Guidance for the Creative Sector - Covid19

08 April 2020

Following the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK, we are sharing advice gathered from across the sector to provide guidance to those in the creative industries who are affected by the Coronavirus and its fallout.

Guidance for the Creative Sector - Covid19

This information was originally gathered by the Creative Industries Federation and we have subsequently added to it, as and when we receive updates.

Click here for the latest updates from Creative Industries Federation.

Below is a list of some of the organisations and services able to provide appropriate and sector specific support and advice. Click on the bold name of the service or organisation to be directed to the relevant information where linked.

General advice:

Official government advice including sections for employers and businesses

EU guidance on COVID-19 Budget 2020 support for those affected by COVID-19

Guidance for freelancers and those self-employed:

Advice from IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed)

Government tax helpline to support freelancers being affected by Coronavirus

Employment Support Allowance Universal Credit

Guidance for businesses:

Government support for businesses Government tax helpline to support businesses being affected by Coronavirus

Federation of Small Businesses guidance for small businesses

ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) workplace guidance for employees and employers

Bates Wells blog, which includes useful employment operations advice

Transmit StartUps Resource Hub

What Next? are currently collating mitigation strategies from different cultural organisations. If you have drafted a risk mitigation strategy for Coronavirus that you are willing to share, then please send to Lizzie:

Touring organisations: Foreign travel advice

Arts Council grant recipients: Arts Council England resource If you are a National Portfolio Organisation or Music Education Hub, please contact your Relationship Manager if you have a specific question or concern about your organisation and the effects of the Coronavirus.

Arts Council Covid-19 Support: The latest advice, guidance and emergency funding measures we’ve put in place to address the Covid-19/Coronavirus crisis

ACE have also set up a central email address for all other queries:

Advice from unions and sector support organisations: There is also specific advice, guidance and legal support provided by unions and sector support organisations. You are advised to contact these organisations directly for specialist advice. 

Incorporated Society of Musicians
Independent Theatre Council
Music Managers’ Forum
Musicians Union
Scottish Theatre
UK Theatre

Public health: Advice for patients is available on NHS Choices regarding symptoms Public Health England have published a Q&A about the virus on their blogpost. 

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