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Creative Edinburgh - Coronavirus Update
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12/03/20

[Article lasted updated: Friday 3rd April]

Here at Creative Edinburgh, we realise the impact of Coronavirus can be a difficult and worrying time.

As we bring together Edinburgh’s creative community for connection and collaboration, we are staying aware of the current guidance regarding public events and the risks of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please see below for changes to outstanding events and a list of resources around sick pay for self-employment and advice for working at home/self-isolation.

We will update this post regularly as things progress.

Creative Edinburgh Events Update

Bringing creatives together is at the core of what we do, and this more than ever is a time when connection and community is vital. We're sad we won't get to say hello to community members new and old in person over the coming months, but we'll make sure our digital events remain a fun, informative and relaxed way for you to connect with us and fellow creatives.

Our monthly meet up Creative Circles will still hold connectivity and creativity at the centre as we invite members of our community to discuss Hot Topics right now (and not all Coronavirus related!). Our Community Correspondents (aka Team CE!) will be on hand to bring your voice into the conversation too. Plus, there'll be more fun ways to connect, create and chat! Our next Creative Circles takes place on Tuesday 7th April - register here.

We'll also have Connected Innovators Discovery Sessions and workshops running, plus we'll launch our new skills programme later in the year - in digital form if we must!

Stay up-to-date with our events via our newsletter, or explore our Events Calendar.

COVID-19 - Event Advice

The advice surrounding COVID-19 involves washing your hands frequently, maintaining social distancing between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing and practising respiratory hygiene (i.e covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze) as it is thought COVID19 can only be transferred through direct contact with someone infected through their saliva or contaminated body parts.

With this current wintry season it can be hard to determine what sniffles, sneezing, and body aches are the common cold or other symptoms.

Please do not attend any event if you are feeling unwell. We also recommend, in line with official advice, that you bring your own tissues and hand sanitiser gel and wash your hands regularly.

If you’re heading to an event to build connections with fellow creatives, elbow bumps at the ready! We advise, in line with official advice, that you avoid any handshakes.

Please exercise appropriate caution and be respectful for others’ wellbeing. If you are at high risk for COVID-19 and/or have been travelling in high-risk areas, please protect yourself and your peers by staying away from our events. You can find out more about high-risk locations and self-isolation advice in the current NHS Scotland guidance.

If you do fear you may have symptoms of coronavirus, the NHS advises in Scotland that you do not go to your GP to help avoid the spread of infection, but call your GP or NHS 111. There is also an online symptom checker which you can take online to determine your predicted risk level via https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19.

Sick Pay for the self-employed?

At Creative Edinburgh, we understand the majority of our members are freelancers and there are worries surrounding the topic of 'sick pay' for the self-employed.

The expectation is that Coronavirus will impact our economy. It is not yet known to what extent and which areas will suffer the most.

The Chancellor Exchequer has now delivered Budget 2020, which includes Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The level of which is dependent on your working hours and income. It is important to note, if required, this may take a few weeks to process your application.

You can find out more about ESA, the application and your eligibility via the Scottish Government’s website.

Freelancers may also wish to check if you have any health or income protection insurance in place which could potentially help financially, if this situation was to arise.

If you’re worried about the effect this may have on your current contracts and how the potential for transition to working fully digitally, discover more tips in this feature from Leapers regarding - Eight things to consider if you’re freelance and worried about coronavirus - including the creation of a contingency plan with clients, connecting with digital communities and more.

Self-Isolation / Working From Home

As the current Governmental Advice includes self-isolation, protecting others and slowing down the spread of COVID-19, many companies and freelancers will transition to periods of time working from home.

If you’re not used to working from a different environment, this can be a difficult adjustment time.

To help you with tips and advice, check out these useful features:

Useful Resources:

Financial Advice:

Additional Resources for Creatives:

Funding Opportunities:

Third Sector Resilience Fund - A £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland.

National Emergencies Trust - A Coronavirus Appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible.

Wellbeing Fund - Scotland’s Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) are managing a £48m Wellbeing Fund from Scottish Government to enable national and local action by third sector organisations to reach the most vulnerable groups.

Supporting Communities Fund - Scottish Government has made a £40m fund available to community organisations including those that are not registered charities to support small scale community resilience.

Disability Arts Online - Disability Arts Online has launched a new commissions pot which disabled artists can apply to, including paid opportunities across Artist Presentations, Day in the Life articles and Open Commissions.

The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant - For painters, sculptors and printmakers who have been creating mature art for at least 20 years and who are in current financial need.

City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund: Diversity and Inclusion - A new £100,000 fund to support Edinburgh-based Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) artists, practitioners and producers in the Capital’s arts and culture sector.

Nesta - Arts & Culture Impact Fund - Nesta’s Arts & Culture Finance team has launched a new £20 million impact investment fund for the UK’s arts, culture and heritage social enterprises.

PRS Emergency Relief Fund - PRS members globally can apply for grants of up to £1000 each, depending on need, to support creators and the music industry.

Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust - The Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust offers grants to registered charities active in Great Britain.

Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund - The Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund was established to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may be facing.

CI Small Research Grants - Creative Informatics has launched an open competition for small research grants aimed at early career researchers, based at University of Edinburgh or Edinburgh Napier University, proposing projects or activities that explore innovative uses or applications of data in the creative and cultural sector.

RPS Composers Programme
- The Royal Philarmonic Society Composers Programme aims transform the prospects of promising composers, helping them take their first critical steps in establishing a career. The grant covers a range of commissions and the chance for your work to be performed with a noted ensemble, venue or festival.

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