Resources for artists, arts organisations and freelancers

The arts and our freelancer community have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

Below are the guidelines we have developed to allow us to work safely with young people in schools. These documents are designed for internal use at the RSC and will be adapted as new guidelines are issued. We're making them available so that other arts organisations and freelancers can see the kinds of guidelines we have developed in case they are useful as comparisons, or as starting points for your own versions.

Working with young people

Below are the guidelines we have developed to allow us to work safely with young people in schools. These documents are designed for internal use at the RSC. We're making them available so that other arts organisations and freelancers can see what kind of guidelines we have developed, not as recommendations for what other organisations should do.

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Freelance musicians rehearsing for a production
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Support for artists and freelancers

Updated 11 September 2020 

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.

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  

  • 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   

  • 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 

  • National Lottery Project Grants support for smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners until April 2021

  • 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. From September ACT will resume grants for state school lunches, transport, uniform and activities, and SEND therapy and support.

  • 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. 

  • Theatre Artists Fund - emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK who are in need of urgent and critical financial support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the theatre sector. Spearheaded by Sam Mendes and made possible by a generous donation from Netflix.

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

  • Theatre Community Fund Grants of up to £3000 for hardship in partnership with the Fleabag Support Fund or creative and innovation. Grants will be distributed in partnership with the Royal Theatrical Fund. Applications for hardship grants will open monthly for five days, with the next round anticipated in September.

Paid opportunities

Resources and funding for Organisations  

Networking 

 

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