COVID-19: ISM update 24 March 2020

In response to the Chancellor’s statement on Friday, the ISM has put together a letter template for musicians to use to contact their MPs about the impact COVID-19 has had on their lives, and urge on the Government to take action.

Now is the time for Government to support freelance musicians with an urgent emergency fund in this time of great difficulty. Please share this template to whoever might need it.

We are also lobbying for freelance musicians daily until robust financial measures are put in place. On the weekend we wrote a letter to the Chancellor calling for this urgent emergency fund and clearly outlined how the welfare system is not sufficient in supporting musicians through these unprecedented times.

We are doing everything we can to fight for our sector.

Adapting to working from home is a reality for many musicians and we are committed to helping this workforce succeed through this. Check out our new advice page How to put on online concerts and gigs, from arts entrepreneur David Taylor, for a rundown of what you'll need to know when performing online.

If you're moving to online teaching there are new things you will have to consider and adapt to your individual circumstances, including safeguarding and managing digital equipment. Read our latest advice below.

If there is any advice you would like us to make, please let us know and we will try and arrange this. All feedback is incredibly helpful at this point and we appreciate your patience as we continue to help our members.

Lastly, we hope you're keeping well. If you're struggling for whatever reason or need someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to contact our 24/7 personal advice and counselling helpline for confidential and expert support on any issues affecting your wellbeing.