COVID-19 Resources for Freelancers

COVID-19  Resources for freelancers

Earlier this week, ARTIQ published a brief guide outlining to artists how they can continue to engage with the art community and protect themselves during this period of uncertainty.

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for everybody in the arts industry, and so have expanded our search to include a similar list of resources to help support our wider network of freelancers, which we’ll continue to update in the coming weeks.

Financial:

If self-employed, as a first port of call we’d recommend taking a detailed look at the government announced plans for financial support during this time. Self-employed workers can apply for a grant through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme. Read more

Online Networking:

With galleries and exhibition spaces across the country closing, it is more important than ever to embrace technology to keep your practice going. Apps such as Zoom, go to meeting, Instagram and tick tock are flourishing. Get creative on these platforms if you have the time / means. Many people are working in home offices and there is a demand for ‘how to’ decorate, or ‘how to’ hang artwork tutorials.

Think of ways to encourage clients to engage with you during isolation. Open the conversation over email as your services may still be needed (albeit in a slightly different way!) Communicate with your community, you never know what opportunities might arise from reaching out to say hello.

One way to stay connected, is to join the Creative Industries Federation – they’re offering membership free of charge for six months to help support freelancers with relevant news and updates during the Covid-19 crisis. Read more

Resources:

Funding bodies:

The following organisations are regularly updating their websites with the latest government guidance as the situation develops:

 Arts Council England – includes guidance focused at their funded organisations and projects. Read more.

 Arts Council of Wales – includes guidance for artists, practitioners and organisations in Wales. Read more.

Creative Scotland – includes Scottish Government guidance, business support and updates on Creative Scotland support. Read more.

Arts Council NI – includes information on their existing and new funding agreements, and support during the outbreak. Read more.

Arts Council of Ireland – includes up to date guidance on funding commitments, deadlines and a comprehensive FAQ. Read more.

National Lottery Heritage Fund – includes links to NHS and government advice. Read more.

Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed– regularly updated advice for Independent professionals whose work has directly been impacted. Read More

Podcasts:

TicketSolve produced a podcast ‘How the arts sector can get through the Covid-19 outbreak’. Read more. 

23/03/20: Arts Professional have created a CovidCulture micro-site and suspended the paywall for content within this area. Read more.

Other:

Art Handler magazine are collating information about how Covid-19 is affecting daily life on for artworkers. Read more

Now is a great time to engage in your local politics and find out what your MP can do for you. For example; Tracy Brabin MP is collecting comments and concerns about Covid-19 from creative industries workers to make in to a dossier to give to the government. Read more

Tracy Brabin MP 🌹 on Twitter

“Hello Do you earn a living in #sport or #creativeindustries? Is your work affected by #CoronaOutbreak? Would you be happy to share your concerns with me so I can make a dossier to give to govt who I think don’t understand precarious nature of #selfemployment Please share.”

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