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[Last updated 19 May 2020]
Culture Response Unit West Midlands – A Facebook group from Culture Central ensuring the visibility, viability and recovery of the Cultural Sector in the West Midlands.
Anti-viral work for freelancers and small businesses is a growing Facebook group and support system set up in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the self-employed – many from the creative industries.
Artist Edie Jo Murray has started a Slack group for West Midlands artists.
HMRC have launched a helpline to help businesses and the self-employed concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus.
The Government announced in the Budget in October 2018 that it would provide a Business Rates Retail Discount, to apply in the years 2019/20 and 2020/21. In response to Coronavirus, in the Budget on 11 March the Government announced that it would increase the discount to 100% and extend it to include the leisure and hospitality sectors. Information on this Business Rate Relief an be found here.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has launched a dedicated website providing the latest information for West Midlands businesses hit by the Covid-19 crisis. The site provides a bespoke resource for businesses seeking up-to-date advice on how to deal with the pandemic as well as what financial support is available and how to access it.
Arts Council England have announced that £160 million of emergency funding is being made made available for organisations and individuals during the COVID-19 crisis. If you’re thinking of applying as an individual or organisation, BOM, Culture Central, Creative Black Country and we can assist. The latest information on emergency Arts Council funding streams can be found here.
MAIA have launched a fundraiser to provide hardship funds for artists, cultural workers, practitioners and creative freelancers that cannot work during this time or who have been affected by cancellations or other impacts. Donate or find out how to apply here.
Herefordshire community groups, charities, and collectives can still apply for My Place grants of up to £2,000 from Herefordshire’s a Great Place. “This funding might not solve the problems we’re all facing right now, but it could be a little light at the end of tunnel. Grants can be used to commission artists & creatives to make new work or run arts activities across Herefordshire. The arts activity doesn’t have to happen until much later in the year, but it could be a lifeline for Herefordshire-based creatives right now. Maybe you want to support your village hall, a community or small group near you?”
Axisweb have started a hardship fund for “any member experiencing financial hardship – unable to work, disabled, a carer, on low income or freelance – is eligible to apply.”
BFI has launched a Resilience Fund to support the film industry and workforce.
The Goldsmiths’ Company has announced a £1 million support fund for those in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied industries.
UK QTIBIPOC has launched an Emergency relief & Hardship Fund to provide short term support to Queer, Trans and Intersex, Black, Indigenous, People of Color currently living in the UK who are affected by the outbreak and ongoing shutdown caused by COVID-19.
The Artist General Benevolent Fund financially supports professional artists in need.
Creative Black Country are offering small creative commissions of £500 – £2000 for projects that develop creative activity with and for local communities in the Black Country to make connections and support local people during these extraordinary and difficult times. Inspired by the positive responses around the world from balcony singing in Italy to digital choir platforms and #lockdownkitchendisco, they are looking for creative responses to the social distancing challenge which bring fun, joy and creativity to local people in the Black Country, and keep people connected.
The Coventry City of Culture team and The Heart of England Community Foundation have released a Coronavirus Resilience Fund wishing to support those in the community for whom the cancelling of public events has hit the hardest across Coventry and Warwickshire. This hardship fund will support arts organisations and individual artists to help them through this difficult time. The maximum grant size for organisations is: £1000 and the maximum for individuals, £500.
CuratorSpace is developing a new (free) service for artists who have experience delivering workshops. This service will allow them to set up, organise and promote online courses through CuratorSpace to their international database and social media following. The service will be made available for free for 6 months to support artists who are struggling to make a living due the loss of income from face-to-face workshops.
To help support a-n Artist members whose livelihoods have been impacted by Coronavirus Covid-19, they have brought the application process forward for the next round of a-n Artist Bursaries, and are also announcing new funding for artists and arts organisers who make exhibitions happen.
The Paul Mellon Centre has made £200,000 available in a special programme of funding designed to support the field of British art studies during the COVID-19 crisis. The programme will provide quickly released funding for both individuals and institutions, and is intended to sustain research, writing and thinking on British art and architecture during a period of unprecedented disruption for the scholarly and curatorial communities. Deadline: Tuesday 19 May 2020.
Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund – For artists and freelancers in England and Northern Ireland in partnership with a-n The Artists Information Company. Bursaries of £1,500 – £2,500 available. Deadline: Thursday 18 June 2020.
Digital Collaboration Grants, Transforming Narratives – Grants of up to £4,000 are on offer to enable creative and cultural practitioners in Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh to make connections and work collaboratively using digital technology. Applicants may choose to offer an artistic response or acknowledgement of the current global pandemic and its implications across the globe, or can make work inspired by any other topic of interest. Deadline: Friday 19 June 2020.
Information and guidance for artists and arts organisers from a-n.
The Arts Marketing Association (AMA) have released a list of resources with links to AMA support, sector & freelancer tips and guides, and funding body advice. They have a free webinar on Crisis Comms planning coming up.
UK Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resources List – A collection of links to resources to help freelance creatives and artists.
Coronovirus Tech Handbook – virtual event resources and advice.
10 Tips for Cultural Organisations for COVID-19 – via Counterculture.
Useful resources for the attractions and travel industry – via Rubber Cheese.
The basics of surviving and thriving for those suddenly forced to network entirely online – by Sonia Boué.
Exploring art under self-isolation in Birmingham (and beyond.) A nice piece from James Kennedy on plans for art spaces in the region to present work online.
A list of resources businesses can use to enhance their knowledge and action plan in areas such as communication, crisis management, business continuation, etc, and how to handle this crisis from their positions.
The Creative Industries Federation is offering free membership for the next 6 months. “We are only as strong as our membership and we need creatives from across the country to join us at this time of crisis for the sector… join us as a Creative Industries Federation Member free of charge… so we can support you with relevant news and updates whilst you navigate the challenges of the ongoing Coronavirus emergency.”
Arts Professional are removing their subscription paywall for all Covid-19 related news, resources and content to support arts workers.
Arts producer Laura Sweeney has shared a downloadable Lost Earnings Log template which could help with applications for financial support.
Cultural organisations are rushing to get content online – Chris Unitt has started to put together a list of what organisations are doing in one place. Please fill in his spreadsheet with links to performances, tours, talks, classes, games, etc.
The #CovidCreativesToolkit, ‘a set of curated mostly free & open source resources to support creative practitioners (artists, makers, curators, designers, hackers, educators, facilitators, etc) who need to migrate their practice onto digital places & spaces, and don’t have time to mess around.’