Support for freelancers
This list is being updated. Please drop us a note if you know of any other sources of support for people in the creative industries.
There are many bodies who want to help you at this difficult time. You are not alone.
The areas they focus on are:
- mental wellbeing
- financial wellbeing
Here are some useful links for freelancers and others in the creative industries:
General advice sites
Money Saving Expert >
The sainted Martin Lewis’s site. The link takes you to the self-employed benefit section.
A brilliant site that gives clear advice and can assess your personal circumstances to advise on which benefits you may be able to claim.
Turn2Us is great as a first step if you feel you need to think about government support.
Money Magpie >
Finance journalist Jasmine Birtles’s site, with a special section for corona-related issues.
Industry bodies and charities
Film and TV Charity Support line >
Call 0800 054 00 00 any time of the day or night. It offers emotional support and advice.
It may also be able to provide support grants if you’re experiencing significant financial difficulties.
On 8 April it launched a loan scheme for sole traders who are eligible for the government income support scheme but for whom the delay in payment is causing hardship.
The Journalists’ Charity >
May be able to provide financial support for journalists in certain circumstances.
The Royal Theatrical Fund >
Support for people who have worked in the entertainment industry.
This includes financial support, but also phone calls and advice on benefits and debt.
The TV Mindset
Supports the mental health of TV & Film freelancers and bring meaningful change to working practices in the industry.
The Arts Council >
Making £160 million of emergency funding available for arts organisations and individuals who will need it during the crisis.
- BECTU/Prospect >
- Equity >
Includes a particularly good explanation of how and when freelancers should apply for benefits and government support
- Equity Benevolent Fund >
- NUJ >