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Our favourite stay-in weekend plans

Tiphaine Bruel
March 27, 2020

Our team gathered some of their favourite things to do from the comfort of your own home to stay inspired and have some fun. The best part of it? They're all free.

COVID-19 UK FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Are you getting all the help available to you?

As creative practitioners, we are aware it can be difficult to navigate between financial
options available depending on your status. Make sure you are getting all the financial help
available to you by using the table below.
We will keep on updating it with new resources to always provide the most up-to-date financial support info for you!

* If you have another employment paid through PAYE your employer may be able to get support using the Job Retention Scheme.

COVID-19 UK FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Are you getting all the help available to you?

As creative practitioners, we are aware it can be difficult to navigate between financial
options available depending on your status. Make sure you are getting all the financial help
available to you by using the table below.
We will keep on updating it with new resources to always provide the most up-to-date financial support info for you!

* If you have another employment paid through PAYE your employer may be able to get support using the Job Retention Scheme.

Image by deYoung Museum and Quinn Fenlon

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Universal Credit (1)

You may be able to get Universal Credit if:
• you’re on a low income or out of work
• you’re 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 to 17)
• you’re under State Pension age
• you and your partner have £16,000 or less in savings between you
• you live in the UK

MORE INFO

COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme (3)

If you have employees, you can claim for 80% of their wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus. If you have an other employment paid through PAYE your employer may be able to get support using the Job Retention Scheme.

MORE INFO



Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (3)

The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks starting from the first day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work because they either: have coronavirus, cannot work because they are self-isolating at home or are shielding in line with public health guidance.

MORE INFO

HMRC’s Time To Pay (5)

You can claim if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you:
• have submitted your Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018 to 2019
• traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
• are trading when you apply, or would be except for coronavirus
• intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021
• have lost trading pro ts due to coronavirus
• your trading profits must also be no more than £50,000 and more than half of your total income

MORE INFO

Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) & Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF) (7)

Small Business Grant Fund Eligibility:
• Businesses with a property that on the 11 March 2020 were eligible for Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) Scheme.
• Businesses which on 11 March 2020 were eligible for relief under the Rural Rate Relief
• Scheme are also eligible for this scheme.
Eligible recipients will receive one grant per property.

Hospitality and Leisure Grand Fund Eligibility:
• Properties which on the 11 March 2020 had a rateable value of less than £51,000 and would have been eligible for a discount under the business rates
• Expanded Retail Discount Scheme had that scheme been in force are eligible for the grant.
• Charities which would otherwise meet this criteria but whose bill for 11 March had been reduced to nil by a local discretionary award should still be considered to be eligible for the RHL grant.
• Recipients will receive one grant per eligible property

No need to do anything you’ll be contacted by HRMC if you’re eligible

MORE INFO

Council Tax Reduction (2)

You could be eligible if you’re on a low income or claim benefits. Your bill could be reduced by up to 100%. You can apply if you own your home, rent, are unemployed or working.

MORE INFO

HRMC income support scheme (4)

You can claim if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you:
• have submitted your Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018 to 2019
• traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
• are trading when you apply, or would be except for coronavirus
• intend to continue to trade in the tax year2020 to 2021
• have lost trading profits due to coronavirus

You will need to confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus. HMRC will as usual use a risk based approach to compliance.

Your trading profits must also be no more than £50,000 and more than half of your total income for either:
• the tax year 2018 to 2019
• the average of the tax years 2016 to 2017, 2017 to 2018, and 2018 to 2019

MORE INFO

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (6)

You’re eligible if:
• your business is based in the UK
• your business has an annual turnover of up to £45 million
• your business has a borrowing proposal which the lender would consider viable, if not for the coronavirus pandemic
• you can self-certify that your business has been adversely impacted by coronavirus

MORE INFO

Creative industry-specific Grants & Funds (8)

We've compiled a list of grants and prizes available to UK residents, which you can filter by creative industry, to make sure you're seeing grants that are relevant to your practice. We'll be doing our best to keep this list up-to-date with the latest grants and initiatives to support creatives around the UK. All grants listed are open for applications and are automatically removed after the deadline. 

If you are feeling anxious, wondering what the coronavirus crisis means for your practice, feel free to reach out to us at any time.

We’re not experts, but we’re happy to share our knowledge and to try to help you stay optimistic during these tough times. You can contact us from our website chat or on any social media.

MORE INFO

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) (9)

The scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. The maximum loan available is £50,000. The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. After 12 months the interest rate will be 2.5% a year.
You can apply for a loan if your business:
• is based in the UK was established before 1 March 2020
• has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus

MORE INFO

Universal Credit (1)

You may be able to get Universal Credit if:
• you’re on a low income or out of work
• you’re 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 to 17)
• you’re under State Pension age
• you and your partner have £16,000 or less in savings between you
• you live in the UK

MORE INFO

Council Tax Reduction (2)

You could be eligible if you’re on a low income or claim benefits. Your bill could be reduced by up to 100%. You can apply if you own your home, rent, are unemployed or working.

