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 charlotte@ohyeahbelfast.com

  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.