Musicians' Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund

Musicians' Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund

£19,660

raised of £100,000 stretch target

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 18th May 2020 at 4:48pm

Help us provide immediate support for musicians in real financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

New stretch target

With £100,000 we could help 500 musicians facing genuine financial hardship. A little bit of support, when they need it the most.


It's time like these we need musicians and the music they create the most. But too many are worried about how they will pay the bills during this crisis.

That's why we started the MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund. Providing small grants of £200 to provide urgent relief for musicians in genuine financial hardship. 

Within two hours of launching the fund, we had received more than two hundred applications from musicians worried about how they will keep the lights on. We expect our fund to run out by the end of the first week - that's why we're calling on you. 

We know it's a difficult time. But if you can, please donate. 

Your donations will go to Musicians' Union members who are facing genuine financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and its impact.

What musicians say

"I've just received an email saying my application was successful and I'll be receiving the money. Can I just say to everyone at the Musicians' Union, thank you. I could cry knowing that I've been given a bit of help. Thank you so much!"

"My livelihood has been wiped out. All my freelance tutoring in schools has been cancelled due to school closures and already I've lost all wedding gigs in April as a result of venues closing or couples postponing"

"My whole summer of festival gigs throughout Europe is looking to be cancelled. I employ 12 singers and we are all without work for the next four weeks so that's no income at all"

“I’m in the serious health condition category, so had to make a very very difficult decision to self isolate from the 16th. I’m 100% self employed. I’m already overdrawn as I had to make refunds to students who didn't want lessons online. I’m trying very hard to keep positive and have gone into proactive mode. I’m trying to think of innovative ways to do things online. But I don't know what's going to happen next"

Help us provide immediate support for musicians in real financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

  • Musicians have lost more than £20m in earnings so far 
  • Over 90% tell us their work has been affected 
  • Job opportunities are down 70% on this time last year 
  • Musicians don't qualify for the same support as other working people because they are self-employed

Find out more about the fund, application process, and criteria for support at theMU.org/hardshipfund

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