2.4 Billion Euros for Cultural Sector in Europe
Both the federal government and the states provide aid programs for music makers and emergency assistance in non-repayable direct fundings for the economic support and livelihood security of solo self-employed persons. You can find all the information about this, as well as links to the emergency assistance applications, in this article.
The Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Affairs Agency (EACEA) manages funds for education, culture, audiovisual, sports, civic engagement, and volunteering. The European Commission’s Framework Program is designed to support the cultural and audiovisual sectors. For the period 2021-2027, the Creative Europe program aims to build on the previous Culture program and the MEDIA program, with a budget of 2.4 billion euros, to support the cultural and creative sectors in Europe.
How to Apply As A Cultural Institution?
All applications must be submitted electronically via the Electronic Submission System portal accessible here
The application consists of 2 sections:
- Section A (to be completed directly online) – contains administrative information about the applicant organizations (prospective coordinator and beneficiaries) and the summary budget for the proposal.
- Section B (to be filled in as a Word template and uploaded as a PDF file) – contains the description of the action covering the technical content of the proposal.
The following funds and aid programs for music makers have been designed to provide emergency financial relief to musicians struggling due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. In all cases, these funds are limited and you are encouraged to only apply if you are in dire need.
Please note that any hardship grants received will be counted as taxable income by HMRC.
- The MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund – Open to members of the MU with genuine and pressing hardship, musicians can apply for grants of £200.
- Creative Scotland’s Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers – This fund offers a one-off bursary of £500 to £2000 to creative freelancers working in Scotland.
- Business Wales’ Cultural Fund Grant – Offering a fixed grant of £2,500 to creative freelancers working in Wales. The third phase of this scheme has now closed, we will alert members of any future phases.
- Arts Council Northern Ireland Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme – Phase two of this scheme is now open and offers individuals working in the creative economy in Northern Ireland a one-off grant.
- Arts Council England – whilst the Developing Your Creative Practice Fund and National Lottery Project Grants aren’t hardship funds, ACE has increased the total amount available for individuals, and cultural and community organisations in England.
Sources of Financial Assistance
The following resources may be able to offer advice and other assistance, as well as direct monetary contributions.
- Help Musicians – Help Musicians is an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.
- The Royal Society of Musicians – All applications to the Society are considered in confidence. Help may be offered in many ways, whether it be living expenses, rehabilitation, counselling, referrals to specialised practitioners, or consultations with financial advisors.
- PRS Members’ Fund – This fund offers members of PRS for Music financial support and advice in times of need.
In the immediate term, if you are struggling financially, you may wish to see if you are entitled to any other benefits by visiting Citizens Advice’s Coronavirus webpages which contain a lot of helpful information for what support there is for people who have been affected by COVID-19. You can find them here.
Support for Those Self-Isolating
In some areas in the UK, you may be able to claim financial support if self-isolating due to testing positive for Coronavirus or being in close contact with someone who has tested positive. This may include a one-off payment of £500 through the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. To find out if you are eligible, or what other financial support is available, you should visit your local authority’s website.
Government Schemes Which May Be Applicable
Receiving sick pay or Universal Credit will not affect your eligibility for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
This scheme could be applicable to self-employed workers who run their own businesses. The government is offering to act as a guarantor for loan applications, allowing a ‘no’ credit decision for a lender to become a ‘yes’. For more detailed information see British Business Bank’s explanatory document.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Musicians running their own businesses and paying themselves a PAYE salary will likely qualify to claim under this scheme, by putting themselves on furlough. However, the only earnings that will be counted in calculating this payment are those paid through PAYE. For more detailed information see the UK Government website, or see detailed FAQs on the scheme from Thompsons Solicitors.
Coronavirus Job Support Scheme
The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect jobs in businesses that are facing lower demand over the winter months due to COVID-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce. For further details see our Government Support for Musicians page.
Further Support for the Music Industry
Some funds that focus on musicians are:
- Spotify’s COVID-19 Music Relief Project
- MusiCares Coronavirus Relief
- Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Musician’s Emergency Fund
- Musician’s Foundation
- Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
- New Music USA’s Solidarity Fund
- PRS Foundation
- Unison Benevolent Fund
- Help Musicians UK
- GEMA Emergency Coronavirus Fund for Songwriters
- Equal Sound’s Musicians’ Corona Relief Fund
- SONA Songwriter Assistance Fund
- SAG-AFTRA Foundation
We at gigmit hope that this article has given you an overview of the current emergency aid programs for music makers. We hope that things can get going again soon. Here Live is already back.
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