FINANCIAL SUPPORT – GOVERNMENT

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SELF EMPLOYED INCOME SUPPORT SCHEME

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Who: Self-employed individuals (not limited companies)

What: A taxable grant worth 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £7,500 in total.

Criteria: Must have traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 and submitted a Self Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year.

Must have traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020.

Must intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021

Must carry on a trade which has been adversely affected by coronavirus

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TAX DEFERRAL

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Who: Small Businesses and individuals in the self-employed sector

What: Income Tax deferral of July 2020 payments on account until 31 January 2021.

VAT deferral of VAT due before 30 June 2020 until 31 March 2021

Criteria: UK VAT registered businesses

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT

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Who: Those out of work or on a low income

What: Financial support limited by and dependent on your earnings

Criteria: Must be resident in the UK – over 18 but under the state pension age (or your partner is) – have under £16,000 in savings (both you and your partner)

Your partner’s income and savings will be taken into account, even if they are not eligible for Universal Credit.  Must be interviewed by telephone or in person.

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NEW STYLE JOB SEEKERS ALLOWANCE

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Who: Those unemployed or working less than 16 hours per week (can be paid on its own or in combination with Universal Credit

What: Up to 182 days of financial support dependent on your earnings

Criteria: Must be resident in the UK – over 18 but under the state pension age (or your partner is) – have paid and/or been credited with enough National Insurance contributions in the 2 full tax years before the year you’re claiming in.

Your savings and capital (or your partner’s savings, capital and income) are not taken into account when claiming New Style JSA. However, your earnings and any payment you are getting from a pension can affect the amount you may receive.

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STATUTORY SICK PAY

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Who: Those unemployed or working less than 16 hours per week (can be paid on its own or in combination with Universal Credit

What: Up to 182 days of financial support dependent on your earnings

Criteria: Must be resident in the UK – over 18 but under the state pension age (or your partner is) – have paid and/or been credited with enough National Insurance contributions in the 2 full tax years before the year you’re claiming in.

Your savings and capital (or your partner’s savings, capital and income) are not taken into account when claiming New Style JSA. However, your earnings and any payment you are getting from a pension can affect the amount you may receive.

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SMALL BUSINESS GRANT FUND

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Who: Small and rural businesses that pay business rates and are not home office based.

What: Financial support with business costs during coronavirus.

Criteria: Small businesses in England which pay little or no business rates are entitled to a one-off cash grant of £10,000 from their local council.

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NEWLY SELF-EMPLOYED HARDSHIP FUND

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Who: Newly Self-Emplyed in Scotland

What: Financial Support

Criteria: Must have become self-employed on/after 6 April 2019 – Must earn 50% of you  income from self-employment – Must have had trading profits below £50,000 in financial year 2019-20

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OPEN FUND: SUSTAINING CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT

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Who: Freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners in Scotland

What: Funding available for between £1k and £50k from a fund fo £7.5m

Criteria: Open all year round, with no deadlines and can support activity for up to 12 months.  It is for projects supporting the development of practice. May apply for funding to work with others if your practice is collaborative. Must have a UK bank account.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT – CHARITABLE

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ACTORS BENEVOLENT FUND

www.actorsbenevolentfund.co.uk

Who: Actors and Stage Managers

What: Financial support

Criteria: Must have contracted Covid-19, or be self-isolating because they are unwell with coronavirus symptoms, and have applied for Universal Credit or Employment Support Allowance (or, are already in receipt of any means-tested benefits).

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THE ACTORS’ CHILDREN’S TRUST

www.actorschildren.org

Who: Actors who are parents

What: Money and advice to actor-parents and their children

Criteria: Must have had paid, professional acting work for more than half of their working life

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BACKUP

www.backuptech.uk

Who: Technical professionals working in live events, theatre, film and TV industries

What: Provides funds for people who are seriously ill or suffering from an accident and therefore unable to earn (cannot help with loss of earnings due to Covid-19)

Criteria:  UK resident – must have worked in the industry for 5 years or be a direct dependent of someone that has – don’t have to be currently active in the industry so long as you haven’t been out of the industry for longer than you worked in it.

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DANCE PROFESSIONALS FUND

www.dancefund.org.uk

Who: Professional dancers, Dance Teachers, Choreographers and Choreologists

What: Financial support in time of need.

