Financial Hardship Fund Extended – 31/01/2022

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Help Musicians is extending the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund into 2022 after receiving £650k of hardship funding from ACE and DCMS. For those eligible, Help Musicians will offer a one-off payment of at least £250 though the amount offered depends on the financial information provided in the application.

To be eligible to apply for this route of funding, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are not eligible for Universal Credit
  • You are a professional musician who earns 50% or more of your income from actively performing music, creating music or undertaking a role that requires a high level of musical skill
  • You are self-employed or currently unemployed
  • You are a UK resident

You are not eligible if:

  • You are not a professional musician
  • You are currently receiving case work support from Help Musicians’ Health and Welfare team
  • You are currently in full-time higher or further education at Undergraduate level or below
  • You have savings of more than £16,000

You will need the following to complete the form:

  • Personal bank details
  • Bank statement showing a full month of transactions that clearly shows your name, address, account number and sort code
  • Evidence of your professional musician status

If you are receiving Universal Credit but are still struggling to make ends meet financially, you can read the new guidance here

To make an application, click here



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