BPI announces second round of donations for struggling artist and live music communities

BPI announces second round of donations for struggling artist and live music communities

Today (August 11), BPI has announced further financial support to the tune of nearly £270,000 for the artist and live music communities as they continue to fight the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

An official press release stated that, “donations totaling nearly £270,000, co-ordinated by the BPI, will go to a range of causes from this second round of funding that will help to sustain artists and musicians, artist managers and grassroots music venues that are most in need.” 

The monies are drawn from funds previously provided by major record labels Sony Music Entertainment UK, Universal Music UK, Warner Music UK, and independents Cherry Red and Demon Music Group, as well as by The BRIT Awards, Amazon Music and PPL, and which have since been added to with a significant contribution by YouTube Music.

Speaking about the donations, Geoff Taylor, chief executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said: “Record labels and music companies have been individually helping those across the music community most affected by the Covid-19 emergency, but they also recognise the value of working collectively. These further donations aimed at helping artists, managers and venues, which come on top of substantial donations already made to Help Musicians and the Music Venues Trust, underline the sector’s solidarity with all those affected and will hopefully help to make a difference as we work together to bring the industry through this crisis. We thank the organisations that have donated, including a generous new contribution from YouTube Music.”

The press release clarified that “close to £60,000” will go to each of Help Musicians, Nordoff Robbins, and the Music Venue Trust, while mental wellbeing and addictions charity Music Support will receive nearly £30,000 to help fund its NHS-approved Thrive app. Separately, just under £60,000 funded directly by The BRIT Awards will go to the Music Managers Forum (MMF) Rebuild Project.

This package of contributions follow the £1.25 million donation made by the recorded music sector co-ordinated by the BPI in April earlier this year to the Help Musicians Coronavirus Hardship Fund, alongside a previously unannounced £100,000 donation, made possible by Amazon Music, that went to the Music Venues Trust. 

The total value of overall donations made by the recorded sector and its music partners to date now stands at around £1,620,000. The press release added that there are “further residual funds still to be apportioned.”

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