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Coronavirus - Updates and Advice
(Updated 12th May 2020)
We understand that many of our members will be concerned about their livelihoods and those of the people they work with as the Covid-19 outbreak worsens.
We’re working with other artform bodies to advocate for better recognition of the impacts of the current situation on those who are freelance, self-employed and rely on contract work. We know that for those of you in public-facing organisations the developing position means that organisations are in contingency planning and facing the potential of significant impacts.
We wanted to gather the links that we have been following as a team to keep updated about the situation as it develops and share as much information as we can.
We can now offer members free legal advice over the phone, aimed specifically at employers around Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furloughing. More details here
Funding expert Phyllis Masters is providing free online advice sessions to individuals and organisations
We’ve commissioned a digital working fact sheet from Third Sector Lab. There’s a link to a live version of the document, so please feel free to add to it. Find it here
External Resources and Links
The most up to date information can be found on the Scottish Government Website
Creative Scotland are keeping in close contact with Scottish Government and will be issuing advice and information here
Creative Scotland have a COVID-19 Funding and Resource Directory available here
Freelance Artist Support have published this blog on resources for freelance artists
United in Isolation is a regularly updated information hub for creatives during COVID-19.
This masterpost of links to resources to help freelance creatives and artists may come in handy.
Disability Arts Online are offering one-to-one artist development sessions with their team of experts.
Here is a map of mutual aid groups in the U.K. if you’re looking for local support.
Employment and Business Support
The Scottish Government has recently issued a news release about the second phase of the Small Business Grant scheme and have confirmed that this is now open for applications. Full details are available here
The Scottish Government have posted information about their new Lifeline Support for Businesses and Self Employed Grant Funding
The Scottish Government have also published a summary of support for the cultural and creative sector on their website
There is now guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for organisations in receipt of public funding
They have also created We have also created a Scottish Government Culture & Heritage Coronavirus-Covid19 inbox – email@example.com.
This is a useful article on key things to consider if you’re self-employed and worried about coronavirus.
Arts and Business Scotland have shared these useful links for employers from legal firm Anderson Strathearn:
Insight: The Job Retention Scheme
A Q&A from law firm Brodies LLC on how employers can provide 80% pay for employees if their organisation, charity or business must close or scale back temporarily
Brodies LLC also have a section on Covid-19 information, including the legalities of refunding tickets in the event of cancellation
The Scottish Government small business helpline is 0300 303 0660
The HMRC helpline for self employed people and businesses who are struggling with the impacts of Covid-19 is 0800 0159 559
SCVO (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations) have published an informative guide about keeping services running and looking at contingency planning
And here is the TUC guidance for unions
Job Retention Scheme
SCVO’s Job Retention Scheme Guide
UK Government advice on Coronavirus job retention scheme
You can also check the UK Government website to see if you will be covered by the job retention scheme.
ESA Employment Support Allowance details
UK Government Income Support Scheme Information
The Scottish Welfare Fund provides crisis grants through local authorities
Funding has been made available to Scottish businesses and to charities, vulnerable members of the community and individuals through the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Welfare Fund is available to those who are on low incomes and struggling with rent or living costs.
The Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund provides one-off bursary support to self-employed screen sector workers.
The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development provides support for individuals and organisations to sustain their creative development in the coming months.
The Emergency Art Workers Support Fund, led by SCAN member Visual Arts Scotland, is now open for micro-grants to those in immediate need
Here is a link to a summary of how major trust funds are responding to the current situation. Produced by Creative Scotland.
SCVO also shared details of the Third Sector Resilience Fund
The Eaton Fund is for artists and students working in the visual arts fields, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, print-making, photography, and video installations.
Wellbeing and mental health
The Mental Health Foundation have published a guide about looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
Padwick Jones present a four point hopeful proposal in their article Do It All for Artists Sake Now
BBC News on Protecting your mental health
MIND have created this guide on Coronavirus and protecting your mental health
Healthier Scotland have a useful webpage with advice on taking care of your mental health during this stressful time.
This page will continue to be updated. In the meantime, please feel free to let us know if there are any further information sources that should be added.