Louise Blackwell

Support for independent creatives during Coronavirus

Producers Hattie Gregory, Ruby Glaskin and I have developed some support networks and gathered information on what support is available for independent creatives in the current time.

You can check if you are eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme here. You’ll need your Unique Tax Reference Number and your National Insurance number. If elibible you’ll be able to make a second claim from 17 August.

Here is a link to a list of general support across the creative industries.

Freelancers Make Theatre Work is a brilliant movement and the website has a huge amount of very useful information for creative freelancers not just theatre makers.

Maddy Costaโ€™s WTF Next – read the article in Exeunt that outlines the excellent work Maddy has been doing over the past few months and shares information on many things but also on what meetings you could have access to.

We Shall Not Be Removed – a disability arts alliance set up in response to the pandemic.

If you are based in Brighton & Hove you can also become part of the What Next? Brighton & Hove chapter. I co-host the meetings with Marina Norris and since March we have been meeting regularly on Thursdays at 11am. If you care about arts & culture in the city then please join us to feed into national policy makers and discuss what we can do to support each other locally. More info here and sign up for the mailing list here