Artist resources

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: April 2).

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

Artist Resources

Arts Council
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.

The Arts Council have just launched their guidance and deadlines for the emergency relief funds for individuals and companies. Contact the helpline if you have any questions (0161 934 4317).

Deadlines for both funds: Round 1: Thursday 16th April, 12pm | Round 2: Thursday 30th April, 12pm

Guidance on ACE support for individuals | Guidance on ACE support for companies

We recommend reading the blog published by the Arts Council’s CEO earlier this week.

National Application Reading Service

Over 30+ organisations have joined forces to support individuals who have never applied for funding before with their applications to the Arts Council’s emergency funds. Sign up to be paired with an experienced arts professional.

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.

64 Million Artists are doing 2 weeks of fun, free and accessible creative challenges to do at home to help isolation feel less isolating. Starts 23rd March.
SOLT (Society of London Theatre) and UK Theatre have launched, 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

Regional Fundraisers for Theatre freelancers


Skillshare Database

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.

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.

Artist Opportunities

E-digest Newsletter
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.

Commissions Pot for Disabled Artists
Disability Arts Online has allocated £8,000 to a new commissions pot which disabled artists can apply to. There are three tiers of commissions: Artist Presentations, Day in The Life Articles, and Open Commissions.

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.

Papatango’s Isolated But Open Commission Scheme
Papatango have set aside £2000 to support 20 artists to create despite the coronavirus. They’ll pick 10 monologues and pay £100 for each one and cast 10 actors to self-film these for £100 each. Deadline: midnight, 31 March.

HighTide: The Lighthouse Programme
HighTide is currently offering free script reading for writers as well as other creative opportunities to inspire writers. They will also be launching an “Adopt an Isolated Playwright.”

UK Theatre Industry Coronavirus Support Facebook Group

Anti-viral work for freelancers and small businesses

Haley McGee’s 14 Day Quarantine Challenge

Letters of Love in a Time of Crisis 

The Space Commissions

The Space has launched two new commissions for R&D and digital projects.