New fund to help freelance creatives

Four charities have combined to launch a new fund to ensure music makers and performing artists can carry on working through the Covid-19 emergency.

The Live Work Fund is a chest of £660.000 to help at least 33 artists, creatives and producers to continue to develop while earning is so difficult.

The fund has been launched by The Linbury Trust, the Wolfson Foundation, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Jerwood Arts.

"We know this is an incredibly difficult time for the arts sector - particularly for the many freelancers who make up a significant proportion of the workforce” said Caroline Mason, CEO of the Esmé Fairbairn Foundation. “Through this exciting new fund we hope to support and develop a generation of artists and leaders who use art to tackle challenges in the sector as well as in our communities."  

The fund has been put together by Jerwood Arts and is open to individuals and those with a collaborative practice based in the UK, with no more than ten years’ experience, over a period of 12 months. Around half of the awards will go to music creators, and the fund will also provide meaningful professional development support through expert mentors.

The Jerwood Arts director, Lilli Geissendorfer, said this was the first time the four had worked together on a project. “This fund will enable the awardees to make powerful contributions to their artistic communities as they navigate this intense period of change and transition” she said.

“The emergency funding that is being provided by a number of funders is absolutely vital, but we believe that transformative opportunities for artists in the early phases of their careers are also needed. We are hoping to support a generation of visionary ideas that can mark a new beginning for live work in the UK.”


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