COVID-19 Resources for Artists (updated)

COVID-19 Resources for Artists 

Updated 25th January 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.


Digital Northampton holds it’s inspirational Merged Futures 3 digital conference on 18th June 2021, you can still watch some of the recorded sessions from Merged Futures 2 online.

Search ArtsJobs – there are quite a few roles available in the East Midlands.

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. Take part in online Zoom sessions for 2021 about Artists Working With Schools, MarketingFunding and Evaluation. You can also access peer support in our facebook group Cultivate Creatives.

Outdoor Arts UK are running a series of online oppopportunities devised to support the sector, keep you connected and up to date with the latest news. They start with a series of FREE webinars and 1-2-1 sessions on funding, produced in association with Arts Council England. Additionally, XTRAX have more information if you’re running outdoor events.

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.

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.

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

Get insurance for your art projects through a membership with Artist Newsletter.

The National Forest Arts Grant is welcoming applications until 11 January 2021. They are looking to award 5 x £3000 grants, to be utilised between 31 January – 31 July 2021.

Community projects will be able to apply for a £4 million fund designed to help reduce loneliness in the coming months.

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.

The Crafts Council has a useful page of information for craft businesses with maker support resources and advice during the COVID-19 pandemic and ahead of Brexit.

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

New Recovery and Resilience grants of up to £50,000 available to local businesses via SEMLEP’s Growth Hub.

Companies House are no longer sending out paper reminders – sign up to their email reminder service.

Network with other entrepreneurs and receive further support from the webinar programme at the Business & IP Centre. They also run advice sessions on self employment and intellectual property.

Have you seen the new Wellingborough/East Northants Recovery Through Enterprise website? They are running a Business Festival in February 2021

See the latest advice and support for businesses surrounding the coronavirus pandemic from Northamptonshire County Council.

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 – they also produce a really useful newsletter.

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. Also check out the new the Future Northants North interim website.


Download the NHS COVID-19 Track and Trace app

MIND – Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire  info about wellbeing

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