International artists unite as part of Music Feeds concert, in support of FareShare, Help Musicians and Stagehand

Sam Smith, The Blossoms, Fontaines D.C., Newton Faulkner and Flogging Molly will join more than 30 international artists uniting to raise vital funds to fight food poverty, help struggling music acts and entertainment industry workers. “We are so grateful to Co-op for their incredible support, both throughout the Covid-19 crisis and all year round. As we battle through the third national lockdown, our staff and volunteers continue to work under challenging circumstances to get vital food supplies out to communities in need. This exciting virtual music festival serves as the perfect opportunity to bring fans across the world together – and all for…

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Chris Difford, Isata Kanneh-Mason and Natalya Romaniw join Help Musicians as Ambassadors

Help Musicians is delighted to announced three new Ambassadors to support its vital work: Grammy-nominated Squeeze founding member and double Ivor Novello Award-winning lyricist Chris Difford, celebrated pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, and “outstanding soprano of her generation”, Welsh opera singer Natalya Romaniw. The trio represent a range of career paths and each offer unique experiences of the music industry along with in-depth knowledge that will be vital in aiding the charity’s support of musicians across the breadth of their needs. Of those announced today, both Isata and Natalya have been supported…

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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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