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What’s affecting your work, your workplace and your job? What opportunities are still available? Keep your finger on the pulse of the sector with resources, news and commentary to help arts professionals weather the storm.

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Wednesday 8th April

The University of Kent is offering an online taster of their MA in Philanthropic Studies, sharing  some of the resources, ideas and information that are normally only available to registered students. You can watch the lectures, and access the reading and resources, gaining some free professional development.

Film, Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool is inviting artists living or working in the North of England to create work during the lockdown. The scheme, FACT Together, will offer 10 early-career artists a grant of £1,500 each plus 3 months of support to develop an idea that will be presented online.

OneDance UK have posted a number of online dance resources and activities to support dance teaching, designed to be completed remotely by students. They include performances, workshops, and talks.

Explore Training Online for free with the Directory of Social Change.18 online management, leadership and business courses aimed at non-profit organisations provide an introductory level of learning on various topics, to create a strong foundation on which to build skills and avoid the most common missteps. Modules mainly take under 60 minutes to complete, and the longest three hours.

Festival Bridge, who support and develop cultural education partnerships and networks across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough, and Suffolk, have created two resource banks to help schools, parents, children and young people adapt to our new way of living, working and learning.  The arts, creativity and culture resources are  Give it a go and Streams, Resources and Content

The Space is helping the arts navigate the shift to digital technology during forced closure through funding grants, training and practical toolkits to help build digital skills and reach new online audiences and is offering free fortnightly webinars for arts organisations and artists.

Culture Central is supporting individuals and organisations in Birmingham by facilitating a mentoring/buddy programme for people who would value support for specific issues that are affecting them and their organisation. They are now looking for people nationally who would be willing to act as mentors, as well as those wanting help with bid writing/fundraising (including applying for emergency funds); financial planning/budgeting; general coaching; producing; creating artistic product; strategic planning/business plans; digital technology; marketing and communications.

Tuesday 7th April

Law firm Bates Wells is publishing Insights, a series of legal perspectives on the issues facing organisations and their employees due to the coronavirus.  The latest entries include comment on regulators’ public law duties , competition, procurement and state aid, and tips for protecting your organisation from opportunistic scams. 

The Association of Independent Museums is working with its pool of specialist consultants to offer a free online support service for museums. An hour of consultancy could cover finance, governance, business planning, HR and people issues, communications and commercial activities.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists are changing this year to reflect current circumstances. Rather than select 10 visual artists and composers from a nominated longlist, with each recipient receiving £60,000, PHF will give £10,000 to every eligible artist nominated for the 2020 awards -  over 100 in total.

Monday 6th April

The European Commission asks beneficiaries of the Creative Europe Programme to showcase their artwork using #CreativeEuropeAtHome, a social media campaign that is running on their Creative Europe accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Commission is crowd sourcing the effort to highlight great online cultural activities throughout the Creative Europe community – available to culture lovers stuck at home.  

The National Centre for Writing is keen to find out more about its audiences through a 5-minute survey asking about the content that would be most useful to them over the coming weeks.

Live Art Development Agency (LADA) has extended its DIY 2020 deadline by two weeks with the new deadline Thursday 9 April. DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual research, training and professional development projects for themselves and other artists.

Arts Council England is keen to ensure that audiences know what the world of arts and culture is doing to bring creativity to homes across the nation. Artists are being asked to complete a form to say what culture and creativity they are putting online – anything from live streams to digital exhibitions and online workshops. ACE will share what they can on their channels and has partnered with BBC Arts who will do the same.    

Portfoliobox, the platform that helps photographers, illustrators, designers and other creatives make unique portfolios, is giving away 10,000 free one-year Portfoliobox 4 subscriptions for creative professionals looking for an alternative means to communicate and sell their work in the current climate. Enter the discount code STAYSAFE at checkout. The offer is valid until 27 September 2020.  

Marketing, PR and events company Crystallised is inviting arts audiences to sign up for a short weekly survey investigating how they feel about the cultural activity that they’re currently missing. The research aims to give UK cultural organisations insight into the nation's opinions on arts and culture during and after COVID-19.

Contemporary Visual Arts Network is conducting research into the impact of Arts Council England and the Treasury’s emergency sector support measures on freelance workers in the visual arts sector. The research will inform the Network’s sector support collaboration moving forward, coalescing around the needs of a future visual arts sector that is changed as much for the better as recovered to the status quo.

