PPL Coronavirus Statement
Please find an update for PPL members regarding the coronavirus. PPL will be amending some working practices over the coming weeks in order to safeguard the health of our staff and to ensure that we can maintain service to our members.
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This comprehensive webpage has been created by Help Musicians and partners to be a central source of support and advice for all musicians during the coronavirus period. They have also launched the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund, created to alleviate some of the financial pressures that many professional musicians may currently be facing.
Association of Independent Music (AIM)
AIM has launched a support fund aimed at contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have also compiled an extensive document for SMEs in the music industry that are being negatively impacted, including guidance on financial assistance and event cancellation.
The BPI has co-ordinated a fund of £1.5m to help artists and the wider music community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund, to which PPL is a contributor, will support the Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund as well as wellbeing charities and the grassroots music sector. The company website also has a detailed list of Government and other financial support packages for businesses.
Department for International Trade (DIT)
The Department for International Trade has a business support page, with information on financial support packages for businesses, advice on how to operate your business, and support for your employees.
The Government’s advice for businesses and members of the general public. It includes information on financial support being rolled out to help those struggling.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
HM Revenue and Customs (HRMC) will be launching the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) on 13 May, which will allow those who are eligible to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average trading profits up to a maximum of £7,500. They are also hosting webinars from 5 – 7 May, providing an overview of the SEISS covering topics such as who can apply to the scheme, how much a person may be entitled to and other support available.
Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)
The UK’s professional body for musicians and subject association for music have put together financial advice for self-employed musicians.
Live Nation have committed $10m to support touring and venue crews who rely on live shows to make a living.
The Musicians’ Union
A comprehensive page of news and advice geared towards musicians. Includes specific information on contracts, insurance, travel and safety. It has also set up a Hardship Fund for those experiencing genuine and pressing financial hardship due to coronavirus.
PRS For Music
PRS for Music has launched an Emergency Relief Fund offering grants of up to £1000 for members, depending on need.
We support artists financially via grants through PRS Foundation. If you are a recipient or applicant of a grant, please visit this page to find up-to-date information on how coronavirus is affecting its funding. You can also donate to help music creators during this unprecedented crisis.
PRS Member’s Fund
If you are a composer or songwriter and member of PRS for Music, you may be eligible for health and welfare support through the company’s Member’s Fund. Again, please check the eligibility criteria listed.
The music industry’s representative in Parliament, UK Music has brought together a directory of advice from the Government, as well as different music trade bodies.