Arts Emergency

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'Media cannot reflect society, if society is not reflected in the media'

The UK media and entertainment industries should not be a closed shop to working class people with diverse backgrounds who originate from around the world, all our voices are important. This Black History Month, two brand new organisations come together to appeal to for your support.

Media Diversity UK is a non-profit campaign and publishing platform founded by Samantha Asumadu. It is a place where writers of colour who have been unable to break in to the mainstream or been marginalized can publish their work. It is also a space for authors who have seen mainstream success to publish their lesser know essays. Their aim is to help writers and journalists of colour be published in national newspapers, magazines and get their voices heard in the broadcast media.

Arts Emergency is a registered charity founded by Josie Long and Neil Griffiths. They are building an 'alternative old boys' network to create privilege for 16-19 years olds from ALL backgrounds. Our volunteers make themselves available, whenever they like, via email, skype, phone or in person to share experience with 16-19 year olds looking to follow in their footsteps. Some network members also offer one day work experience and access to further people in their personal networks.

For the duration of October we ask that you join the Arts Emergency 'alternative old boy network', and at the same time, donate whatever you can afford to Media Diversity UK and help keep this vital new campaign in the public eye. We need to raise £1000 to organise a launch. We will invite every editor, deputy editor and head of comment from the broadsheet press and on the night, ask them to commit to genuine diversity online.

Becoming a network contact

It’s not all about money – having encouragement, the benefit of somebody else’s experience, contacts and confidence can do just as much to level the playing field as all the millions of pounds successive govenrments and NGOs have ploughed into ‘social mobility’ or 'diversity' programmes. We welcome these concessions to the “99%”, but social justice is our aim and creating privilege for people without privilege is how we will go about making this happen.

Our volunteers make themselves available via email, skype, phone or in person to share their experience with 16-19 year olds looking to follow in their footsteps. Some network members also offer one day work experiences, access to further people in their personal networks and many go on to undertake mentor training and work with a student for one year. Recognisable network members include Bonnie Greer, Polly Toynbee, Shappi Khorsandi and Stephen K Amos.

It's a flexible and exciting new way to enable busy people (with lots to offer) to help others in a meaningful way, without the fixed time commitment of mentoring a single student. All contact comes via Arts Emergency and the student's mentor and you can donate your time as best suits you.

 

Read more about Media Diversity and donate HERE

Join The Arts Emergency Service by completing this short form:

 

 

 

 
 
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