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COVID-19: Advice from our partners

27th April 2020

Our partners are working hard to provide support for artists at this time, including guidance and assistance for finances and mental health.

PRS Foundation

Joe Frankland, CEO of PRS Foundation said “Over the past few weeks, the music industry has rapidly worked together to do whatever it can to protect songwriters, composers, artists and those working in the industry who are affected by the global COVID-19 crisis. The support available is taking many forms - from guidance and support to individuals’ time and advice, and much needed financial help.

At PRS Foundation we have partnered with PRS for Music and the PRS Members’ Fund on their Emergency Relief Fund to help songwriter and composer members who are facing genuine and immediate hardship. Additionally PRS Foundation has also teamed up with Spotify which has enabled us to launch the Sustaining Creativity Fund to help those music creators suffering professional hardship and helping them to continue to create music, develop and to get back on track.

At this incredibly difficult time it has been fantastic to see the speed and collaboration across the industry to support and help those being overwhelmed by this crisis.”

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AIM

“They say necessity is the mother of invention. Creative artists have always found ways to express themselves and communicate no matter what obstacles are put in their way. Now is the time to hone your skills and expertise, to think laterally and to experiment with new and creative ways to grow your fanbase and engage with the world at a ‘social distance’. AIM has a whole range of resources, advice and contacts that can help you grow including our new Lunch & Learn webinar series. BBC Music Introducing artists can also get exclusive access to the AIM Start Up Guide to Music Business and Distribution Revolution through our BBC Music Introducing Knowledge Partnership.”

Paul Pacifico – CEO of The Association of Independent Music (AIM)

AIM has launched a support fund aimed at contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To support their members and the wider independent community in this difficult time, AIM has also created a business guidance document for Music SMEs within the industry, which can be used as a focal point for the latest information and advice regarding COVID-19.

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Help Musicians UK

James Ainscough, Help Musicians CEO, said: “Help Musicians is a charity that has been working to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians for nearly 100 years. Our support ranges across Health & Welfare services, grant funding, creative development, a mental health helpline for the entire music industry, an incredibly popular hearing health scheme and much more. We recognise that in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak musicians need fast support and reliable information. We worked with our friends in the industry to set-up Coronamusicians.info, ensuring all musicians have a hub with the most up-to-date and accurate signposting relevant to their work.”

Find out more about Help Musicians’ work and support during the Coronavirus outbreak: https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk

UK Music

UK Music is in continuous discussions with Government Ministers and officials about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the music industry. They have collated information on the various funds available for musicians at this time, as well as providing advice for self-employed people: https://www.ukmusic.org/covid-19/

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions and develops art and culture across the country. The organisation is working towards 3 new funds to support the individual creatives, arts organisations, museums and libraries through the COVID-19 outbreak.

Henley, CEO of Arts Council England says:

"For now, we are solely in the business of helping artists and cultural organisations to get through this unprecedented crisis. By providing basic financial support, we want to afford practitioners and organisations time to stabilise, to think and to plan for the future. We must see the cultural ecosystem in which every person, every organisation, every cultural expression, has a legitimate place. It’s the whole ecosystem that we need to fight for, and that’s what I intend to do".

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BPI

The BPI champions the UK’s recorded music industry, safeguarding the rights of its members and of the artists, performers and label members of collecting body PPL.

The BPI has put together a very useful presentation containing information on welfare and mental wellbeing, advice on working from home and financial support, and links to other useful sites for artists: https://www.bpi.co.uk/news-analysis/covid-19-useful-information

PPL UK

PPL is the UK music industry’s collective management organisation (CMO). They license recorded music when it is played in public or broadcast, ensuring that revenue flows back to their members.

PPL has announced some changes to its Q1 distribution alongside a series of steps to help the music community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find more information: https://www.ppluk.com/ppl-announces-876m-q1-distribution-and-additional-measures-to-help-the-music-community/

ISM

The ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) is the UK’s professional body for musicians, with over 10,000 members. They have been working tirelessly to help musicians to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, and engaging with government on behalf of the sector to ensure no musician or business is left without support.

A COVID-19 advice hub has been set up on the ISM website, which contains free guidance on all aspects of the situation, from finances and work to staying healthy and succeeding online. Advice includes ‘How to make money from livestreaming’, ‘An introduction to home recording’, ‘Copyright: where you stand as an online musician’, and much more.

Find out more: https://www.ism.org/covid-19