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MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund

In response to the widespread cancellation of work that has hit our profession as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the MU has distributed over £1.3M to members in hardship grants since April 2020. The fund remains open to new claimants.

Last updated: 07 September 2021


The fund is open to any current MU member who:

  • Is currently paying for the following subscription rates in full or by direct debit: standard Membership, Joint Membership, and standard Disabled Musicians Membership 
  • Holds a UK bank account into which the grant can be paid
  • Is suffering genuine hardship from loss of work due to the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Has not already successfully received a payment from the MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund

It must be emphasised that this is a hardship fund and not a fee replacement fund. The fund will not stretch very far if members who have lost bookings but are not in dire need of financial help all apply.

Please, act responsibly and have consideration for your colleagues who are suffering extreme and immediate financial hardship.

Initially, we will be restricting the individual grants to a maximum of £200 while we monitor the level of applications. We recognise that in many cases this will not be nearly enough to cover your weekly bills. We have provided the details of other music industry agencies that are currently also offering financial assistance at the bottom of this page and would urge you to contact them too.

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Applying to the MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund

Once your application is submitted it will be manually reviewed and processed. We will endeavour to process all claims within ten working days of receipt and will email you immediately thereafter to confirm whether your application has been successful or not.

If your application has been successful, we will endeavour to make a BACS payment of £200 to your nominated bank account within twenty eight days.

If your claim is unsuccessful you will be able to submit a new claim at any time thereafter for further consideration.

If you are found to have provided false information in order to obtain payment from the fund, we reserve the right to demand the return of the payment and invoke any applicable MU’s disciplinary procedures.

We are continuing to raise funds to be able to keep supporting musicians facing financial hardship - through donations to our crowdfunder and other external sources.

Check our FAQs page about the fund to learn more.

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If you need assistance filling out the application form please contact

Not eligible for MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund?

Find more information about financial support for musicians here.


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