Written evidence submitted by ExcludedUK (CIC)

 

 

 

Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS sectors Inquiry

18 June 2020

 

 

SUMMARY

A. Executive Summary

B. Introduction

C. Clearly Identified Gaps in Financial Support for Creative and Media Industries Professionals

D. Survey - Key Findings

E. Selected Anonymised Comments from Case Studies of Creative and Media Industries Professionals Submitted to ExcludedUK

F. Conclusion – the short-term and long-term impacts

Appendix I_ExcludedUK Creative & Media Industries Survey_18 June 2020

Appendix II_ExcludedUK Creative & Media Industries Survey_Q15 responses_18 June 2020

Appendix 3_Open Letter to the Chancellor - Support for Arts and Culture_27 May 2020

Appendix 4_ExcludedUK_further information

 

 

A. Executive Summary

ExcludedUK was formed in early May 2020 and registered as a Community Interest Company with three founding directors, Sonali Joshi, Anneka Hicks and Aron Padley, in response to the financial challenges faced by individuals and businesses in light of the lack of government Covid-19 support.

 

ExcludedUK is a grassroots non-profit NGO, with a Facebook group of 10.1k followers and website www.excludeduk.org.

 

The aim of the organisation is to build a stronger collective platform for all those excluded from UK Government Covid-19 support, raise awareness, lobby for support, raise funds in the hope of providing hardship funds and small grants for those most in need. Most importantly, our hope is that our efforts can help propel affected individuals and businesses forward in the face of adversity resulting from Covid-19 and being excluded from Government support, while equally ensuring we are all able to help each other emerge from this crisis.

 

An initial survey was conducted across all industries represented by our community with 2,018 responses. 34% of respondents identified as workers within the creative and media industries.

 

A parallel survey specifically for those within the creative and media industries was conducted with 740 responses received. This survey was conducted to analyse short-term and long-terms financial impact of Covid-19 on these professionals, particularly in relation to income/loss of income, their circumstances, needs, future prospects and their feelings towards the Government’s response.

 

Survey results and further feedback received clearly illustrate how hard hit these sectors have been and that the Government must urgently address this crisis.

 

 

B. Introduction

This evidence is submitted by ExcludedUK, a newly formed grassroots non-profit NGO (registered as a Community Interest Company, company no. 12635856). ExcludedUK serves as a collective platform for those entirely or largely excluded from the UK Government's Covid-19 financial support measures.

 

As an organisation focused on the financial impact of lack of government support on individuals and businesses, this report focuses on the inadequacies in government support for those in the creative and media industries. According to a survey of +2,000, people we have identified that within our membership of people affected across different employment statuses, 34% belong to the creative and media industries, making it seemingly the hardest hit industry in terms of the negative financial impact of lack of government support.

 

However, through conversations and interactions with many individuals over the past 3 months, we are all too aware of the implications of the health crisis, physical/social distancing needs, the impact on civil liberties, widescale mental health and well-being issues across a broad spectrum of severity, knock on effects and wider ramifications for children, on education, single parents, families, those having to shield, the elderly, those from BAME communities and beyond.

 

Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown have presented the most unforeseen challenges to many individuals and businesses across the UK. While government support packages have provided much needed support for many, there remain an estimated 3 million taxpayers, equating to 10% of the UK workforce, who find themselves left out of these measures.

 

 

C. Clearly Identified Gaps in Financial Support for Creative and Media Industries Professionals

We are submitting this evidence principally to highlight how individuals and businesses across the creative and media industries have been left out of government Covid-19 support and to illustrate the grave issues they face, together with the short-term and long-term implications arising.

 

We have identified the following categories of affected individuals and businesses which is consistent with the findings of the Treasury Committee’s report dated 15 June:

 

1. Self-Employed

- the newly self-employed

- the self-employed with +£50k trading profits

- those working a mix of PAYE and self-employed, unable to benefit from furlough and less than 50% self-employment

 

 

2. PAYE

- those in between jobs and denied furlough from previous employers, while new employers cannot furlough them

- PAYE freelancers on short-term contracts who cannot be furloughed

- those who cannot be furloughed due to working in the public sector (eg. BBC, government funded organisations)

 

3. Limited Companies/Owner-Directors

- directors paid PAYE annually and therefore cannot qualify due to the 19 March cut-off date for payroll to qualify

- directors paid in dividends

- directors of companies not in profit, and therefore payments drawn that would otherwise be dividends are in fact repayments to a director’s loan

- new businesses

- startups with less than £250k investment and therefore cannot benefit from the Future Fund

- businesses ineligible for business grants of £10k or £25k eg. those who work from home, in a non-fixed manner using co-working spaces in different locations and therefore not on a contract, those who work from a vehicle

 

4. Other situations

- those on parental leave

- those who have drawn from their pension

 

There are many other situations which we have identified from case studies submitted directly to ExcludedUK (see Section E).

 

As an organisation, ExcludedUK aims to build a stronger platform for all the above groups, raise awareness, offer support and advice and lobby Government and across Parliament so as to push for change that will enable affected individuals and businesses to emerge from this crisis in the best shape possible.

 

ExcludedUK recognises that there are many interconnected links between the different excluded groups in relation to employment status. For example:

- many small limited companies rely on freelancers who have consequently lost work

- employees whose jobs are at risk if businesses are at risk

- mental health is a growing concern

 

There is a growing and pressing need for change - how long are people expected to live on no income? Many simply cannot access Universal Credit. In the creative industries, many simply have no work on the horizon whatsoever where our work relies on 'mass gatherings' - finding another job is not straightforward. One recent headline suggested that arts and music festivals may not resume until autumn 2021. In the film exhibition sector, a recent survey showed that 41% of cinemas do not think they can re-open with social distancing measures, 50% said they hope to reopen by September, yet 27% do not anticipate they can open this year at all (source: Independent Cinema Office) - this is just one area of creative industries, but illustrates how desperate the situation is for many sectors that rely on collective viewing/mass gatherings. Theatre is affected in exactly the same way, while performance rehearsals are also called into question through social distancing needs. This all has direct sever impact on people’s livelihoods and jobs, not least given that these industries have large proportions of freelance workers as well as many of zero hours contracts. There are also a significant number of small limited companies affected – micro-businesses of 1-2 directors/employees are particularly badly affected, having to choose between furlough for a mere £575/month (based on the usual PAYE salary element of £719/month) or working in order to fight to keep one’s business alive.

 

On 28 April, one of ExcludedUK’s soon-to-be founders, Sonali Joshi, was invited to participate in a roundtable on the impact of the Government’s support packages on the small business community. She was the only attendee from the creative industries and thus highlighted the urgent need to address to the the challenges faced by the sector, stating:

With cinemas closed, film festivals cancelled and film productions and distribution halted globally, every aspect of our work has been affected. The creative industries are amongst the worst hit. Independent cinemas are vital community hubs, but even when gradual easing of lockdown measures take effect, cinema spaces are likely to be amongst the last to fully reopen, and that directly impacts us too…”[1]

 

 

D. Survey - Key Findings

Day for Night Film & Visual Arts Ltd, a company working across film and moving image exhibition, distribution and access services (with 1 owner director, 1 additional director, 1 contracted freelancer – all affected, and working with a large team of +200 freelancers) set about creating a survey to analyse the financial impacts of Covid-19 on the creative industries. As ExcludedUK was born (in early May), this survey was combined with the efforts of ExcludedUK, one of its founders, Sonali Joshi, being the founder-director of Day for Night Film & Visual Arts Ltd.

The key points illustrated by this survey are as follows:

broadcast (17%) film (17%), performance (15%)

 

E. Selected Anonymised Comments from Case Studies of Creative and Media Industries Professionals Submitted to ExcludedUK

Here follows a selection on anonymised comments taken from case studies submitted by individuals via the ExcludedUK website, illustrating the far-reaching impact of the gaps in support and some of the harrowing circumstances many people are facing:

 

 

 

 

I have not qualified for UC as my partner is still working. I don't know when my business will be able to trade again at the level it was before this crisis. The shops I supply have been closed, selling and trade events I usually exhibit at have been cancelled, and it looks like there will be few, if any events for the rest of this year. I run workshops and have cancelled and lost bookings due to all the uncertainty. I still have a very small trickle of online sales, but this has never been a big part of my income, though obviously my focus will be on that going forward. My mental health is suffering due to the anxiety caused by this situation, I'm angry and frustrated about the injustice in how so many people have been unfairly dismissed by the government schemes.

