Help Us Support Artists Now

Support local artists – crowdfunder

Will you help us secure the future of arts and culture in Dorset? We’re raising £20,000 to support our local artists.

Donate now.

Were you looking forward to seeing that new play, having fun at a festival, belly-laughing at a comedy night, attending an art exhibition or jumping around at a gig this summer? With events cancelled, venues closed and public gatherings restricted it’s not only audiences who are missing out.

Many local freelance Artists are unable to work at the moment. A large proportion of these Artists (musicians, comedians, visual artists, directors, actors, writers, film makers etc.) are falling through the gaps when it comes to financial support. Some are unable to pay the bills or put food on the table.

In order to support those in real financial hardship, b-side has rallied together a host of arts organisations based in Dorset to support Dorset Artists through a Crowd Funded Campaign.

The money collected will help Dorset Artists to meet their most urgent financial needs during the current crisis. This will help individuals pay their bills and ensure the Dorset arts sector stays afloat ready for the future – whatever that may look like.

If you’d like to help support the local Dorset arts sector – and Dorset economy – please consider donating through our crowdfunder campaign.

Thank you.

Why support Artists now?

Artists are needed for you to see that new play, have fun at a festival, belly-laugh at a comedy night, attend an art exhibition and jump around at a gig. Your help will ensure Dorset Artists will still be here once the current crisis is over.

The creative industries are growing faster than the rest of the economy, yet we are facing significant cuts. This, paired with a multitude of job and gig losses for our local artists, is devastating. According to Dorset Council’s State of Dorset 2019 report, the value of creative industries in the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership area is £425 million.

recent report from Arts Council England shows the arts and culture sector is a significant contributor to the UK’s economy. Adding £10.8bn at the last count in 2016, the sector has now overtaken agriculture in terms of GDP contribution and continues to prove its worth.

There is also clear evidence that the arts can improve wellbeing, drive recovery, support illness and disease management. This arts-led approach saves the NHS money. For every £1 invested in the arts on prescription provides a social return of between £4 and £11.


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Receiving the financial help from Artists Emergency fund was a real blessing in uncertain times, it has helped to keep me afloat with my work and provide essentials for my family. Thank you b-side!



I received a sum of money from the Emergency Fund today and just want to thank them so much. My work has completely dried up in this time so this has allowed me to buy shopping for my family and keep everything going until I can get back to teaching and playing again, this has been a life saver!! thank you!!