It's a tricky time for everyone - we've tried to make things a little easier and gather up some resources on the support available for your finances and mental health, as well as some creative opportunities currently out there.

Please be kind to yourselves in this time and let us know if there's anything we can do to help. You're not alone. Love and solidarity.

 

 

Please get in touch if you are aware of any other resources that you think others may find useful at this time.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR COVID-19

Spread the Word - Funding for Writers

A collated list of funding opportunities to help writers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fleabag Support Fund / Royal Theatrical Fund

The RTF/Fleabag Fund is reopen for applications - it will provide one-off £2,500 grants for those struggling financially who have worked in the theatre industry, prioritised by financial need. More information on how to apply here

 

FundsForFreelancers

A scheme set up by Paul Taylor-Mills and the Turbine Theatre to support freelancers in the theatre industry. If you need support, simply email submissions@paultaylormills.com with a few sentences about your situation – grants are given on a discretionary basis. Alternatively, if you can provide support, please donate here.

Universal Credit

Information on how to apply for Universal Credit is found below.

 

Citizens Advice Bureau

Free legal advice.

 

Government ban on evictions

Some useful information on the government plans to ban evictions of social or private renters. If you cannot pay your rent, you should in the first instance, speak to your landlorad and try to arrange a new payment plan

Writer's Guild Welfare Fund for playwrights facing financial difficulties during the Covid-19 crisis

 

Find a local foodbank (Trussel Trust website)
 

INDUSTRY SUPPORT

 

Theatre Helpline

The Theatre Helpline is a free, independent and confidential phone and email service that provides support to people working in the theatre industry. Trained staff are available to offer support and signposting on any topic which affects your wellbeing, including: bullying or harassment; physical health; mental health and wellbeing; injury and mobility problems; issues with employment or unemployment; career issues, including professional development and training; retirement and care in later life; debt and financial issues. Phone: 0800 915 4617. 

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources (see "International Resources" section for UK-specific resources); similar list for UK artists here and here

 

TheatreSupport.info by SOLT and UK Theatre (among others): support and advice for theatre industry, including signposts to funding covering workers and actors impacted by illness

TheatreMeansBusiness.info by SOLT and UK Theatre: a live database of digital learning resources, including workshops and webinars, for all off-stage theatre professionals

Theatre Skillshare Database: Set up by Nic Connaughton, Head of Theatre at the Pleasance, this document includes a tremendous list of theatre professionals who have skills to offer during this time. You can get in contact with them or add your own skills offer here

Facebook group: UK Theatre Industry Coronavirus Support

Slack (instant messaging) group: London Theatre Community

 

Business Skills training for creative freelancers: Free resources by FEU Training
 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES


Government advice

A guide from the government on mental health and wellbeing.

NHS

How to access mental health services.

 

For urgent support

Visit the link above if you need urgent support. 

Artsminds:

Mental health support for artists 

 

Samaritans

Some useful tips on looking after your mental health during coronavirus. If you need to speak to someone, call them free on 116 123.

 

Shout

Shout is a24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help, text 85258.

AnxietyUK and Mind have released wellbeing guidelines during the Covid-19 crisis

 

How to Fail (recommended podcast) - special episodes tackling the coronavirus:

How to Fail: Mo Gawdat on how to cope with anxiety in a time of Coronavirus

How To Fail: Alain De Botton on embracing vulnerability in the age of Coronavirus 

 

Article: Coronavirus and your wellbeing by Mind

 

Article: Un-racialising the coronavirus epidemic

The Writer's Guild have also compiled a list of mental health resources, click here to access

CREATIVE RESOURCES 

During this difficult time, there is absolutely no need to feel like you have to be productive, that you have to come out of isolation having written your masterpiece – for those who want to, this can be a quiet period for rest, reflection and re-setting. For those who are keen to get creative, see some opportunities we have found below.

Arts Council Project Grants

Royal Court Theatre Introducing to Playwriting Groups - CLOSES JULY 31ST

An opportunity for writers with little or no experience and lots of raw talent to think more deeply about writing for theatre alongside a group of their peers, guided by experienced produced playwrights.The group meets one evening per week for eight weeks and the content of the sessions is determined by the particular passions of the playwright leading the group. Two groups will be run between September 2020 and March 2021. Each group is a space for writers to think about their voice and see it in the wider context of theatre, past, present and future. Apply here

Common Ground: Season for Change Commissions - CLOSES JULY 30TH

A programme of four £10,000 commissions for artists, makers or creators, and a professional development programme focused on cultural climate leadership. Application form and more info here.

Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award - SUBMISSION WINDOW 7TH AUGUST - 7TH OCTOBER

The Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award was created with the aim of finding the next generation of playwrights who want to explore the big issues that affect our lives today. Open to UK-based writers, with the chosen winner receiving £9,500. Read all entry criteria here

CSRC Writer in Residence Applications - CLOSES AUGUST 3RD

Pentabus are looking for an emerging theatre artist to become their third Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity Writer in Residence. The £10,000 Bursary supports a professional playwright in the early stage of their career, giving the recipient the opportunity to spend up to a year at our base in Bromfield, which is just outside Ludlow in South Shropshire. During their time with Pentabus, the recipient will write at least one new full length play or piece of theatre.

Box Of Tricks Theatre: PlayBox 2021 - SUBMISSION WINDOW OPEN FROM JULY 6TH - AUGUST 31ST

Three North West-based selected playwrights shall be paid £1,000 each to take part in a year-long talent development scheme, during which they will write a new play with dramaturgical and production support from Box Of Tricks

Trinity & Cambridge Junction Micro-Commission - CLOSES AUGUST 14TH

Trinity and Cambridge Junction have come together to offer a £3000 commission to a D/deaf or disabled artist to create work for an online audience. As well as the fee, they will also provide the selected applicant with producing support, marketing and digital content support and a platform for sharing their work.

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition (TV Comedy) - CLOSES SEPTEMBER 10TH

The BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition is a platform for aspiring screenwriters to have their work showcased and a fantastic opportunity to take their writing career to the next level. Selected script extracts are performed by a professional cast to an audience of industry professionals, as well as feedback and mentoring. Entrance fee bursaries available. More info here.

Part of the Main Virtual Theatre Workshops

Part of the Grid is Part of the Main’s programme of affordable theatre tech, design and producing workshops. With the theatre industry on pause, they are holding affordable Zoom workshops designed to provide artists with opportunities to train and create. 20 Bursary spaces for Black artists available. Browse the programme here

HighTide

HighTide have introduced The Lighthouse Programme, offering a diverse range of support to writers during this time – check out the Script Reading Service, Playwright Crisis Support Programme, Write That Play, 40 Plays/40 Nights and the Cancellation Catalogue.

BBC Writer's Room's live database of writing opportunities

Theatre Producer Portal

Currently seeking submissions for finished scripts without substantial previous life, available to then be accessed by theatre producers and investors

Free digital advisory sessions for artists from Artsadmin.

Create to Connect creative challenges by 64 Million Artists.

Resources for writing plays for younger audiences by Theatre Centre

#BLACKLIVESMATTER RESOURCES

How to support Black Lives in the UK: A fantastic resource document collated by @perkin_amalaraj on Twitter

UK Actions and Resources: A comprehensive collection of petitions, fundraisers, organisations, readings, and protest guides, put together by @Divya_M_P on Twitter

Black Lives Matter Carrd: Ways you can support the movement in the USA, including donations

 

Petitioning

 

Change.org: Justice for George Floyd

Change.org: Instate punishments for police officers who shoot unarmed civilians

Change.org: Justice for Tony McDade

Change.org: Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

Change.org: The UK government must condemn Trump's response to George Floyd's murder

Change.org: More protection for Black trans women in the UK

Change.org: Justice for Shukri Abdi

Change.org: Suspension of UK exports of riot gear to the USA

Petition to remove bail for Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed George Floyd

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Introduce mandatory Ethnicity Pay Gap reporting in the UK

Justice for Christopher Alder

 

BlackLivesMatter.carrd - a huge collection of petitions for individuals' justice

Donating

UK Donation Pages:

GoFundMe: BAME Covid-19 bereavement fund

GoFundMe: Black Protest Legal Support UK

GoFundMe: Black Minds Matter UK

GoFundMe: Belly Mujinga fund

GoFundMe: Jennie Sablayan fund

GoFundMe: Emergency fund for LGBTQ+ people of colour

GoFundMe: Trevor Belle fund

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

National Memorial Family Fund UK

 

USA Donation Pages:

Minnesota Freedom Fund

The Bail Project

Support George Floyd Protestors

BlackLivesMatter.carrd - a donation page for fundraisers accepting international donations, including a collection of bail funds across all 50 states for protestors

Reading

Consider sourcing texts from Black-owned bookshops - you can find a list here

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

It's Not About the Burqa by Mariam Khan

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coats

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Anglou

The Colour Purple by Alice Walker

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale

Abolitionist Reading List

Master List of Black Revolutionary Readings

Reading Towards Abolition: A Reading List on Policing, Rebellion and the Criminalisation of Blackness

Watching

 

13th 

American Son

Selma

When They See Us 

Queen and Slim

LA 92

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

More Than a Month

Slavery By Another Name

I Am Not Your Negro

Fruitvale Station

The Kalief Browder Story

Just Mercy

Black Britain on Film

12 Years a Slave

Strong I Stand

Blindspotting

Brian Banks

Dear White People

Listening

 

About Race

Diversity Gap

1619

Code Switch

POD Save the People

How to be an Antiracist

What Matters

#BLACKLIVESMATTER

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