Coronavirus advice and support

During this worrying and uncertain time, we have started to compile a list of relevant resources to help musicians, composers, and other creative individuals and organisations find the most useful information and sources of support.

We will continue to monitor and update this as the situation develops.

Stay safe and well.

Creative Scotland has published a comprehensive A-Z of funding and resources available to those in the creative community who have been affected by Coronavirus (Covid-19) which can be accessed here:

For musicians & composers

Music Minds Matter
If you work in music and are struggling to cope, or know someone who is,whatever you’re going through right now you can contact Music Minds Matter on 0808 802 8008 or email MMM@helpmusicians.org.uk. Trained advisors available to listen, support and help at any time.

Advice from Help Musicians UK
1) Where to check for the latest advice on Coronavirus
2) How Help Musicians may be able to support you
3) Signposting to other organisations who may be able to offer support

Musicians Union advice and latest news

Latest coronavirus advice for PRS Foundation grantees and applicants

The Royal Society of Musicians Great Britain: support for musicians in need 

PRS for Music Emergency Relief Fund
Grants up to £1000 for PRS members globally.

PRS Foundation's Sustaining Creativity Fund
Grants up to £750 for music creators experiencing hardship from loss of work due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Supported by Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief Fund and generous donations from members of the public.

Sound and Music The COVID-19 Composer Awards
Sound and Music has repurposed the existing Francis Chagrin Award in order to respond to the needs of the composer community during this unprecedented emergency to create the COVID-19 Composer Awards. The awards will support UK-based composers and music creators who have lost work due to the COVID-19 crisis to undertake creative or professional development. This is not a hardship fund. It seeks to award, in the first instance, 10 small-scale grants of £500 to composers and music creators looking to develop skills during this time of quarantine, particularly with a view to supporting longer-term sustainability.

Incorporated Society of Musicians advice and information.

The ISM has also published a useful resource: Making music online in real time.

Scottish Music Centre advice and information page.

Information on setting up streaming concerts (including ticketed ones) from Cherie Hu.

Matthew Whiteside has published a guide to self-releasing music.


COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

An aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

The Skinny general advice and information for artists and creatives: https://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/news/coronavirus-support-for-artists-and-creatives