 

 

 

 

Since graduating from my Arts degree in 2011, I've balanced self employment with employment since this time, and have never claimed benefits. In Feb 2019 I was made redundant and having built up my self employment work, I decided it was time to see if I could successfully take the leap into full self employment. 2019 was better than I even hoped it could be, but sadly this hasn't been taken into consideration in SEISS. I made a loss in 18/19, as I invested in the leap I was hoping to take soon. I work PAYE for an Art College, and I am not eligible for furlough as I get paid for work done, not promise of work. We applied for UC, but they've taken 2 months of my partners furlough into account because his employer had paid him one month out of his own pocket & was claiming it back. I've fought for this to be amended. My only income at the moment is from the CIC, as they have so brilliantly decided to honour our contracts. However, this is a very small amount that doesn't currently cover my outgoings. I'm living off money that would pay my taxes next year, and so worried for the future, as 80% of my work for this year has been cancelled or put indefinitely on hold. I struggle with health issues and the stress of this all has made my pain unbearable - I've had to ring my doctor for stronger pain relief. It's so unfair how you are made to feel like a criminal for being Self employed. I've always worked hard and paid my taxes and I was under the impression that in times of need you would be supported. I was wrong.

 

 

 

 

  • I am the business owner of a limited company in Edinburgh. I am the sole employee of my company, and like many small business owners, pay myself in a combination of a small salary through payroll and then bolstered through dividends. While this scenario is not unique and has been highlighted and raised with Government in recent weeks, my situation is further compounded by my recent maternity leave. Last July I gave birth to my second baby. I was due to return to work in March. My wrap around child care at the local primary school was finally due to commence, following a two and a half year wait. My baby was also due to start at a local private nursery. Unfortunately as the lock down began on 23 March all of the above plans had to be abandoned. Not to mention the ability to secure future work, at this point, was vastly affected. There has been no consideration for women in my predicament - a small business owner intending to return to work at the start of lock down. I am an employed business owner so do not qualify for self employed support. I have slipped through the cracks on all levels of grants and funding (bar a business loan). While pregnant I worked extremely hard to save for my maternity leave - where I knew I wouldn’t be working but needed to still cover my overheads. As such, when I went on maternity leave I reduced my pay to the statutory maternity pay (SMP), approximately £146 per week. Of course now I could furlough myself, but this would be at 80% of this much reduced maternity salary (as the scheme only recognises the last tax year), which is entirely unfair and does not reflect my ‘usual’ pre-maternity pay or tax contributions over the years. A classic case of the ‘Invisible Woman’ in society as a whole.  I could have been eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme in Scotland - and therefore a subsequent grant - but I sublet my office from a much larger company (who do not qualify for SBBS) and they are the business rate payer as far as the local authority is concerned. Therefore I am ineligible for this grant. Surely I can’t be the only small business that rents space within larger premises. Both myself and my business have paid considerable tax in the last financial year and have another bill on the horizon and yet I have received no help. I have friends and neighbours who paid no tax last year but are self-employed and have been gifted varying amounts in grants to support them. I am currently supporting my family with a combination of Universal Credit and dwindling personal savings and once my mortgage holiday ends, I literally don’t know how I will make ends meet. As forementioned, the only form of funding available to me is a ‘Bounce Back’ business loan from my bank. The hope would be that this money is given back untouched and unused, but maintaining client needs and rebuilding income levels again following lockdown will be tough, and with schools only set to return part-time (factoring in the lack of after school care and the additional home schooling to be done), the grim reality is that this will either force me into substantial debt or force me to close my business. I hope that through this letter I have been able to highlight the predicament of a small business owner and mother returning from maternity leave. 

 

  • As events have progressed, and it’s becoming clearer to me that no help is being made available, I am feeling despair and a huge amount of anxiety about the future of my business and my families well being and livelihood. Everything I’ve worked so hard for is crumbling before my eyes and I feel terrified for my family and our future and don’t know where to turn.

 

I had just started a new profession at the beginning of 2020 to support myself alongside working in theatre industry, which generally offers unsustainable income. UBI would allow me to undergo more training in my new profession to maximise future earnings and grow my self-employed business. It would also allow me to take on more opportunities within the theatre industry, which are normally only available to middle-upper class people who have a financial safety net from their family. Basically UBI would allow people from benefits and working-class backgrounds an equal playing field, so they can partake in the same opportunities as people born into more financially-secure backgrounds.

The theatre industry is facing utter decimation if the government doesn't step in to help save it. Many people in the sector are now looking for new careers in case it does not recover. 

Many people have lost their income or face redundancies after furlough - in reality if industries are not protected then there simply won't be enough jobs to go round and the country will face mass unemployment. 

 

 

Then I waited for SEISS to be up and running to try for a grant. I have been doing my own tax returns for the last two years, but my return shows lots of short PAYE contracts, so I was told I hadn’t done enough work as a self employed person and was told I wasn’t eligible. This is frustrating for anyone in the film industry who has been forced to be taxed at source due to HMRC rules, though our jobs are freelance. I also calculated my average earnings to be Just £1000 over the threshold. It makes me so angry and disappointed that I have contributed so much tax over the last few years, in a high bracket, that during this time I have been denied financial assistance to get by. I live in a rented flat in London with my boyfriend who has also lost all of his work due to the pandemic. We have rent and bills to pay, and relying on what is left of our savings and borrowing money from my parents to get us by. It’s been a very frightening time, after working so hard in my career to get to a comfortable position, I never thought I would be worrying about how I will afford the next month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F. Conclusion – the short-term and long-term impacts

ExcludedUK welcomes the Treasury Committee’s report on the first part of its inquiry into the economic impacts of coronavirus, published 15 June, identifying gaps in support and making recommendations to the Treasury.

 

With three months having now passed since the Government’s Covid-19 financial support packages were brought into effect, and with the Chancellor’s focus on the future and the  economic recovery, we know there have been many failings in these measures with devastating impact on many individuals and businesses. In recent interviews with Sophy Ridge on Sky and Andrew Marr on BBC1, when question about whether anything further could be done for all those who have been excluded from support at this time, the Chancellor implied that everyone had been helped in some way. The fact is they have not. In an interview on BBC Radio 4, when asked about funding for the arts in the light of this crisis, Caroline Dinenage, Arts Minister, stated that £160 million had been made available for the arts sector. However, this was done so on a competitive basis and therefore many organisations simply could not receive an award. Therefore, the assertion that the arts have been assisted adequately and appropriately is simply not true, particularly with the further precarity faced by so many of those working in these industries.

 

While that report identifies that over 1 million people have fallen through gaps, based on our analysis of statistics available from the Office for National Statistics Business Population Estimates, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and HMRC, ExcludedUK has estimated this figure to be closer to 3 million[2], as also quoted by Martin Lewis (Founder, Money Saving Expert) and referred to by Andrew Marr in a BBC interview with the Chancellor on 14 June.

 

Based on our survey of 2,018 responses, that would equate to something in the region of 1 million freelancers/employees/limited company directors/people with mixed employment status being entirely or largely excluded from the Government support. This would seem largely consistent with the projection of 406,000 anticipated job losses as per the Oxford Economics report quoted in yesterday’s press release issued by Creative Industries Federation[3].

 

This is a stark reality for the creative industries and as calls have been made across industry bodies – BECTU, Creative Industries Federation, Equity, IPSE and others – for urgent financial support for a renewal and rebuilding of these industries.

 

In our discussions within our ExcludedUK community, we repeatedly encounter comments to the effect of exclusions from government support are unfair with large disparities and discrimination. The very nature of many areas of the creative industries are highly competitive and many feel they have worked incredibly hard, often over long career, at other times just work really hard to establish oneself, and thus the current situation is destroying some peoples' careers. Many have been in higher education for many years, at degree level, postgraduate degree level and beyond in order to further their careers and invested in this, to see their careers now hanging in the balance.

