Dorset-based artists can apply for an emergency grant as they face hard times during the pandemic.

Funds are being raised for hard-up artists through a Crowdfunder campaign put together by b-side, which hosts a biennial festival on Portland, and other Dorset arts organisations.

Help is desperately needed, b-side's Molly Scarborough says, because theatres, galleries, cinemas and music venues are remaining closed even as lockdown eases. Outdoor festivals and gatherings have also been cancelled or postponed until next year.

She added: "Many freelance artists are not covered by existing financial aid packages because they are not supported by public funding, are too commercial, don't have premises, or haven't been trading or long enough to make a claim, yet they still have to pay for essential living costs. This fund is to help balance cash flow when money is tight and tide people over until they can get further support."

The fund is for all Dorset-based artists, including (but not limited to) visual artists, musicians, comedians, performers, directors, actors, writers, filmmakers, theatre makers, producers, curators, clowns.

To apply artists must be aged 18 or over, have a bank account and be unable to pay for essential living costs because of the loss of freelance income. Grants of between £100 and £500 are available.

Apply at the web address or donate to the Crowdfunder at