Our 2020 Freelancer Hardship Fund

14 September 2020

This August, in the absence of a festival, the Assembly Festival and Theatre teams took on a fundraising challenge to support some valuable causes that had been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Working with fundraising platform Crowdfunder, through their partnership with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, different members of the team took on individual fundraising challenges which all fed into our total. 

Thanks to the generosity of Assembly fans around the world we were able to raise more than £20,000 of which 75% is committed to supporting those Assembly freelancers who slipped through the cracks of government support schemes.

We are offering a limited number of bursaries to freelancers that need short-term relief during this period of intense hardship for our industry. Applicants can apply for up to £2,500 but we ask that individuals only apply for what they need so we can stretch the bursary pot as far as possible.

Applications opened on Monday 14 September and closed on at 17:00 on Wednesday 30 September 2020.



Thumbnail and cover photo: Atomic Saloon Show (2019). Photographer: William Burdett-Coutts