The community is open to Arts Award achievers and those working towards your first award - and it's run by a bunch of people who did their own Arts Awards! We source ideas, opportunities and benefits which help you achieve your award or move into your 'Life After Arts Award'. We also share news from past Arts Award achievers, whether they are now a Film maker, Musician or working in TV.
We want to keep in touch with you when you've finished your award to find out what happens next and whether Arts Award helps you achieve your dreams (it worked for us!). Check out what's on offer below and do get in touch to tell us what else we can do for you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emrys, Arts Award Projects Manager
Let's keep this simple, where to next? Either use the image tabs above to browse what we have to offer or jump right in with these links:
- Take a look at our 2019 Alumni Newsletter - Keeping In Touch
- Find out what some Arts Award achievers are up to now in our series "Where are they now?"
- Check out our careers information and inspiration on Voice
- Ensure you've told us which Awards you've achieved and what you're up to now. Keep your profile up to date
- Experience more arts & cultural activities using the offers available from Arts Award Supporters
- Join our social media networking group on Facebook
Offers and Opportunities
Get your hands on high street discounts and take advantage of cultural opportunities
Throughout your Arts Award Journey and afterwards you can get to know the world better by using the offers Arts Award Supporters give you. And we're offering you discounts on the products & services you might enjoy every month.
Become an Arts Award Adviser
You need to complete a training course and if you're new - you can train as either a Discover & Explore adviser or a Bronze & Silver adviser for 15% off the usual costs. If you're already trained to deliver Bronze & Silver then you can use your Alumni 15% discount on becoming a Gold Adviser too.
Stay up to date with the creative sector
The Stage is an essential resource for actors and performers, backstage workers, creative teams and those in training and education. And you can get 10% off any subscription to The Stage- web only, digital edition or print edition (straight to your door every week).
The Stage shares breaking news about the performing arts industry, comprehensive reviews of more UK performances than any other national publication, audition announcements and high profile interviews with individuals like Ian McKellen, Cherry Jones and Denzel Washington.
All subscribers also get access to an exclusive 10% discount on new and long-running theatre shows, sold through The Stage Tickets. And all annual subscribers get extra discounts too.
Simply use the promotion code ARTSAWARD to access your discount on The Stage Subscriptions site.
See live theatre for less
Give the gift of theatre with Theatre Tokens, the unique gift vouchers that can be used at over 240 theatres nationwide including all of London's West End. What's more, they have no expiry date, so your friends and family can see a show of their choice when and where they like.
Order online at TheatreTokens.com or call Tokenline on 020 3011 0755 (open Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm).
Simply quote the promotion code ARTSAWARD to get a 10% discount on orders.
Get online for less
When you're starting a freelance career or any creative business you'll need a web presence. There's so many social channels out there now and Google is almost a default for anyone looking for something. Getting a simple website online is key to starting out - and you can build up your portfolio. So get started with Cloud Artisans and their 30% of all website hosting packages - making it just £20.99 for the year for personal hosting. Just use the promo code ARTSAWARD at cahost.co.uk
Lots more discounts & deals
Want to save some money on things you like to do, or materials you need? We've partnered with Benefits Cloud to bring you access to discounts that change every day. You'll find discounts in clothes shops, for computer accessories, on experience days, on mini-breaks and even more. You can browse some of the offers straight away or sign-up with the 'Organisation Code' of 'ARTSAWARD'.
Please note your use of Benefits Cloud will be subject to their terms & conditions.
Arts Award Supporters
You can also often save money or find a new opportunity using the offers from Arts Award Supporters. These organisations throughout the UK often offer discounted tickets, work experience or space for young artists. Find your local Arts Award Supporter below and see what they provide.
Life After Arts Award
So where does Arts Award lead?
Doing Arts Award can really help you find your ideal creative career, and it's just as valuable if you're heading in another direction. Arts Award helps you develop creative thinking, leadership, problem-solving, team work and communication skills, all of which make you stand out when going for a college place or job. If you do Gold Award you'll get UCAS points for use on your uni application. And you'll also have a beautiful portfolio to show at interview. Although remember University isn't your only option - Alumnus Joshua shares his thoughts...
If you're interested in a creative career, take a look at our Want my job series or hear from past Arts Award achievers at Where are they now? Then surf around on the Creative Choices website for careers in performing arts, design, literature or visual arts. Or check out Hiive, which offers creative media, tv and broadcasting job opportunities. We've also compiled even more useful websites for you too.
You can find a summary of what Alumni have been up to and the benefits of being an Alumnus in our 2019 e-newsletter - Arts Award KIT. So do check it out.
And a mammoth how to guide which has been a frequent request; some help about HMRC (Tax) and how to be a self employed creative...
Jobs and Training
Remember to take a look at our growing list of opportunities on Voice for job postings and training activities.
You can also find more on:
And a number of the networks and useful arts websites list we've compiled will help too.
Help and support comes to those who ask for it! And the cultural sector demonstrates this best. It's about working together and sharing knowledge. Who should I ask to use that space? How shall I compile my Arts Award portfolio? Where can I get funding for my project? Anybody know a good drummer?
Arts Award prepares you for a creative life in so many ways. And if you want to meet like-minded individuals, ask for help achieving the higher levels, or advice on, say, which drama schools to apply to - then get on over to our Facebook group. If you're concerned about using Facebook for networking, then don't be! Here's some guidance we've put together to help you with using several social media platforms - with links to how you can ensure your privacy is sorted...
As well as our networks you might be Interested in joining others too. We'd also suggest:
- Young People in the Arts - a network for young people at the start of their arts career - especially Music & Theatre administration roles with events in several cities
- Young Arts Fundraisers Network - a professional network for early-career fundraisers in the cultural sector
- Young Professionals in the Arts - a London-based networking group created to foster connections for creative and visual arts professionals
- Independent Dance Management Network - a forum for existing and new independent arts managers and related roles
We have even more organisations that you might like to visit on our useful arts websites page.