The Freelance Task Force - call out

A call out for a Yorkshire-based freelancer to join a National Taskforce

Deadline Thu 11 Jun 2020 12pm


On Thursday 21 May 2020 a group of performing arts organisations, including producing companies and venues, jointly signed a letter in support of the freelancers who make up a large and vital part of the ecology of the performance sector.

The letter had 3 main aims:

  • To listen and respond to the needs of freelancers in the performing arts
  • To call for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme to be extended in line with furloughing and until theatres can reopen in earnest
  • To establish a Freelance Task Force of self-employed theatre and performance makers.

You can find out more by reading the open letter, signed by Sheffield Theatres.

Each organisation has committed to paying a freelancer for one day a week throughout June, July and August to join the Freelance Task Force.

The Freelance Task Force

The aim of the Freelance Task Force is to strengthen the influence of the self-employed theatre and performance community. It will create ongoing points of connection between freelancers, organisations, funders and government and amplify the voice of the self-employed in the conversations to come about how we manage the response to and recovery from the Covid-19 crisis in the performing arts sector.

We imagine that the Freelance Task Force will quickly establish its own agenda, set its own mission and organise itself. In sponsoring a freelancer, the signatories hope each member will work together with all other members of the Freelance Task Force to:

  • co-ordinate wider conversations with freelancers in their area and/or specialism
  • hold and participate in regular Freelance Task Force meetings
  • attend meetings and events on behalf of the Freelance Task Force
  • lobby on behalf of the wider freelance community
  • ensure that information is widely distributed

As a Freelance Task Force member, you will not be expected to represent Sheffield Theatres or speak on our behalf, nor will you be expected to undertake any other duties.

Nomination and Selection process

We want to be as transparent as possible in appointing the freelancer to be sponsored by Sheffield Theatres to join the Task Force. The selection process has been designed to be as open as possible while accommodating the speed with which the group is being assembled.

We welcome nominations from any self-employed person working in the theatre in whatever capacity. The nominated person must also be self-employed in the theatre, and be someone who is either based in or has substantially worked in South Yorkshire. In making our decision we will be mindful of the importance of representing the full breadth and diversity of British theatre on the Task Force.

If you would like to nominate someone, please submit their name, and no more than 80 words about what you think this person can contribute to the Freelance Task Force via the form below. Please also give your name and your contact number or email address.

You may nominate yourself.


The Task Force member will be paid for 13 days work by Sheffield Theatres i.e. one day a week throughout June, July and August at a rate of £150 per day.

It is not expected that further expenses will be incurred.