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COVID-19 Advice and Resources

We have already seen the impact COVID-19 is having on the music community globally. With cancelled gigs and festivals, many musicians and music professionals will be hit hard financially and also mentally during these trying times. We have created this page to act as a central source of advice and guidance given from trusted sources and Tipping Point partners, including Help Musicians UK and PRS, to support you as much as possible.

Support from Tipping Point so far

North East Musicians and Music Industry Professionals Facebook Group

This group is to support the North East music industry during the coronavirus outbreak. This space is used to advise one another, chat or offer practical help to each other and those in need, share creative ideas, practical plans and any other constructive thoughts. Request to join.

Music Industry Advice Clinic

Please note: We cannot directly advise on impacts of the Coronavirus, however we are still able to give more general advice and signpost where necessary. For the foreseeable future, we will be hosting our Music Industry Advice Clinics on Zoom (a video call platform) at a date and time that suits you. Fill in the contact form here. 

Funding and Financial Support

PRS For Music launches Membership emergency fund

The new fund is open to all PRS members around the world who have been a member for at least two years and earned over £500 in the last two years. Grants will be awarded based on assessment of individual need and applicants will receive support up to a value of £1000. Find out more.

Arts Council England is making £90 million available to NPOs to quickly reboot their programmes of work

They will be making the funding available to NPOs as soon as possible. Find out more.

Arts Council England have made £20 million available for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers

Artists and creative practitioners will be able to apply for grants of up to £2,500 if they have a track record in publicly funded culture. Find out more.

HMUK has launched an adapted round of their Do It Differently Fund

Awarded musicians will receive a grant of £3,000 to bring it to life and business coaching via Skype to help shape their future. Find out more.

AIM launches COVID-19 crisis fund for independent music contractors

The UK’s Association of Independent Music (AIM) has launched a support fund for contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry who have lost income for April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more.

Signposting Pages

HMUK launches a central source of support and advice

HMUK have launched a new site which acts as a central source of information and guidance for musicians seeking support during this time. Find out more.

AMA has released a list of resources to support the arts, culture and heritage sector

This list of resources includes AMA’s own webinars, COVID-19 support Facebook group, blogs and video resources as well as resources from a range of organisations on homeworking, wellbeing, income support, and more. Find out more. 

Creative England releases a COVID-19 support page

With the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, information and advice from government is constantly being updated. Creative England have collated advice from across the sector to provide guidance to those in the creative industries who are affected by the Coronavirus and its fallout. Find out more.

 

Advice & Guidance

HMUK shares advice relating to Coronavirus and the impact on musicians and music professionals

You will find information here related to 1) Where to check for the latest advice on Coronavirus 2) How Help Musicians may be able to support you and 3) Signposting to other organisations who may be able to offer support. Find out more.

AIM has released COVID-19 business guidance for music SMEs

This is a working document and will update as things unfold. This page contains info on developing situations around Financial Assistance (Govt, funding), Business Disruption, Supply Chain Resilience (digital, physical) & more. Find out more.

Arts Council England has released guidance on funds open to individuals and organisations outside of their National Portfolio

Read their CEO’s blog here.

Arts Council England support for organisations

Arts Council England has pulled together the latest support and guidance available from the government and other professional bodies for organisations. Find out more.

Arts Council England support for individuals

Arts Council England has pulled together the latest support and guidance available from the government and other professional bodies for individuals. Find out more. 

Consultancy, Digital Support & Networks

Tech tips from the Digital Culture Network

If you’re trying to get to grips with new ways of working, get in touch with the Digital Culture Network. Their Tech Champions are on hand to help you work remotely, keep engaged with your audiences, find alternative ways of generating income online and much more. They’ve made lots of resources available already, with more to come soon. Find out more.

AMA is running free digital skills webinars

The Arts Marketing Association is running free webinars on topics such as crisis communications and connecting with your audiences. Recordings of past webinars are also available, as well as other useful resources. Find out more.

Voluntary Arts has launched #CreativeNetwork

Voluntary Arts has launched #CreativeNetwork, an online get-together of people involved in arts, culture and creativity. Join the network at 9.30am every weekday to chat through issues you’re facing and to make new connections. Find out more.

Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy’s free ‘Power Hour’

Don’t miss Art Fundraising & Philanthropy’s free ‘Power Hour’ of consultancy support every day. It’s open to any arts or cultural organisation needing help with income generation, fundraising strategy or donor management. Find out more.

Health & Wellbeing

COVID-19 and social isolation

Check out this great resource from March Network, which pulls together the huge range of creative initiatives available to support our mental health and wellbeing during this period of social distancing. Find out more.

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