While there is cautious optimism about a gradual return to work for the UK’s music industry in 2021, musicians’ careers will take a significant amount of time to return to pre-pandemic levels of bookings and income, especially with venue limitations due to Covid safety protocols and the difficulties of touring in Europe as a result of the Brexit deal. The knock-on effect will mean that the uncertainty musicians have faced during the past year will continue throughout the summer, with musicians’ return to full-time work much slower than other industries. To ensure musicians suffering financial difficulties continue to be supported, we have opened applications for Phase 4 of Help Musicians’ Coronavirus Financial Hardship Funding.
Phase 4 of our Financial Hardship Funding is targeted at self-employed musicians who do not qualify for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and unemployed professional musicians who are unable to make ends meet in the current climate.
For those who are eligible, to the extent that funds allow, the charity will offer grant payments from the time their application is successful to September 2021 to top-up Universal Credit payments where relevant. Where an applicant does not qualify for Universal Credit but is still experiencing significant financial hardship, an assessment will be made based on individual circumstances.
If you are a musician looking to make an application, please visit our website here
Help Musicians launched its first round of Financial Hardship Funding on March 25 and has since delivered over £15.5m to 21,000+ musicians across the UK struggling to make ends meet.