Coronavirus – Support for artists

Things are incredibly difficult for artists right now. We have compiled a list of support we are aware of that may help. These organisations are happy to talk if you need advice on their application process and if we can help please get in touch – you can contact

  1. Musicians

Help Musicians Coronavirus Hardship Fund ( this fund is now closed, but we hope to hear of a round 2 soon and will update accordingly)

Who can apply?

  • Performers, composers/creators, those directly involved in the production of music, or those who work in a role where the main qualification is a high level of musical training
  • Individuals who are self-employed or currently unemployed

How much is available?

  • A one-off payment of £500 per person

How do I apply?

  • Via an online form. More information is available here.

Irish Music Industry COVID Relief Fund

Who can apply?

  • Irish (resident in Ireland or an Irish national) music creators, including songwriters, composers, performers, session musicians and arrangers

How much is available?

  • A one-off emergency relief payment of up to €750 EUR

How do I apply?

  • Via an online application form. More information is available here.

Arts Council Northern Ireland – Artists Emergency Programme

Who can apply?

Artists Emergency Programme

  • £500,000 Arts Council National Lottery funds to support artists and freelancers
  • This programme supports the research, design and future presentation of events, performances and other artistic projects, including resources to help artists develop their artistic practice.
  • AEP will buy artists creative time to develop their skills and practice during these difficult times, for future presentation of work.
  • This is a rolling programme, opening today until further notice, for proposals ending March 2021.

Application forms and Guidance Notes for the Artists Emergency Programme are now available from the Arts Council here.

How much is available?

  • Artists Emergency Programme – up to £5,000 per applicant

How do I apply?

  • Artists Emergency Programme – this requires an Expression of Interest form, a CV, a budget, and proof of previous experience of delivering work for the public benefit. More information is available here.

The Musicians’ Union Hardship Fund

Who can apply?

  • UK residents who are members of the Musicians’ Union or joint members of the Musicians’ Union and the National Education Union (NEU)

How much is available?

  • A one-off grant of £200 per person

How do I apply?

  • Via an application form on the Musicians’ Union website. More information is available here.

PRS for Music Emergency Relief Fund

Who can apply?

  • All PRS for Music members

How much is available?

  • Grants of up to £1000 per person

How do I apply?

  • Via an online application form. More information is available here.

PRS Foundation Sustaining Creativity Fund

Who can apply?

  • UK music creators experiencing hardship form loss of work due to COVID-19
  • The grant is to help music creators continue to create exceptional new music – this is not a hardship fund

How much is available?

  • Grants of £750 per person

How do I apply?

  • Read the guidance available and complete the online application form. More information is available here.
  • Freelancers and contractors

AIM Support Fund

Who can apply?

  • Contractors and freelancers working with artists signed to AIM member labels (e.g. tour crews, studio producers, mixing engineers, radio pluggers, graphic designers, stylists, photographers, publicists, and managers)
  • Applicants must not be eligible for any other music industry hardship funds
  • UK and Ireland nationals and residents

How much is available?

  • A fund of £1 million is available

How do I apply?

  • You must be nominated for the fund by the AIM member that had contracted you for the lost work. More information is available here.

Crew Nation

Who can apply?

  • Members of touring or venue crews, both front of house and backstage staff,  who make 50% or more of their income from this field

How much is available?

  • A one-off grant equivalent to $1000 USD

How do I apply?

  • More information is available here.
  • Small Businesses

Small Business Grant Scheme

Who can apply?

  • Small businesses that already pay reduced business rates because of Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR)

How much is available?

  • A one-off grant of £10,000

How do I apply?

  • Via the NI Department for the Economy website. More information is available here.
  • Other useful information

Corona Musicians

  • This website lists a range of support and advice for musicians during the coronavirus period, including information on funding, legal and business advice, working online, mental health and other health matters.

Music Support and Thrive

  • The mental health charity Music Support has partnered with Thrive to provide 1,000 individuals with free access to wellbeing and mental health support.

Music & You

  • Music and You have created a number of resources to help us look after our wellbeing, including stress, anxiety and our mental health, during these times.

Meditation Courses

  • The Musicians’ Union is offering free online medication sessions to support the wellbeing of the music community during the pandemic.

