Creative freelance community is forming across Coventry and Warwick

A new initiative is being launched to provide support to creative freelancers across Coventry and Warwickshire.

The pilot aims to connect the freelance community from television producers to game developers following the impact of the pandemic.

Driven by the Creative Business Group of Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and Warwick District Creative Compact, the initiative will create a freelance network, showcase the areas talent and support businesses by producing tool kits.

Sarah Windrum, CWLEP Chair, said: “CWLEP’s Digital Creative Business Group identified ‘freelancer support’ as a priority area for its programme of work during the pandemic because we wanted to assist with the recovery and growth of the creative sector following Covid-19.

“We highlighted to the government the lack of funding and support that was missing for those who were self-employed, which affected the creative industry specifically.”

Amy Dalton-Hardy, freelance producer and project manager who is also involved in the initiative said: “As a freelancer who is based in Warwick District, this initiative is much-needed and timely.

The effects on mine and other freelancers’ ability to network or collaborate, find support such as funding or training opportunities, continue with artistic or creative practice as well as the ability to maximise earning potential; has all been severely impacted during the pandemic.”

The project is being unveiled at Warwick District Council’s Spark event on the 11th of February at the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington.

Creative freelancers have been urged to get involved by completing a survey hosted on the website at www.CWCreativeFreelancers.org

The pilot project has also been supported by Fresh Seed, Earthen Lamp, Create Central, University of Warwick, Warwickshire County Council and Chaos Films.

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