This is a troubling and difficult time, but it is important to remember that we are all in this together.
At Puppet Animation Scotland we are doing what we can to prevent the spread of coronavirus by following government guidelines and working from home. You can still contact us via our usual phone number, +44(0) 131 341 4314 or by emailing [email protected].
We are proud to offer an Open Door Policy and invite artists to contact us with questions or concerns regarding your practice and the Covid-19 outbreak, we will do what we can to offer advice. Through our Open Door Policy, we also offer direct means for open, respectful communication, feedback, and discussion regarding your current practice, projects and artistic needs.
Below you will find some helpful links and articles with information on Covid-19 related bursaries and available funding, online entertainment and networking opportunities and information for volunteers.
Furthermore, as we ease out of lockdown we have curated a list of organisations within the creative sector who have published detailed risk assessments for re-opening establishments, which you can use as a guide for your own work.
Information Regarding Bursaries & Funding
Funding available for between £1k and £50k. This fund aims to enable individuals and organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. The overall budget for the Open Fund for Individuals and the Open Fund for Organisations totals £7.5m of National Lottery money. There are separate funding strands for Individuals and Organisations, to ensure that individuals will not be in direct competition with organisations for funding.
The fund is open all year round, with no deadlines and can support activity for up to 12 months.
Screen Scotland provide information regarding their response to the coronavirus outbreak’s impact and information on available bursaries for self-employed or freelance individuals.
Creative Scotland has launched three funding programmes designed to provide further support to sustain the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Creative Scotland have compiled an A-Z of funding and resources available to those in the creative community, who have been affected by Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Creative Edinburgh has information on funding support during covid-19.
Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance have a page of covid-19 resources ranging from funding, training , working at home advice and both analogue and digital resources.
Entertainers Worldwide Jobs have put together all the resources and information that they think you’ll need to first help take care of your essentials…then make your action plan.
With the easing of lockdowns and the UK government allowing conferences and exhibitions to resume this October, the topic of people’s health and safety during events is paramount to any discussion. This guide covers important information such as:
- How Coronavirus impacted the events industry worldwide, but also led to innovations like virtual conferences and digital events capable of reaching global audiences.
- How events might look like during (and after) the pandemic, and how event planners can ensure food hygiene, safety, and social distancing.
- Why it’s more important than ever to plan for inclusivity and accessibility (e.g. captioning, sign language interpretation, audio descriptions) – whether it’s an in-person, virtual, or hybrid event.
- Other useful disability awareness and event planning resources – found in the other chapters of the guide.
An information hub for creatives during COVID-19 crisis, 2020.
Arts Fundraising offer free online courses.
AMA have a page of Covid-19 Resources.
The British Council website has advice on support for creative industries during covid-19 including funding and digital resources.
A resources list for freelance artists.
In order to best serve the wider creative community CEC have removed all member fees and refocused content to be as useful and relevant as possible. You’ll now find one to one business advice sessions, job opportunities, mental health support, online events, dependable up to the minute information, and more.
Free Federation Membership for six months.
Articulation (Scotland’s advocacy body for the Outdoor Arts, Physical Theatre and Circus Sector) are delivering a series of information and networking sessions to connect Scotland based venues, local authority and third sector organisations with artists and freelancers working across the outdoor arts. Follow the link above to find out more.
Voluntary Arts have set up #creativenetwork – a series of online get-togethers open to anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity in order to connect and collaborate in unusual times. Facilitating these conversations has enabled people from across the UK and Ireland to talk with others, develop ideas and projects, and find sustainable ways forward in changing circumstances.
Practical guidance to minimise the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) on the health and wellbeing of volunteers (as well as those that they volunteer for and with).
Without Walls have published a safety checklist
American Circus Educators have published resources for circus organisations as well as their own risk assessment advice.
National Association of Street Artists (NASA) have published their covid checklist and risk assessment.
HSE have published thorough guidelines and a template for completing covid risk assessments.
Eventbrite have published the event safety playbook which is a short course which guides you through completing your own risk assessment.
The Scottish Government have published their covid risk assessment template.
Scottish Government guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants.