Since March 2020, we have all been searching and sharing information on support available during the pandemic. We have collated a list of links that you may find useful.
As we are coming out of the lockdown period, we will continue to update the information below towards a regular Resources section on our website. You will therefore start noticing links that go beyond support to deal with the impact of COVID-19.
Your contributions and feedback are always welcome.
General Guidance by Arts Council England
- Grants Online have publicised a list of new funding programmes in response to COVID-19 which are available across the UK. Read more.
- Arts Fundraising have collated information on how major funders are adapting to support the charity sector through the pandemic. Read more.
- The London Funders network have launched the London Community Response scheme to support civil society groups. Read more.
Further support and resources
- A comprehensive list of links, resources and funding support available for disabled artists by Unlimited. Read more.
- A list of Deaf charities supporting Deaf groups and professionals during the pandemic, compiled by Limping Chicken. Read more.
- ITC has created the CoVid-19 Alphabet with useful information for organisations and freelancers. Read more.
- Equity’s briefing provides guidance to its member on financial support available and how to claim it. Read more.
- UK Theatres and the Society for London Theatres (SOLT) have created a dedicated website with details of different types of support for theatre professionals. Read more.
- The Arts Marketing Association has put together a list of additional support available here.
- Useful resources for freelance creatives and artists, compiled by fellow arts professionals. Read more.
- An open source spreadsheet with information on upcoming free and paid opportunities for theatre professionals, collated by Part of the Main Theatre. View the list here.
- BSL Zone provide regular updates on COVID-19 in British Sign Language via their website. Read more and view videos.
- The weekly E-Digest by Artsadmin contains information on opportunities, artists’ commissions and further resources. Read more.
- The resources available by the Production Services Association (PSA) may be of interest to anyone working in the live event production industry. Read more.
- Drake Music has published a user-friendly guide on accessibility for video conferencing and remote meetings. Read more.
- An interesting and informative article on captioning for remote meetings, published by The Limping Chicken. Read more.
- Seven Inclusive Principles for Arts and Cultural Organisations, by the ‘We Shall Not Be Removed’ alliance. Read more and download the guide.
- Lessons Learnt After a Year Doing Digital by the Arts Marketing Association. Read more.
- Freelancers Making Theatre Work is an independent community advocating and campaigning for freelancers in the arts. Join the campaign.
Training and information
- Stagetext have created a six-part online training on Digital Subtitling. Read more.
- Theatre Means Business is a series of digital resources for theatre professionals, created by UK Theatres and SOLT. Read more.
- Charity Digital offer a range of webinars and resources to support registered charities and their staff during the pandemic. Read more.
- Little Gog launched a Disabled Artist’s Guide To Creating An Artist Access Statement. Read more.
- Oily Cart have launched an online course on sensory performance and inclusive practice, available until October 2020: Read more.
Community and solidarity
- We Shall Not Be Removed, a UK disability arts alliance formed as an emergency response to the pandemic. Join the campaign.
- Disability Arts Online are hosting online social gatherings every Friday at 4.30pm, a chance to meet and feel connected. Click here to find out more.
- UK Theatre Industry – Coronavirus Support, a public Facebook group dedicated to the performing arts sector, sharing advice and tips. Click here to find out more.
- #BlackLivesMatter: Decolonise the English and Drama Classroom. Read more.
- #BlackLivesMatter: Anti-racism resources. Read more.
The Vital Xposure team is also here for a chat, keep in touch with us and stay safe.
Note: the group photo at the top of this article is from Pullen’s Party Creative Lab in June 2018, which was supported by 101 – Outdoor Arts Creation Space. The photo features (from left to right): Emma Selwyn, Tricia Hitchcok, Eden West, Angela de Castro, Adam Smith