The COVID-19 pandemic has caused increased mental health hardship for many employed in the Canadian music industry including artists, crew, behind the scenes support teams and more. Countless individuals in the music community were the first to lose their livelihood, and the entertainment industry will be one of the last to recover.
During a crisis, mental illness doesn’t simply go away and for many, the increased stressors only make it worse. In 2020, Unison has seen a 29% increase in demand for counselling services, and a 61% increase in urgent mental health crisis intervention cases.
At Unison Benevolent Fund, they are committed to providing assistance to music industry professionals and their families – not just during the holidays, but throughout the year. They have more people seeking assistance with their mental health programs than ever before, but their resources are limited. They are dependent on the generosity of donors to continue to provide much-needed services to Canadian music makers who are need of assistance. For many, Unison has been their only source of emergency assistance. It is imperative that they continue this fund to provide this bridge of relief for as many music professionals as we can.
During this time of reflection, personally, I’m asking you today to make a tax-deductible donation to support the work of Unison. No donation is too small; any amount will be greatly appreciated. Donating is easy. You can contribute to Unison Benevolent Fund’s registered GoFundMe, online.
Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. We are here to help professional music makers in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties. Unison Benevolent Fund is an assistance program – created and administered for the music community, by the music community – designed to provide discreet relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis through financial assistance and counselling and health solutions.