Resources in a time of Corona(virus)

UPDATE: We are delighted to confirm that after receiving emergency funding from Arts Council England Reading Fringe Festival 2020 will take place online from 17th-26th July! Check what’s on here!

Sources and links to help you stay creative 

Here’s a collection of sources and links for the creative industries that we’re coming across as we spend more time indoors and online. Please be aware that some of these may already be out of date.

Last updated: Monday 3 August

To keep you informed

Mental health and wellbeing

Please, if you are experiencing mental health challenges, overwhelming uncomfortable emotions, thoughts of self harm or suicidal ideation, then seek help.

The most immediate help for UK residents is Samaritans. Call them on 116 123 or email 

Official sources

Sectoral support

Useful social media support and information groups and accounts

  • UK Theatre Industry Coronavirus Support – this is an incredibly useful page set up by Benjamin Newsome to gather and curate the most useful resources for everyone working and living within the UK Theatre Industry during this troubled time. It is regularly updated
  • Anti-viral work for freelancers and small businesses
  • #ProducersCobra – set up by producer Francesca Moody to provide a shared and mutual support advice and guidance for producers in the industry. Follow her @ChescMood or search #ProducersCobra
  • Theatre Producers Union – resulting from the #ProducersCobra on 18/03/2020 as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Aims to build a network & hardship fund for theatre producers of all levels. Follow @union_producers

To keep you creating

Other Grants and funding


Top tips

To keep you entertained