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

  • Business Coronavirus Support (UK Government) – UK Government link, outlining the full range of business support measures that have been made available to UK businesses and employees. Includes information on how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply – all information can be found here.

  • The Government has made some temporary changes to the benefit system to make it easier for self-employed people to claim Universal Credit or Contributory Employment and Support Allowance. Self-employed people can now access Universal Credit at a rate equivalent to Statutory Sick Pay (£94.25 per week for up to 28 weeks). Read up on the full Government advice here.

  • The Mayor of London has launched a new 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 is offering help to professional actors and stage managers unable to work due to contracting COVID-19 or self-isolating due to illness – 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 takinghere.

  • Arts Council of Wales is also providing information on financial support, you can – read more here.

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

  • Disability Arts Online announces new commissions and funding for disabled artists in the UK to pitch ideas for art or content to be produced whilst in self-isolation – read more here.

  • Facebook is providing 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.

  • Foreign exchange (FX) specialists Global Reach is offering a free, no obligation “FX health check” to see how Global Reach can help your business throughout this pandemic – get your free FX Health check here, contact Billy Byrne on or call on +44 (0)20 3465 8263

  • Go Fund Me: many Artists across the UK have been setting up Go Fund Me pages to help those impacted by COVID-19 – see more 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.

  • Liverpool Film Office, using funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund, has stepped up its support for regionally based producers, writers and other creative talent during the coronavirus pandemic by launching a £250,000 single project development pot using funds repurposed from its existing production fund – read more here.

  • The Royal Theatrical Fund provides support for people who have worked in the entertainment industry – this includes financial support, but also visits and phone calls and advice on benefits and debt – see details here.

  • WGGB has a Welfare Fund for members experiencing urgent financial difficulty. Full details and an application form.

Employer and Employee Resources

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

  • Capacity Interactive provide digital marketing recommendations for the arts community during the outbreak – read more here.

  • Creative Industries Federation has brought together advice from across the sector which it is updating regularly. You can find it here.

  • Creative Scotland has provided resources based on information provided by the Scottish Government and to support people and organisations over the coming weeks and months – see more here.

  • First Option‘s production manual – ‘The Yellow Book‘ sets out the detailed measures we advise should be taken by all productions to both operate safely and ensure compliance with the current COVID-19 control restrictions.

  • Guild has provided guidance and tips on working remotely – you can find the Google doc here.

  • HSE‘s RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19 – more information here.

  • Pact has provided some useful support links to Government guidance as well as other organisations in the sector, including Broadcasters’ advice to Producers which you can access here.

  • Northern Ireland Screen has information for the screen industry in NI, including information on the Northern Ireland Executive support available – more information here.

  • #Shortitout – BFI NETWORK, Encounters Short Film Festival and Watershed Cinema have launched #Shortitout – an online space offering tips, inspiration and resources for short filmmakers – read more here.

  • 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.

  • Sundance-created and curated resources – find more information here

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

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

  • Cotswold Co. recently 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.

  • Moore Kingston Smith has provided 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:

  • Coronavirus Media Business Outlook Survey Results: MKS recently requested senior management and owners of media businesses to share their thoughts on how Coronavirus will impact the future financial prospects and staffing requirements of the media industry, as well as to what extent they have made use of the government support available – read more here.

  • Coronavirus: new 100% government-backed bounce back loan scheme: In another measure designed to ease pressure on businesses affected by the Coronavirus crisis and keep small businesses operating, the government announced on 27 April a new 100% government-backed loan scheme for small and medium businesses, read more 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.

  • 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.

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

Information and tips on well-being

  • Anxiety UK has also provided some useful breathing exercises such as the APPLE technique which you can read about here.

  • Mental Health charity, Mind, has produced advice for those feeling anxious or worried about the virus, which you can access here.

  • 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.

  • 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. Providing bespoke packages including mental health risk assessments, professional counselling support on set or remotely, suicide prevention and mental health first aid training. All Solas Mind trainers and therapists are fully qualified and accredited mental health specialists, able to support crew and promote positive wellbeing in the workplace. Find out more here.

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

  • UCL School of Management have put together an article about avoiding video conferencing fatigue while working remotely. Read it here.

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

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

  • Compare the Market have put together a guide to understanding screen Addiction and responsible digital use during the 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

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