This fund is to support creative freelancers working in the arts, screen and creative sectors who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income because of cancellations and deferrals caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who is the fund for?
These funds are to support freelance creative professionals based in Scotland who work in the arts, screen and creative sector and who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the cancellation or deferral of events because of COVID-19, that were due to take place in the period 27 November 2021 – 31 March 2022.
The fund offers a one-off award to those who are most deeply impacted and disadvantaged by the cancellation or postponement of activity because of the current emergency situation. This can include the cancellation or deferral of performances, productions, exhibitions and shows from which freelancers would have received income. This fund will not replace income lost through cancellation but will provide a contribution to partially offset its adverse impact.
Budget and how much can be applied for
The Scottish Government has committed £8m through Creative Scotland for creative freelancers who have lost income following the cancellation of work that was due to take place in the period 27 November 2021 – 31 March 2022 as a consequence of COVID-19.
We anticipate high levels of demand for this fund. To assist those who are not able to apply immediately, or who may not be able to confirm their details at the time that the fund opens, we will be administering the fund in two stages. £4m will be made available when the fund goes live in January. A further £4m will be made available later.
You can request between £500 and £2000 to help offset the financial impact of cancellation of your activity.
You may also request access costs. You can find out more about access costs on page four of the guidance notes.
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