Support for Theatre Professionals

Cabaret Boheme

In light of the closure of many UK theatres due to the Covid-19 virus, leading theatrical charities have come together to centralise information about how and where you can access support if you work in the theatre industry.

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Just Giving: Heckle the Virus Funder​​​​​

NextUp Comedy are crowdfunding £100,000 to help comedians stay afloat during the Coronavirus pandemic. Every Friday, NextUp will allocate a portion of the money raised to comedians who need it most. To apply, you must fill out a google form.

“All funds raised will go to comedians in urgent need of financial support. Every donation (however small) matters and is really appreciated.” (The NextUp team)

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Arts Council Funding (Individual)​​​​​

Arts Council England have put in place a set of measures to help support you during this pandemic. From emergency measures and funding to emergency funding packages and Support for funded organisations and individuals. We’ve prepared an update on all of our live funds, including information about whether a fund is temporarily on pause, or if application deadlines have changed. 

This page also includes information for organisations and individuals already in receipt of Arts Council funding, and any changes we've made to them.

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Disability Arts Online Announces New Commissions for Disabled Artists

The Coronavirus outbreak will hit the Disability Arts Online community doubly hard, adversely affecting both disabled people and the self-employed. They are offering a new commissions pot for disabled artists, alongside other pots of money.

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Farnham Maltings Immediate Callout: Making Theatre for Extraordinary Times

Farnham Maltings wants to support South East based theatre makers in towns and villages to create new work right now which responds to and supports our communities in these extraordinary and difficult times. They are offering a limited programme of grants from £500 to £5000 to support artists to create theatre experiences with and for their community.

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Voluntary Arts launch #CreativeNetwork

On Tuesday 17 March, Voluntary Arts launched #CreativeNetwork - a daily online get-together open to anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity who would welcome the opportunity to talk to others about dealing with the current situation, the challenges of working from home and what we can do together to make the most of difficult circumstances.

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Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary for The Arts and Creative Sector

This fund is to support freelance artists and freelance creative practitioners working in the not-for-profit sector in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund offers a one-off bursary that will provide a financial bridge for those people in Scotland who are most deeply impacted and disadvantaged by the cancellation of work as a result of the emergency situation.

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