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.

Musicians Union Logo

  • 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.

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.

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.

  • Applying for a grant when you are not the person registered for business rates - small businesses in Haringey that are not eligible for the SBGF and which have ongoing fixed, property related costs can receive grants from £10,000 to £25,000. The allocation of funding is at the discretion of local authorities. 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.

  • Bounce-Back Loan - Government backed, fast tracked loans, calculated at 25% of net turnover, from £2,000 - 50,000. 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.

  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan - Support for SMEs to access bank lending and overdrafts. Interest rates will be similar to current bank lending. Find out more HERE.

  • New Grants to Boost Recovery of Small Businesses - Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government announces £20 million new funding to help businesses across England get back on track. Small and medium sized businesses in England can access grants between £1,000 - £5,000 for new equipment and technology and specialist advice. The money has been allocated to Growth Hubs within each LEP area in line with the current ERDF Programme.

  • Film and TV Production Restart Scheme - The Culture Secretary has announced the launch of a Government-backed scheme of £500 million for domestic film and TV productions struggling to get coronavirus-related insurance. The funding will be available to all productions made by companies where at least half of the production budget is spent in the UK and is estimated to cover more than 70% of the film and TV production market to the end of the year. Find out more HERE.

  • Self-employment Income Support Extension - The UK government has reopened its support scheme for the millions of self-employed workers who have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. From the 17th, eligible applicants will receive a single grant worth 70% of average monthly trading profits for three months, capped at £6,570. Find out more 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.

  • Funding to support businesses impacted by Covid 19 - New grant available for businesses in England required to close due to local lockdowns or targeted restrictions will now be able to receive grants worth up to £1,500 every three weeks. Find out more HERE.