Coronavirus Financial Hardship Funding
Help Musicians’ second wave of hardship support will help those ineligible for government emergency safety nets or unable to survive on what they receive.
We encourage musicians only to apply to us if they are suffering significant financial hardship, to enable us to focus our resources on those most desperately in need.
In order to be eligible to apply you must satisfy our general criteria for support:
- You are a professional working musician (by which we mean performer, composer/creator or directly involved in the production of music, or in work for which the main qualification is a high level of musical training)
- You are self employed or currently unemployed
- You are in need of financial help
- You satisfy our residency requirements
- You are not currently in full-time Further or Higher Education
- Full guidelines and eligibility rules will be issued next week. In particular please also be aware that:
- Grants will be offered to the extent we have funds available and will be paid in equal instalments over the period 1 June – 31 October. We will adjust the amount paid if your financial circumstances change during this period.
- Grants offered to those on Universal Credit will be calculated in relation to the size of their Universal Credit assessment of need. Grants offered to those not on Universal Credit will be calculated with reference to individual circumstances.
- If you have applied for Universal Credit but have not yet received your assessment, you will be able to begin your Route 1 application but will not be able to submit until you have your Universal Credit assessment. If you apply on Route 2 and subsequently move to Universal Credit, we may need to cancel your remaining grant payments and ask you to apply again through Route 1.