Melissa Bradshaw

New annual report reveals Help Musicians UK is providing more support than ever before

11:22, 25th April 2019

Help Musicians UK is providing more support than ever before to its beneficiaries, as revealed today at the charity’s Annual General Meeting by chief executive James Ainscough.

According to the 2018 Annual Report and financial statements, the charity increased its expenditure on the Creative and Health & Welfare programme by 23% to £6.2m in 2018. Help Musicians UK has made a record number of payments to support individuals and organisations, rising by 67%, and have reached more musicians outside London and from BAME backgrounds than ever before.

Increased activity and expenditure includes:

  • Record number of 6,579 Health & Welfare payments to musicians to value of £2.2m, a 38% growth from last year
  • Supported 5,191 musicians via the Musicians Hearing Health Scheme, to value of £0.6m, growing by 165% from 1,960 in 2017
  • 312 creative development grants awarded to individuals and organisations
  • 674 home visits to musicians in need
  • 987 medical assessments funded through British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM)
  • Launch of Do It Differently fund in October providing 360-degree support across creative, wellbeing and business
  • One-year anniversary of Music Minds Matter, serving individuals in the industry who are struggling with their mental health

There has also been a growth in the number of collaborations in 2018, with 46 strategic partnerships formed across the UK and 39 events on the subject of mental health, as well as research-based initiatives into the needs of beneficiaries.

Commenting on the 2018 results and announcing the charity’s ‘100% Pledge’, Help Musicians UK chief executive James Ainscough said:

‘This year’s results highlight that the need for our services is greater than ever and still growing. Help Musicians wants a world where musicians thrive, yet we know that the nature of a musician’s career, together with the current volatility of the UK’s economic and political climate, can leave them uniquely vulnerable.

‘With the increase in demand for our vital work comes an increased financial burden … Whilst we can afford this for a little while it is not sustainable in the long-term, therefore we need to raise our income. We are incredibly grateful to our existing donors and will be stepping up our fundraising efforts in 2019. Donors can be confident that our insight-led approach ensures their donations make a meaningful difference. And our “100% pledge”, whereby we commit to covering all of the charity’s overheads with income from our investment portfolio, reassures donors that every penny of their support will go straight to the frontline to help our beneficiaries.’

Read Help Musicians UK’s 2018 Annual Report here.


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