Charity information


An award-winning, national arts charity providing an online showcase, media exposure, events and e-learning projects for young people to build portfolio careers and earn income from their creativity.

Founded 2004

  • Mission statement

    We exist to develop and enhance young talent’s employability, providing tools for them to build 360ْ portfolios that can transform their hobbies from amateur to professional, to earn income from their creativity, whoever or wherever they are. Our vision is to break down barriers to working in the creative industries, to enable a meritocratic creative sector.

    To achieve this NOISE pioneers opportunities for emerging creatives and entrepreneurs aged 11-30, starting out on their career paths, by showcasing their talents to new audiences and creative industries via international media partnerships, online and high-profile events.

    NOISE works nationally with educational and community organisations to deliver innovative projects and work related opportunities with leading creative organisations (MTV, BBC). We invite the UK’s foremost industry professionals to endorse the best creative portfolios (Zaha Hadid, Wayne Hemmingway, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Tom Dixon... )

    NOISE provides a step change in creative career guidance, by providing accredited E-learning modules, which address both the needs of unemployed/disadvantaged young talent and the booming UK creative sector.

    Biennially the national NOISE festival advances the education of the public, particularly young people, in the arts, and the cultivation of public appreciation of those arts. The benefit to the public is at the core of the charity’s work, to give young people with talent the opportunity to reach their full potential

  • Aims

    NOISE aims to:

    • To showcase the best young creatives to gain recognition and rewards for their work, based on their talent, not their connections, status, location or educational background
    • To build THE destination for young creatives and industry looking for talent, to support new collaborative ways of working with and accessing talent
    • To provide credible alternative career progression routes and accredited e-learning opportunities, to build the employability and confidence of young creative people
    • To offer volunteer professional and peer mentoring support to forge new pathways into employment in the creative industries and encourage new business start-ups and freelancing
    • To inform young people, parents, teachers, youth workers and careers advisors on alternative career development options; enabling young people to make educated choices on their routes into employment
  • Overview

    Established: December 2004

    Registered Charity Number: 1107181

    Board members: 3

    Full time staff: 1

    Part time staff: 3

    Volunteers: 2

    Phone number: 0161 2379009

    Address: NOISE Festival, PO BOX 4106 MANCHESTER M60 1WW

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  • NOISE Festival 2012

    A national showcase of the best UK creative talent (14-30), selected by leading creative i... More