 

A few areas that we have identified as particularly problematic are:

- self-employed arts education professionals, for example, drama school teacher, music teachers and dance teachers, who have been excluded from support. Many undertake such work alongside other employment. Arts education is a vital element within young people’s education and thus very much part of the fabric of cultural activities throughout society across the UK, and at a time like this, many children will be missing out on these opportunities

- as illustrated above, mental health and well-being is a major factor. On one hand, for creators across disciplines, the inability to produce or show their work, which is so often a form of artistic self-expression, is part of the well-being of such individuals. On the hand, audiences - the general public, are being deprived of many art forms in their traditional viewing environments, yet there is vital need for culture and entertainment in such a time of crisis

- perhaps at the very core of the current crisis within the arts sector, is the fact that collective viewing and mass gathering are inherently part of the world of theatre, cinema, and many areas of visual arts. This has necessitated rethinking traditional modes of viewing, rethinking buildings and spaces and the future of the collective/gathering aspect of the arts more broadly. This naturally has a direct impact on all those who work across the arts, from artists and performers, to producers and cultural mediators, to technicians and crew

 

Prior to the onset of Covid-19, the creative industries were the fastest growing part of the UK economy and employ 2 million people, a third of which are self-employed. It is therefore not surprising that such a large proportion of those affected according to our survey are those in self-employment.

 

The creative industries are in normal times are a major driver of economic growth, yet having increasingly suffered the effects of austerity over the last decade especially with ever-decreasing funding available, now with the impact of Covid-19 as clearly demonstrated by the included survey results, the creative industries are in peril more than ever and urgently need to be saved.

 

 

Appendix I

Results of ExcludedUK Creative & Media Industries Survey_18 June 2020

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JBlF1H-Pl-nksmkdjTQGh1SNNMOtQF6L/view?usp=sharing

 

 

Appendix II

ExcludedUK Creative & Media Industries Survey_Q15 responses_18 June 2020

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WV8j81pZcCtSzgbH5dClbcmY5ZOTD7aQ/view?usp=sharing

 

 

Appendix III

An open letter to the Chancellor calling for support for freelancers working across the creative industries was published on 27 May and the originator of the letter permitted us to submit this letter as an appendix to our evidence, to illustrate the depth of concern and support across the creative industries with +700 signatories, including some particularly high-profile names.

 

 

Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP

Chancellor of the Exchequer

             

HM Treasury

1 Horse Guards Road

London SW1A 2HQ                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Wednesday 27th May 2020

 

Dear Chancellor,

 

We welcome the support the government has provided for those in the arts and cultural sector who face a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there remain many in the sector who are unable to access much-needed financial aid.

 

We the undersigned ask you to urgently expand the current support package to include all those who fall between the cracks presented by the current measures.

 

The government’s announcement of 12th May 2020 stating that furlough will be extended until the end of October 2020 highlights the even more pressing need for support for those currently ineligible for assistance. Your support will protect us personally and professionally during the difficult months ahead.

 

The arts and culture sector is vibrant and varied: our professions, skill sets, breadth of experience and circumstances are wonderfully and necessarily diverse. The sector relies upon the flexibility presented by self-employment, and yet many of us remain unable to claim support.

 

There are a number of specific groups within the arts and culture sector who are particularly affected:

 

        Freelancers who have been operating at a loss, or where average taxable monthly profits (judged on average profits over the past three years) fall significantly below recent levels of income, remain without adequate support, almost two months after the initial self-employment support package was announced on 26th March 2020

 

        Many with mixed PAYE and self-employed status have also experienced huge losses and find themselves unable to claim towards the shortfall, for example where self-employed income represents less than 50% of their total earnings

 

        Some members of the workforce who have recently left PAYE roles also find themselves unable to access funds made available through the recent leavers furlough scheme. Employers – for example, Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations in receipt of public funding – are concerned about ‘double dipping’ (i.e. claiming public funds twice), or are otherwise unable to put leavers back on the payroll

 

        Employees who would usually work a series of short-term PAYE contracts similarly find themselves without support

 

This is not an exhaustive list.

 

In what is already one of the sectors most severely affected by the pandemic, the current situation threatens an immediate future where many of us will unduly suffer as a result of inflexible and patchy support, incurring lasting damage to our livelihoods, affecting our ability to stay in the sector, as well as further injury to the sector as a whole.

 

While emergency hardship support provided by the likes of Arts Council England has in some cases provided a lifeline, these competitive one-off payments are no substitute for ongoing support.

 

We ask you to renew your offer to include sector-wide support for all those who remain excluded from the current measures.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jeremy Deller, Artist

Katie Mitchell OBE, freelance theatre director

Dame Evelyn Glennie, Solo Percussionist

Brian Eno, musician, record producer and artist

Tracy Chevalier, author

Mark Wallinger, artist

Errollyn Wallen CBE, Composer

Joanna MacGregor CBE, Pianist, conductor, Royal Academy of Music

Christian Marclay, Artist

Horace Trubridge, General Secretary, Musicians Union

Brett Rogers, OBE, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery

Professor Griselda Pollock, art historian, curator, University of Leeds

Jonathan Reekie, CBE, Director, Somerset House Trust

Christine Payne, General Secretary, Equity

Philippa Childs, Head of Bectu

Gabriel Prokofiev, Composer, and Artistic Director of Nonclassical

Will Self, Author and Journalist

Caroline Bergvall, Writer and Performer

Mark Neville - Artist

Tom Robinson, songwriter, recording artist and broadcaster with BBC 6 Music

Pil and Galia Kollectiv, artists and directors at xero, kline & coma.

Dr Sos Eltis, Fellow and Tutor in English, Brasenose College, Oxford, Associate Professor, English Faculty University of Oxford

Ruth Daniel, CEO, In Place of War

Janine Irons MBE, Co-founder & CEO, Tomorrow’s Warriors

Gary Crosby OBE, Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Tomorrow’s Warriors

Susanna Eastburn MBE, Chief Executive, Sound and Music

Lou Dalton, menswear fashion designer and brand

Tim Etchells, Artist, Artist DIrector Forced Entertainment.

Assis Carreiro MBE, Director, International Arts & Cultural Projects

Graham McKenzie, Artistic Director, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Professor Brian Irvine MBE -Ulster UniversityDumbworld.

Ben Christodoulou (AKA Ben Christo), Musician & songwriter, The Sisters of Mercy

Jocelyn Pook, composer

Sue Jones, Artistic Director & CEO, Whitstable Biennale & Cement Fields

Toby Litt, Reader in Creative Writing, Birkbeck College

Natalia Franklin Pierce, Executive Director, Nonclassical

Hettie Judah, freelance writer and art critic

Emma Cameron, Freelance Producer and Stage Manager

Sam Mackay, Researcher and editor

Helen Wallace, Artistic Director, Kings Place

Jimmy Sims, Musician, Songwriter

Cathie Boyd, Artistic Director, Cryptic

Zoe Sawyer, Offsite Curator, Eastside Projects

Michael Howcroft, Freelance director

Dr. Yael Flexer, Artistic Director, Flexer & Sandiland & freelance choreographer

Nic Sandiland, Artistic Director, Flexer & Sandiland & freelance digital artist

Alex Zawadzki - Curator Producer

Shona McCarthy - Chief Executive Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Fielding Hope - Senior Producer at Cafe OTO

Daniela Cardim - Choreographer and Project Manager

Filipe Sousa - Composer, pianist and educator.

Robert Pacitti - Artistic Director, Pacitti Company & SPILL Festival of Performance

Stephen Hiscock - Composer, founder member of ensemblebash

Nicholas Bannerman, Freelance music promoter

Nelson Fernandez, Director, NFA International Arts & Culture

Urja Desai Thakore, Artistic Director, Pagrav Dance company.

