Applications now open for phase 2 of help musicians' financial hardship funding. Help Musicians’ second wave of financial hardship support will help those ineligible for government emergency safety nets or unable to survive on what they receive.
When lockdown hit, tens of thousands of professional musicians immediately lost the ability to earn a living. We responded quickly by offering immediate short-term financial relief to those in need. In just four weeks, we were able to provide one-off grants of £500 to nearly 16,700 musicians across the UK. We invested £5m of our own reserves in this first phase and were delighted to receive donations of a further £3.35m.
We open phase 2 with a total of £2.55m, made up of £2m from the charity’s reserves, plus generous donations of £500k from music licensing company PPL and £50k from the Lightbody Foundation.