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$500K Unison COVID-19 Relief Program Announced

The Unison Benevolent Fund, with very generous support from the Slaight Family Foundation, is launching the critically-needed Unison COVID-19 Relief Program. The non-profit, which provides provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community, says it  has received an overwhelming number of requests for assistance since the beginning of the pandemic and the cancellations of all tour and gigs and the closing of many businesses.

The initial $500,000 for the Unison COVID-19 Relief Program will help the Canadian music community for the short-term, however in order to meet the growing demand for support, Unison need partners and donations. To donate, go HERE.

"Musicians are unable to tour, leaving numerous entertainment professionals suddenly out of work, venue owners have closed their doors, and laid off staff and the trickle-down effect is extraordinary," Unison says in its statement announcing the new relief program. It says that registrations have shot up an staggering 1,900%, or nearly $200,000 per week.

"We would like to thank the Slaight Family Foundation for their partnership and generous donation of $250,000, which will be matched by the Unison office", announces Unison Executive Director Amanda Power. "Funding will be allocated towards housing costs, medical expenses, and groceries."

“The creative community adds so much inspiration to our daily lives through their talents and now more than ever they need our support during this crisis,” says Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications. “I hope that our donation to The Unison Fund will inspire others to do the same as our artists need our support”.

Anyone working in the Canadian music industry and who requires assistance, are asked to please REGISTER for Unison’s services as soon as possible.  For counselling inquiries and support to help deal with the financial or emotional impact of COVID-19, contact 1-855-986-4766. For emergency financial assistance inquiries, please review our application process HERE.

To learn more about partnership opportunities, donations or inquiries, please contact sponsorship@unisonfund.ca.

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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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