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.
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See also: BAFTA Statements on Coronavirus, 12/3/2020 and 17/3/2020
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.
Includes useful information and advice for freelancers.
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.
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.
Offering top tips for self-isolating.
Creative Industries Federation
Daily guidance and information for those working in creative industries.
Offering support and advice to creatives in Scotland.
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.
Regularly updated information for performers and creative practitioners across the industry.
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.
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.
Advice on coping with the pandemic from a mental health perspective.
Money Saving Expert
Coronavirus financial help & rights.
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.
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.
Teaming up with UKIE to offer contract helpline for games.
Information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.
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.
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.
All the books to read in March.
Watch over 300 documentaries online for free through the IDFA website.
Mubi are currently offering 3 months access to their streaming service for just £1.
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.