Hello everyone and welcome to the Arts Award KIT 2021. We know how difficult the past year has been for everyone and especially for young artists and creatives but please stick in there. Here at Voice we're doing our best to create and profile new opportunities so check out the magazine or follow us on socials.
One great thing that happened in 2020 was Arts Award's 15th birthday and we're delighted to have tracked down some early achievers to find out about their Life After Arts Award - and the value of doing their award.
We've also pulled together a selection of industry interviews and advice to support you get your career on the road. Finally, I strongly encourage you to take a look at our artist interviews below, which feature the Young People's Laureate for London, an award-winning comedian and a 15-year-old musical prodigy! Read on and enjoy.
Good luck and keep in touch! Tom Inniss, Voice Editor
Find out what’s in this year’s KIT and jump right in to something for you!
To celebrate Arts Award's 15th birthday we tracked down some very early achievers to find how how their careers developed. And what different paths they took! Meet a disability activist, a public health scientist, a TV researcher and a print artist. It's great to read how Arts Award helped them develop their creativity and skills, whatever career they chose to pursue.
We'd love to hear about your career path - just update your Voice Profile to let us know what happened next for you.
Creative Careers on Voice is the place to find interviews, opportunities and features about the world of work PLUS advice on how to kickstart your own development in the creative industries. Check out some popular articles below or visit our careers section for the latest news and views.
HOW-TO GUIDES: From writing your first review to getting your film into a festival, we give you top industry advice from some of the top industry professionals. Here's a few how-to guides to get you started:
ARTIST INTERVIEWS: From professional artists to behind-the-scenes at arts organisations, Voice gets the lowdown on what it's like to be a working artist. Here's a few favourites we want to share with with you:
BEHIND THE SCENES: Insights and interviews into what happens behind the scenes at some of the leading arts industry organisations.
INDUSTRY NEWS: The latest industry updates, news and opportunities including a podcast series that explores all things creative careers.
Thank you to everyone for helping us to mark 15 years of Arts Award! If you shared your professional journey as part of our special Where are they now? gallery or entered our #LoveArtsAward competition - by getting involved you will have inspired other young people to do their Arts Award.
There was also an anniversary theme to our annual TrinityTalent celebration this year, when we invited nominations for alumni who used their Arts Award as a springboard to develop in work or studies. We were delighted to feature Chris Hill, a virtuoso musician, and Nicola Slawson, a successful journalist. We were also proud to welcome our first ‘youth panel’ who supported the selection of the TrinityTalent Class of 2020.
It has also, of course, been a challenging year for many young people working towards Arts Award – and the people supporting them. We wanted to ensure that Arts Award achievements could continue during the pandemic, and now offer a new range of online adviser training courses and digital moderation options. If you're thinking of becoming an Arts Award adviser, our distance learning courses could be a perfect fit (not forgetting your alumni discount on Arts Award training courses, of course!)
As the creative world revives, we wish you a positive year ahead. Cat Sercombe, Head of Arts Award
If you've done an Arts Award you can take advantage of some company benefits or sign up for discounts with Benefits Cloud. Check out what's on offer in the Arts Award Voice Community hub