Advice relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

PAGE UPDATED: September 2021

Help Musicians is a charity that has been supporting professional musicians for 100 years. Since March 2020, we have been able to support over 19,000 musicians with Hardship Funding, helping them to survive during this challenging time.

As live music gradually returns, we are here to support musicians to rebuild their careers and prepare for a return to regular work.

Music creators may find it helpful to apply for financial support towards their music or career in order to sustain creativity during this transitional period. This might include help to record and release music, hone existing skills or develop new ones to grow their independence. Learn more. provides a central location for Covid guidance and tried-and-tested links to support musicians’ career recovery.

Further support 

If you have complex needs that go beyond financial hardship, such as long-term health issues, complicated domestic circumstances or complex financial situations, you can speak to a member of our team by emailing [email protected].

Government updates are available here, while NHS advice is available here. 

The Musicians’ Union have a website page dedicated to information on coronavirus here, and ISM has a page here. 

Help Musicians runs a support line called Music Minds Matter available any time of day or night for a listening ear; it doesn’t have to be a crisis. We have trained advisors that are here to listen, support and help at any time. Through calling, eligible musicians can access free face-to-face or telephone counselling, or online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). You can call 0808 802 8008 (24hrs free support line).

Advice on debt management 

You can access debt advice and support through StepChange on: 0800 138 1111 Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-4pm.

If you require advice about business related debts you can call the Business Debt Line on: 0800 197 6026 Monday to Friday: 9am - 8pm.

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