Dan Mayfield, Freelance musician and head of School of Noise

Cath JAmes, Artistic Director, South East Dance

Catherine Ring - Freelance musician, member of ensemblebash & Colin Currie Group
Ben Eshmade - Freelance music producer and podcaster

Simon Rogers - Composer

Joseph Dunne-Howrie, Lecturer, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance

David Blandy - Artist

Lucy Burge - Choreographer

Helena Rice- Creative Producer

Hannah Williams Walton, Executive Producer, Paraorchestra

Sarah Angliss, Composer and live performer

Colin Uttley, actor

Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg - Artist

Rupert Morrison, director of Sea Change Festival

Catherine Bruzzone, director b small publishing

Marieke Navin, Cheltenham Science Festival
Hannah Tookey, Freelance Producer

Daniel Gott - Freelance Voice Coach

Rowena Price - Freelance Communications Consultant & Coach

Prue Skene, governance consultant

Amanda Parker, Director, Inc Arts UK

Angharad Cooper, Freelance Producer, Consultant and Coach

William Burdett-Coutts, Artistic Director Assembly Festival & Riverside Studios

Joe Crewe, TV Editor

Ceiclie Gravesen, Visual Artist and Producer

Jennifer Raven, Deputy Director, Sound Connections

Gemma Wright, Artistic Director of The Dance Network Association CIC

Jo Verrent - senior producer, Unlimited

Patrick Grant, Creative Director

Andrew Miller, arts consultant & broadcaster

Kelsie Acton, Inclusive Practice Manager, Battersea Arts Centre

Charlotte Mountford, Co-Director, Lyth Arts Centre

Andrew Hurst, Chief Executive, One Dance UK

Ruth Claxton, Associate Director, Eastside Projects

Beth Hinton-Lever, Freelance Actor

Bobby McCarthy, Freelance Theatre & Events Technician

Karl Jay-Lewin, Creative Director of Dance North Scotland, Choreographer

Glenn Boulter, Artistic Director, Full of Noises Festival

Stephen Budd - Stephen Budd Music Ltd / OneFest / Africa Express

Sam Francis - Project Producer, Outlands / Supernormal Festival / BEEF

Ashokkumar Mistry Freelance artist, writer and curator

Joanne Roughton-Arnold, Freelance opera singer, company director of formidAbility

Victoria Taylor, Head of Programmes, Cardboard Citizens / Freelance Arts Project Manager

Sho Shibata, on behalf of Stopgap Dance Company as its Executive Producer

Flora Fairbairn, art consultant and curator

Rory Beaton, Freelance Theatre Lighting Designer

Una NIcEoin: Executive Producer. Prime Cut Productions

Phil Simpson, Bookikg Agent, Strada Music
Mhari Robinson, Executive Producer, Independent Arts Projects

Wayne Ford, Independent Designer & Creative Director

Jen Shepherd, Producer, Tinderbox Theatre Company

Noel Jordan, Festival Director, Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Imaginate

Conan McIvor, Freelance artist and Filmmaker

Jamie-Glyn Bale, Freelance performer & PGR Drama Student

Debra Deakin, Freelance performer & PhD student

Oisín Kearney, Freelance writer and director

Emma Reid, freelance director, technician & stage manager.

Natalie Murphy, Associate Producer, Prime Cut Productions

Kate Arnold, freelance musician

Deborah Templeton, freelance writer

Richard Hasnip, Head of Performing Arts, Regents Theological College

Michael Cordner, Ken Dixon Professor of Drama, University of York

James Macpherson, Artistic Director, Artizani, freelance lecturer

Kate Brown, freelance director and writer

Kurt Taroff, Head of the School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast

Simon Murray, Theatre Studies, University of Glasgow

Daniel Tyler-McTighe, Director, Multilingual Performance Project, University of Oxford, Freelance theatre-maker

Nicola McCartney, playwright & dramaturg; Reader in Writing for Performance, University of Edinburgh

Megan Nolan, author and journalist

Ruth Cooper-Brown, Fight Director.

Corinne Silva, Artist

Robin Hellier, BADC Apprentice Teacher

John Britton, Artistic Director, DUENDE & The DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre

Paddy Cooper, Artistic Director, Dark Unicorn Productions Ltd

Eleanor Stourton, Executive Director, Dark Unicorn Productions Ltd

Caitlin Gleeson, theatre maker, facilitator and producer

Rishi Trikha, Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance, London Metropolitan University

Professor Gweno Williams, National Teaching Fellow, University of York

Dr Margaret Jackson-Roberts, singer and Council Member, National Early Music Association

James Loxley, Professor of Early Modern Literature, University of Edinburgh

Martin White, Emeritus Professor of Theatre, University of Bristol

Solen Fluzin, Project Manager (Development/Fundraising), Musicity

Greg Walker, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Edinburgh

John Keefe, Senior Lecturer & Academic Tutor, London Metropolitan University and dramaturg

Dr Gus Gowland, writer and lecturer

Max May, Chief Executive Officer, Rural Arts North Yorkshire

Geraldine Harris, Professor of Theatre, Lancaster University.

Elva Makins, Associate Lecturer Anglia Ruskin University & Freelance Director

Carien Meijer, Chief Executive, Drake Music

Jack Pinder, Freelance Voiceover

Francis Mezza, Actorf, Equity Young Members Committee.

Uta Kogelsberger, Professor of Cross Disciplinary Practice, Newcastle University and Freelance Visual Artist.

Sarah Gorman, Reader in Drama, Theatre & Performance, Roehampton University, London

Chris Hay, Freelance Production Manager

Becky Morris Knight, Artist and Freelance Arts Communications Consultant

Anders Morris Knight, Freelance Arts Consultant

Rebecca Todd, Actor

Stephen Gilchrist, Freelance Musician, Educator & Director of Brixton Hill Studios.

Sop, Artist

Professor Claire Cochrane, Professor of Theatre Studies, Worcester University

Dr. Sadie Harrison Freelance Composer/Educator/Chair of the Board of SOUNDWORLD

Carmen Bradford, Composer

Victoria Couper, Singer / Performer

Simon Cooke, Lecturer, English Literature, University of Edinburgh

Irene Revell, Curator/researcher

Mark Aerial Waller, Artist/researcher

Antonio Roberts, Artist

Xavier Ribas, Photographer

Michael Wilson, Professor of Drama and Head of Creative Arts, Loughborough University

Sally Rose, Freelance arts producer and Producer of CONTINUOUS Network

Syma Tariq, researcher, University of the Arts London

Keith Hughes, Lecturer, English Literature, University of Edinburgh

Dr Robert Marsden, Freelance Theatre Director and Associate Professor (Acting and Directing), Staffordshire University.

Luke Younger, Artist / Musician

Claire Llewellyn, Fight Director, Stage Combat Teacher

Ania Bas, Artist 

Francine Dulong, Freelance Theatre Artist, Teacher and Co-Artistic director of Blooming Ludus and BAGEL+BALLOON

Leon Clowes, freelance arts curator/creator

Lara Eggleton, freelance editor and writer

Sarah Taylor Silverwood, Artist

Alessandra Cianetti, performingborders Founder & Curator

Jamie Crewe, artist

Susan Bixley ARAM retired freelance musician

Reyhan Yusuf - Freelance musician

Frank Moon - freelance composer

Richard Speir - Freelance Theatre Director

Louise Pack - freelance film maker

Clare Summerskill - Playwright and performer

David Lefeber - Record Producer, Sound Engineer and Filmmaker

Sam Belinfante, artist and academic fellow at University of Leeds

Carole Jones, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Edinburgh

Chris Kirkwood. CEO Lincoln Drill Hall.

Grace Gelder - photographer & educator

Lu Williams, Artist and Founder of Grrrl Zine Fair

Jane Alexander, Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Edinburgh

Yvonne Carmichael, Director, South Square Centre, Bradford

Alex Parry - artist and educator

Chooc Ly Tan - Freelance artist, DJ and lecturer

Alison Barnes, Company Director / Musician, Licence to Ceilidh Ltd

Philippe Barnes, Company Director / Musician, Licence to Ceilidh Ltd

David McLeavy, Curator and Artistic Director

Victoria Davison, Operations Director, London Children’s Ballet

Cath Heinemeyer, postdoctoral researcher in theatre, York St John University

Gianna Bouchard, Senior Lecturer in Theatre, University of Birmingham

Tracy Crossley, Senior Lecturer in Performance, University of Salford.

