Resources for Artists and Creatives

Resources for Artists and Creatives

We realise there is so much noise and information online right now about the Coronavirus so we’ve been trying to compile some information and resources in one place. We will keep updating this as we see new opportunities or resources (adding new additions to the top of each list), so check back in as the situation develops…
User discretion is advised when clicking through the links, as they will take you off the Mimbre website. If you see something useful that you think we should add please drop a line to or tag us on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Commissions and funding opportunities

+ European Culture of Solidarity Fund. The Fund supports imaginative cultural initiatives that, in the midst of the global pandemic crisis reinforce European solidarity and the idea of Europe as a shared public space. (Deadline: 11am on Monday, 27 thApril)
+ Funding opportunity in Gloucester for artist-led projects in response to Covid-19, by JOLT’s Creation Fund. (Deadline: Thursday 4th June)
+ The Social Distancing Festival, submissions open (unpaid)
+ Creative distance festival, submit an idea for this online festival, pay will be based on donations from online audiences
+ Applications for Artist Residencies at artsdepot’s Creation Space, for autumn 2020- Spring 2021, with a seed funding contribution of £500 – £1,000 and support from the artsdepot team.
+ Farnham Malting commissions for South East based theatre makers to create creative Covid19 responses (Deadline: Closing date 2: 9am on Monday 18th May 2020)

See ‘Emergency Funding’ below, for ACE Covid19 emergency funds

Other opportunities to earn money creatively

+Creative Skills Sharetribe for creatives affected by COVID-19, the opportunity to share skills and get paid for them.

Unpaid Creative opportunities

+ 48hr ISOLATION Film Challenge – Make a short film in your homes up to 3 minutes long in 48 hrs, open to everyone
+Covid Sessions: submission opportunities for comedians

Emergency funding and relief funds

+General Information from Arts Council England on their support:
Funding specifically for individuals
If you’ve worked for Mimbre, or other similar organistations, then you have delivered publicly funded work, however through this fund ACE are only supporting “writers, translators, producers, editors, educators, directors, designers, choreographers, composers, visual artists, craft makers and curators”, other freelancers should look at the organisations mentioned here. In particular:
+ In the OutdoorArtsUK – for all outdoor arts professionals.
If you’ve worked in the outdoors and are not on their mailing list – now is the time!
+ The Equity Charitable Trust – this includes circus
+ Dance Fund – professional dancers

+Freelancer relief fund from the Turbine Theatre. “If you’re in need of financial support then all you need to do is email: with a few sentences about your situation.”
+£200 Emergency fund for Musical Union members

Support and Resources

Support and Resources for Hackney-based artists

+ Message from the Mayor of Hackney: How we’re supporting our cultural sector

Support and Resources

+ Paul Lewis Money on the Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Information about whether or not or how the self-employed scheme will complicate an application for Universal Credit and vice-versa
+ Creative Industries Federation and Crowdfunder have started Pay It Forward scheme, which provides creatives with the tech and tools to pre-sell tickets, products, bookings, services and more
+ People Dancing: Online learning programme, for practitioners
+ Zoom tips, for those of us relying heavily on zoom chats at this time: Some handy tips on how to stop randomers crashing zoom chats and disrupting them. Zoom also offers a great library of resources with tutorials to many questions you might encounter.
+ Free Course: How to Teach Online from General Assembly, ongoing course to sign up to
+ Theatre-specific breakdown of what the support for self-employed means by TheataAccounts
+ Free online professional training programme by Odd Eyes Theatre on Creative Debate Techniques (various dates available: Thursdays 16th, 23rd, 30th April)
+ Free (and donation-based) Digital Circus Training / Resources from Kevin Wratten of the Roundhouse
+ MOOC Create in public space, online course (from Monday 30 March on for at least one month)
+ Creative Industries has started a hashtag in response to current circumstance: creative professionals are finding solutions to aid communities in their moment of need, they are going to be sharing the stories they find on their social media channels to spread some cheer – to be featured, tag them in your posts and use the hashtag #creatingpositivity!
+ Covid-19 Impact Survey for the cultural sector, by Culture Counts, Scotland

Other Lists and Resources

A lot of people are also compiling other really helpful lists as well:
+ Circus Opportunities and Support during COVID-19, a resource list by the National Centre for Circus Arts
+ COVID-19 Resource Hub from the audience agency
+ Coronavirus resources from Rosa, the UK fund for women and girls, they also offer a long list of emergency funding for charities non-profits.
+ Arts Professional have created CovidCulture – a space for news and information relating to the coronavirus pandemic, and how it might affect you working in the arts
+ Resources for disabled artists and freelancers in response to COVID-19, by Unlimited
+Theatre Skillshare 2020 lists all the offers on an open Excel database, which also includes an area for people to ask for specific help, and industry events and projects that are taking place during building closures
+ Independent Theatre Council’s very useful list of information & resources. This includes explanations about all the new Covid19 terminology regarding employment, support and contracts
+ Crying Out Loud have also compiled a helpful list of support available for artists
+ Covid-19 Support, resources from activate performing arts
+ Covid-19 Resource page by the Creative Industries Federation, including a sub-page specifically about COVID-19 Support From Government
+ Resources from the F-Word

