Emergency fund launched to help arts sector workers in Dorset

Emergency fund launched to help arts sector workers in Dorset

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:46am 21st May 2020.

An arts organisation based on Portland have launched an emergency fund for Dorset artists.

The Crowdfunder page has been set up by b-side.

They say artists are falling between the gaps when it comes to help provided by the government, and are not able to apply for financial support.

Molly Scarborough is the Youth Programme Co-ordinator at b-Side, she said:

"What we realised is that over the last couple of months artists, be that musicians, clowns, dancers, writers, performing artists and actors, they've all lost their work now and in the future. 

"So, there's a massive gap in artists income, so what we've done is banded together with a lot of arts organisations like the Lighthouse in Poole and Wave Arts organisation to put the fund together."

painter brushes

'Who is the fund for?'

The fund is open to all Dorset based artists including visual artists, musicians, comedians, performers, directors, actors, writers, film makers.

To apply artists must be over 18, have a bank account and unable to pay essential living costs because of the loss of FREELANCE income.

They are offering grants between £100 and £500.

b-side produces the b-side Festival every other year on Portland.

B side festival 2017
b-side Festival 2017

They commission artists to create pieces of work that are responsive to Portland, whether that's people or social history. 

The Hardship Fund has been set up with contributions from arts organisations, but they are also asking people to help by donating.

The fund is open for applications now and will close on the 19th June, 2020.