Covid-19: Creative & Cultural Support

Useful information, resources and ideas for arts, media, heritage, culture and creative organisations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last updated: May 19th, 2020

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There are also pages for the Education & Community and Business & Enterprise sectors.

Emergency planning

PRS has re-opened its Women Make Music grant scheme. Deadlines: June 8th, Oct 5th

>> from PRS


£2-5000 grants for professional musicians to research and develop projects with cross-sector collaboration. Deadlines June 1st, Sept 14th

>> from HELP MUSICIANS


After the Interval National Audience Survey – capturing audience views; complete the survey and see wave 1 results

>> from INDIGO


COVID-19 Webinar: Impact on Cultural Life – June 1st 11am-12pm

>> from MIND OVER MATTER CONSULTANCY


£6.5m COVID-19 grant round to support vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence. Wide eligibility: charities, public sector and for-profit companies. Deadline June 3rd

>> from YOUTH ENDOWMENT FUND


The government’s Self Employment Income Support scheme is now open for applications

>> from GOV.UK


Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund: grants of £1,500-2,500 for artists and freelance creative practitioners in urgent need of financial support as a result of Covid-19 – weekly decisions until June 16th

>> from A-N


1:1 support surgeries. Fully funded for creative businesses and freelancers based in the London Borough of Merton and Greater Brighton. Subsidised for all others.

>> from ALWAYS POSSIBLE


Sadiq Khan announces Culture At Risk Business Support Fund for London’s creative and cultural industries 

>> from MAYOR OF LONDON


NERC is inviting proposals for public engagement with environmental science which understand, address or mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak

>> from NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL


Facebook are building in the ability to charge for Facebook Live events and introducing a free video conference calling service

>> from LATER


Save Our Venues Crowdfunder #saveourvenues

>> from SAVE OUR VENUES


Article: Freelance production crew and furloughing

>> from MOORE KINGSTON SMITH


Pay It Forward scheme from Crowdfunder and Creative Industries Federation

>> from CROWDFUNDER


ACE emergency fund for NPOs and CPP lead orgs

>> from ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND


A list of hardship funds for creatives

>> from CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS’ CLUB


Webinar (recorded) Social Media Comms and Content in challenging Times

>> from AMA


Remaining Positive and Resilient – a series of free weekly webinars looking at income generation and adapting your activity for the current climate

>> from AMA


Actors’ Benevolent Fund – plus list of other related charities and funds for the sector

>> from ACTORS’ BENEVOLENT FUND


Free emergency bid writing surgeries for museums in the South East

>> from SOUTH EAST MUSEUM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME


Fund to support freelance and self-employed individuals working in the Outdoor Arts sector that are not eligible for other funds

>> from OUTDOORARTSUK


£300k fund to support self employed artists and arts organisers who have lost work due to coronavirus Covid-19

>> from a-n


Grants for families (of those working in the fashion or textile industries) financially affected by coronavirus

>> from FASHION and TEXTILE CHILDREN’S TRUST


The Authors’ Emergency Fund

>> from THE SOCIETY OF AUTHORS


Digital marketing recommendations for the arts community during COVID-19 outbreak

>> from CAPACITY INTERACTIVE


eBay are offering the option to defer most selling fees for eligible registered business sellers for 30 days + more support

>> from eBay


Advice and guidance for the heritage sector. A £50m Heritage Emergency Fund has been launched

>> from HERITAGE FUND


Advice and latest guidance for the creative sector (inc. £160m rescue package for creative practitioners)

>> from ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND


Advice for freelancers working in film and TV

>> from BECTU


Advice for freelancers working in theatre and performing arts

>> from EQUITY

>> from INDEPENDENT THEATRE COUNCIL


General advice for freelancers and self-employed on critical issues

>> from IPSE


Advice for BBC contractors

>> from BBC


Multi-purpose micro-site on Covid-19 updates

>> from ARTS PROFESSIONALS


Advice for museum and heritage freelancers

>> from MUSEUM FREELANCE

Resources

Connecting people on furlough with volunteer opportunities

>> from FURLONTEER


9 useful podcast episodes for out of work freelancers

>> from CREATIVE BLOQ


Useful info for indie creatives

>> from BRIGHTON INDEPENDENT ARTISTS NETWORK


A free, online toolkit to increase impact and funding

>> from THE CHARITY EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK


Heritage emergency fund application guidance

>> from HERITAGE FUND


Arts sector experts live chat Q&A on Twitter every Thursday 10:30am using #CovidCulture

