A once-off €750 payment to support Irish music creators impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched.

The Irish Music Industry COVID-19 Relief Fund will be administered by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) and First Music Contact (FMC), with Spotify matching, up to a total global contribution of $10 million for the collective verified organisations worldwide.

Songwriters, composers, performers, session musicians and arrangers qualify for assistance, with successful applicants to receive a once-off emergency relief payment to the value of €750 - apply here.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of music industry professionals from a wide spectrum of industry sectors and organisations.

Chair of IMRO Eleanor McEvoy has welcomed the move.

"Many talented and beloved members of the Irish creative community are struggling financially due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic," she said.

"We hope that this fund can help to ease some of their worries and fears. We are also appealing to anyone who is passionate about Irish music to donate to the fund to ensure we can help as many people as possible. 

"It is essential that the Irish music industry survives this crisis, not just for the benefit of music creators, but for the benefit of our country. Music unites us and is fundamental to who we are. Losing it would be detrimental to our society and culture."

Find out more about the The Irish Music Industry COVID-19 Relief Fund and make a donation here