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Generator Union

Generator Union is our cross-sector membership network, bringing together freelancers & founders, students & start-ups and everyone in between.

  • We connect and nurture our community, ensuring access without barriers.
  • We are a catalyst for collaboration & co-creation, matching our members to incredible opportunities, ideas and innovation.
  • We unite talent, creating a varied network of individuals of all backgrounds and expertise.
  • We support and empower the next generation of creatives to grow.
  • We promote the region as a thriving community, attracting talent nationwide and raising the profile of our members.

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How We Do It

Generator Union brings our community together through a monthly programme of diverse & unique events designed to inspire.

We provide our members with a complimentary package of support & profile raising opportunities.

We create opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, knowledge exchange & collaborative conversations.

We connect employers with their next hires, and clients with service providers through informal networking & facilitated introductions.

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Get Involved

  • Regular Networking Sessions

    Our Networking events are open to attend for everyone – free for Members and a small charge for non-Members

    Join us for some casual networking with the creative community, you won’t find a more diverse crowd anywhere else in the North East to mingle with!

    Networking takes place regularly and at different times (breakfast / lunch / after work) to cater for all diaries. Please check out our events page to sign up for the next one.

  • Masterclass Series

    Utilising Generator’s extended music, cultural & creative network, our masterclass series delivers something different; giving you an opportunity to try something new in a relaxed and informal environment.

    From storytelling to illustration, these sessions will boost you & your teams creative thinking skills and bring you back to the office buzzing with new ideas.

  • Socials and Parties

    From after-work drinks & summer sports days to Christmas parties, we love to let our hair down as much as you do!

    Tapping into our music network, not only will you have a chance to have a great time with friends old and new, but you’ll also get to hear some mint local talent too.

  • Talks & Debates

    We bring experts across the creative sector together to deliver thought provoking and inspirational talks in quirky locations.

    Giving regional talent a platform to talk about their incredible work and bringing in new voices from outside the region to share their experiences.

    This series will debate the issues that truly matter.

  • Showcase Events

    Focusing on a particular sub-sector of the cultural and creative industries, each event will give local businesses & individuals the opportunity to showcase their work, giving our attendees the opportunity to get up close and hands-on with innovative new work & get the chance to experience something new.

Join a community of creative professionals right on your doorstep

Generator Union is an open, inclusive community for the creative industries – for students, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and everyone in-between.

We welcome professionals from gaming to graphic design, performing arts to photography and musicians to marketeers. In fact, anyone who considers themselves part of our creative community is welcome!

Why Join?

...As a Student

Joining us as a student or young person looking for their first step into the industry will…

  • Open you up to networking opportunities with a range of employers across the creative industries – from startups to the cultural institutions in the region.
  • Give you the chance to experience the industry first-hand with networking, masterclasses and events – a fantastic addition to your CV alongside your studies.
  • Allow you to mix with not only employers and professionals in the space, but also other young people with a similar mindset to you. You never know who you could meet!

...As an Entrepreneur

Joining as a Founder, Freelancer or CEO will…

  • Open you up to a range of business development opportunities through our regular networking events and socials.
  • Expose you to new talent coming into the industry, so you can choose the next best hires for your company.
  • Give you collaboration and co-creation opportunities with a variety of creative professionals and businesses in the region, alongside our world-class educational institutes and universities.

As a Creative Professional...

From Graphic Designers to Performing Artists, if you’re a professional working in the creative industries, joining Generator Union will…

  • Open you up to plenty of professional development opportunities, from free masterclasses to knowledge exchanges.
  • Give you a ton of networking opportunities – whether you’re looking for your next client or your next job in the industry, we’ve got something for you.
  • Allow you to get to know and meet likeminded people in the same industry, with similar challenges and goals. Your power is in your network.

Member Benefits

Standard benefits for all

  • At least 10 varied events to attend per year
  • Networking opportunities
  • Facilitated introductions across the network
  • Share your relevant & appropriate social posts
  • Live job vacancies shared over social media
  • Access to third party offers
  • Access to new talent/potential future employers

Paid Members only

  • Listing in our online directory
  • Share your blogs, news, events and PR on our website & in our newsletter
  • Reduced price tickets at paid events
  • Welcome on social media
  • Speaking opportunities at our events

Our Partners & Friends

  • Gateshead College Logo
  • Mincoffs Solicitors Logo
  • Newcastle College Logo
  • Signpost Production Logo
  • Blu Sky Accountants Logo
  • Sunderland College Logo
  • Cargo Creative Logo

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