Arts Emergency

Network FAQs

What is the alternative ‘old boy’ network?

It is our practical and creative response to inequality of opportunity in the UK. With thousands of volunteer members from all walks of life, the alternative ‘old boy’ network provides connections, confidence and opportunity for those young people most able to benefit from, but least able to access, the existing networks of privilege that dominate UK cultural, political and economic life.

By becoming a contact in this network you are pledging to help our young people when your experience or contacts may prove useful. It is down to you how you help but most volunteers offer advice, work experience or free cultural activities.

How do I join?

Fill in this simple application form and make yourself available via email or in person to our students when called upon. If you’re able to, please include a monthly donation in your membership to support the work we do.

What if I don’t have an arts, humanities or social sciences degree?

Not a problem! Some of our most valued contacts are scientists, factory workers or self-trained artists who left school at a young age. What is important is that you have a passion for social justice, love the arts and are willing to do what you can to help young people.

I want to be a mentor!

First you need to join the Network so that you are on the mailing-list for all our opportunities. Every Autumn we contact all members who live in areas we’re running mentoring projects and invite them to take part in mentoring training. Once you’ve completed mentoring training we put you forward for a possible match with a young person. If you are matched the mentoring will begin in January of the following year.

How else can I make a difference?

– Share opportunities like tickets, jobs and workshops with our young people
– Make a monthly donation
– Answer a question about your professional field
– Offer a space for an event
– Set up a work experience placement
– Become a mentor in London, Manchester or Kent
– Raise money through a sponsored event, bake sale or concert
– Provide free teas and coffees for a mentor pair at your venue