New fund unveiled for freelancers

Freelancers working in the cultural and creative sectors in Wales will be able to apply for their share of a multimillion-pound fund targeted specifically at those in the freelance sector hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic.   

The £7m fund, which opens for applications on Monday 5 October, allows individuals to apply for a £2,500 grant and will be open to freelancers in the sub sectors of arts, creative industries, arts and heritage events, culture and heritage, whose work has direct creative/cultural outcomes.

Deputy culture minister Lord Elis-Thomas said: “The freelance sector is such an important part of the Welsh economy – with a significant number of freelancers working in the cultural and creative sectors.  I’m delighted that we’re able to provide support – to sustain our freelancers during this difficult period and acknowledge the contribution made by these individuals to the economy, our communities and the cultural and creative sectors in Wales.”

In further support of the freelance sector, the Welsh Government is working on a Freelancer’ Pledge, which is a first for the UK.

The Well-being of Future Generations Act requires public bodies in Wales to contribute towards culture and thriving Welsh language as well as think about the long-term impact of their decisions, to work better with people, communities and each other.  The Freelancer Pledge presents an opportunity for creative freelancers and public services to forge a partnership to achieve this and for freelancers to use their skills to bring creativity and imagination to areas of public life.

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