Applications for £1,000 emergency grants are now open and close at 12noon on Tuesday 30th March. 

Theatre Artists Fund

The Theatre Artists Fund has been set up to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK. It is for theatre professionals who are in need of urgent and critical financial support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the theatre sector.

Our ambition for the fund is to provide short-term relief to hundreds of theatre workers and freelancers across the UK, and particularly those from underrepresented groups disproportionately affected by the crisis.

The following information was updated on 16.03.21.

Key information

Applications are now open and will close at 12noon on Tuesday 30 March. You can view our current eligibility criteria below. If you wish to view a copy of the application form before you apply online please download a sample form.

Please ensure that you have read all the information on this page.

  • If eligible, applicants can be considered for a emergency grant of £1,000, which they can use towards living costs.
  • Applicants will need to meet certain eligibility criteria, provide one form of proof and provide contact details of a theatre professional to act as a referee to verify their information. Grants will be awarded based on hardship.
  • All applicants will be required to provide a CV demonstrating their professional theatre roles/jobs between January 2019 and March 2020 (a 15 month period).
  • Only certain theatrical freelancer professions are eligible – a full list is below.

Previous recipients of the Theatre Artists Fund
All previous recipients of a grant/s (regardless of the amount), are eligible to apply in this new round. Please note that being a previous recipient does not guarantee that you will be successful as all applications will be assessed on the basis of hardship and the information you supply.

Applicants with access requirements, and D/deaf and/or disabled applicants

If you have access requirements and the application form is difficult for you to understand or complete, then get in touch by emailing us at so we can discuss a different format, or some appropriate support to enable you to apply. Please include a phone number if you would like a call back.

Deafinitely Theatre are supporting deaf access needs for any deaf applicants wanting to apply. If you would like BSL translation, advice or help to apply please contact Deafinitely Theatre directly by sending an email or BSL video to Please see below a BSL video by Deafinitely Theatre regarding the application process.

*Please note that for D/deaf and/or disabled applicants, we will require you to have worked a minimum of 5 weeks as a self-employed theatre professional to be considered for a grant.

The following freelancer roles are eligible: 

  • Actor / Musical Theatre Actor / Actor Musician
  • Assisted Performances Service Provider (i.e. audio description, BSL, captions)
  • Casting Director
  • Choreographer / Movement Director
  • Circus Artist
  • Comedian
  • Composer
  • Dancer
  • Director / Assistant Director / Resident Director
  • Education, Outreach and/or Participation – (with a professional company, production theatre or tour)
  • Fight Director
  • Magician
  • Marketing
  • Musical Director
  • Opera Performer
  • Press, PR and/or Communications
  • Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Props Maker
  • Puppet Designer / Maker
  • Theatre Technician, including Operator / Programmer
  • Scenic Artist
  • Set and/or Costume Designer
  • Stage Carpenter
  • Stage and/or Company Management
  • Sound, Video or Lighting Designer
  • Voice or Accent Director
  • Wardrobe and/or Costume Supervisor / Assistant / Maker
  • Wigs, Hair and/or Make-Up
  • Writer
  • Other (we will assess whether your profession is eligible)

For more information or to apply visit Theatre Artists Fund.