COVID-19 Guidance

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary measures to support people and businesses through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Arts Council England and Creative Scotland have provided support packages and changes to funding for individuals and organisations to provide relief.

As the One Dance UK team, we are here to ensure the dance sector thrives through these challenging times. We continue to strongly advocate for dance and will share news, updates, resources and online events to the sector and from our members on our wide-reaching platforms.

 We kindly ask that you first contact us by email and please feel free to call us on these numbers.


Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

Help for freelancers and self-employed: how to claim a grant

COVID-19 Universal Credit

How to claim Universal Credit

COVID-19 Support for businesses

VAT and Income tax deferrals, grants, SSP, business rates relief etc,

COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme for Employers and Agencies

How and when to claim for wages costs including Zero-Hour contracts employees and agency staff

Update (17 April 2020) CJRS scheme extended to end of June 2020:

COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme Guidance for Employees

Check if you’re eligible for your employer to put you on temporary leave (furlough) and your other rights in this time

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak on economic support for the charity sector

The Chancellor announces £750 million to support for the charity sector in response to coronavirus.

15 April The Scottish Government has announced the Second phase of funding to protect businesses against the effects of COVID-19:


Please note: each application route has different timelines. Please check to ensure you are completing applications in good time.

ACE’s COVID-19 support for organisations and individuals



Creative Scotland has announced £11m of emergency funding (30 March).


Arts Council of Wales has announced details of its own £7m resilience fund



We have launched a Dance Sector Impact Survey to gather evidence from across dance organisations and individuals. We strongly encourage all dance organisations and individuals to take part and will be sharing results and recommendations. Your input to this survey is critical in helping us to articulate what support the dance sector needs. Thank you!

Companies in Distress:

The Government are looking to gain greater understanding of which organisations are facing closure as a result of Covid-19 related cash flow problems. These ‘companies in distress’ (CiD) are defined as:

    • Organisations with negative projected net monthly cash flow (once loans, grants, and other economic support, i.e. JRS are factored in) that is more than their available reserves. So reserves are depleted in less than a month.
    • Organisations with negative net projected monthly cash flow (once loans, grants, and other economic support, i.e. JRS are factored in) that is more than 50% of their available reserves, and therefore run out of reserves in the next 2 months.

There is no assurance of government support for these companies in distress, but it is vital that Government understands where the issues are.

Please get in touch with us if you feel this is relevant to you.

Culture Counts, of which One Dance UK is a member, website tracking the impact of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) on Scotland’s cultural sector.

ACAS (the Advisory and Conciliation Service) has COVID-19 workplace guidance for employers and employees.

Equity has advice to members.

Please STAY AT HOME to help stop the spread of coronavirus. You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

Dance4 has just launched an Emergency Support for Dance Artists in the East Midlands who are in immediate financial need. Click HERE for more.

Find the latest and full round of NHS advice here.

For international travel and touring please stay up to date with latest FCO travel-advice.

We join with you in pushing dance and the arts as a beacon of hope and will share new, safe and inventive ways to reach people of all ages. We are following the situation closely as it develops and are talking to DCMS regularly to not only keep track of the government’s response but also to feedback the concerns of, and impact on, the dance sector and our members.