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ADVICELINE

Covid-19: Help for anyone who is involved in music

We’re working to find and put together as much information as we can to support musicians and anyone involved in music at this difficult time. We’ll keep updating this page and will share everything we find on our social media as well as on here. If there’s anything you would like us to add please contact hello@soundcity.uk.com.
Please let us know if there’s any other way you would like us to support you during this time.

If you have any queries regarding marketing and funding then contact us directly on advice@soundcity.uk.com and we will be able to help.

From where to start to which step to take next, we're here too help. 


Advice:
 

In response to Covid-19 there are several organisations offering support for both musicians and industry professionals with practical advice, mental health and more:

Info point for musicians set up by Help Musicians UK
http://www.coronamusicians.info/

Musicians Union advice and guidance for musicians
https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/coronavirus

Musicians Union mental health advice for musicians
https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/

Music Managers Forum (MMF) advice on insurance, travel and show cancellations https://themmf.net/2020/03/10/coronavirus-updated-information/

Music Venues Trust (MVT) advice for music venues including emergency response contact form http://musicvenuetrust.com/venue-emergency-response/

UK Music: advice for individuals and organisations working in the music industry https://www.ukmusic.org/help-and-advice/uk-music-statement-on-coronavirus-and-the-music-industry/

British Phonographic Industry (BPI) advice covering an array of topics including working from home, advice for businesses & colleagues and welfare.
https://www.bpi.co.uk/news-analysis/covid-19-useful-information/

Association of Independent Music (AIM) advice for music SMEs including business disruption, mental health, financial assistance
https://www.aim.org.uk/#/resources/covid-19-coronavirus---aim-member-faq

Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) advice for festivals and event organisers, accessible to all 
https://aiforg.com/covid-19-resources-for-festival-event-organisers/

Music Producers Guild: advice including loss of earnings survey, events, financial assistance, work disruption
https://mpg.org.uk/news/covid-19-coronavirus-update/

Incorporated society of musicians (ISM) advice for musicians and music teachers 
https://www.ism.org/advice/coronavirus-stay-informed

Baltic Creative CIC in Liverpool are proving advice for businesses through Job Retention Scheme and deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
https://baltictriangle.co.uk/covid-19-advice-for-small-business/



Funding:
The COVID 19 Crew Relief Fund: The Covid 19 Crew Relief Fund is open to individuals who have worked in non-theatre live events and are the worst affected by the Covid 19 pandemic, those for whom support has not been available. 
https://www.stagehand.org.uk/the-covid-19-crew-relief-fund

Developing Your Creative Practice: This fund from the Arts Council supports independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and culture sector. This fund will create more pathways for individuals from a range of creative practices and backgrounds.
https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/DYCP 

The Music Managers Forum Accelerator Fund: Funding and professional development programme designed solely for artists, songwriters and producer managers. Accelerator is aimed at UK based managers of all genres and provides support, training, and finance.
https://themmf.net/accelerator/ 

AIM Crisis Fund: The fund was launched to provide financial aid to freelancers and self-employed contractors who are facing hardship due to lost work on cancelled projects with independent artists signed to AIM Members.
https://www.aim.org.uk/#/news/aim-crisis-fund-opens-to-wider-applications 


Liverpool City Region Music board music are helping to fund local businesses and SME's who are in financial need. Particularly for those falling through the cracks of government support
https://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/music-fund/

Musicians Union: Hardship fund: The fund is open to those who have been members of the MU for the past 12 months or more. The fund can contribute up to £200
http://theMU.org/hardshipfund

PRS for Music Emergency Relief Fund: In partnership with PRS Members’ Fund and the PRS Foundation, the money is available to PRS members around the world who are facing significant financial pressure in light of the coronavirus. Grants will be awarded based on assessment of individual need and can value up to £1000.
http://prs.info/aOyV50yVa6A

Spotify is matching the donations made to PRSF, Help Musicians and MusiCares dollar for dollar up to a collective total of $10 million
https://covid19musicrelief.byspotify.com/en-us

Arts Council England (ACE): funding for arts organisations, musicians, and individuals. They are making £160million available via an application process with initial guidance being made available on Monday 30th March
https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19

Business Support from the Government covers all the areas for businesses in the current financial situation
https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/




Mental Health:

The Mind Charity has a wealth of information if you are feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus.
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

The Samaritans have a team of volunteers on board to talk to you directly
https://www.samaritans.org/news/samaritans-volunteers-continue-delivering-critical-service/