Sam Mendes’s aid fund reopens for theatre freelancers

The Theatre Artists Fund, set up by director Sam Mendes to provide emergency help for theatre freelancers, has opened for applicants again today.

Until November 20 struggling theatre professionals will be able to apply for grants of £1,000 to help with living costs.

This time the fund is being opened to freelance theatre marketers and press representatives as well, and previous beneficiaries can apply again.

Spearheaded by Mendes the fund was launched in July by the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre with a £500,000 donation from Netflix and £1m from Arts Council England. With £300,000 recently contributed by John Gore and Broadway.com more than £4m has now been raised, giving aid to 2,600 practitioners excluded from government support.

“Over the last couple of months, a small number of freelancers were able to find employment once again, as venues across the country found creative ways to re-open” Mendes said today. “This has now been thrown back into chaos, and once again our freelance community is plunged into uncertainty and financial hardship.

“We urge theatre artists who are struggling to please apply for a grant. We also urge those of you who can to please help by giving as much as you can afford. This is a lifeline for those that need it, and the more we receive the more we can continue to help.”

There is more information at the Theatre Artists Fund website.

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