MORE INFO

COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme (3)

If you have employees, you can claim for 80% of their wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus. If you have an other employment paid through PAYE your employer may be able to get support using the Job Retention Scheme.

MORE INFO



Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (3)

The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks starting from the first day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work because they either: have coronavirus, cannot work because they are self-isolating at home or are shielding in line with public health guidance.

MORE INFO

HRMC income support scheme (4)

You can claim if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you:
• have submitted your Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018 to 2019
• traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
• are trading when you apply, or would be except for coronavirus
• intend to continue to trade in the tax year2020 to 2021
• have lost trading profits due to coronavirus

You will need to confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus. HMRC will as usual use a risk based approach to compliance.

Your trading profits must also be no more than £50,000 and more than half of your total income for either:
• the tax year 2018 to 2019
• the average of the tax years 2016 to 2017, 2017 to 2018, and 2018 to 2019

MORE INFO

HMRC’s Time To Pay (5)

You can claim if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you:
• have submitted your Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018 to 2019
• traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
• are trading when you apply, or would be except for coronavirus
• intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021
• have lost trading pro ts due to coronavirus
• your trading profits must also be no more than £50,000 and more than half of your total income

MORE INFO

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (6)

You’re eligible if:
• your business is based in the UK
• your business has an annual turnover of up to £45 million
• your business has a borrowing proposal which the lender would consider viable, if not for the coronavirus pandemic
• you can self-certify that your business has been adversely impacted by coronavirus

MORE INFO

Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) & Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF) (7)

Small Business Grant Fund Eligibility:
• Businesses with a property that on the 11 March 2020 were eligible for Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) Scheme.
• Businesses which on 11 March 2020 were eligible for relief under the Rural Rate Relief
• Scheme are also eligible for this scheme.
Eligible recipients will receive one grant per property.

Hospitality and Leisure Grand Fund Eligibility:
• Properties which on the 11 March 2020 had a rateable value of less than £51,000 and would have been eligible for a discount under the business rates
• Expanded Retail Discount Scheme had that scheme been in force are eligible for the grant.
• Charities which would otherwise meet this criteria but whose bill for 11 March had been reduced to nil by a local discretionary award should still be considered to be eligible for the RHL grant.
• Recipients will receive one grant per eligible property

No need to do anything you’ll be contacted by HRMC if you’re eligible

MORE INFO

Creative industry-specific Grants & Funds (8)

We've compiled a list of grants and prizes available to UK residents, which you can filter by creative industry, to make sure you're seeing grants that are relevant to your practice. We'll be doing our best to keep this list up-to-date with the latest grants and initiatives to support creatives around the UK. All grants listed are open for applications and are automatically removed after the deadline. 

If you are feeling anxious, wondering what the coronavirus crisis means for your practice, feel free to reach out to us at any time.

We’re not experts, but we’re happy to share our knowledge and to try to help you stay optimistic during these tough times. You can contact us from our website chat or on any social media.

MORE INFO

Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) (9)

The scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. The maximum loan available is £50,000. The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. After 12 months the interest rate will be 2.5% a year.
You can apply for a loan if your business:
• is based in the UK was established before 1 March 2020
• has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus

MORE INFO

A large part of the world is now self-isolating, and we've all had to adapt our ways of working to keep productive

But how are we to adapt our social lives amidst social isolation? Our team gathered some of their favourite things to do from the comfort of your own home to stay inspired and have some fun. The best part of it? They're all free.

Visit museums

Can you imagine visiting the MoMa, LACMA and Uffizi Galleries in one day? Well, you've actually been able to do it with the push of a button since 2011 thanks to the Google Cultural Institute. Use Google Arts and Culture map view to virtually visit museums across the globe. You can also browse their digital collections by medium to start a visual journey across art movements.

Zoom Into Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night'
MoMa - online exhibit


Go to the theatre digitally

On Howlround video archive, you can find upcoming livestream events and videos of all past events. You can also stream Broadway musicals and plays for free! Or check out this list from the stage for more free online theatre resources.

If you prefer dance shows, tune in to Dadler's Wells Digital Stage for archive performances, special one-offs created just for the screen and dance workshops.

© Sadler's Wells


Watch live operas

The Metropolitan Opera - New York, USA

A day after cancelling upcoming performances due to concerns around the coronavirus, the Metropolitan Opera announced that it would stream encore presentations from the award-winning Live in HD series of cinema transmissions on the company website for the duration of the closure.

