This is an unprecedented time. The COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency is causing concern and uncertainty for everyone, and we are very aware of the challenging situation that it is causing for organisations and individuals in the cultural and creative sector. Here are a few suggestions of where you can get further information and support.

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Government advice

Read the latest advice and information from the government on GOV.UK.

For official, trustworthy and timely information and advice, use the GOV.UK WhatsApp coronavirus information service.


Update from Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, 27 March


Advice from Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council has a dedicated web page of information at If you have other questions about coronavirus which are not answered by the information and links on this page or on their social media channels, you can email

Advice, Guidance & Support (sector-specific)

We are aware of the following advice and support being offered specifically for arts, culture and heritage workers and organisations:

Arts Council England: Emergency Funding

Arts Council England: information for Department of Education funded programmes; Project Funding; Museums & Cultural Property Schemes

Arts Council England: Coronavirus information and resources

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy: Networks Funding (to support new ways of working and fundraising capability)

Bristol Festivals: Information and support for Festivals.

Equity: Coronavirus advice

Finance for Freelancersfor actors, creatives, ushers working in theatre (crowdfunded)

Film & TV Charity: COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund and hardship fund

National Lottery Heritage Fund: Coronavirus update for heritage organisations, projects and attractions.

Paying it Forward: positive news and offers of support from Bristol Media members to help businesses and individuals

PRS for Music: Emergency Relief Fund

Society of Authors: Authors’ Emergency Fund

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