COVID-19: Support for musicians

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As you know, we are bringing you all the business news, as we get it, to help and support the companies in our great industry. It is naturally essential to also support the musicians who rely on all our products and here is some good news from our partner organisations:

The MU have announced a £1M fund for MU members with genuine and pressing hardship.

The MU says:

“In response to the widespread cancellation of work that has hit our profession as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have taken the decision to set up a £1M hardship fund that members with genuine and pressing hardship can apply to.

The fund is open to any current member who has:

  • Been in continuous membership of the MU for the last twelve months or more
  • Is currently paying the full MU membership subscription rate
  • 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”

You can find out more here: www.musiciansunion.org.uk/hardshipfund

Help Musicians, the independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement, has announced a Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund.

This fund is open to all musicians who meet Help Musicians’ eligibility criteria. The charity are offering one-off payments of up to £500 to those suffering significant financial hardship.

You can find out more here: www.helpmusicians.org.uk/news/latest-news/advice-relating-to-coronavirus-covid-

PRS for Music have announced an immediate PRS Emergency Relief Fund to support its members during the Coronavirus pandemic. In partnership with the PRS Members’ Fund and PRS Foundation, the money will be available to PRS members around the world who are facing significant financial pressure as we battle the virus.

The new fund is open to all PRS members around the world who have been a member for at least two years and earned over £500 in the last two years. Grants will be awarded based on assessment of individual need and applicants will receive support up to a value of £1000.

You can find out more here: www.prsmembersfund.com/2020/03/25/emergency-relief-fund/