To champion youth voice and leadership.

Upstart Projects creates opportunities for young people to develop as the arts professionals of the future. We support young people to lead and manage projects, act as ambassadors, find their voice in the arts and train other people. In short, we offer real experiences which build skills and can lead into arts and media careers.

‘Upstart’ suggests aspiration and ambition – maybe beyond expectations! We want to foster projects in which young people can think big and achieve more than they anticipated, including those with fewer opportunities to take part in the arts.

Our vision

We want to help create a society which values the creativity and leadership qualities of young people and young professionals, and seeks out their voice in the arts, both as artists and commentators.

Our values

We believe in running our organisation and our projects so that they foster


We aim to run a fair and supportive organisation which is collaborative in operation and constantly creates opportunities for young people and young professionals to grow their skills, take on leadership roles and explore creative activities and career paths.

Read our latest Annual Report and Accounts on the Charity Commission website here