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EACEA National Policies Platform


8. Creativity and Culture

8.6 Developing entrepreneurial skills through culture

Last update: 27 January 2021
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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:

  • Night out, which enhances access to the arts in local communities; their Young Promoters Scheme gives young people the opportunity to learn practical skills by putting on an artistic event in their local community - they may do anything from working in the Box Office, as part of the stage management team or as a promoter for the event itself.
  • Youth Ambassadors Scheme, Blaenavon, which enables young people to discover the World Heritage Site, gives them a voice in its management, manage and participate in workshops and receive training and qualifications.
  • Rawffest, an annual youth arts festival that is planned and programmed by young people, for young people; the festival gives young people the chance to develop skills in the arts and develop their entrepreneurial skills by encouraging them to lead, curate and staff the festival.
  • Film in Afan, which provides a mobile cinema that is run and programmed by the local community, including schoolchildren (note that this project is not specific to young people)
  • 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 Arts Award Wales, which involves young people developing their arts practice and arts leadership skills through five progressive levels.
  • Big Ideas Wales, which inspires young people to consider becoming involved in the business sector and allows them to explore creativity in educational settings (note that the initiative is not specific to arts and cultural enterprise); it also provides them with business advice, workshops and a Bootcamp Challenge.
  • the British Council offers young people opportunities to make new connections with creative partners worldwide, through a range of programmes, each focussing on a different country/region and art-form.