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COVID-19: Support for Musicians

Covid-19 Support

COVID-19: Support for Musicians

Covid-19: Support for Musicians

Many musicians are struggling financially and need support due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, with the live music industry at a complete halt, as well as a TV & video production companies on hold and closing.

There are a few organisations here to help those who are suffering financial hardship. Find out how you can apply (if you are affected) or donate below.

PRS Members’ Emergency Relief Fund

Applying for the fund

If you are a member of PRS for Music you may be able to apply for the emergency relief fund.

You are eligible to receive a grant of up to £1,000 if you meet the following criteria:

  • applicants must have held PRS membership for at least two years
  • have earned £500 in royalties in the past two years

Grants will be awarded based on assessment of individual need and applicants will receive support up to a value of £1000.

For more information on this, please visit the PRS Members Fund website.

Donating to the fund

PRS Members’ Fund have set up a JustGiving page for donations. Help support PRS members in need of help to improve their lives by following this link.

£75 pays for a vulnerable PRS member to receive a specialist medical assessment.

Musicians’ Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund

Applying for the fund

The fund is currently open to any current Musicians’ Union member who:

  • is currently paying the full MU membership subscription rate, or joint MU / NEU membership subscription rate (either in full or by Direct Debit)  
  • is a UK resident
  • is suffering genuine hardship from loss of work due to the Coronavirus pandemic
  • has not already successfully received a payment from the MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund

Find out more by visiting the Musicians’ Union website.

Donating to the fund

You can help provide support to musicians suffering genuine financial hardship by donating to the Musicians’ Union Coronavirus Hardship fund here on Crowdfunder.

Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund

Applying for the fund

Spotify has teamed up with Help Musicians to support musicians affected by the crisis. The fund is open to anyone who fits the following criteria:

  • You are a professional working musician (by which we mean performer, composer/creator or directly involved in the production of music, or in work for which the main qualification is a high level of musical training)
  • You are self employed or currently unemployed
  • You are in need of financial help
  • You satisfy our residency requirements
  • You are not currently in full-time Further or Higher Education

For more information on this, please visit the Help Musicians website here.

Donating to the fund

You can donate to Help Musicians here. If you love music, go over to this page to make a donation. Every penny will go straight to the frontline to help musicians who need it.

Help Musicians, in partnership with various other music industry organisations, has also launched a website collecting information and advice on COVID-19 relevant to musicians. You can find more information on that at www.coronamusicians.info

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