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Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme

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Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme for those working in the creative economy including freelancers, musicians, actors, artists and craft workers.

The overriding objective of this programme is to retain a vital workforce within the creative sector which is at risk of being lost as a result of Covid-19.  Many freelance workers and creatives have lost all earned income this year.  If not given critical support this fragile sector risks losing them and their skills.  This poses a major risk for when we return to a functioning arts and creative economy.

Consequently, this programme has been designed to help support individual musicians, artists, actors, craftspeople and freelancers and other creative practitioners who work in the creative industries to sustain and build their creative, professional and technical skills in these challenging times.  We also wish to assist these workers adapt to the new market conditions that have been brought about as a result of Covid-19.

Applications will also be considered from groups of individuals working in collaboration, provided there is a lead individual making the application.

Who can apply?

The fund is aimed at workers in the creative and arts economy in whatever capacity such as:

  • venue support staff
  • singer songwriters
  • session musicians
  • set designers
  • lighting and sound technicians
  • artists
  • actors
  • musicians
  • rappers
  • writers/poets
  • comedians
  • open mike performers
  • tutors and facilitators
  • dancers
  • choreographers
  • editors and proof readers
  • craftspeople.

This is an indicative list and is not exhaustive.

How to apply?

Applications to the Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme will only be accepted online.

Please consult the programme guidance notes below before making an application.

Guidance Notes