Scottish freelancers are set to benefit from a £700,000 fund to compensate for loss of income due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Applications have opened for Screen Scotland's Screen Hardship Fund, which is open to sole traders, PAYE freelancers and, for the first time, those operating under a personal service company structure.
It is offering up to £2,000 to individuals facing hardship in the following creative areas:
- development, production or post-production for film or television – scripted or unscripted, live-action or animation
- film exhibition
- talent and skills development
- film education
- commercial practitioners (such as those who produce commercials, corporate videos or music videos)
- professional photographers
The pot is part of the Scottish government's £59 million emergency funding package and follows the £1.5m Screen Scotland Bursary, announced in March. Bectu will work with Screen Scotland to assess requests for the grants.
Bectu Scottish officer Paul McManus said: “Without our freelance workforce there is no screen industry in Scotland and at a time when those freelancers face immense financial challenges, it is extremely welcome to see this additional support being delivered by Screen Scotland with the support of the Scottish government.”