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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Resources

With the impact of the coronavirus being felt across the world and in each of our lives, we've pulled together a list of resources and support currently available to professionals in our creative sector, as well as links to the latest UK Government and NHS advice. 

We will update this page regularly, save it to your bookmarks and come back again. If you’d like to recommend any websites or articles for us to include, please email them to [email protected].

See also:  BAFTA Statements on Coronavirus, 12/3/2020 and 17/3/2020


ACAS

Advice for employers and employees.

The Actors’ Benevolent Fund

Offering help to professional actors and stage managers unable to work due to contracting COVID-19 or self-isolating due to illness. 

Arts Council Wales

Offering support and advice to creatives in Wales.

Artists' General Benevolent Institution

Offering financial support to artists in need and their dependents living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland

Bectu

Includes useful information and advice for freelancers.

BFI

Helps answer key questions and home of relevant resources; contact the BFI for support with specific issues you are facing as an industry professional.

The BFI and the Film and TV Charity's fund, established with a donation from Netflix.

Capacity Interactive

Digital marketing recommendations for the arts community during the outbreak.

Coronavirus Business Support (UK Government)

A new site launched by the UK Government, outlining the full range of business support measures that have been made available to UK businesses and employees. Includes information on how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Creative England

Offering top tips for self-isolating.

Creative Industries Federation 

Daily guidance and information for those working in creative industries.

Creative Scotland

Offering support and advice to creatives in Scotland.

Directors UK

Useful Q&A for directors.

Disability Arts Online

Funding for disabled artists in the UK to pitch ideas for art or content to be produced whilst in self-isoaltion.

Equity

Regularly updated information for performers and creative practitioners across the industry.

Facebook

Grants for small businesses will be launching soon, sign up here for updates.

Federation of Small Businesses

Advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed.

Film and TV Charity

Includes a helpline on mental wellbeing and financial advice, incuding one-off grants for artists and freelancers in urgent financial need.

Financial advice.

Guild

Information and guidance on working remotely.

Go Fund Me

Artists across the UK have been setting up Go Fund Me pages to help those impacted by COVID-19.

IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed)

Practical advice for the self employed.

Mind

Advice on coping with the pandemic from a mental health perspective.

Money Saving Expert

Coronavirus financial help & rights.

NHS

Essential news and advice from the UK's National Health Service

Northern Ireland Screen

Information for the screen industry in NI, including information on the Northern Ireland Executive support available

PRS for Music

Information on an Emergency Relief Fund set up for PRS members. 

ScreenSkills

Offering online skills development and support sessions and training opportunities.

A free package of remote and interactive training, online talks and masterclasses with industry leaders to support freelancers in upskilling and staying in touch with industry during these difficult times.

Sheridans

Teaming up with UKIE to offer contract helpline for games.

UK Government

Information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.

Ukie 

Building support and advice network for Games sector.

6ft From Mental Health in Film

BAFTA Crew participant Leo Thomas and her colleague Matt Longley set up 6ft From The Spotlight to help the mental health of freelance crew in the entertainment sector.

Offers and Opportunities

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe is offering 2 months free access to Creative Cloud to current subscribers, find out how to get it here.

#FiveFilmsForFreedom

Five short films available for free online throughout BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, in partnership with the British Council. Running until Sunday 29 March 2020.

Dazed Digital

All the books to read in March.

IDFA

Watch over 300 documentaries online for free through the IDFA website.

Mubi

Mubi are currently offering 3 months access to their streaming service for just £1.

Met Opera

North America’s largest classical music organisation is providing nightly streams of performances on its site for free.

National Theatre at Home

Tune in every Thursday for much-loved National Theatre Live productions, free to stream on YouTube for seven days.