• Nova

    Administrator
    23/03/2020 at 2:46 pm

    This is on a lot of minds at the moment and there hasn’t been a satisfactory response from the government yet. If anyone knows of any funding opportunities it would be great to hear from you.

    @nailah-king & @KatieAiles are particularly interested in help for those on a visa.

  • Nova

    Administrator
    24/03/2020 at 8:08 am

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  • Sandy

    Member
    24/03/2020 at 10:48 am

    Details of the current proposal in front of the Govt. for payment and support of freelancers is here. Essentially 80% of average net earnings over last 3 years or £2917 per month (whichever is the lower). This hasn’t been passed yet and the processing time looks to be at least 10 days https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/58-01/0122/amend/coronavirus_daily_cwh_0320rev.14-18.html?fbclid=IwAR2Sc0GGfhnSBkk9vwIbDb_1uOpbo-KeY2bcrcgchqHUVtAtVYGfCdUgF2w

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    • Nailah

      Member
      24/03/2020 at 10:54 am

      Interesting. Hopefully it passes…though no such provision outlined for folks who can’t receive public funds :/

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:09 am

    If you’ve been a member of the Musician’s Union for 12 months you can apply to their Coronavirus Hardship Fund https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/hardshipfund

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:14 am

    For members of the Performing Rights Society – their emergency relief fund for members goes live at 9am on Thursday morning (26th) and will give up to £1000 to individuals. https://www.prsformusic.com/c/emergency-relief-fund

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:19 am
  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:20 am

    Frequently Asked Questions (including eligibility) for Business Interruption Loans. https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/British-Business-Bank-CBILS-FAQs-for-SMEs-FINAL-v10-240320.pdf

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:24 am

    This is a great checklist and set of information (last updated 23rd March) detailing very comprehensively the Government’s business and worker support. Deals with Statutory Sick Pay, Deferred Tax, Business rate Holidays, Cash grants, Support for Business, Universal Credit, Self-assessment tax deferrals, Mortgage repayment holidays and info for Renters. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fDU2oqlxIqfLVhqFjLL2rF0hTaESNy9b0C3x-VZr840/edit

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:25 am

    For those making creative work in England, Arts Council England has released £160 million in emergency funding for organisations and individuals https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:25 am
  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:27 am

    The Dance Professionals Fund provides hardship grants for professional dancers (and not just for the current coronavirus outbreak) https://www.dancefund.org.uk/?fbclid=IwAR3kQl12rXAU7BaMkY6DdAA2n6w08OQPixdnTBOdpnzNoyhWeN8YRFQuxiE

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:29 am

    A really good set of resources for writers from The Scottish Book Trust including Welfare Grants and Royal Literary Fund and others
    https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/articles/resources-for-writers-during-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR3NPclvdPFwWW3H-QC0AKEWB2YbafS2-zvQKShV7bIe-JrL52SBbkw2IGw

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:31 am

    Another hardship fund for Actors, Creatives and Ushers working in theatres by Paul Taylor-Mills. Fundraising For Freelancers hasn’t finished crowdfunding but the fund will go online soon https://twitter.com/PaulTaylorMills/status/1242385141839863809

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:32 am

    Persistent and Nasty (Glasgow) are crowdfunding a hardship fund for performers/theatre workers. The pot is currently £6K and the fund will be set up and the end of the kickstarter. More details here https://twitter.com/PersistentNasty/status/1239942457846095872

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:34 am
  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:36 am

    Here’s some of the info on eligibility criteria, as I’m being asked about this a lot. This advice is from an accountant: If you are self-employed and have a loss of income due to COVID-19, you may be able to claim Universal Credit.

    To be eligible, you must have less then £16,000 in savings. Universal Credit eligibility is based on household income and savings, so the people you live with could affect how much you receive.

    The allowances are;

    25 or over and living on your own = £317.82 per month

    Under 25 and living on your own = £251.77 per month

    This is paid monthly and you could receive more if you have children, dependents or a disability.

    The Department for Work and Pensions will need you to verify your income each month.

    If you are self-employed and self-isolating due to COVID-19, you can apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

    Under usual circumstances, you would need to provide a ‘Fit Note’ however the Government have temporarily removed this requirement.

    The allowances are;

    25 or over = £73.10 per week

    Under 25 = £57.90 per week

    To be eligible, you must have paid National Insurance for the previous 2 years. If you haven’t paid National Insurance contributions in the past 2 years, please see below. ESA can be received from Day 1 of sickness, rather than Day 8.

    Common questions and answers:

    Is the value of my property included within the £16,000 savings limit, when applying for Universal Credit? The value of a property is not included within the £16,000 savings limit. The £16,000 is cash-based savings or investments. If your savings exceed £16,000, you will not be entitled to Universal Credit. If your savings are over £6,000 but not over £16,000, the amount you receive may be affected.