Barry Gornell, freelance writer

Alex Neilson- musician and writer

Paul Jackson, freelance academic and musician

Amelia Hawk, Freelance artist & EOP and Public Programmer, Eastside Projects

Kate Cox - Freelance Producer & Curator/Clik Clik Collective/Cabinet of Lost Secrets

Astrid Breel, Impact Research Fellow at Bath Spa University and Associate of Coney

Arthur Swindells, sound engineer

Sadie Edginton - Freelance artist and researcher

Adam Aggiss - Freelance Musician & Educator

Lauren Velvick - Associate Creative Producer, Lancaster Arts and freelance artist/writer/curator

Kerry Harker - Co-founder, The Tetley/Founder and Artistic Director, East Leeds Project

Kim McAleese - Programme Director, Grand Union

Kate Macfarlane - Co-director, Drawing Room and trustee of Tannery Arts Studios

Dr Patrick James Errington, Poet & Early Career Researcher, University of Edinburgh

Andrew Bracey -Artist and Senior Lecturer at The University of Lincoln

Warren Harper, Director, the Old Waterworks

Professor Anna Furse, Goldsmiths, University of London

Frances Niall Black, Freelance Production Manager, Glasgow

Anneka French - Freelance writer, curator, artist

Katharine Hawnt, Singer & AHRC supported PhD student

Jimi Smith - Rehearsal Studio Manager & Recording Artist

Alasdair Roberts - musician

Tamara Tomicć-Vajagić, Senior Lecturer in Dance, Roehampton University

Hannah Putsey Roberts, General Manager, Hearts & Minds

Mike Cranny, Musician

Bern Plain - Company Director, Musicbox Studios, Cardiff

Dr Sian Rees, Lecturer in Acting & Performance, University for the Creative Arts

David Steans, Artist and Lecturer at Leeds Arts University

Céline Condorelli, Artist

Chris Alton, Artist

Paula McFetridge, Artistic Director, Kabosh

Dr Sophia Lycouris, Reader, University of Edinburgh

Dr Suzanne Trill, Senior Lecturer, English Literature, University of Edinburgh

Jeremy Birchall - Freelance Singer and Record Producer

Kaye Toland, Freelance Designer and Teaching Assistant, University of the Arts London

Nicki Wells - Singer Songwriter Composer, London

Emma Bailey, performance designer for theatre and dance, London

Peter Bonnell, Senior Curator, QUAD, Derby

Mathew Parkin, Artist

Dr Sarah Cardwell Davies, freelance dance teacher & Honorary Researcher

Annette Corbett - Independent producer, fundraiser & coach

Eric appapoulay, Musician, songwriter, producer, London

Sheila de Val Madsen, PhD Researcher, Uni of Manchester

Radhika Aggarwal, Actor and facilitator, London

Colin Moncrieff, Performer, Glasgow

Nicola Shipley, Director, GRAIN Projects

Laurie Stras, Professor Emerita in Music, University of Southampton; Research Professor, University of Huddersfield; Co-Director, Musica Secreta

David Barnett, Professor of Theatre, University of York, and Executive Committee Member of SCUDD (the Standing Conference of University Drama Departments, the Drama, Theatre and Performance subject association for the UK)

Olga Taxidou, Professor of Drama and Performance Studies, University of Edinburgh

Lillian Wilkie, publisher and lecturer

Crispin Gray, Artist & Musician

Stephen Burke, Photographer & GRAIN Project Producer

Barry Sheppard, Theatre Manager and Producer (rtd), Vice-President The Society for Theatre Research

Rachel McMurray, Freelance Theatre Director and Applied Theatre Practitioner

Cory Shipp, Theatre Designer and Scenic Artist

Sean Read, Musician and Producer, Famous Times

George Tarbuck, Director, Edinburgh Lighting & Sound School / Lighting Designer

Elizabeth Howard, Freelance producer, performer and researcher

Amy Voris, Freelance dance artist, lecturer and researcher

Craig Ashley, Director, New Art West Midlands

John Slyce, writer and critic, Senior Tutor, Royal College of Art

Angharad Lee, Artistic Director of Leeway Productions, freelance director, lecturer at UWTSD

Caroline Kershaw, musician

Alex Mermikides, Doctoral Programme Leader, Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Ainslie Roddick ATLAS Arts

Karen Wood, Assistant Professor, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University and Associate Director of Birmingham Dance Network

Jane Deppa, on behalf of Grand Union Orchestra

Lily Hayward-Smith Research Assistance, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University

Robbie Synge, Artist

Tony Herrington, Publisher, The Wire magazine

Dr. Marie-Louise Crawley, Assistant Professor in Dance and Cultural Engagement, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University

Josephine Starte, Writer Performer

Sofia Martins-Gray, Visual Artist

Mark Anstey, Booking Agent, Unique Gravity

Rachel Colles - Performer, Clowndoctor & Co-Artistic Director of Dirliebane Theatre Company

Elisabeth Orion-Gray, Professor Emerita Carnegie-Mellon University USA

Del Mak - Freelance Choreographer, Movement Director, Dance Teacher & Judge

Frances Babbage, Professor of Theatre, University of Sheffield

Rob Parton, Freelance Producer and Fundraising Consultant Plugged/Amplify

George Boundy Mres - Marketing Officer, Marina Theatre Lowestoft

Michelle Man, Senior Lecturer in Dance

Paul Hegarty, Teacher, Actor and Theatre Director

Colette Hansford, Executive Producer, Hofesh Shechter Company

Fiona Millward, Dance Artist

Sarah Beddington, Artist and Filmmaker

Maria Delgado, Professor and Director of Research, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Jo Stendall, Executive Director,  Boy Blue

Patrick Staff, artist

Sophie Cooper, Creative Producer

Rachel Gomme, artist and researcher

Jack Knowles, Lighting Designer

Carl Dunnington, Head of Drama, Poole Grammar School

Andrew Joshi, Actor

Adam Perry, Musician

Jason Perry, Record Producer, Musician

Felicity Riddy, Emerita Professor of English, University of York

Howard Loxton, theatre critic

Sarah Wishart, artist and researcher

Nathan Clark, Promoter and Director, Brudenell Social Club

Trevor Baines, Freelance Sound Engineer

Duncan Tulloch, Touring Sound Engineer

George Holmes, Promoter & Booker, This Feeling

Wendy James, Musician, Transvision Vamp

Lisa Lovebucket, Playwright, Artist in Residence

Sarah McWatt, Director, NYMAZ

William Russell, freelance theatre critic

Carolyn Deby, Artist/director, sirenscrossing

Tina Carter, Circus Practitioner & Researcher, Airhedz Aerial Training

Sarah Weston, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance

Anna Meadmore, Dance Historian and Lecturer

Tina Ellen Lee Artistic Director Opera Circus

Sarah Bartley, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance, Queen Mary University of London

Robert Golden Photographer and Documentary Film maker

Cara Dillon, Singer, co-owner Charcoal Records

Sam Lakeman, Musician, Record Producer, co-owner Charcoal Records

Giulia Casalini, independent curator and PhD, Roehampton University

Rebecca Kemp, Tour Manager, On Tour Logistics

Gail Cooke, Booking Agent, Laughing Dog Music

Edward Black, Producer, Session Guitarist & Guitar Tutor

Josephine Berry, writer and Research Tutor, Royal College of Art

Robbie Knight, Musician, Community Music Teacher

Steve Beresford, musician and lecturer at LCC, University of the Arts London.

Dr Blanca Regina, artist, curator, educator. Lecturer at University of Kent.

