We’re looking for BESEA mentors who want to support and nurture the next generation of BESEA artists and creative practitioners.

Mentoring is about helping others to realise and achieve their potential; it’s also about supporting mentors to become leaders within their community and within their industry.

Mentors will receive free leadership training to empower, educate and support existing and new members of the BESEA performing arts community.

If you are selected to be a mentor, we will ask you to take a compulsory DBS check (see the FAQ below).

Applications are currently closed. Please sign up to our mailing list for future opportunities.


What is the mentoring scheme?

This mentoring scheme exists to support new artists in their first few steps in the industry. Mentees will be matched with the most suitable mentor in the field they request. These relationships are led by the mentees, and mentors are encouraged to answer questions and provide advice related to their career, their business and the wider industry in general. 

Our 1-to-1 mentoring scheme offers support and guidance over an initial 6-month period. During this time, we hope your mentee will feel supported by a fellow member of our community with tailored insight into working as a BESEA artist. We hope mentees will become more aware of the opportunities that are available in their chosen field and beyond, as well as benefiting from tips and the cumulative expertise of your experiences. We encourage these relationships to be reciprocal as we expect mentors will have a great deal to learn from mentees too. 

An example of what mentees may want to discuss in 1-to-1 sessions: 

  • Plan their next steps into paid work 
  • Learn about the opportunities that exist within the industry 
  • Seek advice on continuing training and craft/ skill development  
  • Put together their Spotlight/CV/portfolio 
  • Seek advice on relationships with Agents 
  • Discuss approaching employers and casting directors 
  • Find out how to build their networks (& audiences)  
  • Develop self-marketing tools: effective use of social media, telling their story, showcasing work 
  • Build on personal skills: communication, resilience, empowerment 
  • Learn about their rights as a self-employed freelancer 


What is expected of mentors?

  • Mentors will receive a 90-minute training session from members of our team on 08 March 2021.
  • Contact time with mentee of 1 hour every fortnight for the first month and at least 1 hour a month thereafter (following mutual agreement between yourself and mentee).
  • Check in and out meetings with your Rising Waves contact.
  • Valid DBS checks.


Who can apply to be a mentor? 

This pilot mentorship scheme is open to artists who have worked in the industry professionally for at least 5 years from a performance, creative or technical discipline. Mentors will be selected based on the most suitable matches for mentees according to their needs, requests and personalities.

Mentors who have been paired will also need to have a valid DBS check. This will cost £23. If you would struggle to pay for a valid DBS check, please let us know.


Who are the mentees? 

The mentees are artists or practitioners who graduated or entered  the performing arts industry within the past 3 years. 


Our aims

Distribute the wealth of knowledge and resources within our community to foster the culture of skill sharing. After receiving training from us, mentors will have the skills to continue mentoring beyond this scheme. We will also be hosting panels and discussions to empower, educate and support both emerging and established members of our sector: connecting and building a supportive community of BESEA artists.


How is the programme monitored and supported?

We have attended mentorship and leadership training by You Make It. We are supported by Arts Council England, an advisory committee and performing arts institutions listed on our supporters page.