Keep Your Body Moving, Virtual Circus, Fitness & Dance Workouts

+ Pay What You Can donation-based classes run by Rebecca Rennison, one of the inspiring and talented The Exploded Circus performers. Mon, Weds, Fri 11am: Workout for all levels (Cardio, Glutes, Abs, Upper Body Strength). Tues, Thurs 11am: Aerialists – Strength and Stability (& Super Abs). Both are 1-hour long and can join via Email Rebecca on for Zoom link and password. Suggested donations for people able to are £1.00 via Paypal to
+ Sweaty Betty Workouts and daily virtual workout challenges
+ 30 Day Handstand challenge from Natalie Reckert
+ Free Handstand Programme from Jonathan Last
+ For Aerialists with nowhere to hang, keep your grip tight with 5 quarantine-friendly exercises by Rebecca Rennison
+ Cloud Aerial Arts Patreon page (paid)
+ 20 Black Yoga Teachers with Online Classes in 2020 by the Yoga Green Book
+ Yoga with Adrienne
+ Asana Rebel app, for wellness-based yoga workouts (paid)
+ Les Mills, free content. (Scroll past the sign-up for a free trial and you’ll see the free content on offer.)
+ For those of you who want a workout challenge: Uptown Abs workout at Gymtastics Gym Club
And for a laugh…
+ Jane Fonda’s 1982 workout for beginners, a classic
+ Cindy Crawford Shape Your Body Workout, for more nostalgia

There is a wide selection of online at-home parties being organised across Facebook and Instagram, some people you follow might already be hosting live dance sessions. This relies so much on your individual taste, but here are a few to get you started: How about a Saturday party with the Quarantine Queens or our friend DJ Mattana’s fundraiser Online Beach Party on the 18th April? I’m stuck at home but still want to have fun on Facebook has organised a few ‘Thank stuck it’s Friday’ parties, which were really fun, so keep an eye out on their events too.

Creative Inspiration

+ Not My Monkeys: A new podcast exploring everyone and everything circus! Dissecting shows, discussing history, debunking myths and addressing the elephant in the room…
+ For some Circus reads, have a look through the Circus Diaries
+ By the fantastic team at The Space: Culture to your couch: arts you can experience at home.
+ Sarabande Sessions, by the Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation, shares daily inspiration at 5pm, featuring industry leaders from the worlds of art, fashion, film and jewellery
+ ScreenSkills’ Indie Training Fund offers a variety of online training courses covering the digital, diversity, legal and business, people skills, production, scripting and technical aspects of TV and film (many of these are transferable skills)
+ 10 Phenomenal Women to Inspire You Whilst Working from Home
+ Puppetry Lab by Puppeteers UK, “somewhere between a scratch night and a discussion group. The idea is to test out ideas for performances, workshops and everything in between with a view to setting up a digital public space for puppetry.”
+ Beautiful and thoughtful words from Victoria Amedume, Artistic Director of Upswing
+ Resources for Creative Isolation by the March Network
+ 10 University Art Classes You Can Take for Free Online
+ For Neil Gaiman fans: free offerings from the author
+ Open-Acces JSTOR content for academic research
+ Take a Virtual Tour around 12 famous museums
+ For those of us without a garden, not quite the same as the real deal but here are Nine virtual garden tours you can do from home, by Gardens Illustrated

Things to watch

+ Netflips, a video rental service of independent circus productions from around the world. Check their Facebook page for more information.
+ Here’s a Mimbre office favourite! It’s True, It’s True, It’s True by the brilliant Breach Theatre. The production is based on the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of painter Artemisia Gentileschi. This is the story of how a woman took revenge through her art to become one of the most successful painters of her generation
+ KEEPING CULTURE ALIVE! – Online Theatre Events Database (Google Sheets)
+ Cultural Digital Streams: Get some culture at home
+ Free Theatre Screenings (Google Sheets)
+ Streamed musicals and shows online by WhatsOnStage
+ We Belong, a contemporary dance film by Seven Circles is made with and for stateless children in Thailand, exploring their sense of belonging, identity and growth
+ Watch theatre, music and dance shows at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, an ongoing list by the Culture Diary
+ The Royal Opera house is streaming a programme of free content
+ Paris Opera is screening free performances

Mental Wellbeing

+ Government Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)
+ Theatre Helpline

Petitions and Fundraisers

+ Petition Government to create an emergency fund to support freelancers with Coronavirus income loss, by IPSE and the Creative Industries Federation
+ Petition Government to offer economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19
+ Outdoor Arts UK is running a crowdfunding campaign to raise £10,000 to support Micro-Grants of £500 for the sector.
+ #StaySafeAtHome Covid-19 Emergency Appeal fundraiser by Solace Women’s Aid to support women facing Domestic Abuse.

Follow these links to our other resources:

Physical and Creative Kids Activities

Resources for Youth and their Families

Resources on Getting Involved in Your Community

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