We do our best to meet, support and respond to the needs of a wide range of artists, especially during these difficult times. We’ve created this space on our website to offer useful advice (we hope) that you can access directly. Below, you’ll find handy resources and artists opportunities. Keep an eye on this page for updates (last updated: 2nd June 2020).
If you’ve got any ideas about what you’d like to see on this page, give us a shout and we’ll see what we can do.
Take care and keep safe!
Team CPT x
The latest updates from Arts Council on how they will support funded projects and organisations. Including tips on working collaboratively and remotely, strategies for income, contact details for support, sick pay and more.
Exeunt have compiled a detailed list of vital resources for artists through this period. Including official advice, online networking, financial guidance, charities and fundraisers for supporting artists, links to free theatre online, livestreaming platforms, opportunities and more!
Stage One- Producer Support
Stage One have allocated funds to provide financial support to Stage One alumni only. But they have also included useful information and support to other producers during this time.
SOLT (Society of London Theatre) and UK Theatre have launched Theatresupport.info, a website featuring 24 hour helplines and key resources for people who work in the industry and are struggling financially.
ABTT – Training Courses and Activities
Another great list of resources for artists: anything from free training and streamed events.
COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.
Regional Fundraisers for Theatre freelancers
You can either donate or receive funding from these Crowd Funders for freelancers.
COVID-19 SELF-EMPLOYED ARTISTS CRIBSHEET
Guidelines about what the government is doing to help the self‑employed in the creative industries.
This database has been set up for people to share their skills and enable individuals to be contact directly if those skills are of use. Worth a look – maybe you have a skill to share too?
The Theatrical Guild
Has been funded by Arts Council England to give out emergency grants to people working backstage as technicians or FOH staff. Check their Twitter channel for how to get in touch. NB they have recently extended their remit to include more FOH, backstage and creative freelancers.
Equity Charitable Trust
Has also been supported by Arts Council to offer hardship grants to any performers struggling due to loss of earnings. You do not need to be a member of Equity to apply, but your work needs to fall within the remit of the requirements for an Equity card to be eligible.
Faccicose have created an excellent Artists Support & Resources during Covid-19 page (updated every week.) It’s a database with links about; fundings, grants, job opportunities, online teaching, volunteering opportunities, foodbanks and online classes.
The ETPEP Award 2020
This is a prize for new UK playwrights who work in the theatre industry. The Award is open to UK residents of any age who have not had a play professionally produced, and who have worked front of house, in administrative roles, on stage, backstage, lighting, design etc or in a creative capacity in theatre for at least 2 years, either now or in the past.
Deadline: 30 June 2020.
STAMP – Resources
CPT has published all of the resources from STAMP events – you can access them via the website. This includes a recording of the panel discussion from our latest digital workshop on self-producing, featuring the awesome Paula Varjack, This Egg and others.
Creative Industries Federation Free Membership
The Creative Industries Federation are offering free four-month memberships to all freelancers, self-employed workers, and microbusinesses to help support them through this difficult time. Members have access to webinars, classes, and more.
Artsadmin’s E-digest features information on funding, commissions and upcoming seminars, workshops, courses, jobs and opportunities.
Acts Live Streaming
Theatre Together will live stream performances around the UK. All funds raised to support those out of work during closures.
Upper Circle Theatre
Upper Circle Theatre has listed some artist opportunities, including a festival of paid, live streamed concerts and live dance classes.
Employing Arts FB Group
The Facebook group Employing Arts has been created for the purpose of offering at-home employment or suggesting at-home income sources to artists who have suddenly lost their other means of employment.
UK Theatre Industry Coronavirus Support Facebook Group
A group dedicated to the Performing Arts industry to share news, tips and advice about COVID-19 and how it is effecting businesses.
Anti-viral work for freelancers and small businesses
This facebook group was set up this group in response to the severe impact of COVID-19 on the self-employed. Members have come together as a community to share their current challenges and to share advice, support and resources.
Haley McGee’s 14 Day Quarantine Challenge
The 14-Day Creative Quarantine Challenges is a self-directed online program for artists and creative spirits, designed to help you keep (or start) creating during this strange time.
Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online
From live-streams of new plays to classics from the archive, check out The Guardina’s picks of the top shows online now or coming soon – updated daily.
We have curated some of our favourite online activities. All the info, including the availability and the links to access them, are collated in the documents below. Enjoy!
Support Camden People’s Theatre
Our mission is to support young and emerging artists making inventive new theatre – particularly about issues that matter to people right now. During this time, any donation – large or small – has a huge impact, helping to secure the future of CPT; the building, staff and many artists we work with.