The Music Managers’ Forum in the UK has launched ReBuild – a new support fund for managers and their artists affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is supported by donations from collecting society PPL as well as a number of high-profile managers including Joyce Smyth (Glastry), Merck Mercuriadis (Hipgnosis Songs Fund), Adam Tudhope (Everybody’s), Paul Loasby (One Fifteen Management) and Stuart Camp (Grumpy Old Management). The MMF’s CEO, Annabella Coldrick, has also donated.
The fund will be administered by Help Musicians UK and grants of up to £3,000 will be distributed to successful applicants.
Full details for applicants will be made available after the MMF’s AGM on 17 June, but they will have to meet four criteria before they can apply: 1) having a proven track record in helping to build artist careers; 2) having experienced a significant loss of income from March this year; 3) been unable to fully access support packages from the government; and 4) be an existing MMF member.
The MMF says this is a pressing issue for its 900 members as “a significant proportion” of them have not qualified for government support packages and cannot self-furlough due to their commitments to their management clients. Individuals and companies able and willing to donate to the fund can contact Coldrick directly.
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