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Creative Access

Our vision: Working towards a day when Britain’s society is truly reflected in our creative industries

Why we exist

5.4%

BAME representation across
the creative industries in 2012

The last British census, published in 2011, showed that the black, Asian, and mixed-race population in the UK has grown by over 50%, and yet representation of these groups in the media and arts has remained relatively stagnant.

The absence of diversity in the creative sector is not only bad for our society, but is also bad for business – how can the media reflect society, if society is not reflected in the media?

A report by McKinsey in 2015 found that companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. Moreover a 2017 Government report showed that the UK economy could benefit from a £24bn-a-year boost if those from BAME backgrounds progressed in work at the same rate as their white counterparts.

Creative Access fills a gap in the current creative landscape by helping young people from black, Asian and other non-white minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, to secure paid training opportunities in creative companies, and supporting them into full-time employment.

Our vision is that in the longer term, our interns will progress to management positions, and in turn bring in others from under-represented communities in alongside them.

What we do

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Creative Access is the only organisation in the UK dedicated to recruiting BAME talent in the creative industries.

We help young people, from under-represented communities throughout the UK, to access creative careers. Working with UK’s most successful creative firms, we provide a range of services to help bring in diverse talent to organisations; we facilitate paid 3 to 12 month-long internships; provide employer training and host an opportunities board for organisations to list their roles.

 We operate across ten different creative sectors:

  • Book Publishing
  • Film
  • Museums & Galleries
  • Music
  • Newspaper & Magazine Publishing
  • PR, Advertising & Marketing
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Talent
  • Theatre

We work with large, small and medium-sized companies right across the UK, from Bristol to Newcastle and from Cardiff to Manchester. Our interns have been placed with almost 300 organisations, including global brands such as ITV, Hachette, Pan Macmillan and the National Theatre.

Creative Access has been set up as a Community Interest Company (CIC, pronounced ‘kick’ not ‘sick’). This means we are a not-for-profit social enterprise and that all profits are re-invested.

But what really gives us a ‘CIC’? (sorry – couldn’t resist!). Our decisions are driven by the interests of both the young people and the companies with whom we work. This sets us apart from other organisations where all decisions are ultimately about increasing profits. Of course, in order to be able to continue our work in the long-term, we can’t lose money, so we are hugely grateful to all our industry partners and to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for their invaluable support.

At a glance

781

Interns

298

Employer Partners

82 %

in full time employment after completing their internship

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