Freelance Task Force – Open Call

Freelance Task Force – Open Call

As of Friday 22 May 2020, Paines Plough is working with more than 100 arts organisations and venues to create a Freelance Task Force. If you missed it, you can read the Open Letter to Theatre and Performance Makers here.

The letter has 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
  • To establish of Task Force of self-employed theatre and performance makers

As signatories of this letter, Paines Plough has committed to engaging a freelancer for one day a week throughout June, July and August  (13 weeks) to be part of the Freelance Task Force.

As a national company, Paines Plough believe that geographical reach is imperative in ensuring a Taskforce that is representative of the nation. We will therefore ensure that we respond to the regions that are less well-represented across the Taskforce once the first set of freelancers had been appointed.

With this in mind we are now putting out an open call for a freelancer currently based in EAST YORKSHIRE, WEST MIDLANDS, EAST ANGLIA or THE NORTH-EAST.

Aims of the Task Force

The aim of the 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.

The Task Force Member’s Role

It is up to the Task Force to establish its own structure as to how it fulfils these aims.

We imagine that the task force will quickly establish its own agenda, set its own mission and organise itself, however, in sponsoring a freelancer the signatories hope each member will work together with the wider Task Force to:

  •        Co-ordinate wider conversations with freelancers in their area and/or specialism
  •        Hold and participate in regular task force meetings
  •        Attend meetings and events on behalf of the task force
  •        Lobby on behalf of the wider freelance community
  •        Ensure that information is widely distributed across the different freelance disciplines
  •        Relationship to Sponsor Organisation

Task Force Members are not expected to represent their Sponsor Organisation or speak on their behalf, nor are they expected to undertake any other duties, on behalf of their Sponsor Organisation.

Task Force Members will operate at arms-length, responsible to the freelance community that they are part of.

It is hoped that each Task Force Member will use this opportunity to inform and influence their Sponsor Organisation. How this is achieved will vary from relationship to relationship.

It is expected that the Task Force Members will work in line with their Sponsor Organisation’s policies, including Equal Opportunities, Dignity at Work, Safe Guarding and Health & Safety. 


Each Task Force Member will be paid for 13 days work i.e. one day a week throughout June, July and August at a rate that reflects the Sponsor Organisation’s typical daily freelance rate.

For Paines Plough this is £120 per day, £1560 in total.

Task Force Members may choose to role share, in dialogue with their Sponsor Organisation.


It is not expected that further expenses will be incurred

Application Process

The deadline for recruitment has now been extended by Fuel Theatre to enable organisations to extend their searches wider and deeper, coordinate more effectively, and to enable freelancers more time to apply, given the time and energy being dedicated by many to vital anti-racist action. Thank you to the freelancers who proposed this: we listen and learn from you, as we will listen and learn from the #FreelanceTaskForce in the weeks to come.

In order to apply, please fill out this form.

Deadline for applications is 2pm on Tuesday 9 June.

We will be meeting people on Wednesday 10 June.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Team PP

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