Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry stories (14 April)


Start today with the news that the Australian government has provided $10m of funding to music industry charity Support Act, which will be used to provide crisis relief to artists, crew and other music workers, as well as expanding its wellbeing hotline.

Meanwhile, TikTok has announced a considerable upping of its financial efforts towards Covid-19 relief: “$250M to support front line medical workers, educators, and local communities deeply affected by the global crisis” plus a further $25m of advertising inventory for public-health messages, and $100m in ‘ad credits’ for businesses. A blog post breaks it all down.

Elsewhere, Swedish collecting society STIM will be making advance payments to songwriters and publishers at the end of May to help tide them over, while European societies body GESAC has launched a map tracking the measures taken by other PROs in the region.

In the US, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation has partnered with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to funnel $4.2m in funding to the Mayors’ Fund for Los Angeles, to help victims of domestic violence during the current situation. Plus, if you’re looking for examples of festivals doing interesting digital things after cancelling or postponing their physical events, check out Download 2020’s plans for a ‘Download Festival TV’ event on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on 12-14 June.


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Stuart Dredge

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