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Manitoba Music Launching Emergency Financial Relief Fund

Manitoba Music is launching an emergency financial relief fund to help music entrepreneurs in Manitoba who are experiencing a financial crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lost income and unrecoverable expenses are causing immediate hardship for many musicians and those working in music in Manitoba.

“The global music industry is in crisis and the people who work in music are facing unprecedented uncertainty due to COVID-19. Manitoba Music is committed to doing what we can to support our community and alleviate some of the immediate need, caused by canceled live events and performances,” says Sean McManus, Manitoba Music’s executive director.

Manitoba Music’s Board of Directors is seeding the fund with $20,000 to begin dispersals of micro grants before the end of the month. An intake process with more detail will be available this week, and will explain how the fund will be administered and who will be eligible.

People who are interested in supporting the fund with donations can do so HERE.

Manitoba Music is a not-for-profit, member-based association that does not have charitable status and donors will not receive a charitable receipt.

Manitoba Music also encourages music champions to continue other forms of support, including buying music and merch directly from artists, direct donations, and donations to the Unison Benevolent Fund, which offers crisis relief services to Canadian music industry professionals.

The music industry is an important economic force in Manitoba. There are over 4,300 FTE jobs created by the Manitoba music industry, $55.1 million in labour income, and $93.8 million in GDP (source: SoundCheck: An Economic Impact Analysis of Manitoba’s Music Industry, 2016). The majority of people working in music are individual entrepreneurs that may not eligible for traditional avenues of government support.

Find more info about other COVID-19-related industry updates at manitobamusic.com/coronavirus.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.
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