COVID-19 Resources for Artists (updated)

COVID-19 Resources for Artists 

Updated 16th October 2020

Navigating your way through the web of COVID-19 resources isn’t always easy, so we’ve started compiling a page that may be useful to Artists, organisations and community groups who run creative activities.

Professional Development, Learning and Support

Made With Many run a Cultivate Programme for people who want to develop creative activities in Corby or Wellingborough, to allow you to draw upon the expertise of our team. You can also access peer support in our facebook group Cultivate Creatives.

Gen Fest from 2nd – 8th November is Royal & Derngate’s first FREE online festival dedicated to supporting emerging & established artists features live-streamed scratch performances, Q&A sessions, masterclasses & more!

A fantastic opportunity has arisen at Corby Borough Council to work as a Heritage Volunteer Officer – a great job if you love heritage, communities and the outdoors. Apply by 30th October 2020.

Arts Council England have reopened their Developing Your Creative Practice fund – individual cultural and creative practitioners can apply to take time to focus on their creative development.

Voluntary Arts are running #CreativeNetwork – a series of online get-togethers open to anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity in order to connect and collaborate in unusual times to develop ideas and projects, and find sustainable ways forward in changing circumstances.

Register your interest in learning Digital Skills For Heritage with The Heritage Alliance and the Arts Marketing Association.

ScreenSkills Mentoring in association with Screen Northants Academy is a free mentoring programme for Northamptonshire residents 18yrs and above who are looking to enter the Film Industry.

NN Contemporary‘s professional development programme has gone digital and is open for applications. If you’re aged 18 or over and interested in developing a career in the arts then email for an application pack and more info.

Take advantage of free online training from the Arts Marketing Association, The Audience Agency or SEMLEP’s Growth Hub from the comfort of your own home, and if you missed Digital Northampton‘s inspirational Merged Futures virtual digital conference in June, you can watch the recorded sessions online.

The AMA have set up an Arts Marketing Association Coronavirus Support facebook group which includes advice from them plus peer support.

Anti-viral work for freelancers and small businesses is a facebook group set up as a peer support group for self-employed people in the creative industries in response to the impact of COVID-19.

Google Digital Garage offer free online digital training and there are lots more free learning opportunities at FutureLearn.

Arts & Voluntary Sector Information, Support, Advice & Guidance

Visit Arts Council England for details about Supporting Grassroots Live Music, The Culture Recovery Fund, Jobs and support from their Tech Champions.

Visit Heritage Fund for details of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, for heritage organisations at risk of failure due to COVID-19.

Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands have a really useful page of resources for artists and other arts professionals.

Corona Advice For Musicians is a central source of support and advice for all musicians.

The Remote Work Survival Toolkit is an enormous resource for those now working from home.

Making Music – Stay Connected blog is a good repository of links to help you get your choir or music group online.

NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) offer advice for organisations and volunteers.

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire‘s website includes news and resources relevant to COVID-19 including information about volunteering and wellbeing.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation have a Grant Finder to help you find grants for projects.

Reopening and running COVID-19 safe events

Made With Many’s most recent COVID-19 update from Programme Director, Helen Willmott.

Arts Council England are drawing out the latest government guidance on Covid-19 for the Arts sector to highlight the relevant legislation, which is updated regularly.

The HSE have lots of guidance about working safely, restarting work and being COVID secure, and local company SC Agency have written a useful blog to show businesses what practical measures they can take to help keep staff and customers safe.

A blog from Function Central about inclusive event planning after COVID-19

If you have a venue that people can visit, Visit England also have some good resources focusing on practical guidance to helping venues reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business & Networking

Love Corby online networking – follow Love Corby on Eventbrite to be notified when meeting registration opens for the next meeting.

Local Business Network meetings have resumed in Corby, Wellingborough, Kettering and East Northants.

ACAS can help you find out what your rights are if you’re being made redundant.

Advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed from the Federation of Small Businesseses (FSB)

Northants Chamber have a COVID-19 Business Recovery Hub.

SEMLEP – South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership

Check the UK Government website for official information as well as what the local council in your area is doing to support you. See the websites for CorbyWellingborough, KetteringEast Northants and Northamptonshire County Council.


Download the NHS COVID-19 Track and Trace app

MIND – Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire  info about wellbeing

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