Published: 18 March 2020
We know that the coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally changing the way we live our lives. It’s an anxious and upsetting time, and we are all trying to make sense of the situation and what is going to happen next.
We don’t have the answers, however the Axisweb team are determined to do what we can to support and help our members. We are all facing uncertainty and need to make adjustments to settle into a new way of working and living.
At Axisweb, we have moved to working from home. We won’t be able to answer the phone, but will be available on email and social media. We are also looking at fast tracking plans to bring in a number of new tools and platforms to encourage openness, collaboration and individual conversation while online.
Introducing a Hardship Fund
In light of the financial uncertainty many artists will face, we have decided to revise our awards and commissions programme.
Any member experiencing financial hardship is eligible to apply. We won’t ask you to explain why, but please apply only if you need the money. This is for members that are facing significant financial hardship and who are unable to work, disabled, a carer, on low income or freelance.
We will do our utmost to support vulnerable artists during this challenging period and take your input into consideration on how best to act. We will post where to apply within the next few days, and we ensure that our members will be the first to know.
How much is available?
In this first phase we are making a fund of £5,000 available. We are thinking of 50 x £100 awards decided on a lottery basis (this is how we have run a similar initiative in the past).
Any member in receipt of this award won’t have to repay any money.
Applying to this Hardship Fund is by no means shameful or embarrassing, and is simply our way to try and offer those in need of support at a difficult time.
Our intention is to make them available in the next few days. We will share the news with our members first.
Let us know what you think
We are looking at other ways to offer support to members during this difficult and unprecedented period. As a charity we have to come to terms with a new ways of working in these uncertain times, so please be patient with us.
We are open to suggestions about how else we could run the Hardship Fund or if you have any other suggestions on how to support each other please get in touch via [email protected] or fill out this short survey we have created here >
Stay safe and well.
Becca, Harlan, Jules, Kelly, Lucy and Mark
The Axisweb Team