This section will be dedicated to funding/financial assistance resources available to the Saskatchewan music industry in response to the pandemic.
*Donations to the Emergency Financial Relief Fund*
100% of funds donated (less any bank/transaction fees) will be distributed to applicants of the program.
or to donate via cheque: mail to SaskMusic, 1831 College Ave, Regina SK, S4P 4V5; telephone 306-347-0676
We encourage you to purchase music and merchandise directly from artists or via Bandcamp.com. Here is a helpful link to albums and artists tagged “Saskatchewan” on that site (you can also search directly for your favourite artists): https://bandcamp.com/tag/saskatchewan?tab=all_releases
Government of Canada CERB (Updated April 20, 2020)
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Applications are open at www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html
It provides a payment of $2,000 for a 4-week period (the same as $500 a week) for up to 16 weeks.
- Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
- Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;
- Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
- Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period of March 15, 2020-April 11, 2020.
As of April 15, it has been announced that CERB benefits will be available to those making $1000 or less in each 4-week period. Royalties count for the $5000 threshold for qualifying, and those that are earned on work that was done before the period for which you are applying are exempt from the $1000 limit.
"The $1,000 includes employment and/or self-employment income. This includes among other things: tips you may earn while working; non-eligible dividends; honoraria (e.g., nominal amounts paid to emergency service volunteers); and royalties (e.g., paid to artists).
However, royalty payments received from work that took place before the period for which a person applies for the CERB do not count as income during that specific benefit period.
Pensions, student loans and bursaries are not employment income and therefore, should not be included in the $1000.
Applications will be verified against tax records to confirm income."
To avoid overwhelming the online portal, the CRA encourages you to apply based on your birth month:
- Jan, Feb or March | Apply on Mondays
- April, May, or June | Apply on Tuesdays
- July, Aug, or Sep | Apply on Wednesdays
- Oct, Nov, or Dec | Apply on Thursdays
- Any month | Apply on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
In his address this April 15, Prime Minister Trudeau said, “Today I can announce that we are expanding the CERB to include people making up to $1000 a month, seasonal workers, and people whose EI has recently run out. Maybe you’re a volunteer firefighter or a contractor who can pick up some shifts, or you have a part time job in the grocery store. Even if you’re still working, or you want to start working again, you will probably need help in making ends meet. So if you earn $1000 or less a month, you will now be able to apply for the CERB. If you were expecting a seasonal job that isn’t coming because of COVID-19, you will now be able to apply. And if you’ve run out of EI since January 1, you can now apply for the CERB as well. And, for others who still need help, including post-secondary students and businesses worried about commercial rent, we’ll have more to say to you very soon. No matter who you are or where you live, we’re in your corner.”
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National Arts Centre + Facebook Livetreaming Fund, #CanadaPerforms
The Facebook-NAC Fund for Performing Artists gives $700,000 in artists fees to support live online performances to help those impacted by the closure of performance venues related to COVID-19. Artists who are selected will receive $1,000 and their online performance will be broadcast on the NAC’s Facebook page.
The National Arts Centre will receive and administer applications until April 20, 2020 with performances currently scheduling until May 31, 2020 from professional Canadian performing artists who would like to post an online performance. Selected artists will receive a financial grant, and their performances will be shared on the NAC’s Facebook page which will be discoverable by searching #CanadaPerforms. Artists or ensembles must be limited to no more than five people (please follow your provincial guidelines).
To apply if you are a professional musician or children’s performer: provide your name, a brief description of what type of music you perform (folk, hip hop, classical, baroque, metal, etc), what part of Canada you are from, a brief comment on why you are applying (100 words maximum), and on which social media platform you wish to share your work. For classical artists, it is useful to include the repertoire you wish to perform if possible. Please remember that your work must be livestreamed for approximately 45-60 minutes, not recorded.
