Dear Members of the Coastal Cultural Network
We understand that this is a challenging and difficult time for everyone across every walk of life. We are grateful to every single key worker; – who is playing their part in keeping us all safe.
We also cannot forget the local cultural, creative and events sector within our coastal communities. Those that entertain and amaze, educate us about our heritage and history, provide opportunities for ourselves and our children to express themselves and experience different events and activities throughout the year!
The negative impact that the current crisis is already having on the cultural and creative sector whether you are an amateur or professional artist, event, organisation or volunteer is becoming clearer by the day.
Arts Council England wrote last week saying ‘According to the United Nations, there are four key qualities that we should reach for in times of crisis: kindness, generosity, empathy, and solidarity’. It is these qualities that we will be displaying towards every artist, creative, cultural organisation and cultural event organiser in East Lindsey.
The Coastal Communities Alliance, Coastal Cultural Network, supported by our partners Magna Vitae (Arts Council England NPO) would like to support for you by providing advice, guidance and support to access funding for every artist, creative, cultural organisation or cultural event around our English Coast that has been affected by #COVID19
Any individual or organisation wishing to access this support should complete the contact form and we will be in touch to arrange a time to speak.
#StaySafe #StayHome #SaveLives
This email support is brought to you via, The Coastal Cultural Network who is currently led by Magna Vitae in East Lindsey, Lincolnshire and is supported by the Coastal Communities Alliance and Arts Council England. It is also subject to additional COVID-19 requirements which may result in us having to move resource in response to need.
Available funding and financial support
A variety of sector organisations and sector support organisations have a variety of support available. We have listed those that we are aware of below:
- Arts Council England (ACE) Emergency Response Package
- PRS Emergency Relief Fund
- The Society of Authors awarding grants of up to £2,000 to UK professional authors, writers, including writers, literary translators, poets, script writers, journalists and illustrators – The Authors Emergency Fund
- Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund
- Covid-19 Small Business Government Grant
- Dance Fund
- Heritage Lottery Fund
- Outdoor Arts UK
A variety of other support form organisations across the creative and cultural sector is also available. We have listed those that we are aware of below:
Outdoor Arts UK – Online 1-2-1
In order to support the Outdoor Arts sector, Outdoor Arts UK are offering weekly 1-2-1 sessions via Zoom every Thursday with a member of the OutdoorArtsUK team. The sessions can be used to discuss anything which you may find useful, share an idea, seek advice or just have a chat.
You can complete the contact form to be added to the session – they will release future slots weekly and keep you up to date on social media when more become available. When you pick a 30min time slot, they will email to confirm and send you your Zoom link to attend your given time slot (you may need to download Zoom in advance).
ACE: Digital Culture Network Webinars
ACE have a team of Tech Champions who are on hand to provide you and your team with one-to-one support. They can offer assistance in:
- working and collaborating remotely
- keeping up engagement with your audiences
- strategies for generating income through online retail and donations
- maximising your website offer
- and much more! Get in touch with our Tech Champions: via email or visit the website.
Creative Industries Federation: Freelancer Free Membership
Creative Industries Federation are encouraging freelancers – who will be some of the hardest hit – to join them as a Creative Industries Federation Members FREE of charge for the next six months, so they can support you with relevant news and updates whilst you navigate the challenges of the ongoing Coronavirus emergency. Click here.
Opportunities and CPD?
Outdoor Arts UK – Weekly Online drop in
Outdoor Arts UK are starting a weekly Friday teatime online get-together for the UK Outdoor Arts community. Please join them to share information, discuss ideas and current issues and to make contact with some familiar and new faces. And you get a peek into everyone’s homes, which may be the best bit… they’d love to see you
Social Distancing Festival: Open Submissions
If you are able to move any of your work online, the Social Distancing Festival is celebrating and listing art and culture from all over the world. Submissions are currently open to all, though they are currently prioritising work that was cancelled/ disrupted/ delayed due to the Coronavirus. They are happy to receive submissions, but they are clear that they can’t list everything. Submit: Social Distancing Festival
Motionhouse: Free One-to-One Tutorials
The world class dance-circus productions company Motionhouse are offering free 20-minute online tutorials, throughout April, for students in vocational training, emergent artists, teachers or practising professionals with co-founders Kevin and Louise. You can seek advice or ask any burning questions you might have always wanted to ask!
Sources of Government information and support
- VisitCoronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response for all the latest advice and daily briefing updates from the UK.
- Also: UK Government: Guidance for employers and businesses
- And: UK Government: COVID-19 guidance for mass gatherings.
- NCVO Coronavirus guidance for charities, community groups and social enterprises in the UK.
Join the conversation #opera4all
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