COVID-19: ISM update 25 March 2020

Many of our members and other freelance musicians have lost work overnight and now cannot afford basic living costs such as food and rent.

Now is the time for Government to support freelance musicians with an urgent emergency fund. In addition to writing to Government about this, we have put together a template letter for musicians to use to contact their local MPs about the impact COVID-19 has had on their lives. This is our workforce's opportunity to urge the Government to take action.

Our COVID-19 impact survey is now live. Your responses will help us protect musicians and lobby Government with clear and powerful evidence. Please spare five minutes to take part.

Check out our brand new advice page, A musician's guide to livestreaming, written by arts entrepreneur David Taylor, which includes video tutorials showing how to livestream across different platforms.

You might also be interested in our other advice page for performers, How to put on online concerts and gigs.

Our latest advice, Self employed musicians: Financial advice (COVID-19), has all the latest information on how to receive help if you're self employed. Also see our new Understanding Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) which explains eligibility and how to apply for support.

We will soon be publishing advice for employed musicians and business owners, so stay tuned.

If you have any requests for advice, please let us know and we will try and arrange it. All feedback is incredibly helpful at this point, and we appreciate your patience as we continue to help and support our members.

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Lastly, we hope you're keeping well. If you're an ISM member, don't hesitate to contact our 24/7 personal advice and counselling helpline for confidential and expert support on any issues affecting your wellbeing.