We are continuing to update our list of resources, opportunities, and important information over on the Shape website. The most up-to-date version of this blog can therefore be found here.
We are talking with others about their responses and where we can join forces to provide new options or advice. We are also looking out for good sources of information and sharing those. These include the following:
Useful resources and networks
- A collection of links to resources to help freelance creatives and artists during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
- What Next? Coronavirus: issues, good practice and information listing – (then click on link to download most recent version).
- Arts Council England response
- Arts Council: governmental and nongovernmental support for organisations
- Arts Council of Wales response
- Creative Scotland response
- British Council response
- Anti-viral work for freelancers and small businesses Facebook group
- A Facebook support group for disabled people who are having to partially protectively isolate due to being at extra risk from the Corona Virus.
- A Facebook group sharing poems from the pandemic – CoronaVerses
- Tips for working from home when you’re d/Deaf (With BSL Videos).
- Grants and Funding from Exceptional Individuals for self-employed and freelance Neurodivergent individuals.
- Advice and information from a-n for artists and arts organisers.
- A spreadsheet tracking the lost earnings of arts freelancers during the COVID19 crisis.
- HMRC have launched a helpline to support self-employed and business who are worried about paying tax You can contact the government’s Business Support Helpline for free advice. Business Support Helpline (England) Telephone: 0300 456 3565 Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.
- You may be able to claim ‘New Style’ Employment and Support Allowance with, or instead of, Universal Credit, depending on your National Insurance record.
- How to apply for the new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme to help small businesses survive during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Keep an eye on the Arts Council England website for news as they just stated that they will refocus some grant programmes to help compensate individual artists and freelancers for lost earnings.
- Support for Theatre Professionals during the Coronavirus
- Surviving ableism throughout the COVID-19 Crisis
- Submit to this community-based collaborative project
- Submit to the Culture In Quarantine commissioning programme
- View this list of COVID-19 Emergency Funds
- A year of free membership to GEM for freelance museum and heritage education professionals
- Collated resources and responses from ArtsProfessional
- Fundraiser for Freelancers
- COVID Creatives Toolkit (Google Doc)
- Review of ‘Crip Camp‘ on Netflix, to keep entertained!
- Contribute to this online collage project, culminating in a show!
- Artists’ mental health mutual aid group
- Find your local mutual aid group here
- Equality and discrimination experts at Fry Law have published template letters for disabled people to use if they are facing discrimination during the coronavirus crisis, which can be downloaded free. Fry Law is also organising twice-weekly online sessions that will offer disability rights advice on issues arising from the COVID-19 crisis, featuring advice from Fry Law’s Chris Fry and equality and human rights barrister Cathy Casserley, from Cloisters Chambers.
The online sessions will take place between 6pm and 7pm every Tuesday and Friday
- Guidelines for accessible digital meetings and remote working from Drake Music
- NHS Poetry Anthology
- An online festival
- Writers residency for neurodivergent storymakers
- Hardship fund for members of Axisweb
- A call out for short form scripts
- Free membership to the Creative Industries Federation for 6 months
- A series of small commission opportunities from DAO for disabled artists
- A free course in digital problem-solving
- ‘Virtual Commissions’ for disabled artists for the Together! 2020 Disability History Month Festival
- 2 £5,000 awards for unapologetically radical and politicised disabled artists!
- DASH are offering phone/Skype/zoom mentoring on a first come first served basis to any Disabled visual artist across the UK. There will be a maximum of 3 sessions plus a short introductory session where you will decide the topics you want to cover. Each session will last up to 2 hours and can be spread over several months.If you are interested then please contact Artistic Director, Mike Layward at email@example.com for more information.
- Literature Wales’ Writing Commissions
- 101 Digital R&D Awards
- OHMI Competition – challenging instrument makers, designers, and engineers to develop musical instruments that can be played with one hand and arm
- Funding opportunities for creatives and artists in Cornwall from FEAST
If you want to add something to this lists, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
We are sharing the Public Health England (PHE) guidance on COVID-19 (also available in Easy Read format):
The advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines.
- The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
- Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
- To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
A list of mental health helplines can be found on the NHS website here.
At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.
You can read about what we have been doing as an organisation to combat problems created by COVID19 here.
Disclaimer: Unlimited are unable to provide direct or specific medical or financial advice. This list is collated from Third Party sources, and Unlimited is not responsible for their content. We aim to keep this list up-to-date and carefully curated, but do get in touch with us with any related queries or suggestions.