UK independent trade body AIM launched its Crisis Fund in April to help out freelancers and self-employed contractors facing financial difficulties due to the global pandemic. They could apply if projects tied to acts signed to AIM member labels that they were due to work on were pulled.
AIM says that over 200 contractors and freelancers have now received support. It was initially there to cover lost work during April and May, but has now been extended to also cover lost work for June and July. Successful applicants can now receive up to £1k for each two-month period and having received help for the first period does not preclude applications for the second period. Individuals can continue to apply or they can be nominated for financial help by AIM members.
It is designed for those in the wider ecosystem who have been affected by cancelled work, such as managers, touring crews, studio staff and producers, pluggers, publicists and designers. Those contributing to the fund include AIM itself as well as Beggars Group, Believe, Cherry Red Records, Elephant Music, EmuBands, Ninja Tune, PPL, Specific Music and SRVL. The online application form is here.