The Arts have closed all operations for the foreseeable future and West End Theatres have gone dark as a result of the current Coronavirus Pandemic.
This leaves it crews, creatives, casts, front of house staff and even producers open to economic vulnerability.
Over 2 million people work in the ARTS in the UK. Every single one of them is currently unsure of what the future holds financially or for their careers.
I am raising this fund for a very basic reason. To help those in the arts keep a roof over their head during this time of crisis, and alleviate some of that uncertainty.
The funds goal is £10k which will be allotted £1000.00 at a time to those that apply and meet the criteria for need. This £1000 can be paid directly to mortgage lenders or landlords- alleviating one of the main concerns people have in such a tumultuous time.
WHY SHOULD I DONATE?
The arts is an integral part of society, entertaining and inspiring millions around the world. It is also one of the most precarious and underfunded too. If you are involved in the Arts or simply a member of public please consider donating a nominal amount to the cause.
HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED?
As much as we can raise - the initial goal is £10k but with each unit of £1000.00 we raise another person can be given piece of mind.
HOW IS THE MONEY ALLOCATED?
I will be setting up a submission system to allocate funds to people that meet the criteria and dispensing it as soon as is humanly possible. I will also update everyone on the funds allocations so you can see where the money is going (recepients can choose to remain anonymous if they wish)
WHAT SHOULD I DONATE?
INDIVIDUAL - £2-£5 is a great start it's the price of a coffee and highly appreciated.
THEATREGOER: The shows are closed. Why not consider donating the price of a ticket? Balcony; £25 or if you usually sit in front row stalls £100.
PRODUCERS: That show you were going to invest in at £5k a unit? Why not invest in an individuals mental health and put £1k in to the fund. It could literally change somebodies life in this climate.
if you can't donate at present that is fine, please consider sharing the campaign, talking about it and promoting it across social media.
Thank you for your time.
- James Hadwen-Bennett
- Charles Parry
Wivelrod, South East England, United Kingdom