Creative industries in London are booming, but what they’re making up for in jobs and income, they’re lacking in diversity.

We wanted to get an understanding of why. This is why we teamed up with Partnership for Young London to explore the barriers facing young people entering the creative industries – particularly BAME young people and those from low-income households.

The report, Self-Made Sector: working in the creative industries, highlights many challenges young people face along this journey – from education, to family, and in the industry.

Trying to breakthrough the barriers to working in the creative industries is exhausting and frightening


It’s time we face up to the reality that many young people are largely unaware of the potential opportunities within our industry, or don’t feel welcome. So we are calling on the industry and people of influence to make the following changes:

  • The creative industries need to stop using unpaid internships
  • The industry needs to overhaul entry-level career recruitment practices
  • There needs to be a new careers advice and guidance strategy
  • Young creatives who don’t go to university need to be supported through grants
  • Government should add creative subjects to the EBacc

If you’re interested in talking to us about the report, or its recommendations, please get in touch

Young Londoners should not have to work this hard to do what they love; chasing invoices and never expecting a contract, educating themselves as schools cut creative subjects, using their savings to work for free, changing the way they speak to fit in, and fighting negativity of teachers, parents, and friends.

Matthew Walsham, Policy & Campaigns Lead, Partnership for Young London