Hardship Fund

Backup Tech (The Technical Entertainment Charity) is a UK registered charity which provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals who are seriously ill or injured (or to their surviving family members) as well as those who find themselves in financial difficulty.

Hardship Grants are tailored to help people who find themselves in financial difficulty, with short-term financial support.

The Hardship Fund was initially started by Backup in response to the devastating impact of COVID-19. Backup created a separate initial Hardship Fund, which provided limited financial assistance to industry technical professionals, crew/production personnel and people working in the technical supply chain across the UK entertainment industry specifically live events, music touring and theatre. During 2020 and 2021 Backup completed 3 rounds of Hardship funds.

Aware that so many in our industry (particularly freelancers) had been financially devastated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and with worsening cost of living crisis in the UK, Backup have continued the Hardship Fund to help industry colleagues who find themselves in financial difficulty.

If you find yourself in financial difficulty please apply for our hardship grant.