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Last updated on 1 June 2020 at 15:10

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Watch live streams of our last two events on YouTube: Works Ahead 2020 — White Sun by Will Dickie (from 22 May) and OREO: variations by Tania Camara (from 1 May).
Our Spring season has come to a close and we’ll soon be announcing new events for Summer.

Find other things to see or do online in our latest Weekly Warning signpost to performance, complemented by the following list:
Ben Kulvichit’s Quarantine performance blog post — an evolving diary of streams + recordings of shows to see online.
Company Chameleon’s Theatre Thursdays — weekly opportunities to see one of their dance theatre productions.
Everyday Moments by Hofesh Schecter / Fuel — podcast designed to be listened to alone in a dark space; an invitation to move without inhibition (until 1 July).
Exeunt Magazine’s resources — includes “Where to watch theatre for free online” (regular updates).
Fierce Festival 2019 The Movie — highlights from the 2019 edition; Fierce also have some Lockdown Viewing Tips.
Forest Fringe’s Paper Stages 2020 — a series of performances initiated by FF artists for you to complete in the comfort of your own home (free to download).
Forest Fringe TV — each Thursday FFTV presents something to watch or participate in (free, donations welcome).
HOME’s Great theatre you can watch at home — things to watch online for free (regular updates).
HOME’s digital channel — includes their Homemaker commissions to watch online (regular updates).
imitating the dog’s watch page — fortnightly opportunities to see some of their previous show recordings online.
Live Stream Archive — a temporary digital archive of small-scale theatre + performance works (regular updates).
MIF Live — free livestreams incl. new Festival In My House commissions on Wednesdays, discussions + archive broadcasts from Mcr International Festival (regular updates).
NRLA30 — performances + recollections from the 30th National Review of Live Art.
Online Fringe Festival — free live streams: a range of professionally-filmed productions, from one-woman musicals to operas, dramas, stand-up comedy (daily updates).
Stay At Home Festival from The Cosmic Shambles Network — live streamed podcasts, mixed-bill comedy nights + conversations (daily updates).
Stay Live At Home from Perform Istanbul — live performances on Instagram (regular updates).
The Social Distancing Festival — live streamed global performance (regular updates).
The Wooster Group — watch shows from their archive (regular updates).
Theatre in the Mill’s Live Portal — a collation of creative events + opportunities (regular updates).
United We Stream GM — live music + performances by Greater Manchester artists most nights (info).
Unity Theatre’s What’s On(line) This Week — discover innovative performance by artists that feature in their programme (regularly updates).
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hÅb remains “open for business” and we continue to advise/support artists + freelancers in our sector where we can, signposting help below.


GM Artist Hub host free, private, 30 minute advisory sessions for artists + creative freelancers via Zoom or phone call on Mondays 10am-4pm, and Wednesdays 2pm-8pm.
 → Please sign-up if you want to chat through your creative ideas, or get some advice, or stay connected during isolation. In June they’ll begin a programme of group sessions.
 GM Artist Hub is a joint artist development project to support independent artists + freelance creatives across our city region — hÅb/Word of Warning are partners alongside Community Arts Northwest, Contact, HOME, Manchester International Festival, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, SICK! Festival, Sustained Theatre Up North, The Lowry, Waterside Arts & Creative Industries Trafford, Z-arts.
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• Arts Council England’s Covid-19 support fund for individuals + organisations outside their National Portfolio has closed; if you applied, please read this information.
• a-n Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund for freelance creative practitioners based in England + N.I. who work in all visual arts disciplines (d/l 18 Jun).
• United We Stream’s Solidarity Fund to help Greater Manchester’s cultural + night time industries: to apply you must be:
 either a Greater Manchester-based individual or freelancer working in the cultural or night time economy sectors,
 or applying on behalf of a Greater Manchester-based venue, bar, restaurant or cultural organisation.
 → Download their application form (excel spreadsheet) and email to: (no deadline).
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• Arts Council England’s Covid-19 support page includes advice/guidance on funds that government + other organisations have put in place, and other support.
• Arts Marketing Association (AMA)’s resources page — to support arts, culture + heritage professionals, organisations + freelancers.
• AMA also have a Coronavirus Support Facebook Group — for all arts, culture + heritage professionals who work to engage audiences.
• Arts Professional have a CovidCulture microsite — news + info plus resources, ideas + virtual events that could help you through the days ahead.
• Arts Professional’s guide to running online-only events.
• Exeunt Magazine’s Covid-19 Resources for UK Theatre page — an evolving collection of advice, resources + opportunities for our community.
• Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s new mental health services for people affected by social restrictions.
• Greater Mcr Combined Authority’s Culture team announce opportunities to help artists, freelancers + organisations at @GM_Culture.
• IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals + the Self Employed)’s Coronavirus page — what they’re doing + advice for freelancers + the self-employed.
• Live Art Development Agency (LADA)’s Covid-19 support + resources page — aims to gather information to support affected artists + arts workers.
• Live Art Development Agency’s Opportunities page — includes their new online open calls for Summer 2020.
Live Stream Archive + Live Streaming Arts Facebook group — expertise, information + advice on how to share live performance with, and connect to, audiences online.
Live Stream Archive — you can also share a recording of a performance to add to their temporary digital archive.
• Manchester International Festival’s Resources For Artists + Freelancers page.
• MIF’s Zoom drop in for artists + freelance creatives on Thursdays at 2pm — you can also join their facebook group.
• Money Saving Expert — Martin Lewis & his team have lots of useful information (regular updates).
• Paul Lewis Money’s blog on the coronavirus Self-employment Income Scheme (regular updates).
• Shape Arts’ twitter thread with resources for people working in the arts.
• Supercool’s blog on quick routes to live-streaming.
• The Centre for the Study of Media + Culture in Small Nations blog on making social-distancing live theatre + performance during the COVID-19 lockdown.
• The Space’s guide to live streaming for the arts by Jason Crouch — lo-fi and low cost options.
• UK Theatre + SOLT’s Theatre Support Information — advice/info about how + where you can access support from leading theatrical charities.
• Unlimited’s list of resources + information for disabled freelancers + artists also includes an opportunities section).
• Unlimited’s contingencies for COVID-19 page — info for supporting disabled artists + freelancers.
• Working Class Artist Group’s Opportunities Thread at @WCArtistGroup — funds + bursaries accepting applications (started 30 April, some deadlines may have passed). back to top