Criteria: Must have 3 years of professional dance performance, teaching or choreography in the UK – be a practising, former or retired dance professional; or in certain circumstances, be a dependent of a dance professional – be in receipt of all the state benefits you are entitled to at the time of applying – have individual savings of less than £6,000 if of working age, or £16,000 if retired – have no other significant means of support e.g. from a partner or from capital assets.

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THE DIRECTORS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

www.directorscf.org

Who: Theatrical and Screen directors

What:  Relief of poverty and other acute needs among current and former directors

Criteria: All UK-based theatrical and screen directors with an urgent need, whether or not it is coronavirus-related

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DRURY LANE FUND – DISCRETIONARY GRANT

www.drurylanefund.com

Who: Actors, Singers, Dancers and Stage Managers

What: Small discretionary grants to non-members in need

Criteria: Must have worked at Theatre Royal Drury Lane or have a link to the theatre.

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ENO BENEVOLENT FUND

www.eno.org/about/eno-benevolent-fund/

Who: Performers and those behind the scenes

What: Financial assistance when things go wrong through illness, accident or some other hardship.This may involve tiding a person (and sometimes their dependants) over a difficult time, or providing longer-term support.

Criteria: Must have worked at English National Opera

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EQUITY BENEVOLENT FUND

https://www.equity.org.uk/about/benevolent-fund/how-to-get-help/

Who: Any professional eligible to join Equity

What: Financial grants for urgent one-off expenses (typical claims range from £60 – £350)

Criteria: Must be a Full Equity Member (which includes graduates, long service, life and child members)

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EQUITY CHARITABLE TRUST

www.equitycharitabletrust.org.uk

Who: All freelance professional performers and those who work in the theatre profession on a freelance basis

What: Financial assistance

Criteria: Emergency funds are available to all freelance professional performers and those who work in the theatre profession on a freelance basis. This includes: actors, choreographers, dancers, theatre directors, models, singers, stage management, stand ups, storytellers, stunt performers and co-ordinators, theatre designers, theatre fight directors, TV and radio presenters, variety, circus, cabaret and light entertainment artists, voice artists, walk-on and supporting artists.  (excludes musicians, drama students or amateur performers)

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FLEABAG SUPPORT FUND – via THE ROYAL THEATRICAL FUND

www.trtf.com

Who:  Freelancers working in theatre, comedy and cabaret

What:  Financial Help for those unable to work as a direct result of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

Criteria:  Opens for Submissions for the second round of grants on 14th July via the Royal Theatrical Fund

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FREELANDS FOUNDATION EMERGENCY FUND

www.freelandsfoundation.co.uk/covid-19-support.

Who: Freelance creative practitioners

What: Grants of £1,500 – £2,500 from a £1.5m fund for the Covid-19 crisis

Criteria: Must be based in England and Northern Ireland, working in the visual arts and be experiencing severe financial hardship due to the Covid-19

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HELP MUSICIANS

www.helpmusicians.org.uk

Who:  Self-Employed or Unemployed Professional Working Musicians (performers, composers/creators or directly involved in the production of music).

What: Provides financial support for musicians struggling on Universal Credit or on other support – from a £2.55 million charitable fund.

Criteria:  UK Resident

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MUSICIANS UNION HARDSHIP FUND

https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/

Who: Musicians Union Members

What: An Emergency Hardship Fund of £1m in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic

Criteria: Must be a UK resident – Must be currently paying the full MU membership subscription rate – suffering genuine hardship from loss of work due to the Coronavirus pandemic – must not have already successfully received a payment from the MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund

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PRS MEMBERS FUND – EMERGENCY CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUND

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Who: PRS Members

What: Grants of up to £1000 will be awarded based on assessment of individual need.

Criteria: Must have held PRS membership for at least 2 years and have earned £500 in royalties in the last 2 years.

