Resources for the Creative and Cultural Industries in times of Covid-19 and beyond.

A range of resources and information links about the impact of coronavirus on the arts and cultural sector, which we hope you will find useful to help navigate and survive these challenging times and their aftermath.

Queen Mary Arts & Culture Support Centre

Resources and support for arts and culture workers across the following areas: legal support with making universal credit applications; toolkits; writing retreats; mentoring to make funding applications.

An Illustrated Guide to Freelancing

A practical guide to the business of freelancing, and to the working rights of freelancers in the creative industries – with illustrations to help model scenarios, understand information better and make the whole thing more easy to digest.

Tactics for the Tightrope by Mark Robinson

Part manifesto, part toolkit, this free resource shows how creative resilience can be a process of resistance not co-option, and can help anyone connect, collaborate and multiply the voices of creative communities, to move from hurt to hope. Published by Future Arts Centres.

Precarious Workers Brigade

We are a UK-based group of precarious workers in culture & education. We call out in solidarity with all those struggling to make a living in this climate of instability and enforced austerity. Follow this link for some tools that have come out of our working process. They are meant to be shared, used and developed. Please get in touch if you have comments on any of these and please share your own tools, strategies and practices!

Inc Arts Minds

Inc Arts is a not for profit limited company whose mission is to diversify the workforce of the creative and cultural sector. Working across advocacy, talent development and business development, with a business focus on the ‘teams behind the scenes’: those who work in roles off-stage, supporting the creative talent – across performing arts (music, dance, theatre), visual arts and heritage (museums and archives).

Inc Arts Minds provides FREE group therapy led by qualified counsellors  for people who have experienced racism to share their experiences and heal. Whether you’re a performer, musician, stage manager, creative, producer or someone working in other capacities in the arts, museums and libraries in the UK you can have FREE counselling support to help you in these challenging times. Click here to find out more.


A grassroots, volunteer-run organisation and community forum representing workers across industries, including strong advocacy for creative freelancers and mental health wellbeing resources.

TRACE – the Research Centre for Transcultural Creativity and Education

A platform where researchers can find support for their writing. From writing notes, through to ‘writing up’, this platform connects researchers to communities of support such as libraries, archives, research sites, and research groups. Click here for more information.

Rebuilding Relationships with Europe

A comprehensive blog of resources for the creative sector to maintain and strengthen links with our nearest neighbours in the EU and build bridges where none existed.

The Seven Principles

UK Disability Arts Alliance propose seven principles for an Inclusive Recovery.

Collaborate CIC – Learning Framework for Social Change

A free, open-access learning framework for people working in organisations (of any shape, size, form) who are providing support to the public. The framework is intended to be simple and accessible in a time of pressure. It is for people interested in learning from new practices that have emerged in response to the Covid-19 crisis, in order to sustain change for tomorrow. What should we keep doing once the crisis has passed? What benefits can come from these new ways of working? What will it take to sustain new approaches and relationships?

Creative Industries Clusters Programme Covid-19 Resources

An open source public document that will inform a live database for funding, grants, guidance & other support packages.


Culture Reset was a practical rapid response programme to inspire more relevant and impactful cultural organisations and practices.

The programme offered an extensive range of resources including podcasts, videos, toolkits and newsletter updates, which can be explored here. 

Creative Coalition: A Plan to Reimagine

Creative Industries Federation have published their collective vision for a creative future, covering everything from education, to jobs, to investment, to research and development.

Access the publication here

Covid Creatives Toolkit

A set of curated,  mostly free & open source resources to support creative practitioners (artists, makers, curators, designers, hackers, educators, facilitators, etc.) who need to migrate their practice onto digital places & spaces, and don’t have time to mess around.

Link to Google Doc here

British Council Covid 19 Support

Crowd-sourced advice, funding, resources, and tips from across the sector for staying creative during the Covid-19 crisis.

Link to BC Covid 19 Support here

Arts Council EnglandMaking the Case for Arts & Culture

A comprehensive online toolkit to help you demonstrate the value of art and culture send out powerful messages about why publicly-funded art and culture is important and what benefits it can bring to individuals, communities and society as a whole.

Click through here

What Next? Building unlikely alliances through arts & culture

What Next? Chapter meetings take place across the UK for people at all levels to come together to share, debate and take collective action on issues facing the local and national cultural sector.

A range of tools and resources are offered to encourage new and different conversations about how and why the arts are important… and you can sign up to their newsletter.

Link to What Next? home page.


Counterculture have put together a comprehensive document detailing key emergency funding opportunities that have been announced to help arts and heritage organisations to respond to the impact of Covid-19 and ensure delivery of services to their beneficiaries.

Link to document here.

GLA Culture at Risk

The Culture at Risk Office offers bespoke services and support from dispute mediation to facilitating conversations with local authorities. In times of Covid-19 they are inviting registrations online so that they can: provide the right type of support; use this information to shape and improve services; continue to update with the newest resources and guidance available.

Link to Culture at Risk pages.

Link to London Growth Hub – support for small businesses

Link to Pay it Forward – crowdfunding support for businesses to secure trade by pre-selling vouchers, goods and services.


The Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre at NESTA is collecting data from across the sector to help policymakers understand and respond to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

Link to PEC pages and survey.

Creative Industries Federation

Creative Industries Federation have collated advice from across the sector to provide guidance to those in the creative industries who are affected by the Coronavirus and its fallout. Including an information sheet regarding the self employment income support scheme.

Link to Covid-19 sector guidance pages.

Link to information about self-employment income support.

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