Throughout lockdown we’ve been lobbying hard behind the scenes on behalf of the self-employed in the sector. Whilst the Government’s Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) was a welcome and much-needed boost for many, many people were not covered under the scheme including:
- people who started freelancing after April 2019
- people who were previously majority employed in the SEISS eligibility years but are now majority self-employed
- people who are the owner/director of a limited company.
We are therefore so pleased to have secured a £7,500 grant to provide emergency support for freelancers who work with museums, heritage sites, galleries, archives and libraries in the UK.
Museum Freelance’s Covid-19 Hardship Fund is for freelancers who are in urgent need of critical financial support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on their work and livelihood, and who have not been eligible for and received the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
There will be 15 grants of £500 each. The grants do not need to be repaid.
The fund has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from a charitable trust that wishes to remain anonymous, and will be distributed by the Museums Association – we are enormously grateful to both organisations and their supportive representatives.