Charity pledges £5 million to support musicians
Help Musicians, the charity which supports musicians throughout the career, has launched a £5 million fund to help support musicians in financial need owing to the Coronavirus.
More than 17,000 musicians have already applied for the fund, which gives a one-off £500 payment to those eligible.
Help Musicians’ Chief Executive James Ainscough said: “For almost one hundred years, Help Musicians has worked hard to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians, and there has rarely been a time where that has been as important as it is now. 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."
The charity stresses that only musicians suffering significant financial hardship should apply, enabling them to provide help quickly to those who need it most.
James Ainscough 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."
Following the huge amount of applicants, Help Musicians has said it will roll-out further support initiatives to suit all those suffering significant hardship.
For more information about Help Musicians, and how to apply for the fund, click here