    Does the Self-Employed ‘Minimum income floor’ still apply for Universal Credit applications? No. HMRC has temporarily suspended the Minimum Income Floor.

    When will I receive my Universal Credit? Universal credit usually takes 5 weeks for the assessment to be processed and for the first payment to be made. Due to COVID-19, the government are making advance payments. After your application, you should receive payments fairly quickly.

    I already receive Universal Credit but have been affected by COVID-19. In this case, you will need to contact your work coach in the usual way either by phone or using your online journal to update your circumstances.

    I have been ‘On Hold’ to the Department of Work and Pensions line for a long time. The ‘DWP’ are experiencing a high volume of calls, it can take on average 50 minutes to be put through to an advisor. It can take a while, but you will eventually get through.

    I am employed on a ‘Zero Hour Contract’, can I apply for Statutory Sick Pay? SSP may be available for employees on Zero-hour contracts, providing all other areas of SSP are met. We would advise checking your contract in the first instance and checking with the employer. SSP is also now paid on Day 1 of sickness rather than Day 4. If you cannot claim for SSP, we would advise that you apply for Universal Credit.

    Do I still need to provide a ‘Fit Note’ for my application for ‘New Style ESA’? You will no longer need to provide a ‘Fit Note’ for the New Style ESA.

    I have not paid Class 2 National Insurance Contributions in the past 2 years, as Self-Employed, what am I entitled to? If you have not paid Class 2 National Insurance Contributions in the previous 2 years, you will not be eligible for the ‘new style ESA’. However, you can apply for ‘Income-related ESA’. This is means-tested and will consider other factors, such as a partner’s income, where applicable.

    I am unable to keep up with my mortgage payments. What do I need to do? The Government have announced plans for all mortgage providers to honour a 3-month ‘payment holiday’. Further guidance is due to be published in the coming days and the majority of lenders are requesting that you contact them directly to arrange this break

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:38 am

    HMRC Helpline numbers (you should be deferring any of your tax payments for six months) specifically lines for the self-employed and businesses who will be struggling now due to the coronavirus

    The Coronavirus helpline:


    0300 303 0660 – Scotland


    0300 456 3565 – England

    
0300 060 3000 – Wales

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:41 am

    @visual.arts.scotland are working on an Emergency Art Workers Support Fund

    This is their recent statement – In light of recent events, it was clear we needed to come together collectively in solidarity to help our creative community and support freelance Creative Practitioners at this difficult time. In response to the uncertainty and loss of work caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Visual Art Scotland has initiated the Emergency Art Workers Support Fund (EAWSF), a temporary relief fund that aims to support Creative Practitioners who have been impacted by COVID-19 .

    This fund aim is to ensure micro-grants will go to individuals who have no other current financial support or savings, who are facing an immediate loss of income from their creative freelance work, to help cover losses incurred by cancelled or postponed work in recent weeks. The EAWSF is Funded and Supported by arts organisations across Scotland. Our current Funding Partners are; @scottishcontemporaryart and @craftscotland and our Supporting organisations; @creativeedinburgh and @artnorth.mag .

    The fund shall exist for as long as we have donations to support it.
    More information on the Fund, Eligibility, Guidance and how to apply will be announced shortly. We have been working hard with our team of volunteers to create this fund as quickly as possible. We hope this can offer some temporary support for some individuals facing extreme financial hardship due to lost freelance work in the arts.
    In solidarity,

    The VAS team, Partners and Supporters of EAWSF

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:41 am

    The Society of Authors has an emergency hardship fund for those who meet their membership criteria (but you do not need to be a member).
    https://www.societyofauthors.org/News/News/2020/March/Authors-Emergency-Fund-announcement#

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:42 am

    You do not need Equity Actors Union Membership to access their excellent list of funding, resources and strategies
    https://www.equity.org.uk/about/coronavirus-advice/financial-support/#appendix-2

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:42 am

    Also for those in PERFORMANCE (including international workers)
    UK Theatre Industry Coronavirus Support
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/489300505097902/

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:43 am

    For those in PERFORMANCE, there are two really useful FB groups

    Scottish Theatre Support
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/859324347917883/

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:44 am

    A resilience fund has been published for third sector organisations, charities and social enterprises, our good friends and partners Social Investment Scotland are leading on it and they have free financial bookable sessions here for all your social investment queries. https://creativeentrepreneursclub.co.uk/advisor/social-investment-scotland/

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    Social Investment Scotland

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:46 am

    The Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund is now available. Eligible musicians can apply for a one-off grant of £500. £5m in total is available to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressure musicians are facing.

    https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/news/latest-news/help-musicians-launches-5m-coronavirus-financial-hardship-fu

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:49 am

    Brilliant site with a wide range of news on Covid-19 and support for the creative sector

    https://www.unitedinisolation.com/

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:52 am

    Applications are now open for the Third Sector Resilience Fund (TRSF).

