As COVID-19 reshapes the world as we know it, many musicians will be concerned about the impact on their own health and livelihood.

**UPDATE: 2 April 2020**

Financial support for musicians

The Government has introduced a COVID-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme. A useful summary and guidance can be found here.

In addition to YCAT's Hardship Fund for YCAT musicians, several organisations have introduced their own funding initiatives:

Help Musicians has launched the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund, a new offering specifically created to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may currently be facing.

Arts Council UK is offering individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector new financial support. £20 million will be available to individual artists, creative practitioners and freelancers so they can better sustain themselves, and their work, in the coming months. Details can be found here

PRS for Music has launched an Emergency Relief Fund for its members, to support songwriters and composers during unprecedented times of hardship.

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In addition to the essential guidance issued by the government and the NHS, the following organisations offer useful music-specific advice:

The Help Musicians website will help you gather useful information and find sources of support.

It also provides information about:

  • Where to check for the latest advice on Coronavirus
  • How Help Musicians may be able to support you
  • Signposting to other organisations who may be able to offer support

The Incorporated Society of Musicians gives contractual and legal advice for performers and self-employed/employed teachers.

The Musicians’ Union website provides the following COVID-19 advice:

  • Safety Advice for Gigs and Live Performances
  • Teaching During the Coronavirus Outbreak
  • Theatre Work During Coronavirus
  • Travelling During the Pandemic
  • Contracts and Earnings
  • Insurances
  • Help and Support
  • Staying Connected and Up to Date

If there’s one thing musicians have always been highly attuned to, it’s the value of working together, listening to and supporting each other, both on and off the concert stage. There is an amazing community of musicians and music lovers using social media channels to offer inspiration, reflections and, of course, music. YCAT will be sharing and contributing to this over the coming weeks.

Today we enjoyed a mini recital from recent YCAT artist Sean Shibe on Twitter:

Look after yourselves and look after each other.