The rapidly evolving situation regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is extremely challenging for Scotland’s film and TV industry, and we recognise the serious personal and professional impacts for screen sector companies, freelancers and staff.
We have issued a full update on Screen Scotland activity at this time, which is available at screen.scot/coronavirus.
The below list is a summary of current Covid-19 updates around funding and support information across support groups and organisations relevant to our sector.
ACAS gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice, and is an independent public body that receives funding from the government. The organisation provides advice on sick pay, home working, short-time working during Covid-19.
Bectu is the union for creative ambition, representing over 40,000 staff, contract and freelance workers in the media and entertainment industries. Bectu are providing advice for members, including information for freelancers working in film and TV and workers in theatre, live events and the arts
Breathing Space is a a free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Contact them at 0800 83 85 87 (Open 6pm Friday to 6am Monday and 6pm to 2am Monday to Thursday).
Business Debt Line
Business Debtline offer free, impartial and confidential debt advice to small businesses and the self-employed.
Business Gateway is a publicly funded service contributing to the economic wellbeing of Scotland by providing access to free business support services. Here they provide a list of free business resources that may be useful to you at this time.
Citizens Advice Bureau
Read their advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) and what it means for you.
Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund
The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create a new industry-backed Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund to help support the creative community, which like many industries, has been devastated by the pandemic.
Creative Scotland Resource Directory for Covid-19
Creative Scotland have pulled together an A-Z of funding and resources available to those affected by Coronavirus (Covid-19).
European Film Agencies
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak strongly impacts the audio-visual industry. National Film and Audio-visual Funds across Europe are already fully mobilised to take all necessary measures to mitigate the negative consequences for everybody working in the sector. European Film Agencies has created a summary that will be regularly updated and completed.
The Film and TV Charity
The Film and TV Charity offer people a lift when they’re facing personal and career challenges, from illness and injury to unemployment, relationship breakdown and bereavement.
Scotland-specific one-stop-online-shop for business support, offering guidance on how to prepare and manage your business for the impact of the coronavirus.
COVID-19 & Freelance Artist Resources
An enormous list of resources and links supporting freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, producers, visual artists, filmmakers, writers and photographers.
HMRC has a set up a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Independent Arts Projects
A useful Scottish digest of advice and support for arts workers.
IPSE – the Independent Professionals and the Self Employed
Advice for self-employed, freelancers and clients.
Advice on coronavirus and your mental wellbeing.
Money Saving Expert
This guide is providing a broad steer on how coronavirus affects your finances – with specific guidance on the self employed.
National Benevolent Charity
Providing help to those in financial need. For over 200 years The National Benevolent Charity has given assistance to people who have fallen into poverty because of sickness, disability, age or another reason.
An independent charity providing free debt advice by phone and online to people across the UK.
Covid-19 health information.
COVID-19 update for independent production companies in the film, TV and broadcast sector. Latest production advice from the broadcasters, and remote resources from Pact.
Public Health Scotland
Health information around Covid-19.
Self-care checklist for precarious workers.
Scottish Artists Benevolent Fund
Information and support for Scottish artists or their dependants who are mainly suffering from old age or ill health.
Scottish Artists Union
Advice for artists including information on working patterns, local and international travel and loss of earnings. They also have an impact survey to help Culture Counts to communicate the needs of the sector due to the impact of Covid-19.
Scottish Documentary Institute
Business helpline telephone number: 0300 303 0660. Open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.30pm.
Support includes how to find out which benefits you can claim, Universal Credit, Employment and Support Allowance. Scottish Government have also created a summary of support for the Scottish culture and creative sector during Covid-19.
Scottish Welfare Fund
The Scottish Welfare Fund helps families and people in Scotland who are on low incomes through Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants.
Covid-19 Third Sector Information Hub, SCVO members can access free legal advice.
Women’s Resilience Fund - grants and support for women on low incomes who have specific needs and are struggling to make ends meet or trying to overcome financial problems
Step Change are a debt charity offering free debt advice.
Talisman Charitable Trust
The Talisman Charitable Trust work on reducing UK poverty and hardship.
Trades House Glasgow
Trades House of Glasgow offers a number of funds for people living in the City of Glasgow and the surrounding areas who are facing financial hardship or other disadvantages.
Turn2us is a national charity providing practical help to people who are struggling financially. You can check benefit entitlement, search for a grant and find out information about benefits and coronavirus on their website.
Tutti Space provides a list of free resources for freelancers struggling in the UK because of COVID-19 and its widespread affects.
TV Production Guidance
This document from ITV, BBC, Sky, Channel 4, Viacom CBS, STV, ITN, COBA, and PACT, is intended as a high-level framework to provide guidance and support for the effective assessment and management of Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk in TV production. This should be read in conjunction with general guidance provided by the government about management of Coronavirus (COVID-19) risks in workplaces.
Funding for union members and employees and their immediate dependents.
Financial advice for businesses - banks and other finance providers recognise that the cashflow of small and medium sized businesses may be disrupted by the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19). The banking and finance industry is committed to supporting viable businesses in continuing to trade while they implement contingency plans.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for grant applicants and grant holders. This page has information for anyone applying for one of our research grants, or who holds a Wellcome grant.
Organisational resilience information checklist - planning guidance to help mitigate the risk and impact of a pandemic and to manage the response and recovery in the event that a pandemic occurs.