We have gathered a list of support and resources that we hope will be useful for our artists, audiences and promoters during this difficult time. Please do follow us on social media @applausetouring for more news, suggestions, support, inspiration and entertainment.

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 Arts Industry & Rural Support  

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19 :Details from Arts Council England of emergency funding available for freelancers, NPOs and other arts and cultural organisations. 

https://disabilityarts.online/magazine/news/disability-arts-online-announces-new-commissions-for-disabled-artists/ A new £8000 commission pot has been funded which disabled artists working across any art form can apply to. 

https://acre.org.uk/rural-issues/coronavirus-rural-halls-and-small-charities.php: With hundreds of village halls closing their doors, and uncertainty about when they will reopen, this article explains what Action with Communities in Rural England is doing to help. 

https://plunkett.co.uk/covid-19-live/: Keep up to date with all the latest advice and guidance for community businesses from the Plunkett Foundation 

https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/covidculture Arts Professional have a new section on their website called CovidCulture, with lots of useful information and advice about how the coronavirus pandemic might affect you working in the arts. 

https://www.a-m-a.co.uk/covid-19-resources/ Arts Marketing Association have lots of free resources available on their website including webinars and a coronavirus support group for those working the the arts, culture and heritage sectors. 

Mental health & wellbeing

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing: Government guidance and advice on looking after your mental health. 

https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/press-release/an-update-on-coronavirus-covid-19-and-social-connections/: Some ideas about how to keep in touch and maintain connections to reduce loneliness. 

 Get Involved 

Creative Distance Fest: is an online arts Festival for now – content streamed and live from real artists based in Thanet and beyond, audience pay what you would like, and artists get involved https://www.facebook.com/CreativeDistanceFest/ 

Voluntary Arts have launched the Creative Network – a daily online meeting on Zoom from 9.30-10.30 in which anyone working in arts, culture and creativity can use to speak to one another, share tips about working from home, and generally feel connected. https://www.voluntaryarts.org/  

Outdoor Arts Pro are offering weekly 1-2-1 support sessions via Zoom for those working in Outdoor Arts, and there is also Facebook group offering advice and support https://www.facebook.com/groups/140297857343349 

 Culture in Quarantine BBC Arts has been re purposed to support and showcase the work of the wider culture sector. As part of this, a fund has been launched for around 25 established England-based artists of any discipline to produce new works in creative media – video, audio and interactive. Email [email protected] for more information. 

More resources to keep you occupied, entertained and inspired at home 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/arts: BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine has a mix of news and comment and creative tasks to do at home 

Get creative with 64 Million Artists! Create to Connect a daily creative challenge for everyone to try https://64millionartists.com/ 

Chatterpack have created a fantastic resource page filled with free online resources that people can get involved in whilst at home – the list is huge, everything from concerts to stream online and virtual museum tours to online learning, literature resources and suggestions for developing new skills https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home 

Search YouTube or social media channels and follow artists, performing companies, theatres, opera companies, orchestras, and bands – many are creating content and streaming it online. Much of it is free to access, or you can donate whatever you wish, or the equivalent of the ticket price to support artists in this difficult time.