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Please find below a collection of links and resources to key trusted sites to provide guidance and advice for freelancers during the current Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic:

Arts Council England 

ACE are making £20 million available to individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers. The information in full is here.  

There are two rounds – you can only apply in one round, grants will be up to £2500. Round 1 opens on 9th April, and the deadline is 16th April. Round 2 opens on 16th April, and the deadline is 30th April.

It is open to creative practitioners whose main work is focused on these artforms and disciplines:

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • Literature
  • Combined Arts
  • Museums practice
  • Libraries (activity that helps deliver the Universal Library Offers)

The new fund also includes a £4m contribution to various benevolent funds, the information in full can be found here.  

Responding to the Covid19 emergency -ACE Chief Executive Darren Henley blogs about their emergency support for artists and organisations.


Tax, Benefits and Government Financial Support

UK Government: Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme

Use this scheme if you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have lost income due to coronavirus. This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed.

Who can apply
You can apply if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you:

  • have submitted your Income Tax Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19
  • traded in the tax year 2019-20
  • are trading when you apply, or would be except for COVID-19
  • intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020-21
  • have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19
  • Your self-employed trading profits must also be less than £50,000 and more than half of your income come from self-employment. This is determined by at least one of the following conditions being true:having trading profits/partnership trading profits in 2018-19 of less than £50,000 and these profits constitute more than half of your total taxable income; having average trading profits in 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 of less than £50,000 and these profits constitute more than half of your average taxable income in the same period; If you started trading between 2016-19, HMRC will only use those years for which you filed a Self-Assessment tax return.

If you have not submitted your Income Tax Self-Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19, you must do this by 23 April 2020.

HMRC will use data on 2018-19 returns already submitted to identify those eligible and will risk assess any late returns filed before the 23 April 2020 deadline in the usual way.

How much you’ll get
You’ll get a taxable grant which will be 80% of the average profits from the tax years (where applicable):

2016 to 2017
2017 to 2018
2018 to 2019

To work out the average HMRC will add together the total trading profit for the 3 tax years (where applicable) then divide by 3 (where applicable), and use this to calculate a monthly amount.

It will be up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months.

How to apply
You cannot apply for this scheme yet. HMRC will contact you if you are eligible for the scheme and invite you to apply online. Individuals do not need to contact HMRC now and doing so will only delay the urgent work being undertaken to introduce the scheme.

The information in full is here.

HMRC & Benefits 


UK Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resources List

This document is a collection of links to resources to help freelance creatives and artists during the current Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. It has been compiled by Erica Scourti  and Kim Plowright 

The full list can be found here.


Regional Advice 

Culture Central 

Coventry UK City of Culture 


Note: This list is not exhaustive and more information will be added.