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8. Creativity and Culture

8.6 Developing entrepreneurial skills through culture

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 07/12/2020 - 18:46

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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.

  • The Digital Youth Programme enables students from 12 secondary schools to develop a stronger foundation in digital skills by improving their knowledge of digital technology and widening their career prospects beyond traditional employment sectors. Students taking part in the programme compete for work placements in local digital businesses, learn from local digital ambassadors, and are encouraged to establish their own digital business.

  • The Fab Farm project involves college students designing, building and running their own Aquaponic farm to provide high quality produce for artisan markets and local restaurants. The farm is built using 3D printing and digital fabrication to create the optimum environment for the Aquaponic production of fruit and vegetables.

  • The Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast creates clear skills and employment pathways and opportunities for young people under 18 interested in working in the creative sectors, provides studio space and learning and performing facilities for children and young people and provides opportunities for emerging bands to perform and showcase their talent. The centre also provides new creative organisations with the opportunity to develop core business skills and share best practice.

  • The Moving on Music Emerging Artist Programme aims to help emerging artists over the age of 18 develop their careers towards professional practice. The programme provides professional mentoring, performance, artist promotion and networking opportunities over a 12 month period.

  • 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 gives people opportunities to make new connections with creative partners worldwide, through a range of programmes, each focusing on a different country/region and art-form.

  • the annual student awards, supported by the Royal Television Society Northern Ireland, provides talented media students with the opportunity to showcase their work to some of the creative industry's biggest names.