Upstart Projects supports young people aged 13-30 to find their voice in the arts and gain the skills and experience to grow as arts and media practitioners. We want our projects to open doors for young people to explore their interests and potential, including those with fewer opportunities to take part in the arts.

We champion youth voice and leadership through all our work.

Our vision

We want to help create a society which values the creativity and opinions of young people and offers pathways into the cultural sector for people from all backgrounds.

Our values

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


We 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.

Our team

Our staff and associates offer wide-ranging skills including business development, journalism, media skills, training, youth voice and participation. We actively support young people to progress from our participation programmes into paid work with us.

Our staff team brings together experienced professionals with early career creatives.

Our trustees are a diverse group with cultural, education and journalism experience.

We support young journalists to create content for our magazine.