The 1 Million Pound fund is for MU members with genuine and pressing hardship. 

The Musician’s Union has launched the MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund in order to help support those musicians who may be struggling in these times.

Musicians have lost more than £14m in earnings so far
90% have been affected

Job opportunities are down 69% on this time last year

“In response to the widespread cancellation of work that has hit our profession as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have taken the decision to set up a £1M hardship fund that members with genuine and pressing hardship can apply to.” Says the MU.

The fund is open to any current member of the Union who has:

  • Been in continuous membership of the MU for the last twelve months or more
  • Is currently paying the full MU membership subscription rate
  • Is a UK resident
  • Is suffering genuine hardship from loss of work due to the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Has not already successfully received a payment from the MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund

On their website the MU also state that, “it must be emphasised that this is a hardship fund and not a fee replacement fund. The fund will not stretch very far if members who have lost bookings but are not in dire need of financial help all apply.”

Grants will be initially limited to £200 to start with, and you will be able to find out if your application has been successful within 3 working days of applying.

Read more about the grand on the Musician’s Union website and find out if you are eligible here.


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