The Unison Benevolent Fund provides short-term financial assistance to Canadian music industry professionals who have encountered an unforeseeable emergency such as recovering from an illness, injury or other circumstances that result in an inability to work, severe economic or personal hardship.

You are eligible if you:
• worked primarily in the music industry for at least two years.
• worked primarily in the music industry for 55% of your career.

Professionals in any role within the Canadian music industry are eligible.
Professional roles include, but are not limited to:
• Musician, songwriter, producer and engineer
• Label and publisher personnel
• Independent marketing, distribution, promotion and publicity staff
• Manager, agent and promoter
• Technical and venue staff (sound technicians, roadies, etc.)
• Staff from associations, funders or collectives

Applying for Financial Assistance

The application process consists of an Application Form and a Financial Details Statement form. The application form will ask for details about your professional background and your reason for approaching Unison. We also ask for two references. We may contact your references to confirm the details of your work history. They will not be given any information about your application.

The Financial Details Statement asks about your financial situation. Many people find it difficult to complete a statement like this so we provide guidelines explaining exactly what is needed. Assessment is based on your household income, so we will also ask for details of your partner’s financial situation, or anyone else who is a part of your household.

You will be notified when your completed forms are received. A committee of your peers will promptly review your application, which will be known only to them by a file name. No personal information will be divulged.

We will maintain all information that you provide to us in strict confidence in accordance with our privacy policy. Click here to view Unison Benevolent Fund’s Privacy Policy.

If you are approved, you will be provided with emergency financial assistance and/or financial, career or personal counselling. Assistance can be tailored to each applicant’s personal circumstances.

The assistance of the Unison Benevolent Fund is short-term, helping you to address a crisis situation. We will move quickly to determine what help we can provide and what actions may be necessary for you to re-establish independence from Unison. You may be asked to take career, credit or personal counselling as a condition of receiving financial assistance.