Help Musicians Announce Phase Three of Their Coronavirus Financial Hardship Funding


Having went above and beyond in 2020 to successfully help those in the music industry most in need, Help Musicians has announced a third phase of funding, targeted at self-employed musicians who do not qualify for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and unemployed professional musicians unable to make ends meet throughout the UK.

For those who are eligible, to the extent that funds allow, HMUK will offer grant payments from the moment their application is successful to March 2021 to top-up Universal Credit payments where relevant. Where an applicant does not qualify for Universal Credit but is still experiencing significant financial hardship, an assessment, and grant allocation will be made based on individual circumstances. 

There are three routes of application:

  • Route 1 – Those in receipt, or are applying for Universal Credit who are still struggling to make ends meet. Read the guidance notes for information on eligibility and the process. You can apply here.
  • Route 2 – Those not eligibile for Universal Credit, but are experiencing significant financial hardship. Read the guidance notes for information on eligibility and the process. You can apply here.
  • Route 3 – Those with complex needs that go beyond financial hardship and require the services of a caseworker. This can include long-term health issues, complicated domestic circumstances or financial situations. Help Musicians’ Health & Welfare team can be reached at

Read their FAQs for more details. Further questions can be asked at

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