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Coronavirus Advice #1

A series of emails to help you during this international lockdown.
The majority of you can’t busk and events have been cancelled. So, we’re trying to help you continue to earn, or prepare for the future. If you’re not interested in emails from us, cancel your subscription.
Hi Everyone,

Below is a list of some resources you may find useful. It is not an exhaustive list, but it’s a great start, if you live in one of the countries below.

If you DON’T live in one of these countries, or you see something we’ve missed, please reply to this email with links for where buskers, artists & freelancers can get funds near you.

Thank you!

Arts Council England Financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers
Grants of up to £2,500 to creative practitioners of many art forms. They are making £20 million available to individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers.

UK Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resources — This document is a collection of links to resources to help freelance creatives and artists during the current Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Good Finance — includes huge number of resources for where small businesses, nonprofits and charities can get funding.

Corona Response for Event Organisers – This document is to capture the knowledge, insights, learnings and useful resources generated via that group to share with others for collective benefit. Feel free to share this document but do not alter it.

NOTE: (from a busker on Facebook): “Buskers in the UK who declare themselves to be self-employed and pay tax are entitled to the same benefits (eg. when sick/unable to work/tax allowances, etc.) as any other self-employed person. This includes unemployment benefits, expenses defrayed against tax, and so on.”

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources, emergency funding
This is a pretty overwhelming list. So look for funding for your discipline and your city/state first, before going on.

Artist Relief Fund
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans
The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) aren’t new. They’ve always been available in the event of disaster. Borrowers can receive $10,000 in an emergency grant cash advance that can be forgiven if spent on paid leave, maintaining payroll, increased costs due to supply chain disruption, mortgage or lease payments or repaying obligations that cannot be met due to revenue loss. Article explaining more.

Actor’s Fund Assistance
Free and confidential social service programs are available nationally and address a wide array of challenges faced by people in performing arts and entertainment. Professional social workers offer counselling and support groups, education, emergency financial assistance, and practical help.

Creative Capital’s List of Arts Resources
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, we have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. We will continue to update this list over the next few months.

Alliance of Artists Communities
Relief resource for individual artists, possibility to receive emergency grant up to $1,000.

Medium article: This Money is For You. Please Take It. A list of several places to get funding, including advice on why you should apply to each fund, and updates.

APRA AMCOS COVID-19 funding sources and assistance for creatives: federal, state and local
A resource hub for available cash support. Things are moving fast in this space and they’ll try and keep this updated with changes and new initiatives. As the title suggests, this is separated by federal, state and local.

Art in Times of Emergency — Resources for Australian Creative Practitioners, Part I (Medium article)
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the Australian arts and cultural sector hard. Event cancellations and indefinite venue closures mean disruption to work, creative practices and incomes. The aim of Art in Times of Emergency — Resources for Australian Creative Practitioners is to be a non-exhaustive set of resources providing guidance, tips and links to initiatives that may support you, as workers and organisations, in that sector.

Australia Council Resilience Fund
The 2020 Resilience Fund is designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to apply for the Centrelink coronavirus supplement as a sole trader
The Federal Government has announced a supplement to Jobseeker payments from 27 April, with some waived requirements for sole traders. Here’s how to get started on your application:

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
The Government of Canada is taking “immediate, significant and decisive action” to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit
If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

COVID-19 Resources For The Theatre Community in Alberta
Theatre Alberta is monitoring information about COVID-19 as it pertains to the theatre community in Alberta.

Where Canadian artists and freelancers can find help during COVID-19 shutdown
This continuously updated list will direct you to the resources you may need right now. This list will be updated as more resources become available.

COVID-19 Relief Research Links and resources.
General and Emergency Fund Resources, Information Resources, and if you have funds to donate, where those funds might be best used. (Not sure how often this list is updated)

Snow Lake Initiative Busker Grant
Yes, you read that right… a grant for buskers! All Canadian buskers who are members of The Snow Lake Initiative are welcome to enter our monthly lottery draw. To enter, send them a photo of you busking & let them know where you are! (ie. Yonge/Dundas, Toronto)

New Zealand
COVID-19 Resources for NZ Music/Film Production Industry
This is a work-in-progress collection of resources available to those in the NZ production industries facing unprecedented pressure as a result of COVID-19 prevention measures. There are resources here that could be useful for buskers and freelancers as well.
Cómo solicitar la nueva prestación extraordinaria para autónomos afectados por el COVID-19
In Spain there isn’t anything specifically for artists, but people registered as freelancers (“autonomo”) can apply for help, they’re supposed to get 75% of their income (paid monthly, calculated from the tax report for the same period last year). All the circus people I know who have applied have done it with their accountant, but if anyone needs the necessary links it can all be found here.
There doesn’t seem to be much…
Please email me links & resources!
Reply to this email if you have information we’ve missed, especially if it’s not from one of the countries above!

We’ve got at least another 3 or 4 emails planned to go out to this list of around 10,000 buskers worldwide. Watch this space.

Thanks, and good luck out there everybody,


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