Theatre Bristol is taking steps to keep our community safe, and develop ways to support independent artists through these difficult times. Please see more details about our offer on our homepage here.
Here you can find resources for UK performance makers affected by COVID-19 with a focus on Bristol info and creative strategies if in isolation, but also including links to official statements, financial advice, and other guidance.
This summary also exists as a live Google doc that you can contribute to.
Summaries on other sites
UK Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resources List aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. **this is the best uber list of all resources we’ve seen so far**
Creative Spark are publishing FREE Arts Council Emergency Fund Summary Doc and Application Templates for artists and arts organisations that are considering applying. Sign up to their e-news to receive the FREE PACK on Monday 6 April.
COVID-19 Self Employed Artists Cribsheet from Jozara – FAQs about what the government is doing to help the self‑employed in the creative industries.
The Covid 19 Alphabet – summary of advice and resources from ITC
Springboard for the Arts – US based resources – more for internal reference to see what strategies other orgs are taking in terms of supporting artists.
Covid-19 Resources for UK Theatre An evolving collection of advice, resources and opportunities for people who work in theatre and are affected by coronavirus on Exeunt
Independent Arts Projects COVID-19 Impact on Arts Workers +
National Theatre Wales resource – Theatre in the Time of Corona
Musicians Relief Fund
ACE Emergency Funds – apply for round 1 by 13th April, apply for round 2 by 27th April. ACE have released some Webinars with further information:
- YouTube- Introduction to the Emergency Funds
- YouTube – Grantium and Access Support
- YouTube – Individuals Funds guidance
Defer Mortgage Payments
Universal Credit for freelancers
Support the Self Employed! Crowdfunder
Bristol City Council – small business grant scheme and business rate relief
Freeze Credit card and loan repayments – more info to follow
Earnings loss calculator spreadsheet from Laura Sweeney
Employment and Self employment help from MoneySavingExpert – really helpful video guide
Support the self employed! Crowdfunder
Esmee Fairbairn – funding currently closed, emergency fund announcement soon
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme: Accountants Deloitte have produced a calculator to help applicants to this scheme find out how much support they may be able to access.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) info summary from Laura Sweeney
Bristol news and support
Bristol 24/7 – live updates
We Are Bristol free helpline – 0800 694 0184
The One City Economy Board [link] is now meeting every Tuesday to bring together key stakeholders to work on solutions for requests for help, offers of support and ways to advertise job vacancies.
Social media groups and conversations
Gigaid campaign led by Bryony Kimmings to support artists in hardship: #gigaid
Dr Stephen Pritchard (Movement for Cultural Democracy / Colouring in Culture) is looking to set up a freelancers union. If you are interested you can contact him / the group via https://www.facebook.com/groups/3156431084376524/. on Facebook, https://twitter.com/etiennelefleur on Twitter, website https://colouringinculture.org/
Statements and sector relevant updates
National Trust opening many gardens for free, but closing cafes and shops
https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/mental-health/ US based site that includes information on mental health support, co-occurring disorders and addiction treatment options
Online courses or art portals for interesting projects
Theories and philosophies for being alone
Interesting Online Projects
Come to where I’m from – playwrights performing their own plays in an app
Create to Connect two weeks of daily creative challenges, starting on the 23rd March.
Theatre and dance to watch online – Guardian recommends
Live Stream Archive – recordings of theatre available to watch online
Stuff to do with Kids
Pinterest useful – look up ‘sensory play’ for cheap, open-ended activities
Freeze little toys/small objects in ice and then work out how to get them out (You can make egg shapes with balloons – poke little fish/dinosaurs in, add water, freeze)
Make obstacle courses indoors/outdoors
Junk modelling – collect small cardboard boxes/tubes, add some sticky tape and pens
Playdough and more playdough
Dry pasta and some pans/spoons/cups
A big cardboard box
Plan and hold your own party – choose a theme, make party food, make decorations/hats, ‘write’ invitations to each other, invite fav toys, play party games, dance, take photos, sleep!
Dressing up/make costumes
Plant some seeds – make a photo diary/draw pics of what you did/how it grows
Virtual classes (some super interesting!) at Outschool.com
All kinds of stuff on Education.com, including lesson plans, typing practice, etc.
Brainpop — fabulous 5 minute education videos on just about anything. Really well done
Binge watch the series Avatar the Last Airbender
Watch great books being read by great actors at StorylineOnline
Watch Ken Burns’ National Parks Series (some mature themes, but also family friendly. Watched with my kiddo when he was 8)
Here is a list of educational companies offering free subscriptions during the closing. A lot to sort through, but there are some awesome resources here including, it seems, all of the ones in my previously curated list.
BBC‘s plan to inform, educate and entertain during unprecedented times
Stay At Home Activity Pack by Unique Voice
Home working guidance
Advice from Theatre Bristol’s General Manager:
Take care of yourself and prioritise your wellbeing during lockdown. The following tips might help you:
- Set up a comfortable working space at home.
- Change position and move regularly throughout the day.
- Take regular breaks.
- Exercise – according to current advice, you are allowed out of the house once per day to stay active. There are also some brilliant online fitness classes. We have offered some examples above.
- Meditate and do other things that help you feel calm.
- Eat well.
- Establish a routine – this will help manage feelings of stress and restlessness.
- Pace yourself – this situation is expected to continue until at least June so try to pace yourself to avoid burnout.
- Keep in touch with friends and family.
- Make time for yourself to do things you enjoy.
- Try and limit your Social Media usage. It can be useful for staying in touch with friends and family but can cause anxiety if used too often.
- Creative Professional Development – make time to feed your brain. Recess period, take time to get to know artists work etc.
Employment advice and policies
Shape Arts Contingency Plans – a template for action
Furloughing – advice for employees and small businesses
Bristol Closures, Cancellations and News
Bristol 24/7 – live updates on closures
Do you have resources you feel other independent artists in Bristol could benefit from? Please feel free to add them to the open document here.