Drinks Trust launches new fund for freelance event and festival staff

Robyn Black

Robyn Black

19 August 2020

Freelance event and festival bar staff were omitted from the government’s furlough scheme and have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic

‘Many of these individuals make their annual income working between April and December each year at festivals and events and as a result didn't quality for PAYE furlough on the basis that very few of them had been working in January and February 2020,’ explained the charity’s CEO Ross Carter.

The Drinks Trust will provide support directed specifically at this overlooked workforce through its Festival and Events Bar-Staff Support Service.

To qualify for help individuals must have worked as freelance bar staff, managers and site bar managers at events and festivals in 2019. This applies to those who have worked in this area, or within the drinks and hospitality industry with drinks for two years full time, at any point of their career.

Applications are also welcome from those who have managed to find work in the summer and autumn of 2020, the charity said. To find out more about the Fund and how to apply, please visit – drinkstrust.org.uk/fae-applications.

If you want to support the fund you can donate either via The Drinks Trust website or you can donate by text using the details below:

  • Text DRINK to 70480 to donate £5; the price of a drink
  • Text ROUND to 70480 to donate £20; the price of a round

If any business would like to support and donate to the fund, they should email partnerships@drinkstrust.org.uk

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