Britain is a dynamic and evolving country with young people coming from a wide variety of backgrounds, yet the children's sector does not always reflect this. We need to ensure young people are represented, recognised and given role models within the sector and that is exactly what Vital Spark hopes to do.
Access and diversity in the arts
Arts and culture bring people together, through sharing perspectives and appealing to wide audiences. There are plenty of UK organisations and events that are actively pushing to include a greater spectrum of people from differing backgrounds and experiences.
The Trampery is working with the British Fashion Council (BFC) to provide creative workspace for new designer womenswear businesses at their Hackney Wick Fish Island Village location.
The BFC's annual NEWGEN programme provides finance, support and showcasing opportunities to emerging talent and helps to build future high-end fashion businesses.
Cameron Mackintosh has donated £1m to a fundraising campaign to complete the new 200-set theatre home of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in Peckham.
The new theeatre will open in autumn 2019 and will be named the Cameron Mackintosh Theatre.
Mountview's decision to move from its North London location is seen as a way to increase intake of theatre enthusiasts from more diverse backgrounds. Cameron Mackintosh's donation frees up the school to fundraise for more means-tested bursaries and hardship funds. Half of the school's students already receive means-tested bursaries.
The Mayor of London is investing an additional £20,000 into the Culture Seeds programme for community-led projects with an African focus.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the official launch of Africa In London, a summer of cultural activity including new and established events around African culture in the capital.
Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy has just launched a new round of Networks Funding for 2019.
Applications are now open for groups or networks across England to receive support for the development of a fundraising training event, conference, seminar or introductory meeting. Organisations and groups can apply up for grants of up to £1,000 and £2,000 depending on the size of the event.
With the help of the UK Government, creators of Wallace & Gromit, Aardman, are joining with creative leaders in virtual reality and video game fields to craft "next generation entertainment experiences" as part of the Audience of the Future Challenge programme.
Ed Vaizey, former Arts Minister, is chairing a new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) which looks to tackle the lack of diversity in the arts and creative sectors.
The Creative Diversity APPG has been formed in the wake of recent reports showing a severe lack of diversity in creative workforces across the UK. This includes just 5% identifying as disabled compared to 20% of the UK workforce and 12% of core workers identified as BME compared with 16% of the working age population.
RISE is the name for the platform, organisation and year of activity celebrating inspirational women in Liverpool and abroad.