A career in music involves highs and lows. For all the rewards, there can also be challenges. It takes a huge amount of dedication and practice to get started and sustaining a successful career can be tough. Anti-social working hours, often away from home, a freelance lifestyle and consistently performing at the highest level can take its toll emotionally, physically and financially. An accident, injury or illness can have a devastating effect. And then with many musicians unable to save for their retirement with little or no pension provision, later life can be difficult too.
That’s why we’re here and we’ve been here since 1921. We’ve helped thousands of musicians. As well as providing advice and guidance, we give financial and emotional support. For many, we are a lifeline. We play a vital role supporting working musicians who are dealing with an illness, injury or accident. We give financial grants to pay for medical treatment, specialist therapies and living costs.
We aim to get musicians back to work as soon as possible but sometimes a long-term illness or disability can make this impossible. Such life-changing circumstances can be hard to accept and deal with. We’re here to provide one-on-one help and support.
We also improve the quality of life for retired musicians by providing financial and non-financial support and social visits. Our aim is for them to enjoy independence in later life.
We offer grants and provide opportunities to emerging musicians directly and through partnerships. And we help with short-term treatment costs for music students experiencing health problems.
As a charity, we exist not only for musicians across the UK but for everyone who enjoys music. If you need help or know someone who does, we’re here for you. And if you love music, and want to help the people who make it, please support us.Help Musicans UK