If you’re an individual artist wanting to apply for a grant from Arts Council England’s Emergency Funding package then experienced consultants Anne Langford and Rebecca Atkinson-Lord are among those offering free advice and support through the process.   

As well as cracking down on the spread of false online coronavirus information, the Information Commissioner’s Office has set up a Data Protection and Coronavirus Information Hub to help individuals and organisations navigate data protection at the current time.

Letters to the Earth has responded to Covid-19 by launching Letters of Love in a Time of Crisis, a new campaign inviting the public to give voice to their fears, hopes and visions for the future and to write to each other in this time of separation and unknown. The letters will be included in an online event on Earth Day on 22nd April, where a selection of them will be read out by international actors, authors, key workers and young people. 

Arts Council England is working with BBC Arts and The Space to find 25 artists to produce new work in creative media. Commissions don’t need to be about the current emergency but must engage with the unique circumstances facing artists and audiences. Apply by 8th April at 5.00pm. 

Friday 3rd April

dsc directory of social change is offering free access to its online training platform as well as posting updates to Charity Commission Covid-19 guidance and funding announcements. It also notes DBS temporary measures to fast-track emergency checks free of charge and Charity Commission contact details for those having difficulties submitting their Annual Return due to the virus.

International fundraising and philanthropy agency Chapel & York is offering charities free emergency membership to one or more of its Foundations around the world and waiving the membership and evaluation fees to expedite all applications and grants. This will give any charity that is trying to access international funding an opportunity to do so quickly.  It is also making grants to member organisations from its Foundations every fortnight instead of quarterly.

Apollo, The International Art Magazine, is offering free digital advertising for initiatives to support artists and arts organisations during the pandemic. It is keen to raise the profile of arts’ initiatives being launched across both public and private sectors to safeguard the livelihoods of individuals and to secure the future of arts organisations.  

Absolutely Cultured are inviting proposals from artists from Hull and the North of England for a new creative micro-commission programme offering £350 to up to six creative practitioners from any discipline including visual arts, performance, spoken word, film and sound. The brief is to produce a new work within the limits of working under current social distancing measures.

Northern Broadsides Theatre Company have called out to independent theatre makers and playwrights throughout the North of England who wish to make a short creative response to the coronavirus crisis, to be shared online with its audiences. Digital Squad offers nine commissions worth £1,000, aimed at Northern theatre makers struggling to make ends meet. 

Shutter Hub are offering 20 membership bursaries worth £1000 each, to help support photographers and their careers. Recipients will benefit from all the support and opportunities a Shutter Hub membership provides, at no cost.

The music education charity London Music Masters (LMM) has announced it will waive the entire course fee for the 2020/21 cohort of Team Teach, its one-year course in group instrument teaching, in response to the impact of the Covid-19 on the arts. The move is part of the charity’s commitment to support music teachers across the country and the continued growth of the sector. 

Thursday 2nd April

Arts Quarter is offering a regular mentoring service through Skype for up to six small to medium arts and cultural organisations wanting support with fundraising and resilience. Spaces offered on a first-come-first served basis. Enquiries to info@artsquarter.co.uk

Arts Council England’s nine specialist Tech Champions have created a series of digital resources to help individuals and organisations respond to the #COVID19 crisis. Follow the Digital Culture Network.

Acas has published a recording of Coronavirus - an advisory webinar for employers, covering a wide range of very current employment and work issues. It runs live Twitter Q&As every Friday at 10.30am offering advice to both employers and employees @acasorguk #AskAcas

Together! 2012 is offering virtual commissions from £100 to £1000 to disabled artists and disabled-led companies for the Together! 2020 Disability History Month Festival. Every year the Festival contains a digital offer to extend access: a virtual exhibition, a live-streamed performance, an imaginative use of email, texts or phone calls, or anything else.

The Northern School of Art is looking for people to become part of an interactive work of art that captures the new working from home workforce as the nation responds to Covid-19.  The School has put out a call for people to send a screen shot of their 'working from home' video call screen ‘face’ or the ‘space’ they now call their workplace.

Wednesday 1st April

The Audience Agency is maintaining a Resource Hub where it is sharing tips, resources, surveys, free webinars, information and guidance to support, advise, encourage, inspire and inform the sector.  

Mercury Theatre Colchester is partnering with publishers Weinberger to present the ‘Mercury Monologues’ as part of their ‘Mercury Online’ digital season. The companies seek to discover a new cohort of talent by engaging with aspiring writers and creatives. 

