Why We Need Your Help
According to the BECTU Union, more than 70% of self employed workers in the creative industries are worried they will not be able to pay their bills. They have already lost money as a result of the virus’ impact, with 457 people reporting losses of more than £5,000. A further 437 people estimate they could lose £20,000 to £40,000, while 783 said they may lose up to £20,000 in future as the potential disruption continues. While the government’s self-employed workers’ grant scheme is welcomed, and will extend help to many, many more have fallen outside of the scheme’s remit. For example, there are many artists in the first year of their careers and haven’t yet filed a tax return, and many who supplement their freelance income with PAYE income from jobs such as teaching and working in bars — jobs which may not be able to be furloughed. Others, such as those who have earned more than 50% of their income from the last 3 years in PAYE work which is fixed term and zero hours, are not eligible for the government’s support.
Many projects are also under threat as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. Arts Council England has announced that funding intended for the National Lottery Project Grants will be redirected to National Portfolio Organisations and individual artists who’ve previously received public funding. While it is a success of the Arts Council’s very quick and difficult decision-making that National Portfolio Organisations will be supported through the pandemic, the future for new work eligible for the Project Grants is now uncertain. We believe that, more than ever, these artists require the funding to create new theatre which responds to the coronavirus so that we can understand and interrogate our new post-corona world.
Proceeds from All The Web’s A Stage will be donated to three UK charities that offer immediate financial help to individuals working in the arts. They will also give companies and individuals the financial aid to bounce back and create new work when it’s safe to do so. We are passionate about ensuring that fresh, invigorating work continues to populate our stages, and that postponed work from 2020 is not lost to COVID-19. Our fundraising target of £75,000 towards hardship and recovery will make a huge difference.
We know times are hard and every donation from big to small is welcome. We’d love it if you could see your way to donating the cost of your interval ice cream, your glossy programme or even your interval G&T.
Our Charity Partners
Theatre Together are very proud to be partnering with three UK charities that share our vision and have a long-standing track record of creating positive change for artists and beyond.
Acting For Others provides financial support for individuals in the theatre industry who have fallen on hard times: actors, dancers, musicians, lighting technicians, scene painters, staff, front of house, backstage staff. Acting For Others is an umbrella charity that distributes money to other charities that directly support arts workers who are most in need of financial assistance.
Help Musicians is an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement. Helping at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.
The Golsoncott Foundation is an arts-funding trust whose objective is to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public in the arts generally and in particular the fine arts and music. In collaboration with Theatre Together, they will provide a Bounce Back Fund to help develop new work once the Coronavirus crisis is over.