The Royal Opera House - London, UK

Under the “From our house to your house” initiative, the Royal Opera House is offering a programme of free online broadcasts via Facebook and YouTube that you can access anywhere, anytime across the globe, including: Peter and the Wolf, Acis and Galatea, Così fan tutte, The Metamorphosis.

There are also plenty more productions available via Marquee TV's free 30 day trial.

Robert Carsen’s staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
© Scott Rylander/ArenaPAL

Listen to live music

With this pandemic crisis, many cultural organisations have been cancelling their performances out of concern for public health and safety. However, many arts organisations are using this opportunity to live stream their performances from otherwise empty venues. Orchestras that are usually reserved for a small number of lucky ones are now live streaming their performances for free. Even if it might not sound like your usual cup of tea, why not give it a try? 

Classical concerts

From the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, you can watch live classical concerts every evening from the most famous orchestras in the world.

More concerts by genre

From Jazz to Rock, Folk to Classical, here is a list of live concerts happening everyday. Also, keep an eye out on the social media accounts of artists that you like; a lot of them are currently organising live stream concerts for free or for donations to make up for the loss from their cancelled concerts. 

Clubbing without the club

If you’d rather get up and get dancing, don’t worry Berlin clubs got you sorted - they might even be playing right now 👇. You can also check out the Paris Lockdown festival with artists playing every evening of the weekend. 


Watch movies you don't usually watch

By now, you have probably watched the entire Netflix library - why not take this weird time as an opportunity to try out new stuff? Did you know there are thousands and thousands of amazing movies available for free online?

Here is a list of 1,150 free movies to watch online including classics, indies, film noir, documentaries and other films, created by some of our greatest actors, actresses and directors. The collection is divided into the following categories: Comedy & Drama; Film Noir, Horror & Hitchcock; Westerns (many with John Wayne); Martial Arts Movies; Silent Films; Documentaries, and Animation. There are also special collections of Oscar Winning Movies and films by Andrei Tarkovsky or Charlie Chaplin.

The Hitchcock Collection by Adam Armstrong.



Practice your drawing techniques

Stimulating your creativity could help you maintain good mental health, especially during this lonely time. Udemy made one of the best lists of free drawing courses and tutorials designed to help you cover various concepts of drawing with advanced methods. You will be able to gain basic drawing skills for beginners, and then move to learn advanced techniques and tools used in drawing objects and images. SF Academy of Art offer a (very 90s) free online video course on how to draw a head from sketching the basics to understanding facial proportions. You can also do Life Drawing sessions with the New Master Academy free trial. Once you get your drawing techniques ready, you can enter the #DrawFromADistance Instagram challenge to share your new skills on Instagram.


Join the daily design brief challenge

Great endeavour to keep creatives stimulated and engaged during the Coronavirus pandemic. On this LinkedIn group, industry figures will post daily design briefs to be completed within 10 minutes. The perfect way to stay inspired, challenge yourself to create concepts within minutes and interact with other like-minded creatives and designers. Check out responses to previous briefs on Instagram.

Keep on enjoying the wonders of the internet

Discovering Google experiment for the first time is like entering a rabbit hole. From crazy experiments to useless but fun ones, there are thousands of amazing projects that you can discover and explore for hours on end. Google is showcasing all these projects here, along with helpful tools and resources, to inspire others to create their own, new experiments. 

Get lost among creative tech experiments such as Runway Palette (click on the info icon to better understand this experiment) or the Freddie Meter (works best on Google Chrome). You can also try new ways of watching videos with their 360 video collection. 

If you are missing the busyness of the streets, check out "Exhausting a Crowd" by Kyle McDonald commissioned by the V&A. He gathered footage from different cities from London to Beijing, where anyone can publicly annotate footage. Don't worry this isn't live 😉

While we encourage you to stay productive, inspired and motivated, sometimes it’s also good to just do useless random stuff. For the procrastinators out there, you can watch live streams of eagles or whatever other animal you can think of. 


Runway Palette from Google Experiment

We hope you found cool new stay-in things to do during the weekend, and hopefully also discovered new ways of enjoying art and culture!

If you are feeling anxious about the situation, don't hesitate to get in touch. We're always here if you want to chat. We'll do our best to share our knowledge and to try to help you stay optimistic during these tough times.

To finish on an happy note, my favourite experiment of the moment is made by Patatap. If you are on a laptop, press any key to get started and the space key to change the style. If you're on mobile, press anywhere on the screen and press the bottom right corner to change style!


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May 29, 2020
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Dance

Dance Professionals Fund: The Dancer's Hardship Fund

How much can you get? TBD

Support given to freelance dancers across genres including ballet, contemporary, Black and Asian dance and hip hop including those with portfolio careers, e.g. choreography, who whose work would normally include employment in the subsidised dance sector. This Fund is supported by Arts Council of England.

