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After IdeasTap – organisations supporting young, creative talent

Yesterday, we learned the sad news that IdeasTap will close on 2 June 2015. Peter De Haan, the founder, Chairman and principal funder of IdeasTap, said that:

Despite our success, to-date IdeasTap has been primarily funded by my charitable trust. Our efforts to secure government or corporate support have failed – and my afyonkarahisar escort charitable trust, which was set up in 1999 to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK, will soon run out of money. The result, regrettably, is that IdeasTap will close three months from now.

IdeasTap is an arts charity that supports young creative people. It was launched in December 2008 and over the years it has gathered almost 200,000 members across the UK and given away more than £2.3m in funding and mentoring. A glance at the #saveideastap and #goodbyeideastap hashtags on Twitter will give an indication of the contribution the organisation has made.

Saving IdeasTap

Firstly, it’s important to say that people aren’t giving up yet. The #saveideastap hashtag has led to a website being set up at for “people looking to take positive action to save and/or celebrate IdeasTap”. There’s also a Facebook Page and an online petition.

The Alternatives

If IdeasTap does close (and we hope it doesn’t), it’ll leave a hole that will be hard to fill. However, the good news is that they aren’t/weren’t the only game in town and there are others supporting young people in their creative careers. Some people have been asking where else they can look…

…so here are just three that we know about. Please add more in the comments.


Hiive is a professional networking site. It’s a digital community of collaborators from the creative industries all across the UK. Hiive allows professionals, employers and educators to tap into the UK’s collective industry insight. It’s a community where you can get in, get on and get better!

By chance, this launched yesterday (although it soft-launched at the end of last year). It’s powered by the industry skills body Creative Skillset, inspired by the Creative Industries Council, and has attracted the likes of the BBC, Google, Framestore, Warner Brothers, Sky, Penguin and Channel 4 to list opportunities for young, aspiring creatives on the site. | @wearehiive | fb/wearehiive

The Arts Emergency Service

The Arts Emergency Service is a national network of volunteers coming together to create privilege for people without privilege and counter the myth that university, and in particular arts degrees, are the domain of the privileged.

This charity was set up in 2011 by comedian Josie Long and campaigner Neil Griffiths in response to increasing tuition fees and the abolition of public funding for the teaching of arts subjects in British universities. The idea is to provide support for those most able to benefit from, but least able to access, higher education in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences. They do this by offering mentoring to 16-19 year olds, followed by access to a national ‘alternative’ Old Boy Network. | @artsemergency | fb/artsemergency

Young People in Arts

YPIA is a social network for those working in the arts. We hold regular talks, debates and professional development and networking opportunities.

YPIA is a voluntary organisation that was founded in 2008 by Nicki Wenham and Andreas Flohr. Its aim was to provide regular networking opportunities for young people working in the arts. They’ve held over 70 events including talks and lectures, panel debates about current industry issues and young artist showcases, as well as concerts in collaboration with other arts organisations. | @ypia_uk | fb/YoungPeopleintheArts

Who else?

Let us know in the comments who else is supporting young, creative talent.

Also, please share this post with others. The more who know about these organisations, the better.

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  1. PANDA on Reply

    Just to let you know about PANDA – Performing Arts Network & Development Agency. Business & Professional Development and peer support network for individuals and small companies working in the performing arts & related sectors with a focus on Northern England. Whilst mostly for professionals already engaged in the arts, we design & deliver annual youth programmes (18+). Next one aimed at aspiring media, community & cultural creatives in Greater Manchester – deadline for applications 19th June.

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