Financial Assistance

In May 2022, the Government of Canada named The Unison Fund as a recipient of the Canada Performing Arts Worker’s Resilience Fund to provide much welcomed support and recognition of live music workers. In response, Unison launched the Live Music Workers Fund in July to distribute this funding to those in need across the country. Over 7,000 workers applied to the fund and Unison disbursed one-time lump sum payments to thousands of approved candidates.

The Live Music Workers Fund permanently closed on February 1st, 2023, however the Industry Assistance fund will be relaunching in the near future. Sign up to our newsletter for updates.

What funding opportunities does Unison offer?

Unison offers two (2) financial assistance programs, the Live Music Workers Fund for independent, self-employed live music performance workers, and the Industry Assistance Fund for all other music industry professionals. The Live Music Workers Fund permanently closed on February 1st, 2023, however the Industry Assistance fund will be relaunching in the near future.

What Unison’s financial assistance programs can provide

Unison’s Financial Assistance Programs exist to help music industry professionals with basic living expenses in times of crisis. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic our program has assisted thousands of music industry professionals with financial support to help with critical expenses – groceries, shelter (rent), and medical expenses.

What Unison’s financial assistance programs cannot provide

Unison’s Financial Assistance Programs should be seen as short-term assistance with basic living expenses. Unison does not provide financial assistance for business related expenses. If you are looking for work related assistance, please reach out to your local provincial music association for guidance on what funding is available both provincially and nationally.

What makes me eligible to apply for financial assistance?

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, you worked primarily in the music industry for at least two consecutive years and earned at least 55% of your income from that work.

What’s the difference between registering and applying for financial assistance?

Registering simply gives you access to our free counselling & health solution services and signs you up to our mailing list. 

Applying for assistance is a separate step that requires you to meet specific eligibility requirements and fill out additional information specific to submitting an application for financial assistance.

If you are an existing member of Unison, please register for the new system again.

How many times can I apply?

You can apply more than once to the Industry Assistance Fund, although multiple applications from the same applicant will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Is financial assistance available to music workers across all provinces in Canada?

Unison’s Industry Assistance Fund is available to all Canadian residents working in music.

Will financial assistance from Unison affect my eligibility for other government programs?

Your receipt of any government funding at any level does not affect your eligibility for Unison’s financial assistance, and acceptance of Unison financial assistance does not affect your eligibility to access government funding at any level.

 Where do I start?
  1. You can start by becoming a Unison member. Register here
  2. Once you’ve received an email confirming your registration, you can then login to the online portal to start your application process
How do I apply?

For step-by-step instructions see our Application Details page.