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With the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 virus sweeping across the UK music industry, we will be listing  related  petitions  demanding government support and guidance along with  links to relevant relief funding and fundraisers


For the most up to date guidlines regarding safety during the Coronavirus outbreak, we recommend following official World Health Organisation and Public Health England channels. 

PETITIONS


Coronavirus: write to your MP.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme excludes a whole sector of workers, including around six million self-employed workers. Below is a link to a template letter you can send to your MP.
Read Here ︎

Cancel the Festival of Britain - Save Britain's Grassroots Culture
Music Venue Trust are calling on Boris Johnson to take immediate action to protect Britain's Grassroots Music Venues by reallocating funds designated to the 2022 Festival Of Britain and to enforce the official temporary closure of Grassroots Music Venues.
Sign Here ︎

Resident Advisor launch Save Our Scene Campaign
In an open letter, signed by more than 150 people in the electronic music scene across five continents, Resident Advisor are calling on collective action from the community to ‘save our scene’.
Read the letter and Sign Here ︎

Temporary Income Protection Fund for UK self-employed workers during the COVID-19 crisis
The Association Of Independent Music has started this petition advocating for a dedicated source of direct income support to compensate the self-employed for lost earnings due to COVID-19 preventative measures. Sign Here ︎

LOANS,  FUNDING AND ADVICE


Advice for businesses and employers on COVID-19 
*This now includes newly announced policies including 

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England
Read Here ︎

Coronavirus business interruption loans
Read Here ︎

HMRC COVID-19 helpline for the self employed and small business.
Read Here ︎
 
COVID-19 freelancers advice resources
Read Here ︎

Apply for Council Tax reduction
Apply to your local council for Council Tax Reduction (sometimes called Council Tax Support). You’ll get a discount on your bill if you’re eligible.
Apply Here ︎

IPSE advice and support for freelancers and the self-employed
Read Here ︎

Musicians Union Hardship Fund
Read Here ︎

PRS Membership Emergency Fund
Read Here ︎

Help Musicians Coronavirus Hardship Fund
Read Here ︎

FUNDRAISERS 


Deptford and New Cross venues and charities
A Just Giving page set up to help small independent businesses and local charities here in the New Cross and Deptford area. All proceeds will be split equally around spaces in New Cross and Deptford. Such as Deptford Cinema, Bunker Club, DIY Space, Deptford Reach and DAGE.
Donate Here ︎

Sister Midnight Records
Sister Midnight is faced with the very real threat of closure. They desperately need to raise funds to help towards the cost of rent and bills during this time. All funds will be used transparently.
Donate Here ︎

Bandcamp Support for artists
To raise even more awareness around the pandemic’s impact on musicians everywhere, Bandcamp are waiving their revenue share on sales this Friday 20 March (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time), and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much needed money directly into artists’ pockets.
Read Here ︎

Paper Dress Vintage
Since the government has announced that citizens should 'avoid pubs and clubs' and minimise social contact, Paper Dress Vintage has taken the decision to temporarily shut down its music venue. They are raising funds to support their staff with creative options for donations. 
Donate Here︎

Village Underground & EartH
Due to the government’s latest advice to avoid non-essential gatherings, VU and Earth have made the difficult decision to close. With this in mind, they have set up this fundraising page to collect donations which, whether large or small, will help them continue to operate once this unpredictable period is over.
Donate Here ︎

Windmill Brixton
A page dedicated to supporting independent breading ground for the likes of black midi, Goat Girl, Shame, the Windmill in Brixton duruing Coronavirus. 
Donate Here ︎

DIY Space For London
The space just off Old Kent Road has hosted hundreds of bands, helped raise thousands for local and international causes, and provided a home for organising meetings, forums, screenings, festivals, fairs, swaps and much more. They are taking donations to help with their bills amounting to over £8000 per month. 
Dontate Here ︎

FemFolk
FemFolk UK exists to provide support and opportunities for women, non-binary, trans, and intersex musicians, as well as any musicians who may be subject to gender-based discrimination. They aim to provide support through performance opportunities, mentorship, workshops, including artists in their Spotify playlists, as well as providing reviews for new releases.
Donate Here ︎

Crack Magazine Subscriptions
Due to the the lack of revenue from venue, promoter and festival advertising in light of the current crisis, Crack will be unable to go to print for the foreseable future. For that reason, a little earlier than planned, they have decided to share a membership package they have been working on for the last six months. For yearly Crack Magazine Supporters, there will be special prints in collaboration with some of their favourite artists and creatives.
Subscribe Here ︎

London In Stereo x Babak Ganjei
Unfortunately, the three In Stereo magagazins (London, Bristol and Berlin) will cease to exist in print form in during the outbreak while pubs and venues are close. In the meantime, they are raising funds for freelancers in collaboration with artist Babak Ganjei by selling this special print. 10% of funds also goes to foodbank charity Trussell Trust.


Buy Here ︎


Crowdfunder - Pay It Forward
Crowdfunder are offering free fundraising for your business during the coronavirus crisis. Their partners at Enterprise Nation will also be providing access to free training and support for business with online sales, marketing and finance. 
Read Here ︎

Virtual Pint
This Just Giving page is raising £5,000 to help independent venues, pubs and arts spaces stay in business. Every time you raise a #VirtualPint, you raise real money.
Dontate Here ︎🍻️

Grassroots Music Venue Crisis Fund
Music Venue Trust is calling on the music industry, cultural sector and the UK’s most successful musicians to come together to create a £1 million fighting fund to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of Grassroots Music Venues across the UK.
Read Here ︎

Save Off The Cuff
The South London space will be setting up live streams of many singer songwriters, bands and artists, daily, via our YouTube and Facebook channels straight from the venue. Accessing the live streams will be free, but they are asking anyone who is in the position to, to donate to help secure the survival of Off The Cuff. Read Here︎