Note: This article will be updated on an ongoing basis. Last update completed 3/23/2020.
We are indeed in very weird times right now. Our team here at Girl Gang Music stands beside all musicians struggling in these uncertain days. During the COVID-19 pandemic, creatives are in the midst of what can only be described as a whirlwind. This is from losing income through cancellation of gigs, plus the anxiety of being freelance during isolation and lockdown. We understand that the Coronavirus has created a lot of stress for independent artists in the music industry, and want to help.
With a platform providing online international collaboration, Sync opportunities and Music Promotion, Music Gateway are offering a free account for 6 months. We hope that this will encourage collaboration, connection and creativity by combatting the logistical difficulties around collaborating during the COVID-19 lockdown.
To access your free account, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote code ‘COLLAB2020’.
She Said So
Valuing collaboration, diversity and inclusion, She Said So is a global network of women in the music industry. She Said So comprises of women from all sectors of the music industry. Including record labels, artist management, booking, tech, and more.
They have compiled a list of resources for creatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes legal advice, online platforms, job opportunities and more.
Her Hustle have created an online noticeboard for female founders or freelancers whose work is being impacted by COVID-19. The aim is for these creatives to tell people what help they need.
To get in touch, email your story and relay what services you can provide to email@example.com
Adobe are offering 2 months free if you already have Creative Cloud Subscription. Just follow the steps to cancel and when prompted at the offers stage, and accept 2 months free.
Adobe also began to offer free 90-day access to Adobe Connect until July 1, 2020. Check out their page to see more.
All new applications received until April 16, 2020 that qualify for a royalty advance under Sound Royalties’ standard pricing and underwriting policies will now also include an additional no-cost advance option. Sound Royalties says that songwriters, performing artists, producers and others with royalty income can apply for zero-interest cash advances. This is on a one-year repayment schedule with “no fees or costs of any kind”.
AIM have made all submissions free of charge for the AIM Awards 2020 in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Wire Magazine
If you’re streaming a live event or hosting an online exhibition, talk or screening – get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will include this in their weekly newsletter and online listings.
Designers Dan and Ad have collaborated to start Re*schedule. Their aim is to help indie artists by creating tour posters for cancelled or rescheduled shows, and are also sharing alternative ways to support artists.
Mike Warner has dropped the price of his book ‘Work Hard Playlist Hard: The DIY playlist guide for Artists and Curators‘ to $1 USD. For those of you that are in a tight squeeze right now, he also welcomes you to use the coupon code KEEPGOING2020 to get it for free. For more information on Mike and what he does, check out our article.
Supporting music managers, MMF have some really helpful resources, including information, tips, questionnaires, and a list of live streaming shows and ideas.
Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund are hosting a Donor-Directed fund with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.
The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those in the music community. You can apply for assistance or donate to help.
I Care If You Listen
A collaboration between Help Musicians, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, The Ivors Academy, the Music Managers Forum, the Music Producers Guild, the Musicians’ Union, and UK Music… these companies have created a collaborative page that advises on mental health, money worries, creative development and more.
Rolling Stone has written an article on what fans and music enthusiasts can do to help artists during the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes everything from buying merchandise to promoting them on social media.
Music Support are a charity offering mental health support for artists. With some amazing resources and helpful advice on their social media, it’s definitely worth checking out to make sure you’re taking care of yourself.
Ari’s Take have written an article entitled ‘9 Things To Do Now That Your Gigs Are Cancelled Because Of Coronavirus’. With some really great tips and ideas, it’s definitely worth checking out.