>> from ARTS PROFESSIONAL


Digital Culture Network – a series of great resources from DCN / ACE

>> from ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND


Webinar – Live streaming and low cost capture for arts and culture – May 6th

>> from THE SPACE


Fundraising resources and free webinar April 20th

>> from THE NATIONAL ARTS FUNDRAISING SCHOOL


A Sector Revolution: blue sky thinking to address the needs of theatre and arts practitioners

>> from OMIDAZE


Questions of Practice – A thought-provoking blog for the museum and arts sectors

>> from CARA COURAGE


Capturing the impact of COVID-19 on the creative industries

>> from NESTA


Good list of support links for freelancers and creative people

>> from DAVID THOMAS MEDIA


Coronavirus Tech Handbook: a crowd-sourced set of tech, tools and data relating to the coronavirus pandemic

>> from NEWSPEAK HOUSE


Large selection of useful support resources for the arts, culture and heritage sectors

>> from AMA


Large collection of video design tutorials using software from the Adobe Suite

>> from BEHANCE


Free specialist training and business support is still being offered to creative enterprises in Essex, Thurrock, Southend, Kent, Medway and East Sussex

>> from SOUTH EAST CREATIVES


The Arts Desk review site have temporarily taken down their paywall – lots of great content

>> from THE ARTS DESK


Ticket exchange tool to help venues and audiences defer box office income

>> from TICKET SOLVE


Free Unity Learn Premium coding courses for three months

>> from UNITY


Podcast series on design-thinking as a response to Covid-19

>> from WE ARE TEN


Six months free membership

>> from CREATIVE INDUSTRIES FEDERATION


Loads of brilliant resources, funding info and updates

>> from EXEUNT MAGAZINE


Over 20 free resources for creative practitioners affected by the Covid-19 shutdown

>> from TUTTI

Well-being

20 creative projects to get involved with right now

>> from CREATIVE BLOQ


Culture in Quarantine

>> from BBC ARTS


Busting boredom on lockdown. Games and activities for families

>> from BORED GAMES


Good Coronavirus news to ease anxiety – daily updates, but positive vibes only!

>> from SOMETHING POSITIVE


The Arts Society: Connected – an online platform connecting people with a shared love of the arts

>> from THE ARTS SOCIETY


The Self-Isolation Podcast – life hacks, professional advice and light relief

>> from BBC TEES


Collection of links and resources tailored for arts practitioners

>> from ARTS PROFESSIONAL


MOMA: The Museum of Modern Art – free courses

>> from COURSERA


Precarious workers: self-care checklist

>> from RACHEL DOBBS


Join a choir. From your couch

>> from THE SOFA SINGERS


Join another choir. Run by uber-choir master Gareth Malone

>> from DECCA / THE GREAT BRITISH HOME CHORUS

Specialist support

Covid-19 survey for museum professionals

>> from ART FUND


Support for theatre professionals during Coronavirus

>> from THEATRE SUPPORT


Closed Venues and Sites – advice on meeting security and environmental conditions for GIS and general collections purposes

>> from ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND


Free tech support for non-profits and communities tackling COVID-19

>> from COVID TECH SUPPORT


Comprehensive list of advice and support (including funding and legal) for musicians during the coronavirus pandemic

>> from CORONA MUSICIANS


COVID-19 Music Relief

>> from SPOTIFY


MAD Trust Hardship Fund: Coronavirus. Up to £200 to meet unexpected expenses leading to hardship (theatre practitioners)

>> from MAKE A DIFFERENCE TRUST


CoronaHack: AI vs. COVID-19 – virtual Hackathon – April 14th-19th

>> from MINDSTREAM AI


COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund announced for film & TV freelancers

>> from UK FILM & TV CHARITY


Instagram galleries and future print vouchers; support for south coast arts community

>> from COLONNADE HOUSE


A range of support and digital events for visual artists

>> from LIGHTHOUSE


Webinars and digital meet-ups to support women in tech

>> from SPRING FORWARD FESTIVAL


Support and peer-to-peer guidance for voice-over artists

>> from DAVE CRONIN


Free, daily Power Hours to support arts fundraisers during the health crisis

>> from ARTS FUNDRAISING & PHILANTHROPY

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