Unison Launches Emergency Mental Health Relief GoFundMe Campaign

The Unison Benevolent Fund has announced an emergency mental health relief GoFundMe campaign to aid music workers in response to COVID-19 crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused increased mental health hardship for many employed in the Canadian music industry including artists, crew, behind the scenes support teams and more. Countless individuals in the music community were the first to lose their livelihood, and the entertainment industry will be one of the last to recover.

During a crisis, mental illness doesn’t simply go away and for many, the increased stressors only make it worse. In 2020, Unison has seen a 29% increase in demand for counselling services, and a 61% increase in urgent mental health crisis intervention cases.


The Unison Benevolent Fund is committed to providing assistance to music industry professionals and their families – not just during the holidays, but throughout the year. It now has more people seeking assistance with its mental health programs than ever before, but its resources are limited. Unison is dependent on the generosity of donors to continue to provide much-needed services to Canadian music makers who are need of assistance. For many, Unison has been their only source of emergency assistance. It is imperative that the community continues this fund to provide this bridge of relief for as many music professionals as we can.

During this time of reflection, Unison asks you to make a tax-deductible donation to support its work. No donation is too small; any amount will be greatly appreciated. Donating is easy. You can contribute to Unison Benevolent Fund’s registered GoFundMe, online.

Unison need everyone to help meet its goal of raising $50,000 for the Emergency Mental Health Relief Campaign. 100% of contributions are allocated directly towards Unison's counselling services.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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