UK-based charity Help Musicians surveyed British professional musicians a year ago and found that 55% were not earning anything at all from music, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Have things improved? They have a bit: a new survey conducted by the charity in August 2021 found that the percentage earning nothing from their music has fallen to 33%.
It’s still a third though, with 83% saying that ‘an inconsistency of bookings is stalling their ability to get their careers back on track’ and that 22% are considering leaving the industry.
Help Musicians has also seen a 60% increase in the number of musicians contacting the charity for mental health support. This is all sparking a shift in its strategy.
“For the past 18 months, we have been supporting nearly 20,000 musicians with direct financial aid to help them pay their bills and stay afloat,” said CEO James Ainscough.
“As the industry starts to recover we are shifting our emphasis towards helping musicians re-build with a wide package of support from advice on diversifying income streams, mentoring to re-build connections, mental health support and much more.”