Morna Young, Playwright

Fiona Grady, Freelance Artist

Rachel Barker, Musician/Artist

John McCann, Playwright, Co-chair Scottish Society of Playwrights

Clio Unger. PhD Candidate and VIsiting Lecturer at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Dr Sara Reed Associate Professor of Dance Coventry University and Co- Chair of Independent Dance

Elaine Mitchener, Vocal-Movement Artist and Visiting Professor of Composition Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Isolde Freeth-Hale, Musician / Teacher / Musical Director

Alex Fthenakis, Freelance Performer, Producer, and Director

Peter Arnott, Playwright

Linda Duncan McLaughlin, Writer and Actor, Co-Chair, Scottish Society of Playwrights

Andrew Bick, Artist, Director, Tannery Arts

Stephanie May, Music Programmer/Producer

Melanie Manchot, Artist

Carey Young, artist

Chrissy Kinsella, Chief Executive, London Music Fund

Anna Fox, Professor of Photography, University for the Creative Arts

Sarah Pickering, Artist and lecturer

Alice Channer, artist

Indy Vidyalankara, Founder/Director, Indypendent PR

Marianna Simnett, artist

Simon Holland - sound engineer

Bettina von Zwehl, Artist

Sally Peerless, dancer, singer and musician

Gemma Hood, Freelance TV Assistant Producer

Liz Carruthers, Freelance Theatre Director and Lecturer

G.R Greer, Playwright

Andy McGregor, playwright, composer and director

Cameron Forbes, Playwright and Drama Teacher

John Carnegie, Theatre Director

Dr Michael Dempster - Scots writer and theatremaker

Brian Dillon, freelance writer and Professor of Creative Writing, QMUL

Abi Bliss, freelance writer and editor

George Gunn, poet and playwright

Gemma McAdam, Freelancer, Sound Recordist/Designer

Ishbel McFarlane, freelance theatre maker, writer and performer

Skye Loneragan, freelance writer/performer

Frances Kearney, Artist & owner of The Studio Bed and Breakfast, Cley next the Sea

Ian Low, Playwright 

Ian Brown, playwright and poet

Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir, director and playwright

Alastair Cording, freelance actor, playwright and director

Rajha Shakiry, Freelance Performance Designer and Scenographer

Max Jones, Freelance Production Designer.

Cassandra Layton, Artist

Alasdair Satchel, Theatre and Filmmaker

Judy Price, Artist and Academic

Eve Nicol, freelance playwright and director

Dan Rebellato, Playwright and Professor of Contemporary Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London

Kamila Kuc, artist and academic

Nelly Kelly, playwright and performer

Astrid Schmetterling, Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London

Sarah Carpenter, Reader in English Literature, University of Edinburgh

Ruth Novaczek, artist and academic

Katie Beswick, Senior Lecturer in Drama, University of Exeter

Jessica Cottis, conductor

Merryn Glover, writer

Clare Strand, artist

Tristan Bryant, Booking Agent and Tour Manager

Isabel Wright, playwright

Adam Falkner, musician

Chloe Shrimpton, Producer

Ren Renwick, CEO, Association of Illustrators

Neil McPherson, Artistic Director, Finborough Theatre

Bobby Baker, Artistic Director Daily Life Ltd

Adele Thomas Opera Director

Richard Whitelaw, Chair of Trustees, Marsden Jazz Festival

Lola May, Actress

Alannah Chance, Radio Producer

Johnny McKnight, Playwright, Director, Writer

April Chamberlain, Producer, Director

Holly Fulton, Designer

Claudia Molitor, Composer

Anna Fleischle, Set and Costume Designer

Laura Bettinson, music producer/DJ, lau.ra / FEMME / Ultraísta

Mikko Gordon, music producer

Jane Hartshorn, PhD Researcher, University of Kent

Paul Smith, musician & singer with Maximo Park

Hannah Starkey, Artist

Davis Wilkie - Musical Instrument Technician

Bethan Clark, Fight Director and Stage Combat Instructor

Nicholas Arnold, National Professor Emeritus of Cultural Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University

Madeleine Girling, Set & Costume Designer

Louise Fedotov-Clements, Artistic Director of QUAD / Director of FORMAT

Amy Conway, Freelance Theatre Maker, Actor & Playwright

Alex Lipitch, freelance actor

James Birchall, Director, Fuse Art Space / CAMP

Elizabeth Holden  Retired Senior Lecturer in Music Education

Lynsey Murrell, actor, voice artist

Markus Hansen, Artist

Nathan James Dearden, Composer, Conductor, Visiting Lecturer in Music Composition at Royal Holloway University of London

Louise Brodie, Community Artist and Project Manager

Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Composer

Eduard Solaz, Director, IKLECTIK, London

Isa Ferri, Sound Engineer, IKLECTIK, London

Judith Robinson, Head of Education, Sound and Music

Katrina Lindsay, Freelance Set & Costume Designer.

Karl Collins, Freelance, Actor

Jacqueline Boatswain, Freelance Actor

Beth Morton, Freelance Director, Theatre Maker & Dramaturg

Sarah Nicolls, Pianist, Composer, Piano re-inventor

Vanda Playford, Artist

Dr Stephen Wilson, Theorist, Writer & Senior Lecturer, University of the Arts London

Richard Squires, artist and joint course leader, BA Filmmaking, Kingston University

Tony Lidington, artistic director, Promenade Promotions (Prom-Prom) Limited

Hannah Turner-Duffin, Artist and educator

Daniel Easton, Freelance, Actor

Katie Ann Smith, Head of Museums & Arts Consultant

Gregory Sigston, Picture Editor and Photographer

Dr John Butcher, Musician / composer

Steve Mead, Artistic Director/CEO, Manchester Jazz Festival

Staff (Niamh Flanagan, Orla McGrady, Molly Rose Street and Kieran Lambe) & Board of Theatre and Dance NI

Lewis Hetherington, Playwright and Director

Freya Hellier, Freelance Radio Producer

Dr. Hilda Paredes, composer

John Harris, Chief Executive, Red Note Ensemble Ltd

Jennifer Phillips, Producer, Starcatchers

Bela Emerson, co-director Open Strings Music

Amber Priestley, composer (self-employed)

Sandy Thomson, Artistic Director, Poorboy

James Dillon, composer, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota

Jake Stewart, The Rogue Curator

James Saunders, composer and Professor of Music, Bath Spa University

Joanne Masding, artist

Marina Perryman, Resonate Creative CIC

Charlotte Almond, Brighton Counselling Collective

Uriel Orlow, visual artist and lecturer

Rachel Briscoe, Creative Director, Fast Familiar

Christiane Monarchi, Founder, Photomonitor

David Farrier, University of Edinburgh

Robyn Jancovich-Brown, Freelance Producer & Arts Project Manager

Alex Menzies, Music

Jo White, Freelance Musician in Healthcare and Programme Manager

Rachel Baynton, Lecturer - CEP, University of Lincoln & Co-Artistic Director, Proto-type Theater

Jemima Levick, Artistic Director and CEO, Stellar Quines Theatre Company

Sarah Brown - Freelance Lighting Programmer

Lewis Bush - photographer, course leader documentary photography, University of the Arts London

Kathy Hinde - Freeland Artist & Composer / Cryptic Artist / BEEF Artist

Dr Liz Dilnot Johnson - Composer and Director

Miriam Gamble, Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Edinburgh

Anna Dolphin, Arts Educator, Music in Healthcare Practitioner

Liselle Terret, Senior Lecturer in Socially Engaged Performance at University of East London

Andrew Westerside, Associate Professor of Theatre, University of Lincoln & Co-Artistic Director, Proto-type Theater

Owen McCafferty, Playwright

Prince Laryea, Executive Producer, Avant Garde Dance

Tony Adigun, Artistic Director, Avant Garde Dance

Christopher O’Gorman, Classical tenor, York Minster/Freelance

Paul Burger - SohoArtists / Hipgnosis Songs Fund Ltd

Andy Edwards, Playwright & Dramaturg, Freelance

Naomi Pinnock, Composer

David Stone, Freelance Lighting Technician

Martin Collins, Executive Director & Producer, Russell Maliphant Dance Company

Judith Walsh, General Manager, Starcatchers

Dr Rachelle Viader Knowles, Head of International, Arts and Humanities, Manchester Met Uni

