news category General News created 25 March 2020
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! https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/news/latest-news/help-musicians-launches-5…
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. https://www.prsformusic.com/c/emergency-relief-fund?dm_i=2DVV,1KFYR,6B1CL7,…
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: https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/hardshipfund
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: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/mucoronavirushardshipfund/backers?page=1#start
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 https://mpg.org.uk/news/coronavirus-aim-launch-new-support-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: https://filmtvcharity.org.uk/covid-19-help-advice/covid-19-relief-fund/