news category General News created 25 March 2020

Coronavirus Emergency Hardship Funds

A number of funds are being launched to help those suffering financial hardship due to the Covid-19 crisis. Here are a couple of which a lot of our members will be eligible for.

Help Musician Coronavirus Hardship Fund

£500 one-off payment to those who actively perform music, create music or undertaking a role that requires a high level of musical skill. You must be able to provide evidence that you fit the criteria. Full Membership of the MPG has been deemed by Help Musicians to be evidence for meeting they’re musical criteria although they will have a number of other criteria relating to your situation that you will also need to meet. Help Musicians are asking people to only to apply if they are indeed suffering significant financial hardship to enable them to provide help quickly to those who need it the most.

For now this fund is only available to the first 10,000 successful applicants.

Demand is obviously going to be high, they hope to pay out roughly a 1000 payments a day!

Although the fund currently is launching with £5m, they hope to raise more in the next few days so more musicians can be paid.

Applications are open now!…

PRS Emergency Relief Fund

Grants up to £1,000 each – There are no limits on this fund!

To be eligible you must have been a member for at least two years, earned more than £500 of royalties in the last two years, and are genuinely suffering hardship.

PRS have recognised that with live industry being mothballed globally, TV & Film production on hold, and businesses closing, the livelihoods of many creators are at risk. Therefore, establishing this fund is part of a wider plan for PRS to support its members during the coming weeks.

Applications open at 9am, Thursday.,1KFYR,6B1CL7,…

Musicians Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund

The Musician’s Union this week also launched their Coronavirus Hardship Fund – 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

This fund is also only intended for those suffering extreme hardship:

The Union are expecting the fund to run out in the near future so if you are not in need and would like to donate you can do so here:

AIM Immediate Access Crisis Fund

AIM has launched a support fund aimed at contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more details see

Film and TV Charity Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund

The Film and TV charity launched their Emergency Relief Fund for those working in Film and TV production and who are not covered by the government’s SEISS or CJRS schemes. The fund will offer one-off grants of £500-£2500 £500 to £2,500 to active workers in film, TV and cinema facing significant financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. It is open to those who make the majority of their income from film and TV, so could be of use to those MPG members primarily involved in film-score recording and mixing. The scheme is open until 22nd April and priority will be given to those most in need.

More details here:

Spotify Covid-19 Music Relief Project

Spotify have announced their Music Relief Project. Essentially, this will point people who want to donate money to verified organisations who will offer financial relief, such as PRS, Help Musicians & MusiCares. Spotify have said they will match donations up to a total Spotify contribution of $10m. A feature has also been added where artists can fund raise from their fans, via their Spotify profiles.

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