Chinese Arts Now (CAN) and Yellow Earth Theatre are accepting applications from artists who identify as having Chinese cultural heritage and/or who make work that incorporates contemporary Chinese perspectives for support to develop a new £4k digital commission as part of the third CAN Festival. 

Unlimited have been collating resources for disabled artists and freelancers, including the poem-sharing Facebook group ‘Coronaverses’.

ArtsAdmin is offering free one-to-one advice sessions over Skype for UK-based artists working in contemporary performance, at any stage of their career.

TRG Arts is providing free resources for cultural and arts professionals through blogs, social networks on LinkedIn and regular webinars.

Tuesday 31st March

Artlink Hull’s new digital exhibition ‘Space Between Us’ will explore themes of human interaction and outdoor space. Work selected will focus on themes connected to outside space and how space shapes or is shaped by human interaction. To enter DM @ArtlinkHull via Instagram by 5pm 10th  April. Half of all sales will be donated to the worldwide Coronavirus Relief Fund and the remaining proceeds will be given to the artists.

Voluntary Arts latest briefing aims to demystify the world of remote working and working from home. The briefing clarifies terminology, software and services you are likely to encounter over the coming months. Download Briefing 179: Remote Working on the Voluntary Arts website.

Finborough Theatre is running a playwriting prize for people who work in the theatre industry who are new to writing. The deadline for this year's award has been extended to 30 June, so anyone who hasn't written a play yet, but feels they would like to, now has time to enter.

Monday 30th March

Four Communications working with the Creative Industries Federation is hosting a free webinar, ‘Communicating through the crisis’, on Wednesday 1 April at 11am. Suitable for all working in arts, culture and the creative industries. Register on CIF’s website.

Shutter Hub is giving away 20 membership bursaries to photographers who are struggling due to the Covid-19 crisis. The membership grants access to over £1000 worth of services. Applications close April 27.

A Facebook group, Anti-viral work for freelancers and employers, has been set up to support and provide opportunities for freelancers during the coronavirus crisis.

UK Theatre Industry Coronavirus Support is a Facebook group dedicated to helping people in the performing arts by providing information and creating discussion between individuals who have been similarly affected.

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group has launched a series of dedicated Covid-19 hubs aimed at bringing disability organisations together to share intelligence, resources and risk mitigations.

GEM, the organisation for heritage learning, is promoting its Education Skills Sharing Sessions where, twice a week, voices from the museums and heritage education sector will engage in a Q&A style discussions. Follow the conversation @gem_heritage.

Friday 27th March

Drake Music has started a list of resources and support particularly relevant to disabled musicians and creatives. The organisation is encouraging musicians to join its Collective Frequency Facebook group for musicians and to use it as forum for supporting each other.

Sage Gateshead is hosting free one-to-one advice sessions for emerging artists, musicians and music leaders. Tailored to each individual, they will take place via video or phone from 10.30am to 6pm on the first Thursday of every month, starting in April. Advice covers topics such as how to approach venues and festivals, applying for funding and dealing with record labels. Contact artistdevelopment@sagegateshead.com for more details.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy is bringing forward its next allocation of Networks Funding for organisations and groups to apply for support for virtual networking. Grants of up to £500 will be made to cover the cost of speakers, trainers and software to facilitate virtual meetings. Priority will be given to networks supporting sole fundraisers and activities supporting dialogue with donors.

London-based performing and creative arts company, City Academy is offering each NHS and care-home worker £500 worth of free arts courses. To claim the offer, staff should contact the City Academy team by emailing info@city-academy.com with their name, job title and ID card.

Youth music charity NYMAZ is supporting music teachers and Hubs to make the move to online music lessons and events. Free CPD Facebook Live webinars are will take place on 31 March at 1pm (Hardware options for online lessons) and 8 April at the same time (Introduction to Online Teaching).

TRG Arts and Purple Seven have created a Sector Benchmark Dashboard to provide real-time intelligence on the economic impact of COVID-19 in the UK, USA and Canada. The dashboard will provide the ‘macro’ evidence of the effects of different national policies and the ‘micro’ learnings from organisations that have found innovative ways of engaging their audiences.

Corn Exchange Newbury is offering five £1000 commissions to create a piece of work that can be presented in a format that people can enjoy remotely. Proposals and project ideas to the Corn Exchange Newbury (programming@cornexchangenew.co.uk) by 10am Monday 30 March. 

