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Prince’s Charity Arts & Business is putting a call out to businesses to put their young high-flyers forward to take part in their Young Professionals on Arts Boards programme in the South West in a bid to secure the arts for the next generation.

The programme enables business people aged 18 to 30 to join the boards of arts and culture organisations as non-executive directors to share their skills and enhance their professional development through exposure to new networks and new opportunities.

Young Professionals on Arts Boards already has a strong national cohort of likeminded business people from organisations such as Deutsche Bank, Eversheds, Sky Arts, and PwC, yet Rachel Pyke, Regional Manager at Arts & Business, states that this is not enough.

“Right now is a very critical time for the arts. Not only are they thinking about surviving today, but preserving their future. They are facing unprecedented challenges as we’ve seen with the recent closure of some of the region’s most loved arts organisations. There are no guarantees at the moment, but we all have a collective responsibility to ensure that communities continue to have access to great art and culture which plays such a vital role in the lives of so many people.”

Arts & Business’ announcement comes amid the debate around the government’s proposed changes to the English Baccalaureate which arts organisations fear may sideline arts education in schools and leave students ignorant about the creative arts.

Philip Spedding, Director of Arts & Business states “Our position is very clear, we believe that access to art and culture is vital to people, places and communities. The UK has a rich arts heritage and the danger is not that art will stop, as there will always be artists, but that there will be insufficient means to give people the sort of access to culture that they deserve. This is why we are urging businesses to help and the Young Professionals on Arts Boards scheme is a great way to start. Businesses have the kind and skills and talent that the arts are crying out for and Arts & Business has the means to create the most meaningful matches between the two.”

Arts & Business is aiming to recruit new young high-flyers to the Young Professionals on Arts Boards programme by 14th January 2013 and request that anyone wanting more information contact Rachel Pyke at rachel..uk.