Learn more/apply at https://nac-cna.ca/en/canadaperforms
SOCAN Article March 23: The Unison Benevolent Fund has initiated a $500,000 Relief Fund for the Canadian music industry
"Now more than ever, Unison’s emergency relief assistance is a critical safety-net for members of our Canadian music industry deeply affected by the COVID-19 virus itself, and the precautions and protocols surrounding it. In response, the Slaight Family Foundation donated $250,000, which will be matched by the Unison office – initially to fund housing costs, medical expenses, and groceries.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Unison has received an overwhelming number of requests for assistance from the music community. As a response, Unison has launched the Unison COVID-19 Relief Program, supported by the Slaight Family Foundation.
If you work in the Canadian music industry and require assistance, please register for Unison’s services. For counselling inquiries and support to help deal with the financial or emotional impact of COVID-19, please contact 1-855-986-4766. For emergency financial assistance inquiries, please review the application process here."
Related: Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief, https://artists.spotify.com/blog/spotify-covid-19-music-relief
The Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project recommends verified organizations that offer financial relief to those in the music community most in need around the world. Currently, they're partnering with MusiCares, PRS Foundation, Help Musicians, Unison Benevolent Fund, and Centre National de la Musique, and are looking forward to adding more partners worldwide. Spotify is making a donation to these organizations and will match donations made via the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief page dollar-for-dollar up to a total Spotify contribution of $10 million.
Spotify for Artists Fundraising Feature
Spotify is looking to launch "a feature that will enable artists to fundraise directly from fans during this challenging time. Soon, we will give artists the ability to drive listeners to a fundraising destination of their choice on their Spotify artist profile pages.
This will give artists on Spotify the ability to link out to a verified funding page for themselves, for another artist in need, or for a separate initiative of their choice. (This feature will, of course, be optional for artists to leverage; no changes will be made to profile pages unless the artist chooses to participate, and Spotify will not take a cut of any contributions.)"
If you’re a Spotify for Artists user interested in this feature, sign up here, they'll let you know when it’s ready.
Emergency Survival Fund
for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers and Glad Day
Glad has provided initial disbursements and is fundraising to assist more artists. "Glad Day is uniquely positioned to be able to identify and support LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers who are in dire financial need."
Heritage Neighbourhood Artist Relief Fund
for artists from Regina's Heritage neighbourhood
The Heritage Community Association (HCA) and Common Weal Community Arts are partnering on a fund to help support artists in Regina’s Heritage neighbourhood during COVID-19. The Heritage Neighbourhood Artist Relief Fund aims to support the practice of artists who have lost income due to the pandemic, especially those who cannot access other financial supports.
Learn more at https://heritagecommunityassociation.com/heritage-neighbourhood-artist-relief-fund/
FACTOR has pledged to deliver previously-approved grants to artists for events cancelled due to COVID-19: COVID-19 Related Program Changes
FACTOR announced that the minimum percentage of its funding contribution is now 75% of the total eligible budget, across all programs. This change comes as part of a relief effort from the Department of Canadian Heritage. For components that were previously funded at 50%, FACTOR will now fund at 75%.
Live Nation's Crew Nation fund for live music crews
Billboard article March 31, 2020
"The Crew Nation fund is here to help support live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. Crew like you are essential to the fabric of live touring. You work behind the scenes to help artists and fans connect with the magic of live music, and Live Nation wants to ensure you are taken care of during this time.
Crew Nation is designed to help all the backstage staff that help bring concerts to life including: tour managers, production managers, riggers, sound engineers, backline techs, lighting directors/designers, special effects teams, carpenters, and more.
Music Forward Foundation will be selecting recipients based on an objective determination of need.
We want to get relief into the hands of crew who are already feeling the impact of this intermission period. Here’s how we plan to do that:
- Over the next week, Live Nation will be reaching out to crew members from tours across the globe whose income has already been affected due to the cancellation or rescheduling of a Live Nation event.
- We will be releasing an application for live music crews across the industry. Please check back for next steps.
Canada Council: $60M in advance funding to help stabilize backbone of arts sector as it faces COVID-19 crisis
The Canada Council for the Arts announced plans to provide approximately $60 million in advance funding, the equivalent of 35% of annual grants held by over 1,100 core funded organizations.
