Funding For Musicians

Resources from across the industry

Our industry has been hit hard by the outbreak of COVID-19. Luckily, there are lots of ways that you can receive financial support in these difficult times. In an effort to help you navigate the overwhelming number of funding options out there, we have brought together the various resources available specifically to support musicians and small businesses.

Arts Council England - National Lottery Project Grants Logo

  • Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants - Grants from £1,000 - £100,000 to help with the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners. Applications are open until April 2021. Find out more HERE.

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  • MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund - 1M fund for MU members with genuine and pressing hardship. Find out more HERE.

  • Online Group Teaching - Musician’s Union have created a helpful guide for music teachers dealing with the current limitations due to COVID-19, to teach group work online. Find out more HERE.

  • Disabled Musicians Membership - Disabled musician facing financial barriers can benefit from a reduced MU membership rate. Find out more HERE.

  • Arts Foundation Music for Change Award - The £10,000 award will celebrate UK based artists, songwriters, composers, producers, and experimental sound artists who have a track record of focusing on the underlying themes related to the climate crisis such as ecology, the environment and social cohesion. Three further finalists will receive £1,000 awards. Find out more HERE.Youth Music "I Need Funding" - Offering 3 types of funding;

    • Fund A - for high-quality projects that will help to achieve a musically inclusive England. Find out More HERE.

    • Fund B - Music-making and music-making related activities for children and young people (aged 0-25) facing barriers. Find out more HERE.

    • Fund C - Projects with a dual role of delivery and strategic work; expanding and embedding high quality, inclusive music-making. Find out More HERE.

    The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain Logo

  • The Royal Society of Musicians (RSM) - If you are a member, the RSM accepts applications for financial assistance. Find out more HERE.

Music Support Logo

  • Music Support - Helpline for anyone in the music industry suffering from alcoholism, addiction, emotional or mental health issues. Find out more HERE.

AIM Crisis Fund Logo

  • AIM Crisis fund - Aimed at contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more HERE.

  • PRS Members’ Fund - Provide support and advice to PRS members and their families, who may be struggling financially, physically or emotionally and are in need of help. Find out more HERE.

ISM (i.e. Incorporated Society of Musicians) Logo

  • Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) - ISM members can access 24 hour support helpline and offers face-to-face counselling. Find out more HERE.

BPI (i.e. British Phonographic Industry) Logo

  • British Phonographic Industry - Find useful information for those that work in the music industry. Find out more HERE.

MMF (i.e. Music Managers Forum) Logo

  • Music Managers Forum (MMF) - MMF is gathering evidence of the impact COVID-19 has on music creators and their representatives. Head over to their website to fill in the form. Find out more HERE.

General Funding for Musicians

Below is a collection of non-COVID related grants, bursaries and programmes for musicians and those working in the music industry.

Offered by the PRS Foundation:

Arts Council England:

Help Musicians:


Government Resources

  • Employment & Support Allowance - If you have a disability or health condition that affects how much you can work. Find out more HERE.

  • Self Employment & Universal Credit - Monthly payment to help with your living costs. For those with low income or out of work. Find out more HERE.

  • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme - The self employed will be able to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average trading profits over 3 years up to a maximum of £7,500 (equivalent to three months’ profits), paid in a single instalment. Check eligibility using the new online checker tool HERE.

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) - If you cannot maintain your current workforce because your operations have been severely affected by coronavirus, you can furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance and pension contributions. Check eligibility HERE.

  • Kickstart Scheme - A new scheme for young people to get them into the work industry. If you are an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, you can apply for funding to subsidise newly create roles. Find more details on how to apply HERE.

  • Advice for funding applications - Help Musicians UK provide a comprehensive list of do’s and don’t’s for funding applications. Find out more HERE.