Edinburgh Performing Arts Development (EPAD) and Creative Edinburgh are delighted to announce the launch of a new Practice Support Fund for freelance artists, technicians and creatives working in the arts and creative industries in Edinburgh.
The fund has been made possible by the City of Edinburgh Council as a one-off response to the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on Edinburgh’s freelancers, as highlighted in EPAD’s Covid-impact report.
The purpose of the fund is to provide money that goes directly to supporting artists, technicians and creatives to sustain their practice in practical ways, whether that is to purchase equipment, hire a studio space, be paid to research and write a funding application or to cover caring costs whilst working.
The fund will make small grants of up to £500 available across three deadlines between January and March 2021. A total of £40,000 is available.
Anyone working professionally as a freelancer within the arts and creative industries and living in the City of Edinburgh Council area is eligible to apply. Applications will be funded on a non-competitive basis, with applications being selected at random if the amount of funds requested exceeds that available in any one round. The decision-making process will be co-ordinated by a panel of representatives from EPAD and Creative Edinburgh. Independent creatives will be invited to attend each selection meeting to ensure that due process is followed.
To read the guidance and make an application, please go here: shorturl.at/bejIK
The closing date for the final round of applications is 22nd March 2021 and will open on Wednesday 3rd March. The first deadline was 25 January 2021 and 22 February 2021. Funds will be spread evenly across the three deadlines.
City of Edinburgh Council’s Culture and Communities Convener Councillor Donald Wilson said: “As part of the Council’s on-going and active support of the creative sector in the city during this challenging period, we have identified this resilience funding for a small grants programme supporting the freelance sector in the continuation of their practice and professional development. We are delighted to be working in direct partnership with Edinburgh Performing Arts Development (EPAD) and Creative Edinburgh whose evident expertise is best placed to manage and disperse the funding programme.”
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*UPDATE* - comments from Creative Edinburgh & EPAD
Today we announced the results of the final round of the Practice Support Fund we have delivered in partnership with Creative Edinburgh with funds from the City of Edinburgh Council. All the applicants have been notified and the Fund is now closed.
Since January 2021, the Practice Support Fund has funded a total of 84 Edinburgh-based freelance creative practitioners with awards of up to £500 to support their practices as the effects of Covid-19 are felt across the creative industries and performing arts sector. We were overwhelmed by the response to the Fund, which received a total of 615 applications over the 3 rounds. This amounted to nearly £300,000 of diverse creative work, projects and activities - far more than the £41,000 available was able to support.
Creative Edinburgh and EPAD will continue working together to respond to the insights gained from delivering the Practice Support Fund. The findings which the Fund has highlighted will be shared with our networks and used to champion the case for further support and opportunities for freelance creatives, technicians and performing artists.
*UPDATE* - Round three
Through the last 2 rounds of the Fund we have provided awards to 55 individual artists, technicians, producers and creatives - distributing £26,506 in total. This represents a fraction of the applications received and we have been overwhelmed by the demand on the Fund.
The final round of the Fund will open at 5pm on 3rd March with a closing date of 22nd March at 7pm. There is £13,494 to distribute through this final round.
*UPDATE* - Round one
We were overwhelmed by the response to the first round of the Freelance Creatives Practice Support Fund, receiving a grand total of 225 applications requesting over £100,000 of support for a huge range of excellent projects and activity. Of the £40k available through this one-off fund, we awarded £13,250 in this first round, with the remaining amount to be split over the next two rounds of funding.
As anticipated, the selection process took the form of a random draw which was organised by a panel of representatives from EPAD and Creative Edinburgh joined by two Independent creatives, invited to attend the selection meeting to ensure that this approach was fair and transparent. The successful applicants were selected at random from the list of eligible applications until the value of the requests equaled the allocated funds available. As a result, we are pleased to award 27 applicants with grants up to £500 to help support their creative practice, supporting freelancing artists, technicians and creatives working in the arts and creative industries in Edinburgh to continue their work despite the devastating impacts of the pandemic.
Anna Gormezano Marks & Lucy Mason
Creative Edinburgh & EPAD (Edinburgh Performing Arts Development)
Anyone working professionally as a freelancer within the arts and creative industries and living in the City of Edinburgh Council area is eligible to apply. Applications will be funded on a non-competitive basis, with applications being selected at random if the amount of funds requested exceeds that available in any one round.
The final round of applications will open on 3rd March with a closing date of 22 March 2021 at 7pm.
A link to updated guidance and application form is available here.