Eligibility criteria

The fund must be used for individuals who require additional support as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as those who are in personal hardship and in particular those not eligible for the Government’s emergency support measures or awaiting payment.

Who can apply?

The Fund is open to individuals who are recent active workers in UK-based audio and radio including podcasts, audiobooks and voiceover artists. This includes anyone working for a radio station or audio-led production company, or as a freelancer working predominantly in the audio and radio sector.

This fund is specifically targeted to offer help to individuals, and unfortunately is not able to offer assistance to companies, charities or other organisations, including community radio stations; or to support volunteer work or events.

When can I apply?

Funding will operate on a rolling basis, allowing us to distribute funds as quickly as possible to meet immediate needs. It doesn’t matter when you apply in the round, applications will be assessed based on need, not when we receive them. If you do not receive funding in any round, you can re-apply. We may also make partial awards in any given round, again, you can apply again if needed.

What will I need to apply?

Please read this carefully and ensure your application contains the following. This enables us to ensure the money is supporting those that need it most. Please provide us with as much detail as you feel comfortable with.

You will need to be a UK resident. (This is defined as those with the “right to work in the UK” You can have worked on UK or international productions, but your primary residence should be in the UK.)

You will need to demonstrate that your primary source of income has been from work in the audio and radio sector.

You will need to demonstrate loss of income from indefinitely postponed or cancelled audio and radio work (including travel expenses and equipment rental) resulting from the impact of the virus.

You will need to demonstrate hardship resulting from this loss of income, for example inability to pay vital bills, and inability to access other sources of income or alternative support funding.

You will need to demonstrate how the amount applied for has been arrived at, and exactly what this will fund, for example a breakdown of living costs, or details of equipment to be purchased and its purpose. Funding for equipment purchase will only be granted when the other criteria are met - such as demonstrable hardship otherwise preventing the purchase of vital equipment.

You will need to attach detailed supporting information that demonstrates your previous earnings and how this relates to your application at this time.

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