Loïs Acton founded Urban Unlimited and the UUNetwork to develop links between the creative industries and grass roots creativity from traditionally excluded backgrounds. Music has always been the passion at the core of her own life .
Her professional life began as a teacher, youth worker and head of department – leaving to found one of the first real free schools in the UK – the Bermondsey Lampost in the 70s! Putting on her first music gig aged 15 her career has included campaigning on social justice and inequality issues involving music and the arts. She instigated and managed music festivals, arts and theatre events including stage managing Women in Music, Brixton Splash and running the Docklands Festivals . Moving into TV to work on ITV’sTelethon92 £24 million fundraiser, she then went on to help set up the award winning Carlton/ITV social programming unit where she became a Producer/Director, helping develop the Missing Charity, the Community Channel, and sitting on Boards such as Crimestoppers and cross sector charities and NGOs. Her work at ITV included supporting the launch of the MOBO Awards , the TV Diversity and Disability Networks, the Carlton Diversity Awards and the Carlton Trust. She also assisted on Chanel 4s White Room music series, worked at Glastonbury Festival for many years and alongside George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and many other artists.
As a result of her ITV Guns On Our Streets documentaries she realised the need for joined up thinking, eventually leaving ITV after 14 years to co work with the creative industries , government and grassroots projects and individuals on change making ideas and initiatives.