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Scottish Live Events Network's weekly catch up - Friday 5th March 2021

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

It's been a busy couple of weeks for the SLEN committee. With the Event Industry Support Fund 2, Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund, SEISS and the budget we have been doing our best to keep everyone reliably informed.

SEISS 4 Explainer:

We have put together an SEISS 4 Explainer document which we will keep updated as any changes come through.

The information is correct as of 5th March 2021 but does not constitute financial advice, it is subject to change. If in doubt you should consult an accountant, financial advisor or HMRC.

We hope however that the explainer goes some way to combining all the information out there and links to all the sources so people can be as informed as possible.

We are working towards adding some example scenarios in the explainer and are happy if anyone wants to ask questions or offer circumstances we haven't already explained.

The Budget:

Our statement on the budget can be found here: The Branch welcomes some of the announcements but there is still a long way to go to address the inequalities in financial support across our sector.

Rate Card Working Group:

Our rate card working group will meet for the first time properly next week. If you are a member and are interested please head over to doodle and see when suits you to meet. We need as much input for as far across the live events spectrum as possible so please consider being involved. SLEN rate card working group link Equalities Working Group:

Our Equalities Officer Melanie will be heading up a working group to formalise our equalities statement and build our branch framework. Again we encourage our members to get involved in this important project. Please head over and let us know your availability.

Creative Freelancers Hardship Fund:

The Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers and The Screen Scotland Hardship Fund have reopened for applications. Creative Scotland have temporarily paused applications for as they have had a really high demand and have reached 80% of funds requested. They have paused to allow extra time for applicants with additional needs, and who may need longer to apply, to submit their applications but they will be reopening for applications on the 15th March at 2pm. There is a total of £9 million available between the 2 funds. New applicants will need to submit a CV (Curriculum Vitae) or a biography of yourself and your work.

The fund is open to both new and previous applicants and you can apply for up to £2,000 through the online application portal from 2pm on the 15th March.

Stay safe,


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