SoA launches COVID-19 response

Martin Reed

Martin Reed

Martin leads the SoA's Communications team. He oversees our strategic communications and campaign-based activities, including PR, social media, events and partnerships.
  • SoA publishes guidance on cancellation of contracts in wake of COVID-19
  • Evidence submitted to House of Commons Treasury Select Committee along with open letter
  • Arts Council donates £400,000 to Authors’ Emergency Fund
  • SoA invites authors to submit evidence in new survey on loss of income

The SoA has today issued guidance to members about cancellation of contracts in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak following concerns that authors are suffering financially as a result of cancellations of commissions and events. We have also heard of requests to accept late royalty payments or renegotiated terms for payments and projects as commissioners hit financial difficulties. Read our guidance below.

The SoA is continuing to lobby Government to ensure that its support schemes benefit those in our sector with their complex working practices and lumpy incomes. You can read our evidence to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee, together with our detailed open letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, addressing our emerging policy concerns surrounding the Government’s financial support schemes, which are both available below.

As a member of the Creative Industries Federation (CIF), we continue to participate in wider industry efforts to influence Government policy. For the CIF’s latest letter to the Business and Culture Secretaries, Alok Sharma MP and Oliver Dowden MP, click here.

We plan to update our pages with eligibility for the Government’s Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and the Job Retention Scheme (JRS) and issuing a letter to your MP – watch this space.

And we are delighted to announce that the Arts Council has donated £400,000 to supplement our Authors’ Emergency Fund bringing the total to over £800,000. Find out how to apply and donate here.

How you can help – fill in our survey

Please help us build an evidence base to take to Government by completing our loss of income survey here.

[Editor’s Note: This survey is now closed. Please see initial results in The Bookseller here. We aim to reopen the survey again in coming months.]

20 March 2020

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, the Royal Literary Fund, English PEN with the T S Eliot Foundation, and Amazon UK join forces with the Society of Authors to support authors affected financially by Coronavirus.