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10 top tips for finding a job in the Arts - YPIA Blog
Georgina Skinner | 18th February 2018
I have just been rejected for another job after spending hours (yes hours) on the application form for it. The job was fine, not the best, not the worst, but it was something and now I’m about to go...

Building the future: Arts organisations and the spaces they occupy - YPIA Blog
Kate Jones | 16th October 2017
As plans for a new concert Hall in London hits the news, and in anticipation of YPIA's upcoming panel discussion, Building the future: Arts organisations and the spaces they occupy with Huw Humphreys...

​How it all began: 10 years of Young People In the Arts - YPIA Blog
Nicki Wenham | 9th October 2017
My name is Nicki Wenham and I am one of the founders of YPIA... I had the idea for YPIA whilst I was an assistant artist manager (my first paid job in the business) at Sulivan Sweetland, a small...

The Top Reasons Young Arts Professionals Succeed - YPIA Blog
Victoria Greene | 14th September 2017
Young arts professionals have to be tenacious in order to get noticed over the competition. With the number of creative graduates growing year-on-year, the pool of talent is expanding. But unfortunately,...

Are apprenticeships as important as degrees? - YPIA Blog
Maya Ophelia | 5th January 2017
Yes, they are. Apprenticeships are as important as degrees. I repeat, apprenticeships are as important as degrees. Not everyone will agree with that statement but I believe they should. Job hunting...

Everyday Creativity - YPIA Blog
Katie Dunstan | 23rd December 2016
We are all creative and we can all be creators, we just need to believe that we can. My brother rarely thinks of himself as 'creative'. He can't draw, as he often tells me and doesn't enjoy the...

The RA's 248th Summer Exhibition - YPIA Blog
Claire Smith | 23rd August 2016
Lamentably the London weather may not always be yielding any indication of summer, however The Royal Academy’s annual ‘Summer Exhibition’ which opened on 13 June has denoted the...

Are you actually a young person in the arts? - YPIA Blog
Katie Dunstan | 1st August 2016
As I sit down to write this I’m suddenly questioning whether I am ‘a young person in the Arts’. I am a young person, with a love for the Arts, but am I actually in it? That depends, I suppose...

How arts organisations can teach us to build a better world - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 1st August 2016
On 27 July What Next? and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation held a roundtable discussion to inform their current research project on the civic role of arts organisations. At this event young arts...

How to Write Nice Words Good: The Importance of Structure - YPIA Blog
Adam Steedman Thake | 15th July 2016
David Mamet, the playwright and filmmaker, once remarked that, “Stories happen because somebody wants something and has trouble getting it.” Therein lies the basis of every story ever told. Luke...

Four Key Skills Arts Professionals Need - YPIA Blog
Kathryn Worthington | 26th June 2016
I graduated in 2012 with a degree in Multi-Media Textiles from Loughborough University. Like most people who do an arts course, I chose it because I loved it. I loved creating art, I loved being around...

Five Tips for Becoming an Arts Entrepreneur - YPIA Blog
David Taylor | 19th April 2016
At some point or another we've all had that one great idea – you know, that dream project that you’re passionate about. In your mind, you know it will work, but you just don't quite know how to...

YPIA looking for Assistant Project Managers - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 15th March 2016
YPIA is recruiting for new Assistant Project Managers to join our committee for the 16/17 season. We are looking for passionate and enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in coming up with ideas...

Prudential Series at the China Exchange / Amanda Nevill (CEO of the BFI) - YPIA Blog
Katya Kazakevich | 25th January 2016
The China Exchange holds an enviable location amidst the hustle and bustle of Gerrard Street in Chinatown. Recently refurbished (formerly housing London’s central Telephone Exchange) it now plays...

A Letter to Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 1st December 2015
On 1 December Culture Minister Ed Vaizey plans to hold a roundtable discussion to inform his upcoming White Paper with strategies for the arts and heritage sector. This event, which is hosted by What...

The Fundraiser Gives: Supporting the Arts Now and for the Future - YPIA Blog
Matthew Ross | 23rd November 2015
Full disclosure: we fundraisers talk a lot about why donors give. I mean, really, a lot. When a landmark book called Why Rich People Give came out, we read it avidly. Interest was so high the sequel...

The Arts Intern Industry: The Case for Fair Pay - YPIA Blog
Ellen Davnall | 4th November 2015
In many ways unpaid internships are a budgetary no-brainer for arts organisations rich in enthusiasm and lean in funding, so why has Siobhan Davies Dance decided to adopt a minimum salary...

The Arts Intern Industry: Life as an Unpaid Intern in London - YPIA Blog
Izzie Clarey | 23rd October 2015
‘Making it’ in the arts, it seems, is all about getting that first foot in the door. But what is it like once you actually get that opportunity? After graduating last summer I found myself in...

Discounts on 2015-2016 Membership - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 17th September 2015
YPIA events are open to everyone, regardless of whether you have signed up to be a member of our network or not. However, members do get great discounts and offers to extend the networking experience far...

Job Hunting in the Arts: Getting that foot in the door - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 26th August 2015
The arts are competitive, and we all know it. Most of us have sat through quite a couple of job interviews, have dealt with rejection upon rejection, and have worked through endless series of unpaid...

YPIA End of the Year Questionnaire - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 19th August 2015
While our team was busy planning the 15/16 season this summer, Project Manager Fanny created a lovely little questionnaire to find out what our audience would like to see in future seasons. It provides space...

10 Tips for Getting Into Theatre - YPIA Blog
Emma Ratnavel | 7th August 2015
“The key is to make the most of your experience, get all the advice you can, work hard, love everything you do and be nice. This definitely is the common denominator between all the successful...

Tips for those who really hate networking - YPIA Blog
Cécile Pauty | 27th July 2015
I hate networking, I really do. As a grown woman and successful professional, the thought of finding myself in a roomful of strangers – where everyone seems to know everyone else – makes me want...

A first glimpse of the 2015-2016 season - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 17th July 2015
The Summer Drinks was a fantastic occasion to celebrate the end of a successful season of events with all of our members and followers, but our team of wonderful and insanely productive volunteers deserved...

Our Season in Numbers - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 7th July 2015
While wrapping up this season, we wondered just how many people we've made happy with our events over the past seven years, so here's an infographic to show you what we've done. And...

Greetings from YPIA's Founders - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 7th July 2015
There are few things as satisfying as writing the first blog post on a fresh, new website. And whom better to ask to lay the foundations of the YPIA blog than the founders of YPIA themselves, Nicki...

YPIA in Classical Music Magazine - YPIA Blog
Harry White | 7th July 2015
At the beginning of this year, YPIA was featured in Classical Music Magazine. Journalist Harry White interviewed the outgoing founding directors (Nicki Wenham and Andreas Flohr) and incoming directors...

Meet the Team - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 7th July 2015
This month we welcome five newbies to our committee: three general Assistant Project Managers and two Guest Event Managers. Let's say hello to Cécile, Lauren, Amy, Matthew and Olivia....