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There’s more news from the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund in the US, which has now secured contributions from collecting societies ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. The fund is now past the $10m mark on the back of support from all quarters of the music industry.

Meanwhile, in the UK another collecting society, PPL, is donating £700k to three separate hardship funds that have been set up to assist musicians and writers who are financially struggling due to the impact of the coronavirus on their earnings. It will give £500k to Help Musicians’ Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund and £100k each to the Musicians’ Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund and the AIM COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

Also in the UK, songwriters body The Ivors Academy has launched The Remote Recording Directory, a free and open database helping to connect composers for film, TV and games with professional musicians who can record from home.

Abbey Road Studios’ incubator Abbey Road Red has also launched something new: a series of online one-to-one mentoring sessions for startups called Red Turntables: full details are here.

Managers in the UK also have a new way to seek advice: ie:music’s digital services team have partnered with the MMF and Music Ally (us!) to provide a free digital surgery every Friday for artists and managers.

Finally, back in the US, RoadNation and A2IM are teaming up on a ‘Road-less Series’ of livestreams to help independent musicians boost their income, while Willie Nelson’s Virtual Farm Aid concert raised more than $500k to support American farmers.

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Stuart Dredge

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