Thursday 26th March

BBC Arts digital has been repurposed as Culture In Quarantine to support and showcase the work of the wider culture sector. As part of this, a fund has been launched for around 25 established England-based artists of any discipline to produce new works in creative media – video, audio and interactive. Email cultureinquarantine@thespace.org for more information. Deadline for expressions of interest: 8th April.

The BFI has published a Q&A setting out up-to-date information and guidance available on COVID-19 and its impact on the screen sector, including specific advice for freelancers, exhibitors and productions.

The Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre is signposting in one place the growing number of surveys collecting data on the impact of coronavirus on the sector. Feed into any of these initiatives that are relevant to you, and tell the PEC if you are doing research of any kind so that your data could be included.

Wednesday 25th March

London-based startup Tutti has announced Creative Skills, an online marketplace for creatives all over the world to share their skills. They’re looking for creatives from all disciplines to create a free profile advertising their skills.

Help Musicians has launched a new website to act as a central source of support and advice for all musicians during the coronavirus period.

Arts & Health Hub has created a slack channel for its members to reach out to each other for support and advice.

Curtis Brown Creative, a creative writing school run by a literary agency Curtis Brown, is offering free weekly writing lessons while we’re in this ‘stuck-at-home moment’.

Tuesday 24th March

Sound Designer and Audio Producer Eloise Whitmore is compiling a list of actors with home audio recording systems who are still able to work, and will be sharing it with AudioUK. Contact eloise@nakedproductions.co.uk or DM @NakedProds.

Creative Review, the magazine for people involved in commercial creativity, has compiled a go-to guide for creative support during coronavirus.

The Crafts Council has postponed the opening of its gallery but will be connecting with makers by hosting ‘Crafts Council Maker Meet-up’ via the Zoom app. 

A New Direction's employability programme Create Jobs has published information on handling the coronavirus for the self-employed and freelancers, the employed and unemployed, and renters.

Monday 23rd March

The Geneva Learning Foundation is running a special online event on Tuesday 24th March 1.00pm to share their experience and know-how on running digital events. The session will teach the secrets of how to rapidly (and successfully) move an event online.

V&A General Counsel and lawyer at Keystone Law, Anthony Misquitta has written articles for the Cultural Enterprises Academy on the core aspects of force majeure and the alternative legal concept known as 'frustration' as they apply to contracts – especially relevant for event cancellation. Solicitors Bates Wells discuss the most common issues and challenges to think about.

ISM, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, has issued advice for self-employed teachers working in schools, and published safeguarding guidelines for music teachers giving lessons remotely, including advice on recording.

Disability Arts Online has allocated £8,000 to a new commissions pot which disabled artists working in any art form can apply to. The projects must take place or be displayed online, and may take the form of an event, discussion, performance or exhibition. Applications from partnerships or collectives are welcome.

Digital marketing and social media agency Empower has published advice on how to switch an event from an offline experience into an online event.

Voluntary Arts Network is hosting a daily online gathering at #CreativeNetwork, available to anyone who would like to talk to others involved in arts, culture and creativity about the current crisis.

Equity members concerned about a contract being terminated or cancelled due to coronavirus can contact the relevant Equity Organiser for specific advice about their situation. Sector specific guides have been published on Theatre and Live Performance, Recorded Media (Film, TV audio), and Variety, Circus and Entertainment.

ACAS has updated its advice on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and use of holiday leave. It is also running advisory webinars for employers to help them manage the impact of coronavirus in the workplace.

Creative Industries Federation is offering 6 months free membership to freelance arts workers.

The Charity Commission has prepared responses to the most commonly asked questions about the response to the coronavirus outbreak. It confirms that trustees must continue to report serious incidents using the commission's current guidelines. These may include harm to people who come into contact with your organisation, and the sudden loss of 20% of more of your income due to cancellation.

Directors UK has published FAQs around coronavirus, including what to do if your work is cancelled and if your insurance company tells you you’re not covered.

Thinking Museum has published blog sharing first-hand experience of quickly and successfully creating an online training course out of an in-person course. 

Arts Council England’s tech champions are available to help organisations with one-to-one support for working and collaborating remotely, keeping up engagement with audiences, strategies for generating income through online retail and donations, and maximising your website offer. Contact digitalnetwork@artscouncil.org.uk for help. 

Keep up to date with the very latest government news on the pandemic, which is changing daily. Information for employers and businesses is also updated regularly.

A free Future Learn online course, Collaborative Working in a Remote Team, explores the challenges and benefits of remote working, covering different technologies for collaboration and introducing project management tools and practical planning techniques to ease the difficulties of working remotely. Starts 30th March.