Musicians’ charity sets up £5m fund

Help Musicians UK offers £500 hardship payments

A musicians’ charity has launched a £5m fund to help professional musicians who are struggling during the coronavirus crisis.

Help Musicians UK ays musicians who are suffering "significant financial hardship" can apply for a one off payment of up to £500 to alleviate some of their immediate money worries.

The charity says it set up the fund to help reduce the worry many musicians are experiencing about meeting their household expenses as the coronavirus crisis continues to affect their income.

Help Musicians’ Chief Executive James Ainscough said, “Our Health & Welfare team has received hundreds of calls and emails over the last week from musicians needing urgent financial support. The Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund has been created to provide emergency financial aid to musicians in an urgent manner at this critical moment. We continue to work in collaboration with many industry partners to keep the vital resource website up-to-date, and our usual channels of person-centred aid continue.

He added, “Given the magnitude of the situation, only the government can fully provide what musicians require to survive the months that lie ahead. We are shocked at the government’s reticence to help some of the most vulnerable workers, and we are fully supportive of the campaign for meaningful help to be provided. In the meantime, we hope however that this emergency funding option will help thousands of musicians in the weeks ahead."

Help Musicians began as the Musicians Benevolent Fund in 1930 and changed its name in 2014. The charity helps thousands of musicians who require our support – covering a wide range of genres and career stages.

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