Len Dolphin, Private Piano Tutor, Member of Incorporated Society of Musicians

Sam Waddington, Freelance Lighting Designer

Ben Jacobs, Freelance Lighting Designer

Sabine LemaÎtre - Freelance Costume Design Supervisor

Daniel Easton - Freelance Actor

Bex Anson Director MHz Scenography

Faye Wilkinson, Content Producer

Maisie Chan, Children’s Author

Andre Fry - Freelance Musician / Tutor

Stephanie Pogson, Artist, Freelance Producer & Arts Project Manager

Noriko Kawai, pianist

Cherry Smyth, poet and art writer

Peter Mackay, Writer and Lecturer in Literature, University of St Andrews

Matthew Somerville, Freelance Lighting and Video Engineer / Programmer

Sam Haddow, Lecturer in drama, University of St Andrews

Heidi Talbot, musician

Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, Writer, Singer and Broadcaster

Professor Pete Stollery, Composer, Chair of sound

Fiona Robertson, Director of Sound Scotland

Lynda Radley, Playwright

Martel Ollerenshaw, Creative Producer, Arts & Parts

Louise Oliver, Actress and Creative Producer

Andrew Burke, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, London Sinfonietta

Zinnie Harris, Playwright and Director

Velenzia Spearpoint, Artistic Director, Bread & Roses Theatre

Katja Armknecht, General Manager, Red Note Ensemble

Lola de la Mata, Freelance Composer, Artist, Curator

Beatrice Banionyte, Freelance Production electrician

Alasdair Campbell, Director, AC Projects, Artistic Director, Counterflows Festival

David Papp, radio producer

Patricia ONeill, Make Up Artist & Consultant

Alex Ramsden, Freelance Video & Lighting Engineer

Lily Markiewicz, Freelance Film Editor and Filmmaker

Caroline Trevor, Freelance singer

Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Artistic Director, The Riot Ensemble

Sarah Gabriel, Singer, Writer, Actor

Nicola Jefferies, Assistant Producer in Television

Mim Spencer. Freelance Production Electrician

Josh Alward, filmmaker, writer and actor

Eilidh McCormick, Actor, Director and Teacher

Philip Thomas, Pianist, Professor of Performance, University of Huddersfield

Ivo Neame, Composer, Professor of Jazz Piano, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Ella Finer, writer/researcher

Georgia Tatò, Writer, Director, Freelancer

Heather Pearson, Writer & Editor

Sonali Joshi, Founder & Curator, Day for Night Film & Visual Arts Ltd

Natasha Jenkins, Freelance Designer for Theatre, Film and Television

Nate Gibson, Freelance Designer for Opera and Theatre

Jessica Denning, Admin and Studios Manager, Artsadmin

Margareta Kern, Artist, Lecturer

Luke Perry, Public Artist

Lori Blackburn, Teacher

Katherine Leedale, Photographer, artist and workshop facilitator

Jessica Regan, Actor

Carole Edrich, Founder of DanceGRiST and photodramaturg

Emily Hall, Composer

Marc Dunleavy, Freelance Creative Producer & Project Manager

NIck Moran, Senior Lecturer in Performance Design, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

Polly Frame, Performer

Carrie Quinlan, Actor & writer
Elin Morgan, PR Director, Mobius Industries

Eleanor Ward, Freelance Creative Producer

Alex MacLaren, Director, the Spontaneity Shop

Lou Barnell- Composer/ Artist/ Director Spitalfields Music

Dr Martin Welton, Reader in Theatre and Performance, Queen Mary University of London

Mary Farbrother, Cinematographer

Natalie Melton, Creative Director, Crafts Council

Josephine Burton, Artistic Director, Dash Arts

Joe Douglas, Artistic Director, Live Theatre

Kate Lane, Artist & Senior Lecturer, Central Saint Martins

Sarah Blanc, Performer, Choreographer and Artistic Director Moxie Brawl

Richard Williams, Theatre and Opera director

John Dorney, Writer and Actor

Catrin Aaron, Actor

Anna Harding, Chief Executive, SPACE

Deborah Robinson, Head of Exhibitions, The New Art Gallery Walsall

Erin McGee, Writer and Administrator for Stellar Quines Theatre Company

Monique Ricketts, Consultancy Projects Manager, The Audience Agency

Zoe Caldwell, Freelance General Manager/Company Manager

Deborah Robinson, Head of Exhibitions, The New Art Gallery Walsall
Nandita Lovage, Creative Producer / Educator

Molly Taylor, Playwright

Fiona Long, Artist and Studio Manager at Tannery Arts

katie Boag dance artist

Hannah Edie, teacher

Emma Meehan, Assistant Professor in Dance, Coventry University

Rachel Hendry, Project Coordinator, Cryptic

Kate Bulpitt, writer

Yvonne Murphy, Freelance Theatre Director, Producer & Founder of Omidaze Productions

Carolyn Saunders, Freelance writer/director

Josh Anio Grigg, Artist and Sound Designer

Ella Mesma, Freelance Choreographer and artist,

Sandra Chalmers, Senior Agent, Shepherd Management

Archie Bell, Artist, Lecturer and Exhibition project manager at Sam Forster

Catherine Dyson, Writer and Performer

Róise Goan, Artistic Director and Deborah Chadbourn, Executive Director, Artsadmin.

Nick Paton, Artist

Professor Carole-Anne Upton, PVC/Executive Dean of Arts and Creative Industries, Middlesex University

Ana Teles, Artist and Researcher, University of the Arts London

Sarah Ford, Freelance Acting Teacher, Actress, Voice Actress

Jo Royce, Executive Director, Candoco Dance Company

Caroline Goodall, Actress, Writer, Producer

Mafalda Dâmaso, Lecturer, King’s College London

Dr Pamela Barnes, Programme Leader BA Acting, University of Chester

Charlene Sandy, Artist and Programme Manager, Adults and Community, Cubitt
Eleanor Bedlow, Artist

Vickie Fear, Curator/Programme Manager, Aspex

Shelagh McLeod. Actor/ Writer/ Director

Luke Turner, writer & co-founder, The Quietus

Erica Love, CEO Culture Central.

Emily Macaulay, graphic designer, bookbinder and printer

Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions, The Photographers’ Gallery

Curtis James, Chair, Brighton People’s Theatre

Gurvinder Bans, Project Manager, Counting What Counts

John Knell, Director, Counting What Counts

Sam Nicholls, Director, Music:Leeds and Senior Lecturer in Music Industries, Leeds Beckett University

Gemma Mcginley, Writer

Fiona Skinner, Actor

Laura Guy, Writer and curator

Lou Stoppard, Writer and Curator

Gavin Wade, Artist-Curator, Director, Eastside Projects

Annette Badland Actress

John Doran, Co-founder and Editor of The Quietus

Holly-Jane Shears, Musician and Morris dancer

Nick Mumford, Freelance Production Electrician

Rhea Lewis, Producer, Stellar Quines Theatre Company, Co-Director Project X Dance

Yael Roberts, artist

Marie McPartlin, Director of Studios and Producing, Somerset House

Anna Braithwaite - Freelance composer and performer

Diane Stewart, Playwright

Julie Tsang, Playwright

Michelle Rolfe, Producer

Matt Williams, Public Programme Curator, Camden Art Centre

Heike Roms, Professor in Theatre and Performance, University of Exeter

Charlotte Procter, Collection Manager, LUX

Paul Hamlyn, Artist

Meg Rosoff, Writer FRS

Callum Madge - Engagement Manager, Birds of Paradise Theatre Company

Amble Skuse, Composer

Ashanti Harris, Artist and Co-Director of Project X Dance CIC

Emma Jones, Lighting Designer and Production Manager

Christopher Daniel, Performance Designer & Theatre Architect, Polysemic Ltd

Catherine Manson, performing musician

Jeda Pearl Lewis, writer and Programme Manager for the Scottish BAME Writers Network

Helen Eragona, freelance theatre marketing manager

Raff Eragona, musician

Katherine Rundell, writer, Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford

Victoria Johnson, Artists and Head of Digital and Audience Engagement, Sound and Music

Timothy Hyman RA Painter and Writer

Lucy Steggals, Artist

Gregory Burke, Playwright/Screenwriter.

