The Creative Society was founded in 2009 as a response to the economic crisis. The charity grew from ideas floated in an article in The New Statesman calling for a different approach to job creation. We were inspired by Roosevelt-era work programmes for artists and writers in the United States and by the Thatcher-era Enterprise Allowance Scheme. Following a meeting in Downing Street of politicians and prominent figures from the creative sector, the organisation began life at the Southbank Centre before moving to Somerset House.

Since we began, we have helped hundreds of young people across the country to find work in the arts and creative jobs. We have campaigned against the culture of unpaid internships and lobbied for more help for young people to set up their own businesses. The Creative Society is proud to run the Speaker’s Parliamentary Internship Scheme, which helps place people from disadvantaged backgrounds into MPs’ offices.