With the impact of Covid-19 having a profound impact on everyone’s professional lives, supporting the broadcast tech community has never been so important.

Don’t forget that Rise is here to help you. We have developed an online resources guide, to help you to navigate your way around the support and practical advice that’s out there for those of you struggling with work and financial issues. Additionally, we’ve signposted sources of support for your health and wellbeing. We have also partnered with IABM to develop series of ‘in conversation with’ webinars to help you stay connected during these difficult times.

Support and advice for individuals

Film & TV Charity COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

The Film and TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund has been created in partnership with the BFI. It is providing one-off grants from £500 to £2,500 to active workers in film, TV and cinema facing significant financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Closes 22 April. Read more

Creative Industries Federation

Collated advice and signposting support for those working in the creative industries. It is also currently offering free membership for freelancers Read more


Advice and information for employees and freelancers working in film and TV and workers in theatre, live events and the arts. Also includes hotline details for further guidance. Read more


ScreenSkills have developed a range of resources – from daily cuppa sessions with a mental health first aid trainer, through to online pilates and training. Read more

Government support and guidance

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses – from preventing the spread of the virus through to grant funding and statutory sick pay. Read more

HM Treasury Factsheet

Created on 18 March, this factsheet shares more information on how to access government financial support if you or your business has been affected by Covid-19. Download the HM Treasure Covid Factsheet

HMRC Hotline

If you run a business or are self-employed and are concerned about paying your tax due to coronavirus, you can call HMRC’s helpline for help and advice: 0800 0159 559. Read more

COVID-19: Ultimate Guide to Free Video Conferencing & Collaboration

UC Today provides a comprehensive guide to video conferencing. Read more

General Business advice and guidance

IABM Business Continuity

The IABM Business Continuity resource has collated regional resources, articles and news stories to help to prepare and execute a robust business continuity plan. Read more

Moore Kingston Smith

Moore Kingston Smith’s business continuity services support organisations and ensure they are prepared for the impact the Coronavirus might have on their operations and their people. Its website includes regular briefings in response to the changing situation. Read more

Enterprise Nation – support and advice

Enterprise Nation has produced a range of support for start-ups and SMEs, from a business survival guide webinar recording through to wide range of practical advice from getting invoices paid through to improving productivity when working at home – and much more. Read more

CIPD – Coronavirus factsheet

The CIPD’s Coronavirus factsheet gives employers practical advice and tips for supporting employees and developing flexible resourcing plans. Read more

Northern Ireland Screen

Practical advice for those working in the screen industries in Northern Ireland, but relevant info for broader audiences. Read more

Business and innovation funding

Business-led innovation in response to global disruption (de minimis) fund

Innovate UK has launched a new competition looking for business-led innovation in response to global disruption. UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £20m to respond to new and urgent needs in UK and global communities during and following the Covid-19 pandemic. Apply by 17 April

Get funding for ideas that address Covid-19

UKRI is looking to support short-term projects (12-18 months duration) addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak. They will fund up to 80% of the full economic cost of the project. Read more


A hub for ICAEW’s coronavirus crisis advice. Read more

Managing anxiety, health and wellbeing

Jessica Jones – holistic coaching

Holistic coach, Jessica Jones has opened up some slots for a number of free 60 minute phone calls for those struggling with anxiety in response to uncertainty triggered by the Covid-19 outbreak. Read more

The Indigo Project

A range of resources for managing anxiety. Read more

Anxiety playlists

Calm your anxiety with this soothing playlist. Read more


These apps can help with mindfulness, relaxation and well being. Find out more about:

Headspace | Calm | Breathe | Tiny Bubbles | #SelfCare

Online education and training

Whether it’s learning a new work-related skill or simply something to keep you occupied during lockdown, free online resources are great for your wellbeing today, and possibly for your career on a longer term basis. Free online courses can be found at:

ScreenSkills | OpenLearn | FutureLearn | BT Skills for Tomorrow