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THE RALPH AND MERIEL RICHARDSON FOUNDATION

www.sirralphrichardson.org.uk

Who: Actors

What: The Foundation has made grants for wheelchairs, for hospital treatment, residential care, surgeons fees, medication and a variety of short term help to a large number of those seeking assistance

Criteria: Applicants must have been active in the profession for a minimum of 15 years, save in exceptional circumstances

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ROYAL OPERA HOUSE BENEVOLENT FUND

www.roh.org.uk/about/benevolent-fund

Who: Dancers, Singers, Musicians, Technicians, Administrative, FOH, Stage Managers

What: Confidential advice, emotional support and financial assistance

Criteria: Past and present employees (and their dependants) of the Royal Opera House and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

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THE ROYAL THEATRICAL FUND

www.trtf.com

Who: Any person in need who has professionally worked in the performing arts

What:  Financial Help for those unable to work due to illness, injury or old age.

Criteria: Must have worked professionally in the entertainment industry, for seven years or more

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THE ROYAL VARIETY CHARITY

http://www.royalvarietycharity.org

Who: All who have worked professionally in the entertainment industries. All those who’ve worked on the stage, or the wings, in front of a camera, or behind it, as well as all those who’ve spent their lives working in the numerous support industries dedicated to entertainment.

What: Financial support grant

Criteria: People experiencing financial hardship, or experiencing difficulties as a result of illness or accidents.

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THE SOCIETY OF AUTHORS’ EMERGENCY FUND

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Who: Professional Authors, Scriptwriters & Playwrights

What: Grants are likely to be up to £2,000

Criteria: Must be UK Resident or British Subject – Author-related activities must make up a substantial amount of annual income.

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SWAP'ra EMERGENCY FUND

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Who: Women and/or parents in opera.

What: Grants up to £1,000

Criteria: Must be UK Resident adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, without savings in excess of £1000

THE THEATRE COMMUNITY FUND

http://www.theatrecommunityfund.com/

Who: Theatre artists and professionals whose livlihoods and futures have been threatened in the wake of Covid-19

What: Grants  up to £3,000

Criteria: None

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Theatre Artists Fund

www.theatreartists.fund

Who: Theatre professionals who are in need of urgent and critical financial support

What: One-off emergency grant of £1,000

Criteria: Must:

– Be a Resident of UK

– Be A theatre professional and have worked in one or many role/s (within the sector) totalling at least 8 weeks between January 1st 2019 and March 31st 2020

– Be in need of urgent financial assistance due to the Covid-19 pandemic

– Be Self-Employed or unemployed

– Not currently be furloughed or have received any support from SEISS

– Earn the majority of your income through professional theatre work in the UK

– Have less than £2,000 in savings (still apply if you currently have more than that, but only because of your tax bill savings – include this detail as a note in your application)

– Not currently be in full-time Further or Higher Education

– Not have received support in excess of £1,500 from any other industry coronavirus emergency (COVID-19) grant scheme

–  Have sought to access any statutory support (government provided)

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TERRIBLE RAGE / INELIGIBLE & UNSUCCESSFUL

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Who: Any Theatre Maker or Worker

What: This appeal was launched on 25th May 2020 by Performance Designer Bethany Wells.  This fund aims to provide micro-grants of £200 to any individual maker or worker in live performance who has been both:
– ineligible for the Self Employed scheme
– unsuccessful in receiving ACE Emergency Fundi

Criteria: There is no age/geographic limitation to this fund. It’s just a simple gesture, a helping hand to cover bills or essential costs during this difficult time.

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THEATRE MAD – CORONAVIRUS FUND

www.madtrust.org.uk

Who: People in the theatre industry who have helped this charity on any of their fundraising shows

What: Small pockets of financial assistance up to £200 to meet unexpected expenses that will cause hardship

Criteria: You must have supported the Make A Difference Trust in the past at one of their fundraising events including West End Bares, West End Eurovision, A Mad Drag Night, West End Christmas, MAD Cabarets and West End Bares Calendar.

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THE THEATRICAL GUILD

www.ttg.org.uk

Who:  Almost anyone Offstage, Backstage and Front of House

What: Long term & Short term Financial Support, Counselling, Welfare and Debt Advice, 

Criteria: Anyone who has spent a significant proportion of their career to date training for and/or working in a relevant backstage or front of house position. That includes any kind of stage technician or engineer; stage managers, stagehands and flymen; anyone involved in costume, hair or makeup; designers and makers of sets, props or puppets; and ushers or box office staff, Plus Designers, Directors, Assistant Directors, Theatre Photographers.

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TURN 2 US

https://www.turn2us.org.uk/

Who:  Anyone

What: Check benifit entitlement, search and apply for grants.

Criteria: Anyone