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Help Musicians UK

The Road to Rock Podcast is proud to support Help Musicians UK.

Help Musicians is an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.

They help at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.

For almost 100 years, Help Musicians has been providing help, support and opportunities to empower musicians at all stages of their lives.

The staff team and Trustees are passionate about creating a world where musicians thrive. “We pride ourselves on our personal approach – listening to musicians’ needs and then offering bespoke and targeted solutions.”

To find out more visit their website-

helpmusicians.org.uk/

Help Musicians programme of work includes-

 

Music Minds Matter mental health helpline- A dedicated support service for the entire music industry, offering trained advisors to listen, support and help 24-7. There’s more info about this service at the bottom of this page.

Creative funding- To help develop talent and give talented emerging musicians a crucial break. Every year, they help hundreds of musicians at the start of their careers (whatever their age) by providing funding for training directly to individuals or groups.

Crisis support- Providing a vital lifeline of financial, practical and emotional support for musicians facing a sudden illness, accident, emotional problems or other career crisis.

Help with long term illness- Also terminal illness and bereavement, assisting with therapy, medical treatment and other associated costs. Their partnership with the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BPAM) gives musicians access to highly-skilled specialists and the Help Musicians team usually undertake household visits to make sure they fully understand each musician’s needs.

Retirement/end-of-life care- Including financial help, regular visits, respite breaks (for the older person and/or their carer) and help with mobility or domestic aids and adaptations.

Hearing Health Scheme- Providing access to heavily-subsidised specialist hearing assessment and bespoke hearing protection.

Research- Help Musicians fund a lot of research to ensure that the work they do is correctly targeted and to help increase the pre-emptive nature of their programme (current research project topics include tinnitus, musculoskeletal, access/inclusion, the shape of classical music careers)

Funding-

Help Musicians depend on donations to fund everything they do – and demand is growing all the time.

“We need to plan our finances to cope with more people coming to us for short-term and one-off help, as well as those needing continuing care over a number of years. We rely on the generosity of existing supporters, as well as reaching out to new people who love music and want to give something back.”

 

How You Can Help-

If you need help or know of someone who does, get in touch and keep spreading the word. Most importantly, if you love music and want to help the people who make it, please support their work.

 

10% of all Road To Rock merchandise sales goes to Help Musicians UK.

Music Minds Matter-

Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Music Minds Matter is a support line and service for the whole UK music community.

If you want someone to talk to, or even explore avenues for ongoing support, get in touch, anytime. They want to help.

Call- 0808 802 8008

musicmindsmatter.org.uk