During this strange and difficult time, the Dance Base team are here to provide support and advice for members of the Scottish dance community. As well as our range of practical online workshops and support in promoting independent activity, we are also offering one-to-one help to anyone who requires it.
Each enquiry will go to our Programmes Manager, Kirsty Somerville, who will then work with the team to respond or direct you to the member of the team who can give you the best support as needed.
*Any advice provided is based on the research of the team and the resources that we have access to. We are not experts in this field, but we can help to signpost you to support and opportunities that you may be eligible for. Please look at the list below as well.
Please email Kirsty Somerville, Programmes Manger, at Kirsty@dancebase.co.uk with the following information:
We will aim to get back to you within three days but if demand is high this may take slightly longer. Conversations with the team can be by email, phone or video call, as is needed. If you have any access requirements, please tell us what they are in your initial email.
All information shared in these conversations will be private and confidential.
Morag Deyes, Artistic Director, is happy to hold one-to-one surgeries to explore current work and future responses. Please contact Kirsty in the first place to arrange these.
The Bridging Bursary (Arts and Creative) fund is prioritising support to freelance practitioners whose primary source of income comes from their creative work in the not-for-profit sector and to those most in need. You can seek between £500 and £2500 to help support your immediate needs. The overall budget is £2m and awards are non-competitive.
The second round of requests has closed but there may be a third round if required. We will update will details here if that is announced.
The new Open Fund launched in 2020 to focus support on helping individuals and organisations to sustain themselves and to explore new ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances.
You can apply for between £1000 and £50k, there is no deadline and activity can be funded for up to 12 months.
This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month, subject to meeting several conditions. It will initially cover the three-month period of March to May but may be extended. The online service to claim is not available yet. If you are eligible, HMRC will contact you by mid May 2020 and invite you to apply online. Payments will be made in early June 2020.
Note: If you have not submitted your Income Tax Self-Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19, you must do this by 23 April 2020 if you want to make a claim under this scheme.
There is also a useful tool which you can use to check if you are eligible for this support: Find out more
Tax Aid have also created a useful guide on preparing to claim the SEISS grant: Find out more
From 30 April, those who became self-employed after the 6 April 2019 and who make 50% of their individual income from self-employment can apply for a one-off payment of £2,000. You will be asked to provide documentary evidence of your status and eligibility for the grant. Local authorities will then determine whether you meet the criteria, which has been set by the Scottish Government.
Managed by the Enterprise Agencies with support from Creative Scotland and VisitScotland, this £20 million fund is for small and micro creative, tourism and hospitality companies not in receipt of business rates relief with grants of up to £25K.
Managed by the Enterprise Agencies this £45 million fund will provide bespoke grants and wrap around business support to viable but vulnerable small and medium sized businesses who are vital to the local or national economic foundations of Scotland.
The £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.
If you are unable to claim earnings via the Self-employment Income Support Scheme, or if you need additional income before the June payments, you can apply for Universal Credit. Payments are calculated based on your actual monthly earnings from self-employment and employment, and paid monthly, or twice a month for some people in Scotland. You may also be able to get help towards housing costs.
These grants are available to those who are on low incomes and struggling with rent or living costs and are distributed through local authorities.
This £20m emergency find is for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland that already deliver services but find themselves in financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
Equity’s benevolent fund is here to support members with payments to help them get through this crisis. Grants are between £60 - £350 and are for urgent one-off expenses such as bills and living costs.
Grants are available to help support dance professionals of all ages with everyday living costs or with crisis funding for the unexpected.
A really useful resource that answers a lot of the questions around the government support for self-employed artists
In response to the current cancellation of the Edinburgh Fringe 2020, the Fringe Society have listed a range of avenues for financial support and advice for artists of all disciplines.
Very helpful directory of the various sources of government support available to businesses and self-employed individuals.
A great resource highlighting the benefits, statements and support for arts workers following the Covid-19 outbreak.
People Make It Work have pulled together a free programme of expert panels, daily video insights, daily surgery sessions and tools and resources to download as well as contact details to access free 1:1 guidance and support from their team of 50 cultural leaders.
The Theatre Support website provides a helpful database of the resources and charities available to support individuals and performing arts organisations through the Covid-19 crisis.
A practical guide to the help available for self-employed people who are struggling for money because of coronavirus.
An information hub for creatives during COVID-19 crisis, including commissioning opportunities and funding pots.
Help Musicians have launched a £5m Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund with a one-off payment of £500 per applicant.
A really helpful list of the financial support available for musicians in times of crisis and hardship.
They also have a brilliant guide to how to stream your show online with helpful hints on sound quality, platforms to use and camera set up.
The RSM Help offer support for musicians in times of hardship. This help can offered in many ways, whether it be living expenses, rehabilitation, counselling, referrals to specialised practitioners, or consultations with financial advisors. .
The PRS Members' Fund provides support and advice to PRS members and their families, who may be struggling financially, physically or emotionally and are in need of help. Applicants must have been members for a minimum of 7 years.