Hardship Fund media

The MU commissioned a poll following lockdown in mid-March of its members, with the aim of quantifying the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the industry in the UK. This returned that musicians have lost an estimated £13.9 million in earnings in the first few days due to cancellations. The results also suggest that nine in 10 of those working in the UK music industry have been affected, with job opportunities down by 69% on this time last year. The research indicates that musicians working in live performance report the highest amount of lost earnings, with teaching and orchestral work also affected due to social distancing and school closures.

The results, consisting of the feedback of 4,100 of the Union’s members between March 18 and 20, have justified the Union to launch a coronavirus hardship fund, which will offer grants to those facing financial difficulty due to the outbreak. In my role as MU PR & Marketing Official I arranged for our PR agency, Kindred, to issue a media release, which generated 65 items of coverage over the subsequent 24 hour period.  Examples include:

22-Mar Mail Online

23-Mar The Guardian

23-Mar Evening Express

23-Mar The Argus

23-Mar Barry & District News

23-Mar St Helens Star

23-Mar Irvine Times

23-Mar This is Wiltshire

23-Mar Bury Times

23-Mar Basildon, Canvey, Southend Echo

23-Mar Local Berkshire

23-Mar Yahoo News

23-Mar Belfast Telegraph 

23-Mar York Press

23-Mar Farm Week 

23-Mar Shropshire Star

23-Mar Southern Daily Echo

23-Mar North Wales Chronicle

23-Mar Central Fife Times & Advertiser

23-Mar Ilkey Gazette

23-Mar Rhyl Journal

23-Mar Wandsworth Times

23-Mar Jazz FM

23-Mar Classic FM

23-Mar This is the West Country

23-Mar Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard

23-Mar North Wales Pioneer

23-Mar NME

23-Mar Music Week

23-Mar This is Lancashire

23-Mar The Stage

23-Mar Billboard

23-Mar Music Ally

23-Mar The Strad

23-Mar Daily Telegraph

23-Mar East London & West Sussex Guardian

24-Mar DJ Mag UK

24-Mar Brixton Blog

24-Mar Forbes

24-Mar The Guardian

24-Mar Music Week

24-Mar The Ticketing Business


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