Spotify pledges to help musicians affected by coronavirus

Music streaming giant Spotify has announced it wants to help musicians affected by the coronavirus epidemic.

In economic terms, artists will have been hit particularly hard by the crisis as many rely on gigs and performances to make money. And while saving lives is the obvious priority, everyone wants to be able to support themselves and their families.

‘At times of great challenge, music helps to uplift us. But right now, thousands of creative professionals in the music industry need our help,’ Spotify announced.

‘While streaming still gives artists a way to connect with their fans, so many other sources of revenue have been put on hold by this crisis. To play our part, we’re working with a growing list of organizations offering financial relief to creators around the world to find ways to support our community.’

The Swedish company says it will be donating money to several organisations (MusiCares, PRS Foundation and Help Musicians) and has also created the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project which says it will match donations made to the organisations up to $10 million (£8.4m).

Spotify says it is launching a tool that will allow artists to link out of the app to alternative donation pages.

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