Useful resources

A collection of guides, organisations and advice for those in the cultural sector

    Creative Start-up business toolkit

    A toolkit with the aim to support artists and creative practitioners who are in the early stage of starting a business, or those who have an idea in mind and are considering embracing a new venture

    Acting for Others

    A group of 14 charities providing aid to all theatre workers

    Theatre Support

    Information about most support organisations helping the entertainment industry

    The Association for Cultural Enterprises

    The Association for Cultural Enterprises –  free digital resource to support cultural income generation and equip individuals teams with the skills they need as they prepare to restart business.


    Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy’s latest free publication is Fundraising at Times of Crisis


    The Fundraising Regulator has published advice to provide clarity and reassurance given the huge burden from COVID-19

    Somerset House

    ‘Upgrade Yourself’: Fortnightly bite-sized snippets of information, innovation, and inspiration over lunch-time sessions


    How to facilitate a remote brainstorm with 60 people

    Creative and Freelance toolkit for Covid 19

    A collection of resources collated to share with creatives & freelancers

    Running online events

    Easy to follow tips for running online events

    Digital Culture Network

    Working across the arts and culture sector to help organisations to develop their digital skills, find new ways to reach and engage audiences and help develop business models

    Remote working

    A crowdsourced guide to remote working for managers and teams including best apps and tools, best practices and behaviours

    Teaching Theatre Online

    Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

    Going Digital

    By Reshaping Zagreb Intensive: How We Switched From Physical to Digital

    Crafts Council

    Crafts Council has produced a Guide to hosting online events and tutorials. It suggests easy ways to stream workshops live via social media.

    The International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM)

    Precautions and safety measures for museums and art galleries during the Covid-19 pandemic, based on the experiences of museums in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

    Live streaming

    A Guide to Livestreaming on HowlRound TV by Howlround

    Arts Council England

    Latest Government Guidance on Covid 19

    Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

    Summary of the HMRC Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) including eligibility, timings, and answers around maternity, part-time work, tax and Universal Credit.

    Arts Council England

    ACE – guidance to help decision-makers and leaders over the coming months. It covers how to make decisions fairly, and in line with employment laws, whilst being mindful that COVID-19, and the responses organisations make to it, can affect some people more than others.

    Good Finance

    Good Finance have put together some top tips and tools for social enterprises who are navigating lockdown 3.0

    Phase Three Goods

    Phase Three Goods have produced a COVID-19 Trading Guide that helps creatives jump-start their remote services and receive card payments online.

    Virtual Museum Resources

    The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

    Creative Mentor Network

    Creative Mentor Network has launched a digital mentoring offer

    The Event Safety Alliance

    The Event Safety Alliance (US based organisation) have released a Reopening Guide for the live events industry and venues to use so they can reopen safely.

    Better Business For All Toolkit

    A toolkit to help businesses in the Heart of the South West to reopen safely following the easing of lockdown.


    BBC’s new guidance on safe TV production

    The Audience Agency

    Bounce Forward Covid19 is a suite of resources and insights including workshops to support organisations during Covid-19.

    Season For Change

    This toolkit is for individuals and organisations, and urge for a just and sustainable future through the arts and culture. In the Season for Change Toolkit, you’ll find top tips, case studies and resources to help you get started.

    Permit-free Festivals

    Gov.UK – The latest government guidance on how to apply to get on the list of permit free festivals, including requirements for inclusion, documents needed, and how to submit your application.

    Free advice

    ‘How to show your work’ is a free book packed full of practical advice on how to progress your art career


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    Arts Marketing Agency

    Free Webinars to help support you during these challenging times, Arts Marketing Agency is making their webinars free.

    Arts Marketing Agency

    A series of free webinars and Q&A sessions

    Live streaming

    A beginners guide to live-streaming and low-cost capture for arts and culture

    Arts Council England

    Arts Council England  – Government and Sector Reopening Guidance

    CDC and Smartify

    CCD and Smartify – Considerations for reopening Museums and Social Distancing: A Planning Toolkit

    Creative Industries Federation

    A Plan to Reimagine is a publication detailing a collective vision for a creative future, covering everything from education, to jobs, to investment, to research and development.

    The Audience Agency

    The Audience Agency – has created a new Digital Audience Survey to help organisations understand their online audiences better.

    Outdoor Arts UK

    C-19 Resources Sector Guidance – OAUK has produced a guidance document for the Outdoor Arts sector.

    Kneehigh Theatre Shadow Kit

    This online ducational resourse is great for home learning. Interactive exercises for students to do solo at home or collaboratively online. Includes practical tasks and challenges to spark ideas for theatre making, from the brilliant team behind the short film THE NEON SHADOW.