Freelancers make theatre work

What We Do

We listen, support and advocate for ALL freelancers in the arts. We are an inclusive, independent community for the 200,000+ self-employed and freelance workers from all areas of theatre, opera and live performance, who make up 70% of the UK theatre workforce.

Listen

Whether in person, through surveys, or via our digital channels, we keep an ear to the ground.

Support

Explore online and in-person resources for freelance focussed support.

Advocate

We lobby industry leaders, organisations & government to champion the freelancers’ voice.

Home of The Big Freelancer Survey. The ONLY industry wide survey conducted BY freelancers FOR freelancers, providing detailed analysis of the past 12 months. The data feeds into ongoing lobbying of both industry bodies and government, informing them where support is most needed and what the greatest issues facing arts freelancers are.

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of the Theatre workforce are Freelancers

estimated jobs in the Arts sector

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of the entire UK workforce is arts and culture

billion contributed to the UK economy by the Art and Culture sector

For Freelancers

Support

From anti-racism to wellbeing support, we’ve got a huge array of freelancer focussed resources available here. 

Write to your MP

We urgently encourage you to write to your MP.  Let’s keep the pressure up and the message about freelancers being forgotten on the agenda.

Workshops & events

Always FREE for freelancers, explore what workshops, seminars and events we have coming up.

Upcoming events and workshops
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Working in Europe Panel

CATCH UP NOW

Our panel of UK performing arts professionals discuss their recent experiences working in Europe.

Missed the event? Catch up here now.

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Freelance Problem Solving

Wednesday 26th June – 7pm

A monthly, facilitated group discussion hosted on Zoom, exploring the challenges or questions faced by Theatre Freelancers.

Find out more and book

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Carbon Literacy Training

COMING SOON

We’ll be announcing dates for this soon. All FMTW events and workshops are FREE to attend for freelancers.

Booking opening soon.

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Tax Workshop

COMING SOON

Creative Industry accountant Jon Harris takes any questions and discussion points to help you with your tax return.

Find out more and book

For Employees and organisations
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The Big Freelancer Survey 2023

The Big Freelancer Survey aims to provide a detailed report of the past 12 months. The 2023 report is OUT NOW

Support your freelancers

10 actions you can implement NOW to support your freelancers…

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Anti-racism

A resource of practical tools to help you support global majority freelancers

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Bullying & Harassment

Whether employed, self-employed or freelance, we all have a right to a safe and harassment free workplace. 

Explore the e-learning module from Creative UK

Our Supporters

Freelancers Make Theatre Work’s core work has been supported by The Backstage Trust, The National Theatre Foundation, the Maria Björnson Memorial Fund, The National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, The Old Vic, Glyndebourne, The English National Ballet, The Southbank Centre, English National Opera and individual donors.

Individual Freelancers Make Theatre Work projects have been supported by Arts Council England

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