Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Help and Support for Performing Arts Professionals

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, PiPA recently published its Call for Support (here) for performing arts organisations and the government to consider the medium term needs and risks posed to parents and carers. 

As we face an unprecedented time, including the closure of performing arts venues, the need to protect the industry and support the physical and mental wellbeing of our invaluable workforce is greater than ever.

PiPA is working closely with each of our Charter Partners to offer guidance and support as well as tangible solutions to facilitate supportive working practises. 

The compilation of the following list signposts industry guidance and external support for Performing Arts professionals in response to the ever-changing circumstances.

Please be aware that guidance and government advice is constantly being updated. The NHS provide public information about the virus and the latest advice on how to protect yourself. You can also read more about the government’s response to the ongoing crisis, including eligibility for statutory support here

External Support for Performing Arts Professionals:

  • Actors’ Children’s Trust: Financial support for actors who are parents. 
  • Actors’ Benevolent Fund: Support for actors and stage managers due to illness, injury or old age.
  • Artsadmin: Offering a unique and free one-to-one advice service to UK-based artists working in contemporary performance, at any stage of their career, now digitally/ by phone.
  • Arts Council England: Emergency financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers.
  • Artsmind: Supporting performers and creative practitioners in need.
  • Dance Professionals Fund: Financial support for dance professionals during hardship. 
  • Directors Charitable Foundation: Welfare Fund for directors in severe financial difficulties.
  • Government advice: Self-employed income support scheme
  • Help Musicians: An independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres.
  • Incorporated Society of Musicians: The UK’s professional body for musicians.
  • Mental Health Foundation: Guidance on looking after your mental health during the outbreak.
  • The Royal Theatrical Fund: Support for people of all ages who have worked in the entertainment industry and are in need as a result of illness, accident or old age. 
  • Theatre helpline: UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre (SOLT) Theatre Helpline is a free 24-hour phone and email service supporting theatre professionals with any issue affecting their health and wellbeing. It is open to anyone working in theatre, whether in-house or freelance. Call 0800 915 4617 or email
  • Theatre Support: Centralised information from leading theatrical charities with information about accessing support.

Further Industry Guidance:


  • Creative Scotland coronavirus updates, information and support
  • Scottish government Coronavirus help page
  • SCVO Third Sector Resilience Fund
  • Culture Counts have launched a survey, open until May, to communicate the needs of the sector due to the impact of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), to decision-makers in government and in parliament.
  • Independent Arts Projects: advice and support for Arts workers
  • PiPA Scotland dedicated Facebook page for performing arts practitioners and organisations in Scotland

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Help and Support

PiPA has called for performing arts organisations and the government to consider the medium term needs and risks posed to parents and carers in the sector’s workforce in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. To access our dedicated resources, updates and for further guidance on where to find support...