Information and Guidance for Artists, Organisations and Freelancers

In our recent survey, we asked you what you needed right now. In response to what you told us, we have pulled together some information and advice for artists, organisations and freelancers impacted by COVID-19.

We will continue to update this page over the coming weeks.

Please get in touch if you would like to add something to this page or have a question: [email protected].

UPDATED – 15 May

– Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East – funding directory
– Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund – Sustaining Engagement with Collections Fund via Museums Association
– Association of Independent Museums – Coronavirus resources
– Nice Things for Museum People – online CPD resources from Museum Development North West
– The Owl Service – free online business courses from ACM training
Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund – emergency funds for artists and freelance creative practitioners
– PRS Foundation- PPL Momentum Music Fund

 

ADVICE AND SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS
– Live Art Development Agency – Information for Artists and Arts Workers
– Creative Review – Guide for creative support during coronavirus
– Shape Arts – Twitter thread of resources for those working in the arts, affected by self-isolation
– UNLIMITED – Resources and opportunities for disabled artists and freelancers in response to Covid-19
– Disability Arts Online – FREE Artist Development Sessions
– ActionSpace – Guide To Making Art Whilst Social Distancing
Tips for working remotely when you’re deaf (with BSL videos) with Jo Wooden
– Free Creative Industries Federation Membership for 6 months

FUNDING
– Community Foundation – Coronavirus funds
– Arts Council England – Updates, Guidance and COVID 19 Support
Grants Online

ONLINE NETWORKING AND DIGITAL SKILLS
Tech Nation
Zoom
Skype
– Get Creative
– Media Savvy – Zoom Tutorial
Engaging an Online Audience – presenting well online
– Disability Arts Online – FREE weekly online social – 3 April 2020 – 29 May 2020, 16:30 – 17:30

BUSINESS / MARKETING/ AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT
Arts Marketing Association Webinars
Freelance Artist Resources
– Cuseum webinars – Creating content and engaging audiences
– Online Business Support via NE-BIC (call 0191 516 6111)

PERFORMING ARTS
Support for Theatre Professionals During Coronavirus
Dave Moutrey and Jude Christian’s advice to new theatremakers
The Theatrical Guild
Youth Music Network – Emergency Fund
Musicians Union – Hardship Fund
Dance Professionals Fund

VISUAL ARTS
a-n The Artists Information Company
Artist Support Pledge to support sale of artworks
Craft Opportunities Facebook Group
CVAN Network Opportunities
– Film Hub North – latest updates
– BFI – COVID-19 update
New Creatives – creative commissions (Deadline: 7 June)

WRITERS
Society of Authors – Authors Emergency Fund
ALCS – COVID Advice and Resources
Spread the Word – funding for writers
National Association of Writers in Education – coronavirus advice

HERITAGE
National Lottery Heritage Fund – coronavirus update and Heritage Emergency Fund
Historic England – the heritage sector and coronavirus
Heritage Alliance

NHS AND GOVERNMENT ADVICE
NHS Advice – COVID 19
UK Government – COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses
UK Government – COVID-19 Industry Guidance
Sunderland City Council Advice and support
EU Guidance on Coronavirus
Apply for Universal Credit

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
– Mind – Coronavirus and your wellbeing
– BBC – Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health
The Samaritans
– Film and TV Charity – 24 hour Support Line
Northern Mental Health
– MARCH Network – Creative Isolation resources to support creativity for mental health during lockdown
Coping During Covid-19 – a guide to students from students
64 million artists

WORKING FROM HOME ADVICE
Top tips for self-isolating from Creative England
Digital marketing recommendations during COVID-19
Remote working resources guide from Guild

GIVING YOURSELF A BREAK
Audio books
200 Years of Advice from the Old Vic
Netflix Party
Virtual museum tours from Google Arts and Culture
Sofa Singers
National Theatre Online