Financial Support

Latest information about financial support available for musicians and self-employed people

UK Music

UK Music has compiled advicefrom Government and funding bodies on support for music businesses affected by the impact of the coronavirus


Guidance on the COVID-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme

You can find a concise overview of financial help and advice from accountant Trevor Ford here

The Musicians' Union:

The Musicians' Union is regularly updating their website with advice, see the following link:

Please use this for any information regarding contracts, insurance, traveling, teaching and working in relation to coronavirus.

The Musicians' Union have also recently launched the MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund. Apply now at:


The Incorporated Society of Musicians has also published a range of advice here:

Help Musicians:

Help Musicians Health and Welfare team ( / 0207 239 9103) can offer support to professional musicians in times of personal crisis.

Support is tailored to the individual, and dependent on the situation, Help Musicians may be able to offer financial support as well as signposting for debt/welfare related issues.

To see whether you would be eligible for this please look at the criteria:

Help Musicians now has a dedicated coronavirus page with a section on financial concerns:

Government Schemes/Support:

Covid-19: Support for Businesses

Sick Pay:

If you cannot work due to coronavirus and are eligible for Statutory Sick Pay you will get it from day one, rather than from the fourth day of your illness.  If you are not eligible for Statutory Sick Pay, you can apply for either Universal Credit or for Employment and Support Allowance. Please see the links below for more information and to apply

Legal help:

If you are a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and you are affected by COVID-19 in the course of your work, do get in touch with the ISM legal team at:

General guidance from other industry bodies, for musicians with regard to the current ongoing situation caused by the global pandemic

Arts Council
Creative England