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.

As the world begins to reopen, please visit our Return To Dance page for information on safely reopening studios as well as the return to education and performances.


Update 24 September 2020

The Chancellor has announced further financial support for jobs, and for the self-employed

Previous 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) The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close on 31 October 2020. This paper explains the details of this change.

COVID-19 Job retention scheme closure

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 £1.57billion support for arts sector

The Scottish Government has announced a new £15 million Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund

Scottish Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund

In July 2020, the Welsh Government announced a Cultural Recovery Fund of £53 million.


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

Arts Council England has re-opened National Lottery Project Grants, increasing the budget by £18 million to make £75 million available to individuals, community and cultural organisations.

To help creatives step up their work in new ways, they’re re-opening Developing Your Creative Practice this autumn, and increasing the budget from £3.6 million to £18 million.

Acknowledging freelance workers in the sector, from technicians to producers, are also suffering, ACE are investing an extra £2 million in funds that support these workers.

View all the open funds HERE


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

Read more about changes to their funding routes HERE


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 follow local Government guidance to you, to help stop the spread of coronavirus and follow the rules of regularly washing hands, wearing a mask, and keeping your distance from others where possible.

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.


Space for Learning COVID-19 Guidance workshops

The Clore Duffield Foundation is running monthly online workshops in partnership with Engage, GEM and the Theatre Education Forum.

These workshops will help support the development of COVID secure practice for arts, museum and heritage learning professionals, with speakers drawn from the Space for Learning task and finish groups who are delivering COVID secure services on the ground, and time to talk through the guidance with colleagues.

1 October, 5 November and 3 December 16.00-17.30 via Zoom

Book free tickets via Eventbrite

1 October        Introduction to the Space for Learning Covid Guidance. Talks unpacking each of the sections in the guidance by colleagues involved in the project working in museum and arts venues, followed by breakouts for discussion about the guidance and what further help and support you need.

5 November    Space for Learning: Blended Learning – summary of the existing evidence on how best to deliver blended learning; case studies from UK museums and arts organisations that are delivering blended learning; and breakouts for further discussion.

3 December    Topic to be decided in the first workshop based on participants needs.