Eligibility

• UK-based

• Freelance professional dancers

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June 18, 2020
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Photography
Illustration
Fine Art
Film

Freelands Foundation: Emergency Fund

How much can you get? £1,500-£2,500

The £1.5m Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund is supported by the Freelands Foundation, as part of a landmark commitment of £3m towards emergency funds for artists and freelance creative practitioners across the UK affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Eligibility

• Freelancer creative practitioner

• Resident of England or Northern Ireland

• Not in education

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June 1, 2020
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Music

Help Musicians: Fusion Fund

How much can you get? £2,000-£5,000

For professional musicians to undertake UK-based projects that develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through inspiring periods of collaborative research and development. We want to highlight that in this round we welcome applications that will explore the above through the use of remote, digital or online collaboration tools or performance spaces. For example, the use of Skype rehearsals or live streamed performance.

Eligibility

• UK-resident

• In financial need

• Have an active career as a musician

• Also open to bands up to 6 people

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September 14, 2020
Rolling until further notice
Music

Help Musicians: Fusion Fund

How much can you get? £2,000-£5,000

For professional musicians to undertake UK-based projects that develop and test new work, ideas or potential career directions through inspiring periods of collaborative research and development. We want to highlight that in this round we welcome applications that will explore the above through the use of remote, digital or online collaboration tools or performance spaces. For example, the use of Skype rehearsals or live streamed performance.

Eligibility

• UK-resident

• In financial need

• Have an active career as a musician

• Also open to bands up to 6 people

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June 8, 2020
Rolling until further notice
Music

PRS Foundation: The Open Fun for Music Creators

How much can you get? Up to £5,000

The Open Fund for Music Creators supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others.

Eligibility

• UK resident

• Songwriters, composers, artists, bands, producers and performers who are involved in the composition/writing process

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June 8, 2020
Rolling until further notice
Music

PRS Foundation: Women Make Music

How much can you get? Up to £5,000

Women Make Music is in association with AWAL and Glastry and supports the development of outstanding women, trans and non binary songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by women, trans and non binary songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music.

Eligibility

• UK resident

• Women, trans and non binary songwriters and composers

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June 1, 2020
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Photography
Illustration
Fine Art
Film
Music

Sustainability First Art Prize

1st Prize? £1,000
2nd Prize? £300
3rd Prize? £200

Sustainability First is launching an Art Prize to invite original, radical ideas and visions in response to the question ‘How do we build from the current corona crisis towards a more sustainable future?’

Eligibility

• UK resident
• Three original works in any medium

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June 30, 2020
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Photography
Illustration
Fine Art

The Artists' Collecting Society: Studio Prize

How much can you get? £4,500

The Studio Prize was established after a number of our members’ spoke of the economic challenges they faced when starting their artistic careers. ACS realises how difficult it is to focus on your art especially after leaving university. The ACS Studio Prize was founded to help.

Eligibility

• EU or EEA national

• Student in undergraduate or postgraduate education on an accredited art course

• Graduate from an accredited art course within the last 4 years and work in pictures, collage, painting, sculpture, tapestry, ceramics, glassware or photography

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July 14, 2020
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Photography
Illustration
Fine Art
Film
Music

The Culture of Solidarity Fund

How much can you get? €5,000-€50,000

The fund supports imaginative cultural initiatives, that in the midst of the global pandemic crisis reinforce European solidarity and the idea of Europe as a shared public space.

Applications open Monday, 22nd June, 2020

Eligibility

• Individuals or organisation in the creative sector

• Can be based anywhere in world

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June 3, 2020
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Photography
Illustration
Fine Art
Film
Music

The WFH Residency

How much can you get? £1,000

An award to support artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The WFH Residency (standing for ‘working from home’) will pay artists who have had arts projects or other work cancelled, or have been made unemployed, as result of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Eligibility

• London-based

• Have had work or projects cancelled

• Not in education

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July 1, 2020
Rolling until further notice
Photography
Illustration
Fine Art
Film
Music

The WFH Residency

How much can you get? £1,000

An award to support artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The WFH Residency (standing for ‘working from home’) will pay artists who have had arts projects or other work cancelled, or have been made unemployed, as result of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Eligibility

• London-based

• Have had work or projects cancelled

• Not in education

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May 31, 2020
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Photography
Illustration
Fine Art

V&A: Jameel Prize 6

Winning prize? £25,000 and an exhibition at the V&A, followed by an international tour with other finalists

The Jameel Prize is an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. The Prize aims to explore the relationship between contemporary practice and Islamic tradition as part of a wider debate about Islamic culture in the twenty-first century.

Eligibility

• Have a clear link to the history, culture, art, craft, or design practice of the Islamic world

• Demonstrate outstanding skill and quality of concept, and inspire new ways of thinking about contemporary design or Islamic culture

• Open to artists and designers from any ethnic, religious or cultural background

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