Dame Evelyn Glennie CH, DBE appointed as new Help Musicians President

Help Musicians is incredibly proud to announce that Dame Evelyn Glennie has been appointed as its new President. Only the third President in the charity’s 99 year history, Dame Evelyn follows in the footsteps of Sir Edward Elgar and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies to become the first woman to hold the post. Virtuoso solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie is a double GRAMMY winning, internationally-renowned performer, composer and collaborator working across multiple genres of music. She is known as the first person to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as…

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Second phase of charity’s Covid-19 Financial Hardship Funding launched

Help Musicians’ second wave of hardship support will help those ineligible for government emergency safety nets or unable to survive on what they receive.  Help Musicians has announced that it will open applications for its new financial hardship fund next week. The latest support initiative from the charity is targeted at self-employed musicians who do not qualify for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and other unemployed musicians who are experiencing significant financial hardship. The fund will open with a total of £2.55m, made up of £2m from the charity’s reserves plus…

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Help Musicians partners with Music Support to give thousands of musicians free access to mental health support app

Announced as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, Help Musicians has partnered with Music Support to offer 4,500 musicians free access to the NHS-approved mental health support app Thrive. A recent Help Musicians survey saw over 80% of respondents confirm that the current crisis is having an impact on their wellbeing, signalling a need to invest in early detection and preventative mental health support for musicians. Thrive is the UK’s only NHS-approved app focused on the prevention and early detection of common mental health conditions. The app offers 24/7…

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TikTok Introduces Donation Stickers with British Red Cross and Help Musicians

In times of crisis, it’s more important than ever that communities come together to support one another. It’s been incredibly heartwarming to see so many people turning to TikTok to show how they’re helping each other out, whether that’s through delivering groceries to elderly neighbours, clapping for our health care and social care heroes or sending messages of support and solidarity.  We recently announced a £5m donation to the RCN Foundation to provide emergency funding to hundreds of frontline health and social care workers. Now we’re sharing our latest efforts…

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Help Musicians launches £5M Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund

Help Musicians has launched the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund, a new offering specifically created to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may currently be facing. The impact of the Coronavirus on musicians’ lives and careers is unprecedented, and it’s been recognised that the charity’s normal person-centred approach of Health & Welfare support needs to be boosted in this exceptional period to give as many musicians as possible immediate financial relief. A fund of £5m has therefore been created to help reduce the worry many musicians…

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