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LOANS,  FUNDING AND ADVICE


Advice for businesses and employers on COVID-19 
*This now includes newly announced policies including

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England
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Coronavirus business interruption loans
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HMRC COVID-19 helpline for the self employed and small business.
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COVID-19 freelancers advice resources
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Apply for Council Tax reduction
Apply to your local council for Council Tax Reduction (sometimes called Council Tax Support). You’ll get a discount on your bill if you’re eligible.
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IPSE advice and support for freelancers and the self-employed
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Musicians Union Hardship Fund
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PRS Membership Emergency Fund
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Help Musicians Coronavirus Hardship Fund
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Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund
The Scotish Government have announced a £100m fund to help a range of vulnerable SME businesses, those who are newly self-employed and creative, tourism and hospitality enterprises. If you are newly self-employed and facing hardship, you will be eligible for a £2,000 grant through the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund. It will be managed by Local Authorities.
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Open Fund
Creative Scotland have launched a fund to focus support on helping individuals and organisations to sustain themselves throughout the pandemic. Funding is available for between £1k and £50k and aims to enable individuals and organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstance.
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Culture at Risk Business Support Fund
London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan has launched a fund to support the creative and cultural industries at risk. Support will be given to grassroots music venues, LGBTQ+ venues, artist workspaces and independent cinemas across the capital. 
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PRS Foundation’s Sustaining Creativity Fund
PRS will be supporting artists, songwriters and composers to create and develop when they need it most. In conjucntion with the Spotify Covid 19 Music Relief Project, the fund is designed for music creators experiencing hardship from loss of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief Fund
This project has been created to amplify the efforts of organisations that focus on helping those most in need. Spotify is making a donation to these organisations and will match donations made via this page dollar for dollar up to a collective total of $10 million. 
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Check If You Can Make A Self Employment Grant
If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.
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Grassroots Radio Community Fund
£400,000 has redirected to provide emergency support to hard-hit community stations.
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AIM Crisis Fund
The Association Of Independent Music has launched a support fund aimed at contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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AIP Membership
The Association Of Independent Promoters have relaxed their rules for membership, opening up their closed Facebook group and COVID-19 focussed WhatsApp group to offer support to any concert or club promoters. 
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COVID-19 Resources for Festival & Event Organisers
The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has uploaded it’s bank of COVID-19 resources for all festival and event organisers to access. The list will be continually updated as the situation unfolds.
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Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund
This fund is for freelance creative practitioners based in England and Northern Ireland who work in the visual arts and are experiencing severe financial hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants of £1,500 – £2,500 will be offered to successful applicants.
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