SOCAN Emergency Program
April 2/2020 News post: https://www.socanmagazine.ca/news/socan-announces-2-million-enhanced-emergency-program/
SOCAN announced that it is allocating up to $2-million for emergency royalty advances. The program is primarily aimed at SOCAN’s songwriters and screen composers whose ability to sustain their income has been compromised by the impact of the crisis on the music industry, especially on those whose concerts have been cancelled, or whose television and movie productions have been suspended. The interest-free advances will be considered based on each member’s most recent earnings history, urgency, and need.
Priority will be given to SOCAN members who are faced with a loss in live performance royalties, or screen composers whose productions have been suspended. Learn more at the link or by contacting SOCAN.
AFC - Artists Fund of Canada
Through compassionate financial support, AFC helps Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity and ability to work. The AFC supports entertainment industry professionals working in TV and film, music, theatre, and dance. The AFC can provide short-term emergency financial assistance for essential household bills and costs that cannot otherwise be paid.
This assistance is based on immediate financial need. The AFC does not provide compensation for lost earnings.
To receive financial assistance, you need to:
Be professionally eligible;
Demonstrate immediate financial need;
Pursue all other avenues of support;
Provide the required documentation.
You are professionally eligible if you:
Are working age and have earned the majority of your income from entertainment industry work in 2019
Are over 65 and have earned the majority of your income from the industry over your working life
Learn more at https://afchelps.ca
Have we missed something that is available to Saskatchewan music workers? Please email us.
COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Fund for Saskatchewan Music Industry Workers
Note, the deadline for the EFRF was March 30, 2020. You still can view the info here. Application review is underway.
Other National Resources / Cultural Worker Information
Cultural Human Resources Council: Cultural sector resources for businesses, organizations and individuals
Canadian Musician: COVID-19 Relief for Canadian Businesses & Music Creators
Ontario: The Government of Ontario and a group of stakeholders have introduced MusicTogether, a $300,000 initiative to directly support the province's musicians.:
Open House Livestreaming Series
We will be hosting livestreamed concerts from Saskatchewan artists throughout April and May on our Facebook page. We have now closed the intake process as we've received lots of submissions. Artists that have performed already are linked to their saved stream below. We're contacting artists to fill the remainder of the dates at this time.
- April 2: Jay Semko
- April 5: Yellowsky part 1 and part 2
- April 7: Marissa Burwell
- April 9: Oral Fuentes
- April 12: Ellen Froese
- April 14: Shantaia
- April 16: Too Soon Monsoon
- April 19: Zann Foth
- April 21: The North Sound
- April 23: Eli Barsi
- April 26: Aaron Karpinka
- April 28: Aurora Bella
- April 30: Carson Shmyr part 1 and part 2
- May 3: JJ Voss
- May 5: Anna Haverstock
- May 7: Patient Hands
- May 10: Earl Pereira
- May 12: Sylvia Chave
- May 14: Chris Carlier
- May 17: velours
- May 19: The Sex Geckos
- May 21: Annora
- May 24: Munro & Patrick
- May 26: The Northwest Kid
- May 28: Last Birds
- May 31: Eliza Doyle
COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Fund
SaskMusic distributes $55K through Emergency Financial Relief Fund
(April 23) In response to pandemic ramifications on our industry, we launched the EFRF in March, with an intake deadline of March 30. We received requests for approximately $111,000 in assistance to help cover losses from mid-March through the end of April, with a cap of $1000 per application. We are pleased to have been able to provide over $55,000 in support to musicians, music teachers, sound and lighting technicians and others. These numbers, of course, reflect only a small portion of lost revenue for our industry members during this very challenging time.
The EFRF is an unprecedented initiative for SaskMusic. Although we have no new intake announcements at this time, we will continue to accept donations to the fund and may be able to extend additional funding if further fund donations are received.
