ASCAP Launches Music Unites Us: Coronavirus Resources for Music Creators

To respond to the unique needs of music creators due to the coronavirus pandemic, ASCAP has launched “Music Unites Us,” a resource especially for music creators: www.ascap.com/musicunitesus. Tailored to help songwriters stay healthy, creative, connected and financially stable during this uncertain time, it includes information on how to receive ASCAP royalties through direct deposit, online works registration, available financial assistance programs and access to free services from ASCAP Wellness Benefit providers such as Aaptiv, BetterHelp and Shine.

The pandemic has profoundly disrupted life for ASCAP members who depend on touring and live shows, as well as those who collaborate on music in-person. Based on research from its 2019 U.S. Music Creator Wellness Survey and anticipated effects on music creators from the COVID-19 crisis, ASCAP is working to provide more resources on the page based on real-time wants and needs, and will promote it on social media using #MusicUnitesUs. ASCAP has also joined a coalition of songwriter organizations urging Congress to provide more relief for music creators in any new stimulus packages.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

American Federation of Musicians has a resource page with information on unemployment benefits. Several local chapters have relief funds and assistance programs for their members, including AFM Local 47 (Los Angeles), AFM Local 802 (New York) and AFM Local 257 (Nashville).

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Billboard has compiled a state-by-state resource guide for music professionals impacted by the coronavirus crisis, including many financial relief funds.

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