Musicians’ Union has a £1m hardship fund for members – indivdiual award up to £200 (initially). Info:

In response to the widespread cancellation of work that has hit our profession as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have taken the decision to set up a £1M hardship fund that members with genuine and pressing hardship can apply to.

The fund is open to any current member who has:

  • Is currently paying the full MU membership subscription rate, or joint MU / NEU membership subscription rate (either in full or by Direct Debit)
  • 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

It must be emphasised that this is a hardship fund and not a fee replacement fund. The fund will not stretch very far if members who have lost bookings but are not in dire need of financial help all apply.

Please, act responsibly and have consideration for your colleagues who are suffering extreme and immediate financial hardship.

Initially, we will be restricting the individual grants to a maximum of £200 while we monitor the level of applications. We recognise that in many cases this will not be nearly enough to cover your weekly bills. We have provided the details of other music industry agencies that are currently also offering financial assistance at the bottom of this page and would urge you to contact them too.

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