We are a youth-led online magazine, open blogging platform and space to promote events and opportunities for young creatives.
Here at Voice we are passionate about young people's views. We know how much you have to say about the arts, culture and the quickly changing (and at times very troubling) world around us. We have always aimed to offer the biggest and best stage possible to allow your views to be heard.
This is why we have decided to redesign Voice and launch a new platform that has an even stronger focus on the things we care about: youth opinion, lively debate and engaged interrogation of the arts and cultural world as we know it.
We want to bring you contemporary, thoughtful and provocative pieces. Arts, culture, politics and technology all interlink, and we want to explore that connection with you through interviews, features and comment pieces. Our editorial staff care about these issues, and seek to provide a platform for engaging dialogue.
We have also launched a brand new, dedicated Arts Award on Voice area, which will bring together everything you need to complete your award, from 'How To…' guides, to case studies and interviews with creatives who have previously completed an Arts Award.
If you are already registered as a contributor on Voice, don't worry. Your account will function in exactly the same way and you can still publish blogs and reviews to the site as usual. If you are yet to join on Voice, we encourage you to get involved.
Thanks to our parent charity Upstart Projects for making this happen!
If you haven't visited us before, there are a couple of things you should know before you begin looking around. Apart from reading our magazine you can also:
1. Post on Voice
We welcome young voices and both our blogs and reviews sections are open for you to post writing, videos, photographs and podcasts. We're interested in what makes you tick, what makes you angry and what inspires you. We want to hear about arts events that are happening in every corner of the UK and we want to know about what you'd like to change in the art world.
If you are under 13 you must have parental permission and please do behave yourself while on the site! (We have some Ts and Cs with codes of conduct that you can read in full here)
If you think you have what it takes to become a journalist, writer or filmmaker please do get in touch! We run a year long Voice Reporter course and we're always on the look out for local reporters and reviewers. If you'd like to get involved, just email your name, previous experience and a few writing examples to Voice's Development Manager Emily.
2. Find opportunities, events and competitions
We post many of our own competitions and opportunities on Voice so keep an eye out for these! We run writing competitions, blogging callouts, photography briefs and many more opportunities for you to have your work seen on a global scale (sometimes there are prizes too!).
You can also find callouts and events from many other organisations on the site. There are networking opportunities, art competitions, free workshops and more from a host of fantastic arts organisations around the UK.
3. Find and review Arts Award Supporters
Supporters are arts organisations that offer events, workshops and opportunities for young people, especially those doing Arts Award. You can find Supporter organisations and check out their profile and offer by searching the Supporter map
Please post your own reviews if you've been to a show by a Supporter or at a Supporter venue - just make sure you use their Voice Tag when you publish your piece so it pops up in their profile page!
If you are a Supporter yourself and would like advice on promoting your offer on Voice, please email us
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