As we all navigate these challenging times together, we want to address the impact the members of the BC music community may currently be experiencing.

While the situation continues to evolve, the Music BC office will no longer be receiving walk-in inquiries and all public events have been postponed until at least May 1st, 2020. The Music BC team will be working remotely until further notice, actively supporting our members and the BC community while we continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 alongside our partners and government funders.

We would like to invite members of the BC music community to reach out by email if they have any questions or concerns on how COVID-19 is impacting Music BC programs. These include Music BC Travel Grants for artists and businesses, our How-To Series workshops and seminars, the Let’s Hear It Live Concert Series and Micro Grant programs, as well as the many domestic and international showcasing opportunities being postponed or cancelled due to public health concerns.

We ask for everyone who works in the BC music sector that has been financially burdened due to COVID-19 cancellations or postponements to diligently track and document your loss of income.

At this time, we ask that any questions or concerns please be directed to

We wish you all a safe and healthy week.


Short-term (last week or so), mid-term (3 months), and estimated long-term ripple effects for:

  • Anticipated revenue lost (e.g. ticket sales, rentals, donations, interest on endowments, sponsorships, etc.). Value and proportion of your overall revenue that this represents.
  • Unrecoverable expenses (operating and project) incurred as a result of COVID19 response (e.g. contractual obligations, contingency planning, extra cleaning staff, public relations response, work-from-home technology costs, etc.).
  • Travel cancellations – artists, workers, etc. Including touring, international stakeholders (e.g. workers, talent) coming to your organization and from your organization to return to their respective international home)
  • Impact on workers – salaries, part-time, contract – reduced hours and/or lay-offs. The total value of losses for your workers and the proportion of your workforce that is affected. EI eligible and ineligible
  • The number of, and/or details for, programs and activities either 1) cancelled, 2) delayed, and/or 3) change of scope (including events, workshops, donor campaigns, etc.). Consider your current season and projections into Summer.
  • Any notes on insurance cancellation policies, emergency reserve funds, etc. for contingency and sustainability planning
  • Any notes on cashflow and the immediacy of your financial need
  • Contingency and safety plans that your organization has put in place
  • Anticipated ripple effects in the mid-long term – risk-averse audiences; challenges in spinoff economy with transit/restaurants/bars, supply chain; partnerships and collaborations with other community and arts organizations, etc.



Amplify BC:

FACTOR Canada:

Canada Council for the Arts:

Watch this space for updates on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is affecting their programs and services: Important Information related to COVID-19.

The National Arts Centre

In support and to kick-off the #CanadaPerforms online series, today at 2pm ET, Jim Cuddy, Devin Cuddy, Sam Polley and Colin Cripps will share an online performance from their Facebook page. In the coming days, Canadian artists including Serena Ryder, William Prince, Irish Mythen, Erin Costelo, and Whitehorse will share online performances in support. Other performances by Canadian artists will be announced as they apply, are selected and confirmed to perform.


To apply to this short-term relief measure, performing artists or ensemble (less than 10 people) simply need to write to the National Arts Centre at, provide their name, a description of their 45-60 minutes performance, when they wish to share and on what platform. The National Arts Centre will select fund recipients in consultation with industry leaders. The NAC will announce online performances, as they apply, are selected and confirmed, via its Facebook page for Canadians to watch and enjoy.



Unison Benevolent Fund:

COVID-19 Resources for the Music Community

For counselling inquiries to help you deal with the financial or emotional impact of coronavirus, please contact 1-855-986-4766.

For emergency financial assistance, know that Unison will carefully review your situation and request in the context of finding the best way to assist you during this difficult time. You are reminded that Unison does not make payments directly to applicants, with the understanding that our resources are limited, dependent on the generosity of our donors, and are allocated in ways to best support as many individuals as possible. Please visit our website here to learn more about our financial assistance program and how to apply.

The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit organization that provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for those in the Canadian music community who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness, unemployment or economic difficulties. Find out more at

National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts

There are presently five legal clinics providing critical capacity support to individual creators, arts organizations, their administrators, technicians and other arts professionals in performance, literary, digital/media and visual arts. They offer an online database of resources and dozens of educational opportunities annually (e.g. workshops and conferences). Responding to the urgent and varied legal questions and needs of artists, these forums foster and strengthen arts and culture networks through new collaborations and networking.

More about their services can be found at

A Message From The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM)

“The Canadian Federation of Musicians has written an open letter to the Government of Canada, urging them to take emergency measures to provide security to artists that have lost critical revenue due to the covid-19 crisis. Please find the full letter in the link below. We are asking all musicians that have lost revenue, gigs, during this time to please contact their Local office, which will be collecting data that we can use to more accurately assess the economic impact on our industry.”

I Lost My Gig

This is a support group on Facebook for folks from various disciplines in the Gig Economy to gather, listen, and share.

The Department of Finance Canada

The Department has a thorough resource here outlining how the government is taking action to help Canadians experiencing hardship, including detail about flexibility for taxpayers.



COVID-19 BC Support App and Self-Assessment Tool:


For business:

For the public:

B.C. Government:

City of Vancouver:

Metro Vancouver:

City of Surrey: