Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians UK is an independent music charity supporting musicians across the U.K. We offer support throughout all stages of a musician’s career and provide assistance when it’s needed the most.

We know that being a professional musician is tough. When things go wrong, money worries can quickly mount up.

We may be able to help you if are in need of financial help and if you are a:

  • working professional musician. This means you earn the majority of your money through music
  • retired and your principal career was in music
  • music student who needs help with medical costs
  • In some circumstances we can help you if you are a dependant of a partner or music

Please read 'Who is eligible' for more information.

Last updated on 16 July 2019

Who is eligible?

We may be able to help you if you are in need or financial help and you are a:

  • working professional musician. This means you earn the majority of your money through music
  • retired and your principal career was in music
  • music student who needs help with medical costs
  • In some circumstances we can help you if you are a dependant of a partner or music

You should also:

  • be unable to work because of a health issue, or your work is affected by a health issue
  • be aged 18 or above when you apply
  • not have more than £16,000 in savings if they are of working age. If you are retired, you can apply if you have up to £20,000 in savings

What you can apply for depending on your stage in the industry:

If you are a music student,  you can apply for advice and financial support with medical costs ONLY

If you are an emerging musician you can apply for advice and financial support with medical costs ONLY

If you are a musician of working age,  you can apply for

  • general financial support due to not being able to work
  • retraining costs
  • advice
  • financial support with medical costs
  • housing issues
  • home visits due to isolation

If you are a retired musician you can apply for everything a musician of working age can apply to, and also help with the cost of respite breaks and aids and adaptations.

How to apply?

Please contact the Health and Welfare team either by phone or email. 

We consider applications all year round. 

We also have a 24/7 telephone support line and service called Music Minds Matter. You can use this service at any time, day or night, for a listening ear. 

Contact details

Help Musicians UK, 7-11 Britannia Street
Kings Cross
London
WC1X 9JS
Telephone: 0207 239 9103
Email: help@helpmusicians.org.uk
Web: http://www.helpmusicians.org.uk

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