Advice relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

PAGE UPDATED: October 2020

To help you gather useful information and find sources of support, you will find information here about:

1) Where to check for the latest advice on Coronavirus

2) How Help Musicians may be able to support you

3) Signposting to other organisations who may be able to offer support

We will continue to monitor the situation and update this information when needed.

1) Where to check for the latest advice on Coronavirus

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

The website is regularly updated with information for musicians in response to the outbreak. The site has information on the latest government advice, where musicians can access financial, legal and health support, grants for creative activity and signposting to essential services.

Please check the site here for regular updates. 

2) How Help Musicians may be able to support you

With no end in sight to restrictions that prevent musicians earning from live performance, we are extending our financial hardship support to musicians who we are currently supporting until March next year. We hope to open up this scheme for new applications from musicians experiencing significant financial hardship in early November. Do keep in touch with us on Twitter for more announcements.

Any donations received for hardship funding will go straight to the front line, helping us reach more musicians facing real financial worry over Autumn & Winter.

If you have complex needs that go beyond financial hardship and would like to speak with a caseworker, please do email or call 0207 239 9101

Mental health support

Music Minds Matter - contact telephone 0808 802 8008 (24hrs free support line)

Help Musicians runs a support line called Music Minds Matter (MMM) 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 MMM, eligible musicians can access free face-to-face or telephone counselling, or online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Please note: if you are currently based overseas, but are a UK national, then you are still welcome to call Music Minds Matter if needed. Call fees may vary, but if you are eligible to access telephone counselling then Help Musicians can still fund the necessary telephone calls.

3) Signposting to other organisations who may be able to offer support

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

There are many other music organisations which are offering support and guidance so do check other websites, particularly if you have a membership of another organisation.

Please also make use of government advice relating to state support, guidance for the self-employed (e.g in relation to Employment and Support Allowance) and other relevant issues.

For advice on debt management:


contact telephone 0800 138 1111

You can access debt advice and support through StepChange on: 0800 138 1111

Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-4pm


contact telephone 0800 197 6026

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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