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Creative Arts East’s Youth Arts Consultation

November 20, 2020

Will you help us by completing a survey?


Whether you are a young person yourself, or a professional who works directly or indirectly with young people on arts programmes, your opinion matters, and we would love to hear from you.

Please take a look at the four survey options below and complete the one that best matches you:

Are you…


A professional who works (or whose organisation works) with young people?

Yes, I am a strategic head or in a decision-making position for an organisation  – Click here to complete the survey

Yes, I work directly with young people, facilitating programmes – Click here to complete the survey

or are you a young person?

Yes, I am under 16 – Click here to complete the survey for Under 16’s

Yes, I am aged 16-25 – Click here to complete the survey for 16-25 year olds

As part of our consultation and to support our research, we are carrying out surveys about creative pathways – particularly in music, available to young people in the eastern region. In order to do so, we need your voice! Especially during these difficult times, working together is so important, and so we would very much appreciate you taking the time to complete our survey, and sharing it with your networks.

Select the survey above which is right for you, and please complete it by the initial deadline of 16th December. If you are a young person completing the survey and leaving your email address, you will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a year’s subscription to Skillshare, worth £80!

What is the consultation and why are we doing it?

Over the next ten months, here at Creative Arts East we will be carrying out a consultation (funded by National Charity Youth Music) to find out what creative pathways – particularly in music, are available to children and young people across the eastern region.

The project’s primary aim is to better understand the hyperlocal barriers and challenges that currently prevent young people in rural and often under-served communities from accessing high creative arts and cultural opportunities, with a specific focus on the activities and progression pathways that might support them go on to pursue leadership roles in future.

The consultation will result in a report which can inform local, regional, and national planning and delivery, alongside a range of supporting resources. It will also act as a roadmap for the next iteration of the ‘Create, Encourage, Promote’ Music Programme for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire between 2021 – 2024.

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen our first ever digital takeover event – ‘Leading the Way’ – back in October, where we shared the findings of our initial youth arts leadership survey, showcased the work of some talented young creatives and their experiences of leadership, and invited responses and discussion around many topics to do with the various opportunities and challenges of leading in the arts that young people face today.

We were so thrilled with responses to this event – it reached so many new young people and gave us the opportunity to hear some really interesting feedback from young people and organisations, all of which has informed the next step in our consultation.

There are four surveys, so make sure you select the right one for you!

Please help us with our consultation by answering the questions with as much information as possible. We will be sharing the findings widely, and your responses will help to inform the consultation and will ultimately support the sharing of best practice in working with and for young people in the arts through the resource and CPD training we will be organising as a result of the findings. Please do share these links with anyone you know who is a young person, or who works with young people, across the eastern region, to help us to gather as full a picture as possible.

The first deadline for responses is 16th December.

We can’t wait to see your responses to our questions! Thank You!

If you are a young person who would like to be involved in this consultation by being a part of our Creative Arts East Young Creatives Advisory Group, where you’ll have the chance to network with other talented, dynamic young creatives in regular online mixers, have chances to promote your work, and speak with arts industry professionals, as well as having your voice heard through our consultation, get in touch with Julia at






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