Music Minds Matter

  • A free, confidential, around the clock helpline run by Help Musicians for the entire music industry.

Music Support Helpline

  • A helpline for anyone in the music industry suffering from alcoholism, addiction, emotional or mental health issues.

‘Hey Girl’, a song by the Strong Women Choir with Newington Day Centre

Earlier this year The Oh Yeah Music Centre completed a 12 week programme of music activities in partnership with Newington Day Centre.

The project which is supported by the Carers’ Music Fund targets women and girls who are isolated because of their caring responsibilities.

The project was led by Music Director Anne McCambridge and Oh Yeah Music & Older People’s Manager Paul Kane. It took place at Newington Day Centre, an organisation in North Belfast which provides support for older people living in the local community and their carers.

The group of Female Carer’s that came together formed The Strong Women’s Choir. They performed for their loved ones at Christmas and went on to write a song called ‘Hey Girl’, a lighthearted memoir of nights out in Belfast at places like the Orpheus and the Ritz.

This video is a document of the workshops, songwriting and final recording session at Half Bap studio with Phil d’Alton. We think it’s excellent and wanted to share it with you.

Sending all home carers, community care centres, NHS staff and key workers during COVID-19 our deepest appreciation for the work that you do. Stay safe everyone. #clapforcarers

Wynona Bleach all ages Album Preview POSTPONED

In order to play our part in maintaining the health and welfare of our participants, staff, facilitators, audiences and volunteers, we have taken the decision to postpone this Friday’s Volume Control event.

Rest assured that we are working hard to find a new date for the show and this will be announced in due course.

If you have any questions please feel free to send us a message.

Thanks for your continued support of young people and the local music scene!

Oh Yeah Music Centre Update on Covid-19 Concerns

With the ongoing developments and concerns about Covid-19 we wanted to let you know about the additional cleaniness measures that we have implemented. The health and welfare of Oh Yeah’s staff, tenants, visitors, (we should add- participants, audiences, volunteers, facilitators and other centre users is our top priority. 

Here are the measures that Oh Yeah staff are undertaking to help prevent the spread of the virus and help protect users of the centre.

·       The frequency of our normal cleaning schedules have been increased, and additional measures are being taken in our rehearsal rooms.

·       “High-touch” surfaces such as door handles, lift buttons etc are now being treated with additional disinfectant throughout the day. 

·       Our public bathrooms are fully stocked with soap and signs have been placed throughout to instruct on safe hand washing techniques

·       We have implemented a non hand shake policy in the centre

·       Visitors are being asked to wash their hands upon entry to the centre

·       We would encourage customers to please pay by contactless debit or credit card where possible

We are taking instruction from Government and the Public Health Agency and as such we remain open as normal at present. We recognise that due to conflicting information and the fluidity of the situation this may change and as such we will update in due course. 

OK? In support of mental health and suicide prevention

“OK? is a music and arts festival in support of mental health awareness and suicide prevention. 

To celebrate community and to encourage asking the question… Are you ok?”

Raising money for Aware NI, PIPS and Help Musicians

Saturday 28th March 2020 6pm – late
The Telegraph Building TICKETS ON SALE – 9am Thurs 5th March 

Tickets available at and Ticketmaster outlets 

The Lifeline number is 0808 808 8000 lines are open 24/7 This is a free helpline service

Directories of Services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing across NI:

Mix It Up! with More Volume and Boy’s Model

More Volume, our second events promotion mentoring scheme linked to the local community, is back with another exciting gig! This time, it’s in partnership with Belfast Boy’s Model School and with one great line-up of DJs…

Gleave Dobbin + Ross B2B Daniel
With a special performance from the Class Band

Get down early to get a free glow stick!

This gig is open to ALL AGES, which means that there will be NO ALCOHOL served on the night nor allowed in the building.

Tickets available here

Girls Rock School NI presents The Big IWD Gig!

Girls Rock! has a new side activity, and it’s to put badass gigs with local female artists, as well as their own recruits!
They’ve chosen to start strong with the celebration of a significant date: International Women’s Day.

The gig itself will be on Sat. 7 March and will showcase Problem Patters, Gender Chores, Alumna and Sasha Samara (+ a special DJ set by Sister Ghost and Heart Shaped)

Get your tickets here now:

£7 / £5 for student or underwaged