Dance4 is offering Emergency Support for dance professionals in the East Midlands region, with payments of £250 offered to those who truly need it.  The scheme ran on a rolling weekly basis up to 29 June 2020 and is now closed.

Are you an independent artist, practitioner or producer working in dance, based in the East Midlands and in need of emergency cash?  Are you perhaps ineligible or waiting for payments from other means of support and experiencing hardship during this time?

Dance4 is very fortunate to have financial security during these times of great uncertainty for many.  We are able to safeguard our business, to pay our staff and pay all freelance artists that were due to undertake activity with Dance4 that has had to be cancelled.

Dance4 has allocated some financial reserves so that we can offer 32 payments of £250 to those who truly need it. Independents working in dance that are based in the East Midlands can apply if they are facing immediate hardship due to their planned work being cancelled because of the pandemic.

Recipients of our support will be asked to contribute one day of work to Dance4 in the next 12 months. We see this as a great way to build new or further develop relationships and ideas for the future.

If this fund speaks to you, we want to support you. No proof of hardship will be required, only trust. We understand that a lot of people need help, and this is a small pot for emergency situations, so please consider your position in line with others who might be struggling. This is not to cover bills that can be deferred, it is a real need for basics such as food. If you answer yes to the statements outlined below we are happy to receive your request for emergency support.



If you are in a fortunate position, and instead can offer funds to support those working in dance in the East Midlands who are in need, we are looking for generous donations so that we can extend this offer to more people. If this is you,  please visit the Dance4 Emergency Support Just Giving page.  Please add gift aid if you are eligible to make your donation go even further.



– You are an independent artist, practitioner or producer working in dance, based in the East Midlands (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland)

– You have less than £1000 in your bank account and no savings

– Your work is 100% freelance with no part-time salary or other PAYE job ordinarily

– Work that you had lined up for the last 4 weeks has been cancelled due to Covid-19

– You do not have enough expected income this month to cover your basic needs

– You have no financial support from family or friends that you can access during this time

– You are 18+ and not currently a full-time student

If you do not meet all the eligibility criteria, but are experiencing financial hardship, then you can still apply for support and tell us about your situation.


Applications will remain open throughout May as long as funds are available.  Please submit the application form here and applications will be considered each Monday after 10am. If you unable to apply using the online form, please get in touch about using an alternative format.

The application form will ask you to give us more information about the work that has been cancelled, your professional profile and your current need for support.

Decisions will be made by the Tuesday following the Monday deadline and payments will be made as soon as possible.

Support will be allocated to those who are most in need of emergency funds based on your application. Applications will be considered by members of Dance4’s Board and Senior Management Team whose decisions are final.

Your application to Dance4’s Emergency Support fund must be declared as freelance income in applications to Universal Credit and/or other support funds.


If you need more information about Dance4 Emergency Support or need assistance with submitting an application, email [email protected].


For further information on other sources of support for dance artists and businesses, please see the following helpful pages from the national sector support agencies:

– One Dance UK Covid-19 Guidance

– People Dancing information on guidance and helpful resources

– Arts Council England Covid-19 Support

– Dance Professionals Fund


Your personal information will not be used for any other purpose and will be be held confidentially in accordance with our Privacy Policy. The names of successful applicants will not be announced publicly. Receiving support through this scheme will not affect any future relationship with Dance4.



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