Eric Hoeprich, performing musician

Joanna Kavenna, writer

Panos Chavatzas, Painter

Philippa Cross, General Manager, Talking Birds Theatre Company

Hendrik Wittkopf, painter

Louise Gilmour-Wills, Producer, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company

David Henckel - Artist

Glen Luchford, Photographer

Kathryn Smith, Performer and workshop leader, Founder of Curiosa and The Embodied Voice

Crispin Hunt, Songwriter, Producer and Chair of The Ivors Academy

Graham Davies, Chief Executive, The Ivors Academy

Jeremy Avis: singer, choral director , producer @ Goal-mouth: bringing people together in song.

Dr Natasha Davis - artist, producer, lecturer

Sally Gardner, writer
David Benedict, writer

Amy Zamarripa Solis, Director, This Too Is Real

Amanda Craig, Novelist

Alec FInlay, poet & artist

Roger Tredre, course leader, Central Saint Martins

Ever Dundas, Author

Lewis Ronald, artist

Nell Leyshon, writer, Deputy Chair Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Graham Dunning, artist, musician, tutor

John Harries, musician and Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London

Terence Blacker, writer

Paula Orrell, CVAN Contemporary Visual Art Network and VASW Visual Art South West

Gill Robertson, Artistic Director, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company

Rebecca DeWald, translator and Cove Park Literature Programme Producer

Matt Nightingale, producer

Rose Copsey, Freelancer & Artist

Jobina Tinnemans, composer

Amy Clamp, General Manager at Beatfreeks

Dr Nicola Singh, Artist & Teaching Fellow (Leeds University)

Conny Prantera, Freelancer & Artist

Catherine Hemelryk, Director, CCA Derry~Londonderry

Francesca Simon, writer

Benjamin Deakin, Artist

Maeve Redmond, freelance graphic designer

Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Creative Director & Chief Executive, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland

Louise Gregory, Freelance Lighting Designer & Production Manager

Emma McKee, General Manager, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland

Joe Scotland, Director, Studio Voltaire

Dr Jorge Crecis, freelance choreographer

Jenny Sturgeon, musician

Rosie Clarke, arts marketer

Jen McGinley, Set & Costume Designer

Paul Hobson, Director, Modern Art Oxford

Tristan Hunt, freelance music biz dev professional

Natasha Plowright, Director of Communications, The Photographers’ Gallery

Nous Vous Collective, (Nicolas Burrows, Jason Cover and William Luz) artists and educators

Laura Reid, Composer

Elizabeth Hawley-Lingham, Director, Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands

Alex Merry, freelance illustrator.

Simon McBurney, Artistic Director and Polly Gifford, Executive Director, Complicité

Amanda Craig, Novelist

Laura Simpson, Director, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Robert S Gale - Artistic Director, Birds of Paradise Theatre Company

Angela Bartram, artist and Professor of Contemporary Art at University of Derby

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians

Mariem Omari, Writer and Artistic Director, Bijli Productions

Alex Groves, Composer

Patrick Barrett, Junior Chorus Director at Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Alice McCabe, Floral Artist

Kate Adams. Artist Director & CEO Project Art Works

Sam Lee - Singer, music producer and Artistic Director of The Nest Collective

Jessica Blackstone - Executive Director, The Nest Collective

Henry Redwood - Lecturer, King’s College London

Yvonne Eddy, Freelance Singer

Frederic Wake-Walker, Artistic Director Mahogany Opera

Ally Rosser. Executive Manager, Mahogany Opera

Matt Adams, Blast Theory

Nicola Solomon - Chief Executive, Society of Authors

 

 

Appendix IV

ExcludedUK - Mission Statement

ExcludedUK is a newly formed non-profit NGO and serves as a collective platform for those entirely or largely excluded from the UK Government's Covid-19 financial support measures. ExcludedUK was established on the founding principles of inclusivity, resilience and empowerment.

 

Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown has presented the most unforeseen challenges to many individuals and businesses across the UK. While government support packages have provided much needed support for many, there remain some 3 million taxpayers, that’s 10% of the UK workforce, who find themselves left out and left behind, leaving gaping holes within these measures.

 

From those in between jobs or due to start new jobs after 19 March, the newly self-employed and new businesses, the self-employed with either low or +£50k net profits, those in less than 50% self-employment, those on parental leave, those on PAYE freelance short-term contracts, low investment startups, small limited company owner-directors, businesses ineligible for grants… The list goes on.

 

The residual effect – livelihoods are stake, businesses risk folding or may have folded already. We are part of the fabric of our communities and are being shaken to the core. Many individuals have been on extremely low to no income for the last 2 months. And while many businesses have been forced to cease operations temporarily or operate at a vastly reduced level in our fight against the pandemic, we need to be in the best shape possible to emerge from this crisis.

 

ExcludedUK is a rapidly growing organisation and an inclusive community, representing a broad spectrum of individuals and businesses, but all sharing one common thread: we are excluded.

 

We all want to play our role in helping the economy recover. However, in order to so, we all need support to reach the other side, as individuals and as businesses, and to have the opportunity to be able thrive.

 

As an organisation we will play a crucial role in facilitating support and assistance on multiple levels, both for now and into the future. The wider effects of the pandemic may be far-reaching and long-lasting and our efforts will continue to provide broader help and support on a multitude of levels.

 

Our aim is to build a stronger platform, raise awareness, lobby for support, raise funds for legal challenges and help enable the changes that are needed for those excluded. Most importantly, our hope is that our efforts can help propel affected individuals and businesses forward in the face of adversity resulting from Covid-19 and being excluded from Government support, while equally ensuring we are all able to help each other emerge from this crisis.

 

 

Background

ExcludedUK was formed in early May 2020 and registered as a Community Interest Company with three founding directors, Sonali Joshi, Anneka Hicks and Aron Padley, in response to the financial challenges faced by individuals and businesses in light of the lack of government Covid-19 support.

 

All three directors are small business owners affected adversely by lack of meaningful government Covid-19 financial support. Having come together through an earlier campaign, Sonali, Anneka and Aron coalesced around the idea of creating a platform that could operate as a support mechanism and a wider movement for a community of individuals and businesses entirely or largely excluded from the Government’s support packages through no fault of their own. While ExcludedUK is not positioned as a campaign as such, the aim was to become a platform that could serve to amplify the voices of a diverse range of groups campaigning for parity in support and not to be left behind at this critical time.

 

Sonali, Anneka and Aron were all too aware that the issues they face as small business owners are part of a far broader and starker picture, and were themselves further affected through the issues facing their freelancers and employees, some of whom also finding themselves excluded from government support. They therefore felt that an inclusive platform of this nature could add to the existing campaigns by also illustrating the interconnectedness of the issues and this broader picture.

 

Sonali leads on policy and communications, Anneka on marketing and technology, and Aron on community engagement and social media, while all three are involved in building a range of partnerships across industry, the charity sector and fundraising.

 

At its heart, ExcludedUK is a community-driven platform, while the team behind the organisation seek to drive the agenda forward by instilling positivity and enabling empowerment to reach the other side of Covid-19 and beyond for what is estimated to be 3 million, equating to 10% of the UK workforce.

 

In essence, ExcludedUK is positioned as an enabler and collaborator, to signpost towards resources, engage with national and regional press and media, communicate the concerns of those excluded and wider messaging around the issues they face to relevant Parliamentary bodies and MPs and maintaining dialogue with them as well as with industry bodies. ExcludedUK was also set up with the clear purpose of seeking to offer hardships grants for those most in need, further to planned fundraising activities, seeking higher level sponsorship and applying for relevant public funding and grants as a non-profit organisation in due course.

 

 


[1] http://www.day-for-night.org/blog/

[2] https://www.excludeduk.org/blog/excludeduk-respond-to-rishi-sunaks-remarks-on-the-3-million-excluded-from-support

[3] https://www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/news/press-release-cultural-catastrophe-over-400000-creative-jobs-could-be-lost-projected-economic