COVID-19 Support for Musicians


For those not in the know, every Tuesday (5-6pm), our resident music experts Chris and Dave make themselves available for pre-arranged online music advice sessions.  To book a slot; simply  email using the address below to get your essential hints, tips or advice to help you get on in music. It might be a while before they are side by side again but that doesn't mean our dynamic duo can't dish out advice remotely. 

If you are a musician using your lockdown time to plan for the future, or a promoter with questions regarding what to do in this current climate, then fear not as they will still be taking time every week to respond to any questions you might have and can even give you a telephone/Skype call for some in-depth chat should you need it. 

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Music Industry and Related Support

Times are increasingly tough for creatives and music activists and so we have compiled a list of organisations and schemes that can potentially offer support.

A new website ( which acts as a central source of support for all musicians during the coronavirus period is now live. It’s a collaborative effort from Help Musicians, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, The Ivors Academy, the Music Managers Forum, the Music Producers Guild, the Musicians' Union, and UK Music.

Arts Council England have announced that artists and creative practitioners (including those who work in music) will be able to apply for grants of up to £2,500 if they have a track record in publicly funded culture. Find out more here.

The Musicians' Union will be delivering regular information about how COVID-19 affects musicians in the UK. Sign up to their mailing list to keep informed on the various sources of support. They’ve also created The MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund, which offers grants of up to £200 to MU members with genuine and pressing hardship.

Help Musicians have created the Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund and it’s open to all musicians who meet Help Musicians’ eligibility criteria. The charity are offering one-off payments of up to £500 to those suffering significant financial hardship.

For mental health support, Help Musicians run Music Minds Matter, a free 24/7 helpline for everyone in the music industry. Call them on 0808 802 8008 or visit their website.

PRS For Music has launched it’s PRS Emergency Relief Fund for members who are suffering genuine hardship due to loss of work and meet PRS’ eligibility criteria. They will also be offering payments of up to £1000 to affected songwriters and composers. You can find out more via their website.

Music Support runs a helpline for anyone in the music industry struggling with their mental health and/or addiction. Call them on 0800 030 6789 or find out more on their website.

The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) connects performing artists and musicians with free specialist health support. Check out their website for details.


Take care and stay safe - from all at Tees Music Alliance x


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