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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.

SCAN Resources

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

Full UK Coronavirus action plans are here

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 –

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

Coronavirus guidance for employers

Coronavirus guidance for employers FAQ’s

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

SCVO Employment and Employee Support

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.

Income Support
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.

Date: 12 May 2020