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Interview With Isabel Sachs - Founder of I LIKE NETWORKING - YPIA Blog
Nora Seelmann | 10th February 2021
Ahead of our free Online Networking 101 workshop (22 Feb, 6pm-7pm) with Isabel Sachs we've asked the founder of I LIKE NETWORKING how she started in the Arts, what to expect of online...

How To Get Into... Event Management In The Arts - YPIA Blog
Alice Godfrey | 17th January 2021
YPIA committee member Alice Godfrey talked to us about how she got into Event Management in the Arts and shares insights of her day-to-day job at the London Symphony Orchestra. Name Alice...

City Spotlight: Gloucestershire - YPIA Blog
Grace Green | 14th November 2020
As we adjust to a new normal, YPIA Regional Ambassador for Gloucestershire, Grace Green, takes a look at all that's been going on in the region and highlights some of the innovative ways in which local...

City Spotlight: Edinburgh - YPIA Blog
Caitlin Serey | 28th October 2020
As YPIA’s Regional Ambassador for Edinburgh, I feel I should first confess that I am not a local, nor am I even Scottish. However, I first visited Edinburgh in 2012 and quickly became captivated by...

City Spotlight: Glasgow - YPIA Blog
Rosa Cato | 13th October 2020
Glasgow’s arts and culture have always been based on a DIY spirit, in part necessitated by a historic lack of resources. There is also a sense for many of the arts institutions in the city that their...

City Spotlight: Birmingham - YPIA Blog
Lauren Morton | 30th September 2020
Back in March, the world stopped for all of us when the entire country went into lockdown. Like most industries, the arts had to take a pause. Initially it looked like things would be ‘back to normal’...

Should arts venues hibernate or adapt in order to survive? - YPIA Blog
Toks Dada | 18th September 2020
As the COVID-19 Culture Recovery Fund opens, will hibernation or adaptation be the best long-term survival strategy? (Originally published on 11 August 2020 at www.toksdada.com)Growing up in East Manchester,...

Best Instruments For Beginners - YPIA Blog
Hayes Music | 5th August 2020
So you want to learn an instrument? Welcome to the club! Starting out can be pretty daunting. From mastering the different chords to perfecting your technique, it can seem like you’re at ground...

Black Lives Matter: Statement and Learning Resources - YPIA Blog
The YPIA committee have been closely following the Black Lives Matter movement, and have been deeply affected by the events leading to protests across the US and UK. Over the past few weeks we have been...

I’ve been put on furlough, now what? - YPIA Blog
Grace Green | 22nd April 2020
Furlough will be different for everyone, but I wanted to share some thoughts on how to make the most of the time off.First and foremost, your wellbeing matters above all else, as of course it does in ‘normal’...

Regional Ambassadors Recruitment 2020-2021 - Join the team! - YPIA Blog
Kate Jones | 20th April 2020
We are currently recruiting for new Regional Ambassadors for our 2020-2021 season - apply now! About Young People in the Arts Young People in the Arts (YPIA) is a social network for arts professionals...

Lockdown And Learn An Instrument - YPIA Blog
Why learning a musical instrument might be the best thing you do during the COVID-19 Lockdown As I write this, we’ve already had two and a half weeks of lockdown at home. The novelty of watching...

COMMITTEE RECUITMENT 2020-2021 - JOIN THE YPIA TEAM! - YPIA Blog
Kate Jones | 15th April 2020
We are currently recruiting for new committee members for our 2020-2021 season - apply now!Roles available: Project Managers, Assistant Project Managers & Assistant Marketing Managers. We are also...

5 places to enjoy the arts online - YPIA Blog
Jessica Lane | 24th March 2020
Whilst many arts and cultural organisations are temporarily closed, there’s still lots to explore online. Here’s a round-up of some of our favourite places to enjoy art, theatre, film and music - all...

Arts and the environment: a platform for change - YPIA Blog
Mairi Warren | 25th February 2020
JERWOOD SPACE, 171 UNION ST, LONDON SE1 0LN26TH FEBRUARY 2020 | 7PMDue to the sustainability-theme of tonight’s event, we’ve decided to do digital-only notes, to save paper and energy on printing.Against...

How To Get Into...Business Development Management in Arts Organisations - YPIA Blog
Nora Seelmann | 19th October 2019
Rebecca Brown from the Gulbenkian explains how to get into Business Development in an arts organisation and how her day to day work look like. Job title / industry:Business Development Manager...

How To Get Into... Programme Management - YPIA Blog
Nora Seelmann | 18th August 2019
It takes a lot of hands to build a successful show, exhibition or concert. To shed some light on the variety of positions and jobs available across the cultural sector, we have asked arts professionals...

WE'RE HIRING! - YPIA Blog
YPIA | 10th March 2019
Young People in the Arts Assistant Project Managers & Administrative ManagerAbout Young People in the ArtsYoung People in the Arts (YPIA) is a social network for arts professionals at the outset of...

YPIA RECRUITING FOR REGIONAL AMBASSADORS - YPIA Blog
Esther Poole | 30th September 2018
**DEADLINE EXTENDED**YPIA are recruiting for a new team of Regional Ambassadors based in Cardiff, Cambridge, Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol.About the positionsYPIA...

Earlybird membership - YPIA Blog
YPIA | 19th August 2018
YPIA is offering earlybird membership for a limited time - join today! www.ypia.co.uk/register

New Leadership Team for YPIA - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 6th July 2018
After four years at the helm of YPIA, Katya Kazakevich, Imogen Morris and Stella Toonen will be stepping down as Directors and handing over to a new generation of young arts leaders.We are excited to announce...

Join the YPIA team! - YPIA Blog
Kate Jones | 25th June 2018
We are currently recruiting for new committee members for our 2018/2019 season - apply now!  Assistant Project Managers Marketing Managers Administrative Manager About the positions YPIA...

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...