This page signposts to a variety of organisations, initiatives and resources created to support freelancers. There is also a section on recent research and data concerning freelancers in the creative industries.

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  • BECTU for freelancers: BECTU is a union representing workers in a wide variety of roles across the media and entertainment (excluding actors and musicians). BECTU's freelance branches bring together members who work on a freelance basis according to their craft or geographic location

  • Create Britain: Helps promote the work of individuals across the creative industries

  • Creative UK - Redesigning FreelancingShaped by their members, partners and Freelance Champions, Redesigning Freelancing is a UK-wide initiative which will empower organisations and freelancers working across the creative economy to tackle inequalities and create a more sustainable future

  • Cultural Freelancers Wales: A diverse collective of cultural freelancers in Wales, strengthening the freelance voice and offering inclusive support to fellow freelancers

  • FreelanceUK: An online community providing information and news for freelancers. Their website features an interactive freelancer forum, a jobs board and a freelance directory

  • Freelancer Club: An online community for creative freelancers with over 50,000 members. Their website features a wealth of resources, training, and a jobs board for members

  • Freelancers Make Theatre Work: A network of self-employed and freelance workers from all areas of theatre, opera and live performance. The volunteer-led organisation campaigns to raise awareness of the vital role of freelancers in the theatre industry, provides a platform to collect the opinions and concerns of the freelance theatre workforce, offers a central resource of information for the freelance workforce and shares information and projects

  • IPSE: The UK's membership body for the self-employed. IPSE provides tax, contract and legal helplines for members, a pension scheme, and a variety of training and events

  • Stage Sight: Run regular events for their freelance members. Green Room sessions are free online drop in spaces to connect, discuss and explore a variety of topics, and Professional Conversations give Stage Sight Organisation Members the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work to Individual Members, providing a space to discuss the organisation’s initiatives and projects alongside wider industry related topics

For Freelancers
  • Creative Scotland - The Illustrated Freelancers Guide: A practical PDF resource for creative freelancers working in Scotland, created to help freelancers to understand their rights and best practices in avoiding and addressing difficult situations.
  • Freelancer Wellbeing Hub: A library of wellbeing resources to support freelancers, compiled by the Film + TV Charity
  • IPSE Webinars: An extensive catalogue of webinars available live and on demand for IPSE members only. Topics covered include tax, IR35, late payment, starting out and winning work
For Organisations
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