BFI - The BFI have produced a Q&A which sets out information and guidance they have so far on COVID-19 and its impact on the sector at large – including for freelancers, exhibitors and productions. It signposts resources and support made available by Government and other stakeholders and covers the following topics: General advice and guidance, Freelancers and the self-employed Cinemas, exhibitors and SMEs Read more
Pact - Pact have produced advice around COVID-19 and its potential impact on productions - read more
BECTU – BECTU have released advice around COVID 19, including information for freelancers working in film and TV and workers in theatre, live events and the arts - read more
The Film and TV Charity - is available 24/7 on 0800 054 00 00. It offers emotional support, advice and also support grants if you’re experiencing significant financial difficulties and discuss issues in relation to freelance workers and those on limited hours contracts. Read more
NEW PRODUCTION GUIDANCE
Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production - has been published by the British Film Commission and produced as part of wider BFI Screen Sector COVID-19 Task Force recovery initiatives. Read more
TV Production Guidance: Managing the Risk of Covid-19 in Production Making - ITV, BBC, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV, ITN, the Association for Commercial Broadcasters and On-Demand Services (COBA) and Pact have joined forces to introduce new industry wide guidelines for producing television safely in the weeks and months ahead. Read more
INDUSTRY SUPPORT FUNDS
BFI COVID-19 Production Continuation Fund - Through their new BFI COVID-19 Production Continuation Fund, the BFI have made up to £2m available to independent British productions interrupted by COVID-19. The deadline has now closed but you can Read more
COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund – The Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund has launched to provide support to workers and freelancers who have been hit by the closure of productions across the UK. Created by The Film and TV Charity in close partnership with the BFI, the fund is also supported by donations from Netflix, the BFI, BBC Studios, BBC Content, WarnerMedia and several generous individuals. Deadline closed as of 22nd April.
Repayable Grants Scheme - The Film & TV Charity have announced they're creating a Repayable Grants Scheme. Offering grants of up to £2,000 to freelancers eligible for Self-employment Income Support but who are struggling with the wait for payments in June.Read more. Deadline closed as of 22nd April
Film and TV workers fund for location support - The sole purpose of this fund is to assist members of the locations department who have and will encounter immediate financial difficulties resulting from the unprecedented shutdown of almost all productions in the UK because of the Covid -19 Pandemic Read more
Arts Council England – has pledged £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and they have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of their funding. Read more
Creative Scotland has launched three funding programmes designed to provide further support to sustain the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak - a Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund, a parallel Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund and The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development: Read more
Ffilm Cymru has announced a support package worth £530,000 for the Welsh film sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
BBC Cymru Wales has announced a special package of support to assist independent production companies in Wales working with the broadcaster during the Coronavirus crisis. Read more
ITV have announced the creation of a £500k development fund targeted at the independent sector to help producers during the Covid-19 crisis read more
Sony Establishes $100 Million COVID-19 Global Relief Fund - read more
Arts Council of Wales: Responding to Covid-19 - read more
The Royal Theatrical Fund - The Royal Theatrical Fund provides support for people of all ages who have worked in the entertainment industry. Read more.
FINANCIAL AND EMPLOYMENT UPDATES
IR35 Tax reforms postponed - Postponement of IR35 tax reforms announced Chief Treasury Secretary, Steve Barclay, has announced that the IR35 tax reforms will be postponed by one year until 6 April 2021. Our activity around the legislation changes will now take place later in the year along with the webinar and best practice recommendations. In the meantime if you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Employment law implications (Wiggin) - An employment law update regarding the implications of COVID-19 has been provided by PG affiliate, Wiggin. This covers sick pay and changes to statutory sick pay, time off for dependents, homeworking, and an update on the delay to 1R35 changes. Members can access the advice on our resources page here.
Coronavirus Relief Measures - What you need to know (Wiggin) - these guidelines have been published by PG affiliate Wiggin LLP which members can access on our resources page here.
COVID-19: guidance for employees - read the latest Government advice here.
Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19) - read the latest Government advice here.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - The CJRS will be open to all UK businesses and will allow employers to reclaim up to 80% of the wage costs of ‘furloughed workers’ (i.e. workers that they can’t afford to pay because of the crisis), up to a cap per worker of £2,500 per month. Read more.
Finance experts, Rangewell, have produced a series of helpful resources for businesses and individuals during the Coronavirus pandemic:
Full list of COVID Loan / CBILS Providers and their criteria
Lender Pulse - A rolling update on how lenders are changing their lending criteria
How to get a Payment Holiday from you lender
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Production Guild affiliate First Option Safety have been producing some high level guidance and generic risk assessment for Covid-19 and production. Members can read the document on our resources page here
The industry has welcomed new financial support for self-employed workers announced by the Chancellor. Those eligible can claim grants worth 80% of their average monthly profits up to £2,500 a month. The support can be backdated to March, but money will not be paid out until June. We’ve found the Martin Lewis video – linked below to be a useful overview of the support available and how to manage your cash flow until these payments are received.
HMRC will be administering the scheme and contact you with information on how to apply, and we will update you with guidance as we get it.
UPDATE as of the 15th May: The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme opens early. You can find more on the Government's website here including the eligibility criteria.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
A list of mental health charities and organisations can be found on our mental health support page here