COVID-19 Impact on Arts Workers +

Signposting benefits, statements, support for arts workers following the COVID-19 outbreak. Last updated: 13 May.

Advice and Guidance on the outbreak
NHS Inform
Scottish Government advice
UK Government’s Coronavirus Action Plan

Government support & benefits:
Employment & Support Allowance (for folk with Covid-19) – you have to have paid NI contributions over last 2-3 years, if that isn’t you, look at…
Universal Credit (they are suspending the minimum income floor restriction and you won’t have to go to a job centre if you are self-isolating)
– There is Hardship Fund that has been given to local councils to help people with council tax.
Self Employed Income Support Scheme – check if you are eligible and when you can apply here (read our blog post on how to claim).
– In Scotland, if you are experiencing hardship, you can apply for a crisis grant from the Scottish Welfare Fund,
– HMRC (0800 015 9559) will arrange bespoke time to pay your taxes – allowing a little more time to pay your taxes.
– Scottish Government have announced a £320M rescue package for business
Support for those affected by COVID-19 on gov.uk
Complete ban on evictions and extra protection for renters

Financial support:
A-Z of Funding & Resources collated by Creative Scotland
Arts Council England: Emergency Funding Package
– Acting for Others: offers emotional and financial support to theatre workers
The Actors Children Trust – for parent-actors
Creative Scotland’s Sustaining Creative Development Fund
Dance Professionals Fund
Emergency Support for UK Theatre Artists
Industry Specific Benevolent Funds list
MAD Trust Covid-19 Harship Fund
Smallwood Trust provides to support to women on low incomes
Financial help & rights (including 3 months mortgage holidays, credit card breaks)- see more in this article from MoneySavingExpert.

Other kinds of support:

Response from Arts Funders, Unions & Industry:
The Stage – Coronavirus: breaking news, live updates
Arts Council Wales response, Resilience Fund details due 7 April
Creative Scotland, 27 March
Arts Council England response, 24 March
Arts Council Northern Ireland, 16 March
Equity, 14 March
London Funders, 13 March
FST (Federation of Scottish Theatre), 13 March
Global responses from Arts Councils, 12 March
Help Musicians, 12 March
Theatre Forum Ireland, updated 12 March
Arts Council Wales, 9 March
ITC (Independent Theatre Council), 6 March (for producers, organisers)
Bectu

Recording the impact of Covid-19 on Arts Workers – data collection
FST have been in touch with members asking them to quantify the impact to cashflow and the direct/indirect impact on employment over the next few months (this is sensitive information and it is to be treated in confidence);
Culture Counts is collating qualitative feedback on the impact,
Tracy Brabin MP, is seeking to hear concerns from freelancers working in sport or creative industries so she can pull a dossier together to give to UKGov.

Other things:
EdFringe: most recent statement, 27 March
Middle Child offered to share their contingency plans.
Edinburgh International Festival opts for a digital launch to the annual festival

If you have other helpful references, please let us know.

Independent Arts Projects is fundraising to sustain its creative practice and the work of the artists and arts workers it collaborates with during the Covid-19 crisis. If you would like to donate to support the company at this time, please do so at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/iap.

Thank you.


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2 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this. Much appreciated. I have just had a major client cancel and I don’t know how I am going to manage going forward as my income has just been slashed by around 50%. I have a survival job but it was just a minimum wage top up to my work. I don’t know what is going to happen over the next few months now.

    • Hi Marie,

      I think we’re all very unsure at the moment.
      Let’s keep sharing information, and thinking of creative ways to support each other. Look after yourself.

      Best,
      Mhari

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