Arts Emergency

Mentee application FAQs

You’ll find the answers to the most commonly asked questions about getting a mentor. You will also find our team’s contact information if you have any other questions for Arts Emergency.

How do I apply?

Please click the link below to apply online. The deadline to apply is midnight on Sunday 18th October.


Do you have any advice for completing the online application?

Yes we do! You can read our advice on how to apply online here.

Are there alternative ways to apply?

If you feel more comfortable video recording the answers to your application you have the option of recording part of the form, or completing it over the phone with us.

Click here to download more information about how to submit a video
• If you would like to complete the whole application form over the phone please send your name, phone number and where you’re applying from (London, Manchester, Merseyside, Thanet or Other) to with the subject title ‘Phone Application Request’ and a member of our team will be in touch to organise a half an hour time slot to go through the application.
• If you need the application in a different format, just let us know at

Do mentor pairs meet in person or online since coronavirus?

Mentor pairs meet once a month for about an hour. Traditionally these meetings happen face to face. Because of coronavirus and social distancing, meetings may need to take place by phone or video chat. We will review guidance for this and keep you updated. In between sessions you may communicate by email.

How does mentoring work?

• You will be matched with an industry professional who shares your interests.
• You will have monthly meetings with your mentor in a public space (or online during Covid-19). You, your mentor and the Arts Emergency team can decide the safest option for you, where you feel most comfortable.
• Together you will focus on your goals and what you want to achieve.
• Your mentor will help by offering advice and guidance on education and careers as well as helping you to build your confidence and connections.

Who can apply?

If you are under 18, you can apply if you live in London, Manchester, Thanet or Merseyside. If you are 18-25 you can apply from anywhere in the UK. Every mentee must meet at least one of the criteria below:

• Neither of my parents went to university
• My family’s household income is below £25,000 per year
• Me or my family receive Universal Credit
• I am currently in care or have been in care
• I was eligible for free school meals between year 7 and year 11
• I was or am a recipient of a 16-19 bursary
• I have a learning difficulty (such as dyslexia)
• I have a disability*
• I am a refugee or asylum seeker
• I am a young parent or carer
• I would describe myself as a person of colour or ethnic minority

*You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

Who are Arts Emergency mentors?

Arts Emergency mentors are volunteers from a variety of professional backgrounds. They are trained in goal-setting, working with young people and understanding safety procedures. Our mentors come from a range of established organisations including the V&A Museum, Netflix, ALRA, Financial Times, Manchester International Festival, BBC, Tate, Columbia Records, Royal Exchange, Contact Theatre, the Royal College of Art, and the University of Manchester.

What areas do Arts Emergency mentors specialise in?

Architecture – Fashion – Comedy – Journalism – Politics & Activism – Academia – Dance – Marketing – Acting – Music – English Literature/Languages – Interior Design – Museums – Publishing – Art & Design – Film & TV – Sociology – Art History – Games Design – Philosophy – Theatre – Music Tech – Classics – History – Photography – Writing … and more.

If you are unsure whether your interest falls under the arts or humanities, you can always email us at

How do you keep young people safe?

Mentors are trained by our team to work with young people and keep them safe.
Every mentor is required to sign our code of conduct and complete an enhanced DBS check.
Arts Emergency will conduct reference checks for all mentors.
The Arts Emergency team checks in regularly with young people and volunteers.

What happens after mentoring?

After your year of mentoring, Arts Emergency will continue to offer you work experience, paid opportunities, trips, advice and industry connections until you’re 25.

How do I find out more?

We know that filling out applications can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming so we are holding two online sessions to answer any questions you might have about your application. Book your free spot at one of the links below:

Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 5pm-6pm
Sign up here

Thursday 15th October 2020, 5pm-6pm
Sign up here

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Drop us a line at or on
London: 07715 359 320 or
Manchester: 07809 736 436 or
Thanet: 07715 359 320 or

Good luck with your application and we look forward to hearing from you!