Member support from PLASA
Free business helpline
Unlimited business support from Quest, such as Legal and HR advice. You can phone Quest directly on 0116 243 7588 or log into your online portal here. (Please contact us at email@example.com if you don’t have your login details).
Free HR and employment law service
One hour of one-to-one time with Nicky Gleadow, Managing Director for The HR Point. To use this please phone 01903 783584 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safety guidance documents
Industry surveys and initiatives
Join the collective effort to amplify the voice of the live events supply chain. Find out more
PLASA industry infographics
To help government understand the issues facing our industry, we produced two infographics:
Industry survey reports
Government support for UK businesses
Live Events Reinsurance Scheme: The UK Government has partnered with insurers to offer a cost indemnification insurance scheme which will make cover available against the cancellation, postponement, relocation or abandonment of events due to new UK Civil Authority restrictions in response to COVID-19. Read the FAQs document provided by the DCMS.
ENGLAND: Additional Restriction Grants (ARG) provide support for closed businesses that do not directly pay business rates and businesses that do not have to close but are impacted. We urge you to contact your local authority to find out more.
SCOTLAND: £21million of funding allocated to Creative Scotland and EventScotland to support culture and events. Creative freelancers can apply for between £500 and £2,000.
WALES: £120 million for nightclubs, retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses affected by the move to alert level 2. Grants between £2,500 and £25,000 are available. Please contact your local authority to submit an application.
Further information from the UK Government
- The Business Support Finder Tool is a quick and easy way to find out what financial support is available for your business.
- Government webinars are free to watch, and videos are being added on a regular basis.
- Help to Grow comprises of two subsidised courses to train you in management and digital skills.
Free business advice from the Government Business Support Helpline:
- England: 0300 456 3565
- Wales: 0300 060 3000
- Northern Ireland: 0800 181 4422
Support with tax
HMRC has a set up a phone helpline to help support people through the Covid crisis: 0800 0159 559.
Experienced call handlers are available to discuss your specific circumstances to explore:
- Agreeing an instalment arrangement
- Suspending debt collection proceedings
- Cancelling penalties and interest where you have administrative difficulties contacting or paying HMRC immediately
If you owe Self Assessment tax and your bill is less than £30,000 you may be able to pay in monthly instalments up to 12 months.
Government support for UK individuals
ENGLAND: Benevolent Fund
Freelancers in England can now apply for grants from a £1.5million pot allocated to: a-n The Artists Information Company, Help Musicians, and Theatre Artists Fund.
SCOTLAND: Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers
From Thursday 7 January creative freelancers in Scotland can apply for grants between £500 and £2,000 if you have experienced work cancellations due to Covid between 27 November 2021 – 31 March 2022.
Universal Credit can help with costs like children or housing. Payments are calculated based on your earnings from self-employment and/or employment.
Employment and Support Allowance
If you’re unable to work due to ill health you might be able to claim Employment and Support Allowance. Those who claim the Working Tax Credit could receive a £500 one-off payment.
Free online training
The Department of Education created The Skills Toolkit, a growing directory of free online courses in numeracy and digital skills from recognised organisations such as the Open University, Google, FutureLearn and Cisco Networking Academy.
Financial advice resources
Support for Europe and international
The European Commission coronavirus resources detail the latest developments and news.
Your Europe has created a map so you can learn more about finance options across the continent.
The Enterprise Europe Network is helping SMEs navigate the Covid-19 crisis, providing information about regional, national and European measures.
PEARLE, Live Performance Europe, has created a map of how live events are planning to re-open in various countries across Europe.
Support for the events and entertainment sector
Our Connect to Wellbeing page signposts to mental heath support from across the industry.
Light & Sound International (LSi)
LSi have compiled a comprehensive live list of news, resources and offers in relation to Covid-19.
The campaign website has collated a list of industry funds and mental health support.
Throughout the pandemic, Music Support have been offering access to the NHS-approved Thrive app.
Society of London Theatre (SOLT) & UK Theatre
A collaborative project to signpost theatre professionals to a range of mental health and financial support.
The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT)
ABTT have compiled another comprehensive list of community initiatives, free training and online events.
Freelancers Make Theatre Work
A collective voice to advocate for the UK freelance theatre workforce.
Music Industry Therapist Collective
The MITC has a free downloadable guide to anxiety relief and self-isolation.