Six creators Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss have joined choreographer Arlene Phillips to back a new series of online classes, seminars and workshops, offered to performers free of charge.
The Collective Creative Initiative is the brainchild of casting directors James and Rosie Pearson, who run Pearson Casting.
It will offer 30 hours of free classes and tutorials a week, led by creatives including Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, the choreographer of Six, who will launch the initiative with a commercial dance class on June 1.
Other classes on offer include tutorials on self-taping, an accents workshop, and how to make the move from stage to screen, led by Sian Reeves.
There will also be classes devoted to helping with tax returns and caring for mental health, as well as Q&As with people including Phillips taking part.
The Pearsons said the Collective Creative Initiative would “work to offer development, support and connectivity to the entertainment industry at a very difficult time, while also financially compensating those giving their time to host the sessions”.
Explaining the initiative, they said: “The Collective Creative Initiative is a project created by the industry for the industry, aiming to allow equal opportunity for everyone, regardless of economic circumstances, to benefit, for free, from the expertise and support of professionals at the top of their game.”
They received funding from innovation agency Innovate UK to launch the scheme, which will enable them to pay all the creatives taking part. Funding is in place until December, but the pair are hopeful they will be able to continue beyond then.
All of the classes will be live, but will also remain on the CCI YouTube page for four weeks.
A fortnightly timetable detailing the sessions will be available to view at collectivecreativeinitiative.co.uk, along with further information on the practitioners involved.