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MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the MU's Coronavirus Hardship Fund for MU members.

Last updated: 22 October 2021

Why can I only receive £200?

This is intended to be immediate, urgent relief for musicians facing financial hardship right now. We have already distributed £1.3M to members, and we want to continue to help as many musicians in trouble as possible. Musicians should also visit Help Musicians, PRS Members' Fund and the Royal Society of Musicians who all offer longer term support.

In the mean time, we are still working very hard to pressure the Government to provide proper financial support for freelancers.

How will I know if I’m successful?

You will receive an email once we have manually checked your application. Please check your junk email folder.

I’m a student, will I qualify?

Unfortunately this fund is only for members currently paying the full MU membership subscription rate. However, you can find a number of alternative forms of support. 

What are the criteria?

You must:

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

Will I have to pay tax on the grant I receive?

Any hardship grants received will count as taxable income. HMRC will consider this as income that has come from self-employment – so if it’s a quantity you would usually be taxed on, you will be taxed.