Support and Advice

Resources

BAME resource pack

We have created a resource pack for black, Asian and minority ethnic members and union reps. Download it here.


Career

The Talent Manager

The Talent Manager connects the best TV production freelancers with the latest TV jobs. The company is currently calling on all freelancers to help build a picture of rates of pay across the industry with the launch of a new tool.

Creative Access

Creative Access is a social enterprise that support people from under-represented backgrounds into creative careers. Check out their work and latest opportunities  here.

The British Blacklist

An online platform which celebrates African and Caribbean creative professionals on the Screen and Stage, in Sound and Literature – both up front and behind the scenes. Their website acts as an online portfolio and is a source for the latest topical news. Check out their latest opportunities here.

Palette 16 Crew

Palette 16 crew is an Instagram page which celebrates and promotes the skills and talent of African,  Caribbean, Asian and Ethnic crew in Film and TV, Theatre, Fashion & Editorial. Follow their page.

Black Bectu Network

Join the Black Bectu network for updates on BAME specific career opportunities. Sign up here.


Wellbeing

The Theatre Helpline

The Theatre Helpline is a  phone and email service that provides support to people working in the theatre industry. Visit their website.

Inc Arts Minds

Offers free group therapy for people affected by racism in the arts. Visit their website.

NABS

NABS is an organisation that aims to improve the wellbeing of everyone in the advertising and media industry. Visit their website for more info.

The TV Mindset

The TV Mindset is a social media based TV & Film industry initiative that aims to provide professional and peer support for freelancers, particularly around mental health. Learn more here

Industry Minds

A mental health support service for those in the arts, offering free and low-cost counselling sessions. Visit their website for more info.

ArtsMinds

ArtsMinds is a collaboration between BAPAM, Equity, The Stage and Spotlight that seeks to research mental health wellbeing in the creative industries and increase awareness of the impact of mental health in the sector. They have an online information hub to help you find sources of support. Explore the hub now.

6ft From The Spotlight

6ft From The Spotlight is an organisation offering mental health support and training to crew in the creative industries. They were awarded a BAME Community Grant to deliver wellbeing facilitator training dedicated to the wellbeing of BAME people in the industry.  Check out their website and podcast.

Black Thrive

Black Thrive is a network that aims to reduce the inequality and injustices experienced by Black people in mental health services. Check out their work here.


Charity

The Film TV Charity

A charity working behind the scenes of the UK film, TV and cinema industry to offer financial, practical and emotional support. Check out their website and follow them on social media for the latest updates and funds.

The Theatre Artists Fund

The Theatre Artists Fund provides emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK  affected by the impact of Covid-19 on the theatre sector. Read more here

Royal Theatrical Fund

The Royal Theatrical Fund provides support to those that have worked professionally in the entertainment industry, for seven years or more, that are unable to work due to illness, injury or old age. Learn more here

Royal Variety Charity

A charity that strives to support all those who’ve worked on the stage, in the wings, in front of a camera, or behind it, as well as all those who have spent their lives working in the numerous support industries dedicated to entertainment. Visit their site

Live events PSA Stagehand Welfare and Benevolent Fund

The PSA is a trade association that supports those who work in live production. Their charitable fund seeks to support current and previous PSA members who may have had an injury at work. Learn more here

Theatrical Guild

This UK Charity for backstage and front of house theatre workers offers financial support, wellbeing help, debt advice and counselling. Read more here

The Artists’ General Benevolent Fund

The Artists’ General Benevolent Institution offers financial support to professional artists in need and their dependents living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland who cannot work or earn due to accident, illness or older age. Visit their site

Help for Musicians

An independent charity that offers help, support and opportunities to musicians at all stages of their lives. Including help with career development, a mental health helpline and a popular hearing health scheme. Learn more here

Backup

Backup is a technical entertainment charity that offers financial support to industry technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film. Learn more about Backup

Excluded UK

ExcludedUK is a grassroots volunteer-run not-for-profit organisation working towards bringing about an end to the exclusions in the UK Government’s Covid-19 financial support measures. It lobbies Government but also offers financial and mental health support to workers who have been excluded from Government help. Learn more here


Membership organisations

Women in Film & TV (UK)

Women in Film & TV (UK) is the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK and part of an international network of over 13,000 women. They host a variety of events throughout the year, present a prestigious awards ceremony every December and run two mid-career mentoring programmes for women. They also host networking evenings, collaborate with industry bodies on research projects and lobby for women’s interests. Find out more here.


Production Specific

RENDER x Bectu

A mentoring programme created by Bectu, The Edit Collective and The Rough Assembly. The programme aims to connect emerging editors with mentors to create a supportive network that improves diversity. Visit their website

The UK Post Sound Collective

This has been established to offer practical industry advice for anyone in the UK who is interested in a career in post production sound and identifies as a woman, is trans or non-binary and/or is Black or from an ethnic minority. Visit their website