33% of musicians still earning nothing from music

A third of our professional musicians are earning nothing from music and 87% are earning less than £1,000 a month, according to new figures today from the charity Help Musicians.

The research shows that 83% of players are still unable to get regular work since the lockdown ended in May, and almost a quarter - 22% - are considering quitting altogether.

Other issues emerging from the study in which 1,000 musicians took part include mental health problems, with a 60% increase in the numbers getting in touch with Help Musicians for assistance, and the lack of venue availability because of booking backlogs.

“For the past 18 months we have been supporting nearly 20,000 musicians with direct financial aid to help them pay their bills and stay afloat” said the charity’s chief executive James Ainscough. Since the pandemic caused the halt of all performances 19 months ago the charity has channelled £18m into the bank accounts of 19,000 musicians. 

“As the industry starts to recover we are shifting our emphasis towards helping musicians re-build with a wide package of support from advice on diversifying income streams, mentoring to re-build connections, mental health support and much more" Ainscough said. "We recognise that for some musicians it will take a long time to rebuild and the team at Help Musicians will continue to be available to those musicians who find themselves in real crisis over the months ahead, ensuring we are alongside musicians every step of the way.” 


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