Covid-19 Support

Covid-19 Support for Artists

1. Stay in Touch

As the impact of Coronavirus unfolds, we wish to support artists and companies as much as possible. We’re doing this in several ways.  

We're contacting those artists and communities that we work with directly to advise and put in place arrangements on a bespoke basis.  

To the broader creative community of artists, promoters, project partners and arts organisations, we're interested in your ideas and concerns and you are welcome to contact us:

Please email us using our first name followed by 

As we are all working remotely from home, we will get back to you as soon as we can to have a conversation.

2. For the Theatre-making Community in Somerset

Zoom Meeting for the Theatre Community

We have set up two regular weekly one-hour Zoom meetings for people to come together with other Somerset theatre makers to offer solidarity, discuss peer support and share creative thoughts and ideas.  

There are two weekly meetings, one on Wednesdays from 1-2pm and the other on Fridays from 2-3pm.  You are welcome to join either one (or both) of them.


If you’re feeling overwhelmed with so much happening online already, we are offering six 30 mins 1-to-1s on Wed & Fri between 11-12.30pm.


Please email or contact Mark or Katy direct to join the meeting or book a 1-to-1 session.

3. For Dance Artists

Somerset Dance Artists please feel free to contact Alison for a 1-to-1 informal chat about any support you might need. There are also resources for Dance Artists listed below.

4. For the Early Years Community

We are working on a good solution to support our community and will post more details soon. In the meantime, see our Facebook Early Years and Facebook SoundWavesNetwork pages for updates and a chance to connect with the EY community.

If you would like advice and support you should also feel free to contact Jennie or Jane for a 1-to-1 phone call.


Arts Council England

Arts Council England  is making £160 million of emergency funding available for organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis.

More information:

There are two application rounds:

Round 1 is now closed. Round 2 opened on 16 April, deadline is 30 April 2020

Applications should be made via Grantium (Arts Council England's online system).   

If you wish to apply for the emergency funds, you will need to create or update Grantium profile by 13 April 2020 at the latest.  

Art Council Emergency Fund: Accessible Information

Here is some information about accessible resources to support applications to the Art Council Emergency Funds 

  • First, three videos by Graeme Calvert, all with BSL and captions, in which he talks through the funds, individuals’ application form, Grantium, and Access Support provision
  • Information on Access Support as well as downloadable Easy Read guidance

Local Authorities

There is information on Business Support available for each district. Click on the Local Authority link to access the information.



Somerset West & Taunton

South Somerset

Other Sources of Support

Youth Music


The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance has a comprehensive page of creative, digital and funding resources for arts practitioners and organisations. 


Spark Somerset offers a range of information, guidance and resources covering a broad range of issues related to Covid-19. 


ITC has produced a really helpful Covid-19 Alphabet including tips, definitions and advice.


One Dance UK signposts a range of resources.


The Outdoor Arts Sector Support Fund is a Benevolent Fund, created in response to the Coronavirus Emergency to support professional individuals and freelancers who work specifically in the Outdoor Arts sector, who have suffered a loss of earnings because of the crisis.


Exeunt has produced an evolving collection of advice, resources and opportunities for people who work in theatre and are affected by coronavirus.


Independent Arts Projects has many links to advice and support for arts workers. 


The Social Distancing Festival is a site for celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent, and coming together as a community at a time when weened it more than ever.


NRTF National Rural Touring Forum has advice and information for rural touring schemes and artists who are members of NRTF


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