Help Musicians launches £5M Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund

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Today Help Musicians has launched the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund, a new offering specifically created to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may currently be facing.

The impact of the Coronavirus on musicians’ lives and careers is unprecedented, and it’s been recognised that the charity’s normal person-centred approach of Health & Welfare support needs to be boosted in this exceptional period to give as many musicians as possible immediate financial relief. A fund of £5m has therefore been created to help reduce the worry many musicians are experiencing about their mounting household expenses.

Eligible musicians are able to apply for a one-off payment of £500 through an online form. We encourage musicians only to apply if they are indeed suffering significant financial hardship to enable us to provide help quickly to those who need it the most.

Help Musicians’ Chief Executive James Ainscough said: “For almost one hundred years, Help Musicians has worked hard to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians, and there has rarely been a time where that has been as important as it is now. Our Health & Welfare team has received hundreds of calls and emails over the last week from musicians needing urgent financial support. The Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund has been created to provide emergency financial aid to musicians in an urgent manner at this critical moment. We continue to work in collaboration with many industry partners to keep the vital resource website coronamusicians.info up-to-date, and our usual channels of person-centred aid continue. Given the magnitude of the situation, only the government can fully provide what musicians require to survive the months that lie ahead. We are shocked at the government’s reticence to help some of the most vulnerable workers, and we are fully supportive of the campaign for meaningful help to be provided. In the meantime, we hope however that this emergency funding option will help thousands of musicians in the weeks ahead."

For more details on who we can support and how to apply, see our Coronavirus Advice page.

Following the initial £5m released by Help Musicians, the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund has been further generously supported by:

Spotify
Spotify kindly listed Help Musicians as one of the first three benefactors of its COVID-19 Music Relief effort. You can read more about the initiative here.

The Royal Society of Musicians
RSM’s incredible collaboration on the Fund contributed a further £500,000, helping another 1,000 musicians affected by Coronavirus. See the full details and read more about RSM's work here

Arts Council England
A generous donation from ACE has enabled the Coronavirus Hardship Fund to support a further 1,800 musicians. Read more about the initiative here.

Amazon Music
We are delighted to receive a significant donation from Amazon Music towards our Coronavirus Hardship Fund, enabling us to reach even more musicians with financial support.

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