AFEM Helpful Resources – Coronavirus Response

This list of resources for the electronic music industry will be regularly updated. Please email further credible and helpful resources to


Help fight Coronavirus: COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO
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Working with the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation and United Nations Foundations, donations support WHO’s work to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments.

AFEM Members COVID-19 Hardship Fund

AFEM and Beatport have launched a fund to support WHO and AFEM member companies ‘at-risk’ workers hit hardest financially by the COVID-19 impact. 

Funds raised will be administered by AFEM and distributed to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO looking after frontline health concerns, and the AFEM Members COVID-19 Hardship Fund set up to help struggling member businesses retain lower earning workers who would otherwise be let go, and to direct funds to those in most in need of urgent financial help.


Resident Advisor Range of Global Initiatives – Global
Various online resources collated for those affected by the ongoing global crisis.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources, Global
Designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. Collated Resources, Global

WIN (Worldwide Independent Network), Global
International resources for artists and record industry

Corona Virus, Resources: Arts, Culture and Cultural Mobility, Global
Advice for artists and those working in the Arts and Culture sectors

IFPI Global Music Industry: COVID-19 response tracker
A map providing detailed information about music industry-related measures and initiatives in place across the world to combat the impact of COVID-19

The Sound of Silence, Australia
The Australian Music Industry is Sending Out an SOS

AIM (Association of Independent Music), UK.
AIM’S COVID-19 business guidance for music SME´s

Musicians Union, UK
Advice on health and contractual matters for musicians

Music Venues Trust, UK
Advice for venues

Billboard – USA
A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis (Updating)

King County Creative Handbook, USA
A handbook of US-focused resources from health, aid, and support for businesses

Financial Aid

Billboard Magazine, Global
How Music Companies are Giving Back During the Coronavirus Pandemic. A helpful resource of companies giving back to workers and artists within the music industry

PRS Emergency Relief Fund, Global
PRS for Music, PRS Members’ Fund and the PRS Foundation have joined forces to launch the an emergency relief fund. This money is available to PRS members globally and will be offered in grants of up to £1,000 each, depending on need

Spotify: Artist Fundraising Pick, Global
Amplifying artists’ fundraising with Spotify’s global reach and a $1M artist relief effort from Cash App.

SACEM press release, France
Information on emergency relief fund for artists / composer members and relief measures for licensees / venues. For updates go to the SACEM website

GEMA – COVD-19 Emergency Aid Program, Germany
GEMA members can apply for financial support.

Head of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), Germany
Possible economic support for German companies suffering financial hit due to COVID-19

Berlin Grant Programme (BA), Germany
Cash grant provided by each state, is for every self-employed and small businesses up to 5 employees which have an impact on their business due to COVID-19

Germany-wide Grant Programme (BA), Germany
For micro-enterprises, self-employed and freelancers Federal Cash Grants (50 billion euro for ongoing operating costs)., Netherlands
Joint website for 12 ministries, providing tax payer support and up to date information on laws and regulations, plus current COVI-19 updates

AIM Crisis Fund (Association of Independent Music), UK
The AIM £1M immediate access crisis fund, which was launched in April to provide financial aid to freelancers and contractors facing hardship due to lost work, will now cover a greater period of lost work, extending into June/July, in addition to the initial period of April/May.

Arts Council UK, UK
Arts Council England has pledged to “refocus” some of its grant-giving programmes to compensate individual artists and freelance workers who lose earnings because of coronavirus.

Equity, UK
Coronavirus briefing: financial support. The purpose of this briefing is to help members understand their rights to the different kinds of financial support available during the Coronavirus outbreak and how to claim.

GOV.UK Guidance, UK
COVID-19 Support for Businesses

Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund, UK
Help Musicians has set aside £5m to tackle some of the short-term financial effects of Coronavirus. Professional musicians will be able to apply online for a one-off grant of £500 towards their household costs. 

PRS Foundation, UK
Grants if the overseas event is cancelled due to coronavirus: you may be eligible for refunds from your flight or accommodation provider, or may be able to make an insurance claim.

Bankrate, U.S.A
A guide explaining how people can support businesses in need from their own homes, whilst small and local businesses are experiencing unique challenges as they continue to serve and operate in their communities.

COVID-19 Emergency Funding and Artist Resources, U.S.A
A regularly updated list of many emergency funding sources and additional resources for artists., U.S.A
An international nonprofit, supporting small businesses in the U.S.A during the Coronavirus pandemic by offering financial assistance and interest free loans.

