25 useful sources of info for artists and creatives

Westway Arts & Culture is taking a pause while Westway Trust refocuses much needed resources onto supporting the frontline needs of our communities during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

In the meantime, we have gathered up 25 useful links that provide support grants, ideas and networks for artists, creatives and arts organisations.

We look forward to connecting with you again soon.


 1)Emergency Response Fund – Arts Council England have put together an Emergency Response fund for individuals and organisations. Deadline Thurs 30 April.

2) Culture in Quarantine FundBBC Arts and Arts Council England are supporting England based artists of any discipline to produce new works in creative media. Deadline Wed 8 April 2020.

3) Heritage Emergency Fund – The National Lottery Heritage Fund is offering grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 to organisations in the heritage sector.

4) Virtual Networks Funding – Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy supports costs of speakers and other networking event or activity to take place before Monday 7th September 2020. Deadline 14 April 2020.

5)  Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund – Eligible Musicians are able to apply for a one-off payment of £500 through an online form

6) Musicians Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund – £1M fund for MU members with genuine and pressing hardship.

7) Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund – BFI, The Film & TV Charity and Netflix have produced a fund that provides support to freelancers who have been affected by the closure of UK productions.

8) BFC Foundation Covid Crisis Fund – British Fashion Council is providing funding to support designer fashion business.

9) Emergency Relief Fund – PRS for Music. This is open to all PRS members to apply for grants of up to £1000 each.

10) Authors’ Emergency Fund £330,000 in grants for writers in need from the SoA, ALCS, RLF, English PEN in Partnership with the T S Eliot Foundation, and Amazon UK.

11) Facebook Small Business Grants programme – Facebook are offering $100 M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.

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Resources and Advice

12) Advice for those in the entertainment industry – Equity have included general, financial and industry specific advice.

13) Guidance for Arts and Arts Organisers – This website also holds useful info for visual artists

14) Supporting the Craft Community – The Craft Council has a plethora of ideas, support and platforms for crafters.

15) Theatre Helpline – This helpline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

16) Martin Lewis – has expert advice for employed and self-employed


17) Mind – The Mind website explores tips and guidance for self-isolation and other difficulties for which you may need support.

18) Arts Mind – Another great resource for performers and creative practitioners

19) Leaperssupports the mental health of freelancers and the self-employed

Virtual Performances

20) BFI PLAYER  An archive of thousands of international films and documentaries available for free or rental

21) RSC – Enjoy Royal Shakespeare Company offerings for free including the 2016 Hamlet with Paapa Essiedu

22) NATIONAL THEATRE – Free full length plays every Thursday on YouTube

23) CHINEKE! ORCHESTRA – Sharing their archive of performances and other recommendations

24)  SADLER’S WELLS – Free dance performances and workshops online

25)  #BBCESSENTIALCULTURE – is a great way to keep up to date with online content


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