Arts Emergency

GOT’s Phil McGinley appeals for YOUR support!

“I don’t believe a career in the arts should only be for the wealthy and connected”

It’s our utter privilege to have some high profile and extremely dedicated supporters. It’s unique for such a small grassroots cause and here, one of our most passionate and well known patrons, the actor Phil McGinley, explains why he supports Arts Emergency.

There is no other charity doing this work, how we do it, and how we fund it – anywhere else in the world! Become part of something magical, unique and life changing for young people really struggling to make the break through.





We will send you a welcome pack and limited edition badge to say thank you (just send us your address!)

If you wish. you can give a different monthly amount by emailing our Director Neil at If you want to make a one off donation today, please visit HERE

A LOVELY CASE STUDY: Rosemary and Joe

Theatre expert Joe, was matched with drama student Rosemary, and helped her gain a place at the National Youth Theatre’s summer school. There she learned loads about the theatre industry and made friends with like-minded people from all over the country.

Joe worked closely with Rosemary, and on results day was integral to helping her secure the last place on a foundation degree. This was when the importance of his role as her mentor really hit home, as she lacked the confidence and sense of entitlement to make the phone-call herself:

“It was such a clear case of her having more than enough talent to be on the course, but lacking the cultural capital / pushy middle-class parent to make sure she got the opportunity.” –


Since the May election, our volunteer base has trebled, which means that we have the potential to reach about 300 students. But with only two members of staff we can’t currently match more than 50 at a time. Your donation will help us to make more of our support and enable us to share many more stories like Joe’s and Rosemary’s. We have matched students who want to pursue careers in film, music, sociology, journalism, drama, psychology, costume design, scriptwriting, fine art and much more!

By donating to Arts Emergency this Christmas, you’ll be enabling a network of creative professionals to give back some of their experience and privilege to students like Christopher, who is dyslexic, dyspraxic and has buckets of talent:

“I had a business mentor before and when I told him I didn’t want to work in an office he said he didn’t know how he could help me. I am the weirdest person you will ever meet and I can’t wait to have a mentor from Arts Emergency!”

Christopher, 16

With your help we can show more students like Christopher, Schmoovy, Rosemay, Kwasi and Lily how to ask for the things they want and demand more from life, society, politics, everything! Please help us to do tons more of this next year, by donating to Arts Emergency now.

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