Music Cares Emergency Grants, U.S.A
Toll-free Help Line: 1.800.687.4227
The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic

Music COVID Relief, U.S.A
Key US-focused COVID-19 funding and aid resource for the music industry

Music Workers Alliance, U.S.A
COVID-19 Resources and Actions for Artists and Freelancers (NYS Edition) – Webinar and Follow Up Notes

Sound Royalties $20m Fund, U.S.A
US-based finance firm Sound Royalties, LLC has announced a new $20m fund from which music creators impacted by Coronavirus can obtain no-fee royalty advances.

Springboard for the Arts, U.S.A
In the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, artists as independent workers, arts organizations dependent on gathering groups together, and creative people engaged in travel and exchange may be especially affected.

The Simple Dollar, U.S.A
Where to Find Financial Support During COVID-19

Income Opportunities

Medium Blog: How musicians (and other creatives too) can transition their business online ASAP, Global
Written by musician, artist and creative marketer Suzanne Yada. Offering free training and shares a list of tips, links and resources for ideas on transitioning businesses to online

Teachable online courses, Global
Premium platform to host pre-recorded video trainings. They also have a robust blog and resources on how to create and launch your online course.

Techno4Hire, Global
Connecting out-of-work nightlife professionals with alternative work, via classifieds to connect workers in techno, nightlife and beyond, with work during coronavirus

Live Sector Advice

RA Clubs and Events Status Across Territories, Global
Cross-territory insights on club reopenings, closings and music festivals.

Eventbrite COVID-19 Resources for Event Creators, Global
Information, articles, and suggestions for managing your event during unprecedented times.

SickFestivals, Global
See which music festivals have been postponed and which cancelled due to the coronavirus.

GEMA, Germany
Guidelines, information and regulations for planned live stream events in Germany

IQ Magazine, Europe
A regularly updated list of coronavirus-related restrictions on venues and events status in all major European markets.

The Association of Event Makers, Netherlands
Offering updated information to the Dutch events community, collating all relevant developments, news items and links related to the coronavirus

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.A
Regularly updated, interim guidance on mass gatherings and large community events in North America.

Reed Smith LLP, UK
COVID-19 and Contracts: When Force Majeure isn’t an option


World Health Organisation, Coronavirus Advice – WHO, Global
About Coronavirus || Advice For Public

Guide To Anxiety Relief & Self Isolation, Global
The MITC (Music Industry Therapists Collective) have crafted a bespoke self-help guide (free to download) that endeavours to help readers to recognise and relieve anxiety, reduce panic attacks, calm anxious children and work from home.

Symphonic Blog, Global
How to Support your Fellow Independent Musicians During the Coronavirus Impact

Lifeline, Australia.
Call: 131 114 or Text: 0477 131 114
A national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support

Support Act, Australia.
Call: 1800 959 500
Support Act is Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health problem or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music.

RIVM, Netherlands
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport

Help Musicians UK, UK
Call: 0207 239 9103
Provides musicians with information on the implications Covid-19 on their own health and their performance and teaching commitments, which in turn might have an impact on a range of issues, including finances and mental health.

rightsHUB – Working from Home, UK.
Advice, hints and tips on how to ensure you remain mentally and physically healthy, remain efficient and productive, and keep your business afloat.

UK Government, UK
Support for those affected by COVID-19

Music Support – Thrive App UK
Thrive is the only NHS approved and clinically effective wellbeing app offering 24/7 support for mental health and wellbeing.

Sunshine Behavioural Health, U.S.A
Telehealth and Online Mental Health Resources during COVID-19 Pandemic. A list of resources discussing how people in recovery can still receive treatment and support during quarantine and shelter-in-place orders.


Petition on Change / Support Measures, Italy
Eight (8) proposals for the Italian Government to save all small businesses and all freelance workers in the music sector

Spanish Music Federation (La Federación de la Música de España), Spain
Report on measures and proposals to the government for companies and freelancers in the music sector in the face of the COVID-19 crisis

Association of Independent Music – help the self-employed – UK citizens only
Temporary Income Protection Fund for UK self-employed workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

SupportUK Petition to help events industry – UK citizens only
For the UK Government to offer economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19.

Cancel the Festival of Britain – Save Britain’s Grassroots Culture, UK
A petition calling on Boris Johnson to take immediate action to protect Britain’s Grassroots Music Venues.