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Covid-19 Resources

WFTV has put together some links to support our members during this difficult period.

Government financial support

  • Business Coronavirus Support (UK Government) – UK Government link, outlining the full range of business support measures that have been made available to UK businesses and employees. Includes information on how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply – all information can be found here.
  • The Government has made some temporary changes to the benefit system to make it easier for self-employed people to claim Universal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance. Self-employed people can now access Universal Credit at a rate equivalent to Statutory Sick Pay (£94.25 per week for up to 28 weeks). Read up on the full Government advice here.
  • The Mayor of London has launched a new emergency £2.3m fund to help some of London’s most at risk creative and night time businesses. The targeted fund is designed to help grassroots music and LGBTQ+ venues, creative workspaces and independent cinemas – find out more here.

Other Funding Resources

  • The Actors’ Benevolent Fund is offering help to professional actors and stage managers unable to work due to contracting COVID-19 or self-isolating due to illness – find more information here.
  • Artists’ General Benevolent Institution is offering financial support to artists in need and their dependents living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland – read more here.
  • Arts Council England has pledged to support the arts sector during this time and freelancers working within it. You can find their latest information on funding and other measures they are taking here.
  • Arts Council of Wales is also providing information on financial support, you can – read more here.
  • Bristol Government is offering a grant funds to small business – read more here
  • Watch the Deputy Director of Creative Wales, Gerwyn Evans, share information about the Emergency Digital Development Support Fund and Emergency TV Development Fund which opens today – watch it here.
  • Directors Charitable Foundation is expanding their directors supports scheme designed to offer short-term support – read more here.
  • Disability Arts Online announces new commissions and funding for disabled artists in the UK to pitch ideas for art or content to be produced whilst in self-isolation – read more here.
  • Facebook is providing grants for small businesses will be launching soon, sign up here for updates – find more details here.
  • The Film and TV Charity is available 24/7 on 0800 054 00 00. It offers emotional support, advice and also provides grants.
  • Foreign exchange (FX) specialists Global Reach is offering a free, no obligation “FX health check” to see how Global Reach can help your business throughout this pandemic – get your free FX Health check here, contact Billy Byrne on bbyrne@globalreachgroup.com or call on +44 (0)20 3465 8263
  • Go Fund Me: many Artists across the UK have been setting up Go Fund Me pages to help those impacted by COVID-19 – see more here.
  • IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed) is offering practical advice for the self employed – see more here.
  • LEP Growth Hubs (UK) is offering advice and support to local businesses across the country facing the challenges caused by the economic impact of the coronavirus – find more details here.
  • Liverpool Film Office, using funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund, has stepped up its support for regionally based producers, writers and other creative talent during the coronavirus pandemic by launching a £250,000 single project development pot using funds repurposed from its existing production fund – read more here.
  • Location managers set up fund for freelancers – Vinnie Jassal and  Charlie Spotless are asking those that can afford to donate so that they can help location department juniors with this emergency fund – see more details here.
  • PRS for Music has information on an Emergency Relief Fund set up for PRS members which you can find here.
  • The Royal Theatrical Fund provides support for people who have worked in the entertainment industry – this includes financial support, but also visits and phone calls and advice on benefits and debt – see details here.
  • Welsh broadcaster S4C has launched a package of measures worth up to £6m for the independent production sector in Wales as the industry battles the challenges of Covid-19. The channel has divided its offering into three key sections – read more here.
  • WGGB has a Welfare Fund for members experiencing urgent financial difficulty. Full details and an application form.

Employer and Employee Resources

  • acas has a dedicated resources page on how to deal and providing your employees with resources during this time – read more here.
  • Capacity Interactive provide digital marketing recommendations for the arts community during the outbreak – read more here.
  • Creative Industries Federation has brought together advice from across the sector which it is updating regularly. You can find it here.
  • Creative Scotland has provided resources based on information provided by the Scottish Government and to support people and organisations over the coming weeks and months – see more here.
  • Guild has provided guidance and tips on working remotely – you can find the Google doc here.
  • Pact has provided some useful support links to Government guidance as well as other organisations in the sector, including Broadcasters’ advice to Producers which you can access here.
  • Northern Ireland Screen has information for the screen industry in NI, including information on the Northern Ireland Executive support available – more information here.
  • Smith & Williamson has provided a number of useful resources including articles around the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and more in their COVID-19 Hub which you can access here.

Moore Kingston Smith has provided a roundup of guidance to support businesses in managing the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Here are some of their useful links and you can also visit their Coronavirus hub or contact their experts:

  • Coronavirus Media Business Outlook Survey Results: MKS recently requested senior management and owners of media businesses to share their thoughts on how Coronavirus will impact the future financial prospects and staffing requirements of the media industry, as well as to what extent they have made use of the government support available – read more here.
  • Breakfast conversation – The practicalities of planning for an uncertain future: MKS are creating an open forum to have a conversation with you about the practicalities of how to plan for the future and what that means for your organisation – book your space now.
  • Coronavirus: new 100% government-backed bounce back loan scheme: In another measure designed to ease pressure on businesses affected by the Coronavirus crisis and keep small businesses operating, the government announced on 27 April a new 100% government-backed loan scheme for small and medium businesses, read more here.
  • WIGGIN LLP, the law firm focusing exclusively on media, technology and intellectual property, has advice to offer clients on the employment law implications of COVID-19, and points of notice for Film and TV businesses – you can find more here.

Information and tips on well-being

  • Anxiety UK has also provided some useful breathing exercises such as the APPLE technique which you can read about here.
  • Mental Health charity, Mind, has produced advice for those feeling anxious or worried about the virus, which you can access here.
  • 6ft From Mental Health in Film: BAFTA Crew participant Leo Thomas and colleague Matt Longley have set up 6ft From The Spotlight to help the mental health of freelance crew in the entertainment sector – read more here.

Arts, Culture & Exhibitions

  • The British Museum lets viewers examine the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and other ancient wonders – take the 360-degree virtual tour here.
  • The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is hosting over 800 films for free including IDFA DocLab showcasing the best interactive non-fiction storytelling and explores how the digital revolution is reshaping documentary art. – view the selection here.
  • Organisers of the Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival have made three short films from the Iris archive available for free on their YouTube channel. The films are all directed by women who have made short films with the £30,000 Iris Prize, sponsored by the Michael Bishop Foundation – see more details here.
  • Last Frame Festival – Lockdown Edition is hosting an online festival dedicated to showcasing the best films made in lockdown. You can join the Festival via Facebook Live through their Facebook Page here.
  • Lionsgate UK is  keen to help NHS and film charities, they’re hosting a series of free film nights – bringing four of their favourite cinematic releases to the nation as part of Lionsgate Live every Saturday night. Audiences will be able to join the Lionsgate UK team with a charity appeal: the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal and The Film and TV Charity COVID-19 Emergency Response – read more here.
  • The Metropolitan Opera is hosting an Opera Nightly Stream, where you can tune in daily to our free performance streams – find out more here.
  • Get lost in the corridors and gallery spaces of the Natural History Museum, London – one treat is Dippy the dino, who despite recently going on tour still makes an appearance in the entrance hall in this interactive online guide.
  • The National Theatre is hosting its live productions every Thursday, free to stream on YouTube for seven days – see details here.
  • The Royal Opera House is hosting a selection of live productions free to stream each week, which you can find here.