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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:
Remote Residency at Metal: 
A month-long remote residency at Metal allows you to work from home or studio while accessing support from our staff, networks and resources. Our communications will need to take place remotely, but your work doesn’t need to be done in a digital medium. Each residency comes with a fee of £1000 granted to the artist in residence in two parts: £500 on award and signing of Remote Residency Contract and £500 on completion of the Remote Residency.
http://www.metalculture.com/artists-area/remote-residency-at-metal-open-call/?mc_cid=50f6f06da7&mc_eid=aff6c720d7 

Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund: Help Musicians 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 face of further lockdowns and ongoing restrictions. 
https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/news/latest-news/help-musicians-coronavirus-financial-hardship-funding-phase- 

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

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/