In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in conversations around socieconomic diversity. And yet, with so much brilliant talent looking to break into the industry and companies devoting budget to making change, the numbers remain stagnant. Currently, the percentage of people from working class backgrounds in creative roles remains unchanged, from 17.6% in 2014 to 16.2% today.
“This is a sector specific problem,” Isabel tells us, “Social mobility is worse in the creative industries than in the workforce as a whole, with those from privileged backgrounds more than twice as likely to end up in creative occupations than their working class peers – a third higher than in other sectors.”
Longer-term change will naturally take time, but there is help out there. Here, we’ve compiled a list of organisations and initiatives focussed on supporting creatives from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
While we don’t have first-hand experience of everything featured here, we hope this will be helpful in seeing what options are available. We’re also open to your suggestions if you feel we’ve missed something out – let us know at [email protected]