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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 h
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:

Help Musicians UK Doing It Differently Fund - The Covid-19 round recognises that musicians are having to work in innovative ways due to the restrictions around social distancing. This fund aims to offer a package of support for professional, creative and wellbeing development
https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/creative-programme/current-opportunities/do-it-differently-fund-covid-19-round

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/

PRSF have launched their Sustaining Creativity Fund - Grants up to £750 for emerging talent. The grant can be spent on anything that enables music creators to continue to create exceptional new music Funding will be available to those making music in any genre.
bit.ly/PRSF-SCF

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

PPLUK: PPLPAYDAY
PPL’s Q12020 distribution will continue as planned, with £87.6 million being paid to performer and recording rightsholder members on 31 March. For any questions, please contact them at memberservices@ppluk.com or through the myPPL portal.

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/

Bridging The Gap bursaries from Curious Minds, for cultural education freelancers and small or community-based arts organisations whose main work is with schools or children & young people
https://curiousminds.org.uk/bridging-the-gap/



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/

Citizens Advice has further information if you are concerned about the coronavirus including paying bills, child care, loss of earnings and claiming benefits
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

Music Industry Therapy Collective are a collective group of therapists with experience of working in the industry as well as working with mental health and addiction.
http://musicindustrytherapists.com/