New Dorset (&BCP) Emergency Fund launched, b-side

  • South West
  • crafts, combined arts, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, literature, photography, music, theatre, visual arts
  • Molly Scarborough


The Dorset (&BCP) Artists’ Emergency Fund was initiated by b-side after a series of collaborative conversations through the What Next? Dorset Chapter. It was identified through the What Next? meetings that individual creatives have experienced a massive income decrease, some losing all. It became apparent that many individuals are falling through the gaps of financial support – so we initiated the Dorset (&BCP) Artists’ Emergency Fund to support the sector in Dorset.

The fund is for all Dorset-based artists, including (but not limited to) visual artists, musicians, comedians, performers, directors, actors, writers, filmmakers, producers, curators etc. To apply artists must be aged 18 or over, have a bank account and be unable to pay for essential living costs because of the loss of freelance income. Grants of between £100 and £500 are available.

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