COVID-19 RESOURCES

Alongside our existing Resources Hub page, WFTV has put together some links to support our members during this difficult period.

 

Industry guidelines for productions

Government financial support

  • The Mayor of London's emergency £2.3m fund to help some of London’s most at risk creative and night time businesses. The targeted fund is designed to help grassroots music and LGBTQ+ venues, creative workspaces and independent cinemas – find out more here.

  • Film & TV Production Restart Scheme will help productions across the country that have been halted or delayed by an inability to obtain insurance for Covid-19 related risks to get back up and running, by giving productions the confidence they need that they will be supported if future losses are incurred due to Covid-19 – find out more here.

 

 

Other Funding Resources

  • The Actors’ Benevolent Fund has two funding programmes open to applications from actors, actresses and stage managers experiencing hardship – find more information here.

  • Artists’ General Benevolent Institution is offering financial support to artists in need and their dependents living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland – read more here.

  • Arts Council England has pledged to support the arts sector during this time and freelancers working within it. You can find their latest information on funding and other measures they are taking here.

  • Directors Charitable Foundation is expanding their directors supports scheme designed to offer short-term support – read more here.

  • Facebook provides grants for small businesses will be launching soon, sign up here for updates – find more details here.

  • The Film and TV Charity is available 24/7 on 0800 054 00 00. It offers emotional support, advice and also provides grants - find more information here.

  • IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed) is offering practical advice for the self employed – see more here.

  • LEP Growth Hubs (UK) is offering advice and support to local businesses across the country facing the challenges caused by the economic impact of the coronavirus – find more details here.

Employer and Employee Resources

  • ACAS has a dedicated resources page on how to deal and providing your employees with resources – read more here.

  • Capacity Interactive has arts-focused resources and insights will help strengthen your digital marketing and leadership skills as you navigate COVID-19 and beyond – read more here.

  • Cotswold Co. published a report filled with information on creating a healthy home workspace, statistics on working from home and the technological and cultural challenges that need to be addressed “Working from Home: A Guide to Creating a Healthy and Productive Workspace” – read it here.

  • Creative UK's Creative Growth Finance fund to offer loans of £100,000 to £1m that will help businesses to grow. You can find out more here.

  • Entertainers Worldwide has assembled a list of articles to support entertainment professionals who need to deal with current bookings, cancelling & rescheduling future events, managing finances, looking after your wellbeing and taking action to protect the industry. Read more here.

  • KLG Law have a Coronavirus: Guide for Employees read more here.

  • Manak Solicitors discuss 10 employee rights you should know (including COVID-19 guidance). Read the list here.

  • Moore Kingston Smith provides a roundup of guidance to support businesses in managing the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Here are some of their useful links and you can also visit their Coronavirus hub or contact their experts.

  • Smith & Williamson has provided a number of useful resources including articles around the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and more in their COVID-19 Hub which you can access here.

  • Support for Deaf and Blind Employees you can access here.

  • WIGGIN LLP - the law firm focusing exclusively on media, technology and intellectual property, has advice to offer clients on the employment law implications of COVID-19, and points of notice for Film and TV businesses – you can find more here.

Information and tips on well-being

  • 6ft From Mental Health in Film: BAFTA Crew participant Leo Thomas and colleague Matt Longley have set up 6ft From The Spotlight to help the mental health of freelance crew in the entertainment sector – read more here.

  • Compare the Market have a guide to understanding screen addiction and responsible digital use during the pandemic. Read the guide here.

  • Ezra provide a young professional’s guide to mental health while remote working and career planning. Read the guide here

  • Fingerprints for Success have a resource about the prevalence of workplace loneliness and anxiety during the pandemic. Find out more here.

  • Founder Sarah McCaffrey (MBACP/SFA) combined her experience of working in film and media and as a psychotherapist to create Solas Mind; offering independent mental health advice and therapeutic support to productions and freelancers. Find out more here.

  • Mind - provides advice and resources for those feeling anxious or worried about the virus, which you can access here.

  • Rehab 4 Addiction provides a useful guide about improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the guide here.

For Parents

  • Back To School After Lockdown – Tips From An NHS Psychologist
    Interview with NHS Senior Clinical Psychologist, Dr Shreena Ghelani, who shares tips and advice for parents on preparing in advance for school reopening, managing worry and anxiety, how to speak to children about the impact of Coronavirus, and links to further important resources

  • Read The Ultimate Parents Guide to Back to School After Lockdown (GCSE Level) here

Arts, Culture & Exhibitions

  • The British Museum lets viewers examine the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and other ancient wonders – take the 360-degree virtual tour here.

  • Get lost in the corridors and gallery spaces of the Natural History Museum, London – one treat is Dippy the dino, who despite recently going on tour still makes an appearance in the entrance hall in this interactive online guide.