What the Scheme for Professional Artists on Jobseeker’s Allowance is
If you are a self-employed professional artist getting Jobseeker's Allowance,
you can apply for this scheme. If you qualify, you do not have to take part in the department’s activation programme for one year.
This allows you to focus on your artistic work for one year.
The rates of payment are the same as for Jobseeker's Allowance.
How to qualify
To qualify for the scheme, you must be aged over 18 and under 66.
You must also:
be capable of work
be available for and genuinely seeking full-time work
At least 50% of your income must be derived from your work as a professional artist in the previous year.
sales of artworks, books or artistic editions
bursaries and grants arising from status as an artist
appearance or lecture fees
artists' fees on commissioned works, exhibitions, consultancy, selection or artistic advisory panels, education and outreach programmes,design consultants.
art awards and prizes
artistic residencies, technical and installation support
When you are being assessed for the scheme, you will be means tested as a self-employed person.
A means test is an assessment of all of your household income, savings, shares, investments or property that you own apart from your own home. Your means test will also include any income that your spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner has.
The department adds your income from all sources (including your income from work) and, from this, calculates the means you have each week.
Your means is used to work out what payment you may receive.
Certain expenses related to your profession are allowable.