    Part of a £350m support package by the Scottish Government for the sector in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Third Sector Resilience Fund will support organisations across the third sector who are at risk of closure due to a sharp decrease in income or that are unable to deliver their services directly as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The fund’s primary intention is to help these organisations to stabilise and manage cash-flows over this difficult period.

    The TSRF is delivered by Firstport, Social Investment Scotland and Corra Foundation and it offers charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises grants of £5,000-£100,000. In addition, there will be up to a further £5m available in fully flexible, 0% interest loans starting at £50,000.

    For more information and to apply, visit SCVO’s Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub which has lots of useful information on funding for voluntary sector organisations during the coronavirus pandemic.

    https://www.oscr.org.uk/news/third-sector-resilience-fund-launched/

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    27/03/2020 at 10:53 am

    Coronavirus – what it means for you and what you’re entitled to

    The spread of coronavirus, also called COVID-19, in the UK and across the world could have implications for your work, benefits and travel plans. This guide will look at your rights to sick pay, what benefits you can claim if you’re self-employed or not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

    https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you

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  • Sandy

    Member
    27/03/2020 at 8:13 pm

    EMERGENCY FUNDING AVAILABLE FROM APRIL 3RD FROM CREATIVE SCOTLAND
    1. A Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will help sustain creative practice by freelance creative professionals who have lost earnings due to the cancelation of work as a result of COVID-19.
    2. A parallel Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will provide similar one-off bursary support to self-employed screen sector workers
    3. The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development will provide support for individuals and organisations to sustain their creative development in the coming months.
    https://news.creativescotland.com/press-releases/creative-scotland-announces-new-support-for-creative-sector-during-covid-19-outbreak

  • Medeia

    Administrator
    30/03/2020 at 8:42 am

    Covid-19 Scottish Business Support Summary
    A full list of support is available on this helpful guide.

  • Sandy

    Member
    01/04/2020 at 12:54 pm

    Excellent new resource about hardship funding for Theatre and Music professionals whilst lists a whole range of financial support and hardship funds

    https://theatresupport.info

  • Sandy

    Member
    01/04/2020 at 12:56 pm

    The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund will support organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period.

    The Fund will be delivered by Firstport, Social Investment Scotland and the Corra Foundation and will provide grants between £5,000-£100,000. In addition there will be up to a further £5m available in fully flexible, 0% interest loans starting at £50,000. https://scvo.org/support/coronavirus/funding/for-organisations/third-sector-resilience-fund

  • Sandy

    Member
    01/04/2020 at 1:09 pm

    This is a really friendly and simple Self Employed Artist Crib Sheet outlining govt. support, tax and FAQs

    https://jozara.co.uk/covid-19-self-employed-artists-cribsheet

  • Sandy

    Member
    01/04/2020 at 1:10 pm

    This fund is not online yet but a new collective of more than 50 artists and other arts professionals are putting on All The Web’s A Stage – a live online show to raise money for people in the arts facing hardship.

    https://britishtheatre.com/all-the-webs-a-stage-new-collective-plans-online-show-to-help-artists-in-hardship/

  • Sandy

    Member
    01/04/2020 at 1:25 pm

    Simple and clear advice on the conditions (and exclusions) of the self employment support available from the Govt from an independent financial advisor.

    https://paullewismoney.blogspot.com/2020/03/self-employed-coronavirus-scheme.html?fbclid=IwAR3AUkKTKbtZpbmyNNb6yBbWlu005u6lFQZoyVvj1YwSvTjsd0ffnMAP12k

    • Helen

      Member
      05/04/2020 at 1:19 pm

      That’s helpful, thank you.

  • Sandy

    Member
    01/04/2020 at 7:14 pm

    A great and very clear downloadable chart showing which Govt. support you should apply for depending on your legal structure and tax status https://www.keepandshare.com/doc28/109970/covid-19-flowchart-pdf-154k?da=y

  • Sandy

    Member
    02/04/2020 at 7:45 am

    The Visual Arts Scotland Emergency Fund is now LIVE. A really simple set of guidance and application form too!

    https://www.visualartsscotland.org/blog-article/the-emergency-art-workers-support-fund

  • Sandy

    Member
    02/04/2020 at 7:50 am

    New proposals to freeze loan and credit card payments. Not yet actioned but under discussion. Watch this space.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52132329

  • Sandy

    Member
    03/04/2020 at 6:12 pm

    Lots of excellent guidance to changes on the way for the Self Employed. This includes info on Coranavirus measures and deferments but covers the broader changes that are coming as well. Also some good links to further guide stacked in the article https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/04/four-changes-to-self-employed-tax-coming-in-the-2020-21-tax-year/

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