Covid-19 Updates and Guidance


The MPA has endeavoured to keep our members informed with up to date information and developments surrounding Covid-19 and the music publishing industry.

Here is a pool of our resources.

We will be continuing our member survey and adjusting this week by week to keep our community informed and able to make decisions in line with each other and in our members best interests. UK Music have also launched their 2020 survey for music creators, ‘Music By Numbers.’ Click here to contribute to building an accurate representation of our industry today. We will strive to keep you informed, supported and involved in the organisation as time progresses.

We thank you for your continued cooperation and we wish you all safe and well.

Business & Government Resources

Claiming a grant through the coronavirus (Covid-19) Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
Corona Advice for Musicians
Support for UK businesses explained by PWC
Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance for employees, employers and businesses
UK Music advice on coronavirus
Covid-19 and Contracts – Reed
Small businesses backed by Bounce Back Loans
HMRC webinars on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
NEW – Top-up to local business grant funds scheme
NEW – Coronavirus Future Fund


Funding Available

There are several funds out there specifically for music creators in these difficult times. Find out here if you’re eligible to apply.

Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund
Musicians’ Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund
AIM COVID-19 Crisis Fund
PRS Emergency Relief Fund
PRS Members Fund

Get Involved

We’re delighted to share with you our new initiatives in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read on for more information. 

Sync Talent Competition – My Music in the Movies 

Ever wanted to hear your music in a film or TV show?

Ever wondered how this could be possible?

During these unsettling times we want to celebratechampion and inspire amazing songwriting, whilst opening the eyes of young songwriters to the world of film and TV music. With the ‘My Music in the Movies’ competition, all budding songwriters of secondary school age (between the ages of 11-18) will have the opportunity to receive direct feedback from a panel of our fantastic Music Publishers Association members including Warner Chappell Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Bucks Music Group, Downtown, Manners McDade and Peermusic. We’re also thrilled to announce new special guest judge, Tom Gray. Full details plus terms & conditions can be found here.

MPA Wellness Webinar – Mental Resilience During Coronavirus 

Thank you to everyone who attended our first Wellness Webinar with Jack Williamson CEO of Music+You.
You can find more details about Jack and his work here.

Watch this space for news on future Wellness Webinars

Virtual Course: The Publishing Effect – A 101 of Music Publishing

We are delighted to present a new digital course, ‘The Publishing Effect – A 101 of Music Publishing,’ which will be streamed directly from the MPA website over Thursday 28th and Friday 29th May. Topics covered will include copyright, publishing specialities and agreements, A&R and much more. This will be a great taster for anyone interested in attending the Induction Course or our new Specialist Course. Sign up for your ticket here.

More details and speakers to be announced soon…

Wellness & Useful Infographics

6 Ways Nature Can Benefit Mental Health
PDF available here

Top 6 Simple Health Hacks
PDF available here

Top 6 Apps for Wellness and Wellbeing
PDF available here

Top 6 Ways Use Music to Lift Your Spirits
PDF available here

Top 6 Self-care tips
PDF available here
Top 6 Ways to Work From Home Effectively
PDF available here

Top 6 Lockdown Activities
PDF available here

Your 5 Point Personal Contingency Plan
PDF available here

7 Self-employment Income Support Scheme FAQ’s
PDF available here

Music and You – Mental Health Resources

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