Support During Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic
Supporting Wasps tenants remains a priority for Wasps an organisation, and at this unprecedented time we are very aware that the constantly changing situations have left many of you in difficult positions.
Our Board and staff team are lobbying for support from the Government and other business support organisations to help not just Wasps but all of the people we support across our buildings. Our staff team continue to be on hand during office hours (Mon – Fri, 9.30 – 5.30) to respond to enquiries and support you as best we can. While you are not able to access your studio we have also provided some links and additional support information in this article that might be helpful for you to spend some time on developing your practice. This includes information on Wasps Own Art scheme to help you sell work and some digital marketing ideas.
Completing the Culture Counts survey will help the team to communicate the needs of the sector due to the impact of Covid-19, to decision-makers in government and in parliament. More information and the survey can be found here.
Resources: Business and Financial Support
There is a host of resources and schemes that have been set up to support artists, freelancers and creative organisations. We have listed a lot of these here.
You can find more information on Government support available for self-employed here.
You can find more information on Government support available for businesses here.
We advise you to contact your Local Authority or the relevant organisation with any questions relating specifically to the schemes available, but please know we are on hand to help with applications at any point.
Our Funding and Partnerships Manager, Claire English, is available by email or phone, and has a wealth of experience in completing grant applications such as this. You can contact Claire on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07384 116 381 if you would like some advice and/or support.
If you’re looking for advice about finances and employment rights we encourage you to contact your local Citizen’s Advice Scotland bureau who can give you guidance on the next steps to take.
Over the next three months SCA-N have arranged for members who are employers to access a free employers helpline from Lindsay's Solicitors. This is for employment law advice in respect of Coronavirus related matters, including furloughing and the Job Retention Scheme. Contact SCA-N for more information, here.
Wasps Support: Own Art
Over the next few weeks, we would like to roll out the Own Art scheme offer to all of our tenants to encourage sales to be made from your own studio. Own Art is a Creative United initiative designed to make it easy and affordable for everyone to own high quality contemporary art and craft. Own Art allows customers buying your work through Wasps to spread the cost across 10 months interest free. You, the artist, will have financial security using the scheme, receiving payment up front in full once the loan is processed. We have been using Own Art for a while now at exhibitions, events and fairs and it has been hugely successful in encouraging sales of artists’ work.
Should you wish to be able to offer Own Art to your customers, you will need to sign our artist agreement contract via this link. This link will also take you to important information about eligibility, processing and commission rates. You can find out more about the scheme here.
Wasps Support: Promotion
We would love to help you get the word out and promote your work on our social media channels, encouraging support of artists, freelancers and small businesses. If you have any work you would like to sell, or other income sources (such as online shops or webinars) from your practice that you would like to promote at this time then please send them over to us to promote on Wasps channels on your behalf. Please ensure that alongside images, you include links to social media pages and websites, or another way people can contact you. We can share these on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and hope to also promote via our website and e-newsletter in time. Please send to email@example.com with the subject line ‘Artist Promotion’.
Wasps Support: Artist Profile
We know a lot of you will be taking this time to assess the digital sides of your practices, editing websites etc. We’d love if you also did the same for the artist profiles page on our website. We have found that a lot of people come to this page looking for commissions or to buy artwork, so it can be of a big benefit to you. Please find attached guidance of what we require for your artist profile. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Artist Profile’.
Wasps Support: Your Websites and Social Media
For those of you who may be stepping into websites for the first time, Margaret and Tara in the Wasps Marketing team are available to offer advice and guidance on how to do so – please just get in touch. There are a number of platforms and services that make this process simple, including Squarespace and Wordpress. We can also help with social media and are on hand to answer any questions you might have to the best of our ability. If you’re just starting out, we recommend you use Business Gateway’s free online tutorial to give you a few ideas what social media platforms might work best for you, you can access this here. If you are not comfortable with websites and social media just now, the Wasps’ channels can be a good alternative, contact us by e-mail email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
In these anxious times, it is important to make sure you are taking time to look after yourselves. Mind have some great resources for taking care of your mental health, here.
A reminder that the current guidance is to Stay At Home where possible, and for the health and safety of you and others we encourage you to please follow this guidance. For more information please see The Scottish Government’s website here. NHS Scotland has set up a free helpline to give you advice if you do not have symptoms but are looking for general advice, you can contact them on: 0800 028 2816