Signpost: Information and Guidance for UK Based Artists and Artist-Led Organisations

06 April 2020

In response to ongoing Covid-19 developments we have compiled this list to signpost professional advice, support and guidance for UK-based independent artists, curators, producers, arts workers and artist-led organisations.

Last updated on 28 July 2020.

UK Arts Councils:

Government Advice:

NHS Advice for Everyone: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS Inform Scotland: www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

NHS Direct Wales: www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/

Health Northern Ireland: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/ 

HMRC Covid-19 help line for self-employed and businesses: 0300 456 3565

Claim a grant though the coronavirus (Covid-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Overview and list of all UK Government business grants:  https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Citizens Advice, check what benefits you are eligible for:

 

Other UK focused emergency funds from other funders, arts organisations and partners (with deadlines if specified):

 

 

Culture at Risk 

The Mayor of London established the Culture at Risk Office to safeguard London’s cultural life and to support organisations, venues and people across the creative sector. https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/arts-and-culture/cultural-infrastructure-toolbox/culture-risk-0

 

UK Music 

List of organisations offering financial support for people working in the music industry. https://www.ukmusic.org/covid-19/coronavirus-financial-support-information/how-to-get-emergency-funding-if-you-work-in-the-music-industry/

 

Grants Online

List of grants currently available across the UK with a specific page for emergency funds and a page dedicated to all arts, culture and heritage grants. https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/coronavirus.html

 

Other information and guidance for independent artists, curators, producers and artist-led organisations:

 

Unlimited

List of resources and information for disabled freelancers and artists:  https://weareunlimited.org.uk/links-and-resources-for-disabled-artists-and-freelancers-in-response-to-covid-19-includes-medical-guidance/

 

A-N

Our friends at A-N have put together this regularly updated page with support and advice for artists from across the sector, plus wider government and NHS guidance: https://www.a-n.co.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-guidance-for-artists-and-arts-organisers/

 

Creative Industries Federation 

The Creative Industries Federation represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries and they are currently offering free subscription. https://www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/news/free-federation-membership-six-months

 

UK Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resource

This webpage is a collection of links to resources for freelance creatives and artists: https://ukcovid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/

 

Acas

Acas gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice: https://www.acas.org.uk/

 

Bectu

Advice for members, including information for freelancers working in film and TV and workers in theatre, live events and the arts: https://bectu.org.uk/topic/covid-19-coronavirus/

 

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE)

Action concerning Covid-19 and advice for freelancers: https://www.ipse.co.uk/ipse-news/news-listing/coronavirus-ipse-activity-and-advice-freelancers.html

 

Theatre Skill Share 2020 

This document collates skills, mentoring and support being offered by theatre makers to others in the sector. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1–6tt_D8L37-PBikPZP7qALdQ1f5WbDqTceSTPHf-YA/edit#gid=0

 

Crafts Council

Information and advice for makers, craft business and organisations: https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/articles/supporting-the-craft-community-at-this-time

 

Digital Culture Network 

Content and resources to help you develop digital skills: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/digital-culture-network/resources-support-events#section-1

 

Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance

The Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance have created guidance for working online, and online safeguarding: https://www.culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk/guidance-working-online-and-online-safeguarding

 

Mind

Reliable information and tips to help you cope during this time: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/

 

Art Quest 

Artquest have created a temporary homepage which provides links to the latest information, resources and opportunities for visual artists during the Covid-19 lockdown: https://www.artquest.org.uk/

 

Jerwood Arts Twitter

We regularly share information relating to funding and resources available for artists across different art forms on our Twitter feed. https://twitter.com/JerwoodArts