Community Support and Resources

In light of the on-going crisis, we are providing information and links to resources we hope will be of use for those in the creative industry and beyond.

These include links to funds, grants and support networks as well as free entertainment and extended trials to services and software which we will be updating as regularly as possible. We’ve broken it down into the following categories:

  • Arts & Creative Industry Support
  • Community Support
  • Tools & Skills
  • Culture & Entertainment

Please note, these are just suggestions and are not created by or associated with KitMapper. We feel may they be of use, however may not be for everyone and we cannot take responsibility for their content. If you have anything you’d like to contribute, please get in touch

Arts & Creative Industry Support

Groups, grants & funds

Updated: Tuesday 31st March 2020

Freelance Artist Resource List

An invaluable list of resources maintained by Erica Scourti, Kim Plowright and Laura Kriefman

Arts Council England

Here you’ll see the guidance and advice currently offered by ACE, where they outline the £160m emergency funding package they’ve put together. We’ll keep you updated on this one, once we get some more in-depth information

The Musicians Union

Having setup a £1m hardship fund for members, the MU is currently offering individual grants of up to £200, while they monitor the level of application

Help Musicians

As of Weds 25th March, they announced the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund for musicians, which for the moment seems to be a one-off payment of £500 for those eligible

@artistsupportpledge

The #artistsupportpledge initiative has been setup as a way for artists to support each other through the sale of works under £200, creating a small but useful market around the sale of artworks

Creative Industries Federation

The CIF have called for a Temporary Income Protection Fund for the self-employed and freelancers

Creative Capital

For those of you in the US, this may be a useful resource for funding and grants

Artist + Activist Relief Fund

The Soze Foundation are offering some support to those affected, which you can apply for here. Note, this may is currently limited to the US, but Soze say they hope to expand funding for international artist & activists in the coming weeks

Creative Solidarity Network

A community currently building online that may be worth getting involved with

Creative Scotland Bursaries

Bridging Bursaries for freelance creative artists and creative practitioners working in the not-for-profit sector in Scotland. You’re able to seek between £500–£2500 from an overall fund budget of £2m.

Community Support

Aid, funds & collective action

Updated: Friday 27th March 2020

Mutual Aid UK

For overall information on mutual community support networks throughout the UK, you should be able to find one in your local area here

Freedom News

Another useful site for resources and community links

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO

If you’re able to, you may want to support the World Health Organisations efforts through contributing here 

Leveler

A peer-to-peer wealth distribution service of those in freelance, gig and service industries

Hospitality Action

Although currently inundated, they’re offering small grants to those in hospitality, so keep checking back in

Leapers

Providing support for the mental health of freelancers and the self-employed, Leapers have taken a welcome and measured approach to the situation

Tools & Skills

Workshops, tutorials & software

Updated: Friday 27th March 2020

Creative Cloud (Educational)

For those in education, Adobe have announced they’ll be providing temporary at-home access to Creative Cloud. Whilst only school administrators can request this access, through the following link, if you’re a student and don’t think the staff or institution are aware about this, it might be worth letting them know.

Folding@home

Your unused computer power can be used to help this disease research project. They use distributed computing to carry out the vast amount of calculations necessary in researching cures for cancers, neurological and infectious diseases. 

Covid Symptom Tracker

You probably already have this one, but if not get this app and simply self-report daily to help researchers at Kings College London

Unity Premium

For the next three months — until June 20th — Unity are offering free access to their premium learning content

Creative Cloud (Subscribers)

If you’re already subscribed to Creative Cloud, Adobe are briefly offering 2 free months subscription. Sign-in to your Adobe ID and through ‘Plans’ click to cancel your current subscription — but don’t go the whole way. While in the cancellation process there should be an ‘Offers’ link and you’ll find the special discount there (convoluted, admittedly)

Creative Cloud (Subscribers)

If you’re already subscribed to Creative Cloud, Adobe are briefly offering 2 free months subscription. Sign-in to your Adobe ID on Adobe.com and through ‘Plans’ click to cancel your current subscription — but don’t go the whole way. While in the cancellation process there should be an ‘Offers’ link and you’ll find the special discount there (convoluted, admittedly)

Culture & Entertainment

Viewing, listening, reading & interacting

Updated: Monday 30th March 2020

MUBI (students)

You may already know, but if you’re a student, you can get free access to all the films they’re currently screening. All you’ll need is your university email address and graduation date

BFI Player

Not as a consequence of the current circumstance (as far as we know), the BFI Player is offering a 14-day free trial

Art Basel Online

Depending on how you look at it, the fact it lacks the atmosphere of the art fair might actually be a good thing

National Theatre

Free full length plays are now going to be streamed at 7pm on Thursdays for a week

National Gallery

Have a look around, except this time in the clunky street-view way we all know and love

Excellent Quarantine Ideas

Artist Rifke Sadleir’s web-based response is both entertaining and useful, definitely worth checking out

Verso Books

The publishing company are currently offering a selection of free e-books until 2nd April. They also have 80% off all e-books and 40% off all print books until the end of March. See how many different critiques of capitalism you can handle