Opportunities, advice and support during lockdown

The music industry has ground to a halt in the wake of the coronavirus crisis – concerts and live events as we know them are all suspended for the forseeable future at what should be a booming time for the live music sector.

We understand that this is a difficult time for the music sector and for creative practitioners worldwide. Keep checking back on this page where you’ll find links for updated opportunities, advice and support.   


Metal - Remote Residencies Open Call

Next application deadline 10 July 2020

Arts Producers Metal announce a round of 3 artist grants of £1000 available to members of their local creative communities in Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend-on-Sea. Music Team partnered with Metal on 'Different Trains 1947' during the UK-India Season and more recently as a host partner for Musicians in Residence as part of the UK-Russia Year of Music.

– Tom Sweet (Music Programme Manager)

Selector Radio – Isolation Creation Call Out

Our own Selector Radio is calling for new music from any UK artists or DJs creating new sounds during lockdown. If you want the chance to reach our 4 million listeners worldwide, get in touch!

– Stephen Bloomfield (Music Marketing Manager)


Advice and Support

Many of the pages below also provide lots of additional reading and links to further resources you may find useful, even if you are not eligible for one particular scheme. You can also follow the Twitter hashtag #MusicBusinessAdvice where music industry bodies have been sharing advice online.

Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians have opened their second phase of financial hardship funding for musicians affected by Covid-19. Head to their website for a wealth of information on their dedicated coronamusicians page including links out to specific resources for musicians based in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Musicians Union

The Musician Union’s £1m hardship fund is open to support members who are struggling financially. The MU are also offering new members the chance to join the MU for just £1 for six months.

PRS Foundation

The PRS Foundation has a number of opportunities still open for organisations and individual music creators to apply for. Their colleagues at PRS (Performing Rights Society) have also announced an emergency relief fund for members.


Head to the following pages for information on support and funding within the UK for indivudals and organisations working in the cultural sector. 

England - Arts Council England

Scotland - Creative Scotland

Wales - Arts Council of Wales

Northern Ireland - Arts Council of Northern Ireland