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 claim from mid-day on 13 May.

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

I’ve developed a support network for artists and other creative practitioners consisting of over 40 different independent creatives who are willing to give some time for a supportive chat to fellow independent creatives. If you’d like to ask someone from this group for help then email me: louise@louiseb.co.uk and I’ll send you a link.

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 currently we are meeting via zoom every week 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