Help Musicians announce £1 million boost to Hardship Fund

The extension of the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund arrives as a quarter of UK musicians consider leaving the industry.

Jamie MacMillan
  • By Jamie MacMillan
  • 20 Jan 2022
  • min read

Help Musicians have announced that at least £1m will be distributed to musicians whose needs are the greatest until normal income levels return.

The organisation revealed that in a recent survey of almost 900 musicians, almost three quarters of professional musicians earned less than £1,000 during December, a month which normally offers most significant earning potential during the year.

As well as the continuing issues surrounding touring in Europe, the survey revealed that 57 percent of those responding were unsure they will be able to achieve sufficient income to meet their overheads.

75 percent of musicians also revealed that they worry about their financial situation at least daily, with a quarter of musicians considering leaving the profession altogether.

Since the pandemic began, Help Musicians has supported nearly 20,000 musicians facing urgent financial trouble with £18.5m of payments; and following the results of this survey will be opening another round of applications for musicians.

Donations can be made to Help Musicians here and the organisation can be reached here.