COVID-19 guidance & resources for artists & arts professionals

Last updated 24th March 2020.

We’re all adjusting to a new way of life in response to the spread of COVID-19, and there’s a lot of uncertainty generally and within the arts sector. We know that there are a lot of artists and independent arts workers who will be in difficult situations, not least of all financially.

We’ve been following announcements from peer and sector agencies and organisations, about resources and guidance that’s available to help navigate this rapidly changing situation, as well as about new digital content available on their websites and digital channels, to entertain and inspire us while their venues are shut.

If you do have a programme that you’re taking online, drop us a line to update your listings on our website, and tag us on social media.

We’ll try to keep this information up to date, and hope it will be useful to you over the coming days and weeks. Let us know if you come across anything that you think other people will benefit from.



Arts Council England has announced £160 million of emergency funding for organisations and individuals during the COVID-19 crisis. Funding streams will be open to applications soon.

Axisweb has created a hardship fund for “any member experiencing financial hardship – unable to work, disabled, a carer, on low income or freelance.”

Disability Arts Online has created a fund to commission digital content from disabled artists working in the UK. Deadline: Monday 6 April 2020.

MAIA have launched a fundraiser to provide hardship funds for artists, cultural workers, practitioners and creative freelancers that cannot work during this time or who have been affected by cancellations or other impacts. Donate or find out how to apply here.

Matt Burrows has launched an initiative for artists to raise money from selling their work, and buying other artists’ work.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme excludes a whole sector of workers, including around six million self-employed workers (many from our sector). Work Notes have written a draft letter to send to your local MP on the subject. Not sure who your local MP is? Find out here.

HMRC have launched a helpline to help businesses and the self-employed concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus.

Arts producer Laura Sweeney has shared a downloadable Lost Earnings Log template which could help with applications for financial support.



Anti-viral work for freelancers and small businesses is a growing Facebook group and support system set up in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the self-employed – many from the creative industries.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist resources – an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

The Arts Marketing Association (AMA) have released a list of resources with links to AMA support, sector & freelancer tips and guides, and funding body advice. They have also set up a Facebook Group and have a free webinar on Crisis Comms planning coming up.

My Cake:

a-n – information and guidance for artists and arts organisers.

Crafts Council has published guidance and issued a survey to their network of makers to be used to communicate directly with Government departments.

Guild – artist spaces sector support programme compendium of guidance

Queercare COVID-19 food networking

COVID-19 UK-wide List of Mutual Aid Groups

Creative Industries Federation is offering free membership for the next 6 months

The Arts Marketing Association (AMA) have released a list of resources with links to AMA support, sector & freelancer tips and guides, and funding body advice. They have a free webinar on Crisis Comms planning coming up.

COVID-19 freelance artists resource – the arts community in the USA is mobilising fast to organise support for artists during the crisis. These resources, shared by Arts Council on Twitter, have an international focus and are not only relevant for American artists.

Coronovirus Tech Handbook – virtual event resources and advice.

Nottingham’s Creative Quarter – guidance for creative business & D2N2’s The Big House initiative is moving its business advice sessions online.


Reading & Commentary

Su Jones’s reflections on the situation:

Arts Professional are removing their subscription paywall for all Covid-19 related news, resources and content to support arts workers.

Counterculture’s 10 Tips for Cultural Organisations for COVID-19.

Sonia Boué’s basics of surviving and thriving for those suddenly forced to network entirely online.


Image: We Will Get Through This With Art © Bob&Roberta Smith, 2020