage sites across the country, working alongside paid staff and volunteers to learn new skills.
  • The Young Roots programme provides grants for helping young people aged 11 to 25 explore their heritage by planning and delivering their own projects.
  • Apps for Good, which offers free creative learning programmes for schoolchildren across the UK, teaching them to use new technologies to design and make products which will help them make a difference to their world.

Support young entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative sectors


Young entrepreneurs in the cultural and creative sectors may benefit from the following programmes and initiatives:

  • the British Council offers young people opportunities to make new connections with creative partners worldwide, through a range of programmes advertised on their website, each focussing on a different country/region and art-form.
  • the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Scheme, which was established in 2010 with initial  funding from the then Department for Culture, Media and Sport, creates new, paid, entry-level roles in the arts for recent arts graduates from low income backgrounds who were in receipt of a full maintenance grant throughout university.
  • the Creative Entrepreneurs website, which was established with Arts Council funding, offers resources to start and grow a creative business, including writing a business plan, raising money, accessing advice and mentoring, and case studies of leading experts in the field (note that this resource is not specifically aimed at young people).