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Funding Support For Artists

Updated: May 8, 2020

If you’re a freelance creative and you’ve lost work due to Covid-19 you may be eligible for benevolence funds by some amazing charities.

If you’ve never written an application before and need a hand, please get in contact.

We will try and help as many people as we can. Please email our Artistic Director:

Financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers (Credit to Arts Council England for the information)

Arts Council England has committed £4 million to contribute to the following benevolent funds to support individuals working in these areas. The Arts Council is not administering these funds, but more information can be found about them on the links below.

a-n The Artists Information Company This fund provides financial support for artists and arts organisers who work in a self-employed capacity to support the production of exhibitions and art work. This includes (but is not limited to) self-employed art handlers, technicians, art installers, conservators and restorers, and those who help other artists in the production of their work. a-n fund Dance Professionals Fund This fund provides financial support for professional dancers. Support is given to freelance dancers across genres including contemporary, ballet, hip hop, Black and Asian dance, including those with portfolio careers, eg choreography, as long as their primary role has been performing. Dance Professionals fund Equity Charitable Trust (for performers) Criteria include professional actors, circus, aerialists, puppeteers or variety performers, and stage managers. Please note that an applicant’s line of work must make them eligible for an Equity card, although they are not required to have one in order to apply. It excludes musicians, drama students, backstage staff and amateur performers. Equity Charitable Trust Help Musicians Professional music performers, composers, creators and those working in other roles requiring a high level of technical skill (teachers, producers, engineers, etc) across all music sectors including, but not limited to, classical, folk, jazz, world, and all contemporary music genres (pop, hip hop, grime, Americana, heavy metal etc). Please note, the first round of this fund has closed due to demand but Help Musicians are now working on phase two, so please check their website on a regular basis.   Help Musicians UK Outdoor Arts UK This fund will support freelancers who are particularly affected by the seasonal nature of their work, making the vast majority of their annual income in the summer months. This includes, but is not limited to, those identifying as professional and/or specialist artists (eg dedicated street performers, aerialists, stilt artists, project directors) and technicians (eg riggers, projectionists, pyrotechnicians, specialist designers and makers). This also includes outdoor programmers and bookers, technical and production staff, volunteer managers, participation and engagement leaders Outdoor Arts UK The Theatrical Guild This fund supports: any kind of stage technician or engineer; company and stage managers; stagehands; anyone involved in costume, hair or makeup; designers and makers of sets, props and puppets; and ushers or box office staff. The Theatrical Guild Society of Authors Those eligible for this funding include storytellers, scriptwriters, literary journalists, producers, poets, translators and book illustrators. Society of Authors

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