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Top-up Payments to Coronavirus Hardship Fund Grants

We’re making a top-up payment of £100 to previously successful applicants to our Coronavirus Hardship Fund this month.

Published: 18 June 2020 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:31 PM
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The MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund provides small grants for the urgent relief of musicians in genuine financial hardship.

Applicants that received an initial payment of £200 from the fund are being contacted and given the choice as to whether they need the additional top-up payment or not. If not, their proposed payment will remain in the fund to support other musicians in due course.

MU members who have not yet applied to the Coronavirus Hardship Fund are still able to apply for a £200 grant as and when they need it.

Thank you to PPL for their donations of £200,000 which have made this top-up payment possible.

Summer of Live Festival

We’re launching the Summer of Live Online Festival this Sunday, 21 June. The inaugural event being hosted by Shell Zenner, radio presenter, producer and DJ, and featuring the talents of Penfriend, Jack Curley, Prima and Kinkai.

The event is being organised to raise money for our Coronavirus Hardship Fund, which distributes money directly to musicians in immediate financial difficulties.

Find out more.

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Brexit Lobbying Update

An update following the debate held in Westminster Hall on enabling visa and work permit free travel for musicians in the EU, with renewed calls from MPs for the Government to sort out remaining issues for musicians.

Published: 23 November 2021

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