Our freelancer community has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

Here is a list of links to networks, information, support and potential sources of funding, which we will update regularly. If you have other links that you think are useful and would like us to include, please let us know by emailing education.admin@rsc.org.uk.

We have also included links to articles that respond to the current situation and advocate for our sector and each other, and additional online safeguarding guidelines which might help other organisations.


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Freelance musicians rehearsing for a production
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Updated 1 July 2020 

Overview of resources

Grants and funding

  • Acting for Others Advises people to get in touch if you are a theatre worker that has been affected by Covid-19 for more information about how they can support.  

  • Actors’ Benevolent Fund considering applications from professional actors, actresses and stage managers  

  • a-n Artist Bursaries Time Space Money, plus financial support for artists and arts organisers - for Artist members, they are bringing forward the application for the next round of a-n Artist Bursaries (check website for details) 

  • Bryony Kimmings is matching established artists to emerging artists who are struggling financially

  • Coventry 2021 Coronavirus Resilience Fund – grants up to £500 available for individuals, up to £1,000 for organisations. 

  • Directors Support Scheme – grants of around £500 for Directors in acute need 

  • Equity Charitable Trust educational grants for professional performers to retrain and re-qualify in a different field – see welfare grants.  

  • Funds for Freelancers If you’re in need of financial support email submissions@paultaylormills.com  with a few sentences about your situation  

  • GOV.UK Self-employed invited to get ready to make their claims for coronavirus (COVID-19) support  

  • Help Musicians - Financial Hardship Funding Phase 2, the charity will offer grant payments for the period 1 June to 31 October, to top up Universal Credit payments where relevant.

  • Musician’s Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund – up to £200 for individuals 

  • PSA Welfare and Benevolent Fund - for people involved in live production 

  • Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain Help may be offered in many ways, whether it be living expenses, rehabilitation, counselling, referrals to specialised practitioners, or consultations with financial advisors

  • Society of Authors and TS Eliot Foundation Emergency funding for authors affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis  

  • The Actors’ Children’s Trust support for professional actors’ children 

  • The Make A Difference Trust Coronavirus Crisis Fund - grants of up to £200, priority will be given to those who have helped raise money for the Trust in the past  

  • The Royal Variety Charity financial assistance to anyone who serves any facet of the Entertainment Industry, should they find themselves experiencing unforeseen financial hardship as a result of ill-health. 

  • The Theatrical Guild for backstage and front of house workers – financial help, counselling, welfare advice and signposting - see Twitter update on widening support

Paid opportunities  

Resources and funding for Organisations  



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