We have also gathered a list of additional resources to our industry here on our website. While our offices will remain physically closed for the interim, our staff and mentors remain available for questions and consults at this time, and we encourage you to reach out if you need any assistance.
(Updated March 31)
The health and safety of our staff, members, colleagues, and our communities is our top priority at this time, and we’re closely following public health updates and new developments related to COVID-19, aka Coronavirus. We recognize that these circumstances are particularly stressful for those in the arts community, many of whom rely heavily on public performance and the gathering together of audiences to make a living.
As of March 17 our two offices will be closed to the walk-in public, with staff working from home. We are postponing all in-person events such as workshops and gatherings. We will be considering ways to deliver alternative programming such as web-only presentations. Staff and our career track mentors are happy to meet with you for one-on-ones via phone or video chat during this time.
We encourage you to follow all health region-advised practices, and monitor news releases for updates to these recommendations. Current important items of note (in our own wording):
- Effective March 26, no more than 10 people should gather in one room.
- Practice physical distancing, and self-isolate if you are sick for any reason.
- All international travel should be avoided. If you are currently working outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days upon return
- Province-to-province travel is not advised unless essential. Check for any restrictions (ie gathering sizes) imposed by the province you are travelling to. Note that there are similar organizations to SaskMusic in every province and territory, and they may helpful in directing you to the current guidelines.
- Review your show contracts and any insurance coverage you may have as you handle cancellations.
- Check in with the venues, festivals, and promoters for events coming up between now and June 30 (at minimum) about their plans and systems.
- Check in with any funding agencies attached to your projects about the status of your funding for any cancelled or rescheduled activities.
- Stay vigilant about your health, handwashing, and making sure the spaces you’re going to are doing the same.
- If you have underlying medical conditions that put you at higher risk, talk to your health care providers, friends, and family about a plan.
In all cases, refer to the local health authorities’ guidelines as your main source of info.
We'll be collecting COVID-19 related resources here.
For webinars, including those related to COVID-19 anxiety, funding, and other issues, please see our Events: Workshops section. We will post items there as we present or hear about them.
Live Event Tips
As our music community navigates through stages of this pandemic, it's important to follow public health guidelines. These are a few things to keep in mind as a starting point for your own research and consideration in implementing local regulations. Compliance with recommended protocols is imperative to helping us get back to a place where we can eventually re-open our industry. (Thanks to the International Bluegrass Music Association for the following.)
- Temperature checks
- Questionnaires regarding exposure and provision of contact information for contact tracing
- Paperless ticketing and touchless merchandise and concessions
- Socially distanced lines, seating, stage security measures
- Sanitization protocols and frequency (of spaces and gear)
- Providing hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray and wipes and encouraging regular hand washing
- Restroom access allowing for safe distancing in line; private restroom for artists vs public.
- Backstage/studio access and procedures
- COVID testing and quarantine agreements between parties (bands and closely functioning teams)
- Communications and signage to ensure all involved are clear about guidelines
- Clear roles and responsibilities for enforcement of policies
Presenters are encouraged to provide clear plans to artists and agents at time of offer, with the understanding that plans may evolve. Artists and agents are encouraged to provide presenters with any questions or concerns and update their riders to make their requirements clear. Studios, producers and artists are encouraged to form agreements about safety prior to recording projects.
Some additional resources .
- Global - Event Safety Alliance ESA Reopening Guide
- Canadian - COVID-19 Resources page of the Canadian Federation of Musicians
- Canadian - COVID-19 Resources page of the Canadian Live Music Association
Online Music Lessons
We've put out the call, and have begun collecting a list of music teachers who are currently providing music lessons online. You can view the new section, Online Music Lessons, here in our Directory.
If you're giving lessons and would like to be listed, you can login to (or create) your account on this website and submit your own Directory listing (look under the Companies/Services area for the category); or just email firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of your services including instrument(s) taught, musical styles, level of instructions, how the general public can reach you, and any other pertinent information. A photo or logo would be very helpful as well.