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Support for Theatre Professionals during Coronavirus


In light of the closure of many UK theatres due to the Covid-19 virus, leading theatrical charities have come together to centralise information about how and where you can access support if you work in the theatre industry.

We are aware that concerns will be around mental heath, finance and more.

Please choose wisely where you apply, only applying to foundations whose specific remit you meet, as applications are very high at the moment and this will enable us to help as many people as possible during this unprecedented time.

Not sure where to go? Here’s a handy flow chart to help out.

Some of the larger charities have generously offered to act as conduits for certain areas of the industry.  They may pass you on to another organisation better placed to help you.

Theatre Artists Fund

The Theatre Artists Fund has been set up to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK. It is for the theatre professionals who are in need of urgent and critical financial support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the theatre sector. The Fund has been made possible from a generous donation from Netflix. Our ambition for the fund is to provide short-term relief for hundreds of theatre workers and freelancers across the UK, and particularly those from underrepresented groups disproportionately affected by the crisis.

Help Musicians

Our Health and Welfare Team offers structured support to professional musicians in times of personal crisis. Our approach is person-centred; building tailored support around an individual’s specific needs. Unfortunately, for obvious reasons, Help Musicians is unable to replace lost earnings. But we are able to provide financial support in cases of significant financial hardship as well as signposting for debt/welfare related issues. We also provide financial assistance for health interventions and access to music specialist health assessments for performance related health issues.

Grand Order of Water Rats

Those professionally engaged in entertainment as singers, comedians, speciality acts, etc. The Grand Order of Water Rats are a show business brotherhood with charitable aims, operating since 1889. Support is considered for such entertainers from the field of variety and cabaret if they are genuinely suffering hardship brought on by illness or misfortune which renders them unable to work. All appeals must be accompanied by detailed information including verifiable CV, medical evidence, bank/savings statements.


The Technical Entertainment Charity, is a UK registered charity providing financial support to the entertainment sectors (live events, theatre and TV / film) crew/production personnel, and people working in the technical supply chain, who are seriously ill or injured or to their surviving family members, via a tailored Medical Grant. Due to the impact of COVID-19, Backup created a separate initial Hardship Fund, to provide limited financial assistance to above personnel - criteria on website.

Theatre Community Fund

The Theatre Community Fund has been established to support the theatrical artists and professionals whose livelihoods and creative futures have been threatened in the wake of Covid-19. This fund will be separated into two priority strands giving grants: 1. HARDSHIP grants in partnership with the Fleabag Support Fund 2. CREATIVE AND INNOVATION grants Grants will be distributed in partnership with the Royal Theatrical Fund. Applications for the Fleabag Support Fund will open on the 1st of every month for five days, for the foreseeable future. Creative and innovation grants will open in late 2020 or early 2021, with the exact date to be agreed.

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