How To Get Emergency Funding If You Work In The Music Industry

The music industry has joined forces to put together a multi-million pound package of emergency funding to help those in the music industry hit by the coronavirus health emergency.

Below are details of UK Music members and music charities that have set up funds to help those in the music business facing immediate hardship.

PRS For Music

PRS for Music have announced an immediate PRS Emergency Relief Fund to support its members during the Coronavirus pandemic. The new fund is open to all PRS writer members around the world who have earned over £500 in the last two years. Grants will be awarded based on assessment of individual need and applicants will receive support up to a value of £1000. The scheme will be administered using the PRS Members’ Fund established grants model. 

Find more details and apply here.

Musicians’ Union

The Musicians’ Union have opened a Coronavirus Hardship Fund. This fund is open to UK resident MU members of 12 months, who are in immediate hardship from loss of earnings, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It is a one off £200 grant for alleviating immediate hardship. The MU have said they are aiming to make a decision on applications within three working days. If you are successful in your application, you should get a payment within five working days of being informed of your success.

Find more details and apply here.


The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has launched a support fund aimed at contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund starts with assets of £500,000 committed by AIM and its members, and further contributions are urgently invited from all sectors of the music industry and beyond. The target is to distribute £1000 to each of 1000 workers within two months.

The AIM fund is open to any contractors due to work with new and developing artists currently signed to AIM member labels who have lost committed income because of cancelled artist projects. This critical part of the music industry ecosystem includes tour crews, studio producers, mixing engineers, radio pluggers, graphic designers, stylists, publicists and others who do not qualify for other hardship funds on offer. AIM member labels will invite signed artists and their managers to nominate candidates to be pre-approved on this basis.

AIM Rightsholder Members nominate contractors on behalf of their artists via the AIM Opportunities Platform. If the Rightsholder member is a self-releasing artist, they can nominate contractors working on their own projects.

Find more details here.


The MMF have launched the ReBuild fund in support of UK-based music managers impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. In its first round, the ReBuild fund will offer grants of up to £3,000, as well as 1:2:1 resilience sessions with music management mentors, partner accountants and industry leaders. Applicants will have to meet the following criteria: have a demonstrable track record of building artist careers, have suffered significant income losses since March 2020, are unable to fully access current Government support packages and are an existing MMF member (prior to end May 2020). 

Full details for ReBuild will be provided following the MMF’s AGM on June 17 when applications will open. 

The ReBuild fund will be administered by Help Musicians and has been made possible by a donation from PPL, with additional contributions from a range of individuals and businesses including Joyce Smyth (Glastry), Merck Mercuriadis (Hipgnosis Songs Fund), Adam Tudhope (Everybody’s), Paul Loasby (One Fifteen Management) and Stuart Camp (Grumpy Old Management). The MMF and Annabella Coldrick have also committed to the fund and are actively inviting further support across the music and technology sectors. For more information on how to donate, contact:

Help Musicians

Help Musicians’ second wave of hardship support will help those ineligible for government emergency safety nets or unable to survive on what they receive.

This support initiative is targeted at self-employed musicians who do not qualify for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and other unemployed musicians who are experiencing significant financial hardship.

Applications for the second phase of financial hardship support are now open.

For more information on the fund, eligibility criteria or to make an application click here.

Music Venue Trust

The Music Venue Trust is also raising money to establish an emergency fund for Grassroots Music Venues, this will open in due course and more details can be found here.

Local Authority & Council Support

Many local authorities and councils such as Manchester and Liverpool (here), are running local schemes to support either artists or small businesses in the creative sector, please check with your Local Authority, City or County Council to see what schemes are running in your area.

PPL has made a contribution of £700,000 to several hardship funds. Read more here

The BPI has also coordinated a £1.5m donation to several funds after teaming up with streaming services and other parts of the music industry. Read more here.

For more information

Information to self-employed on COVID-19 click here

Information to businesses on COVID-19 click here

Information if you are in receipt of funding click here

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