Unison Benevolent Fund - Assistance to Date

Request for services continues to increase for both the Counselling & Health Solutions Program and the Emergency Financial Assistance Program.  Of all calls received in 2017 for Unison programs, 66% required counselling services, while 34% requested financial assistance.

Further breakdown and details of those requiring assistance can be found below.

 

 

Counselling

Financial

2015

62%

38%

2016

58%

42%

2017

66%

34%

Unison Benevolent Fund - Assistance Hotline, 2017

The counselling and health solutions support line is sponsored by Unison and provided by Morneau Shepell – the largest Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) counselling network in Canada. Counselling is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of accredited professionals who hold master’s degrees or PhDs in the fields of psychology or clinical social work.

Counselling can be provided over the phone or online, and can address a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to: mental health support, managing relationships and family life, finding child and elder care resources, legal advice, financial guidance, workplace challenges, tackling addictions, improving nutrition and focusing on your health. Morneau Shepell’s highly qualified, experienced and caring professionals help callers select a support option that suits their lifestyle and best addresses the challenges they are facing.

Unison offers five hours of counselling for music industry professionals and their family members. Arrangements can be made for additional help, as it is needed.

In 2017 there was a 50% increase in counseling services provided as compared to 2016.

In 2016 there was an overall 15% increase in counseling services provided as compared to 2015.

Source of Discovery

 

 

2015

2016

2017

Word of mouth

45%

63%

54%

Website

26%

17%

35%

Printed material

21%

11%

4%

Social Media

8%

9%

8%

Counselling Hotline Demographics  

 

 

2015

 

2016

 

2017

Gender

Male

25%

43%

43%

Female

75%

57%

57%

Years in the Music Industry

Under 1 year

15%

9%

3%

1-4 years

34%

19%

14%

5-14 years

9%

30%

 23%

15 Years and Over

36%

34%

 31%

Declined

6%

8%

 29%

Age Group

20-29 Years

4%

15%

19%

30-39 Years

60%

45%

45%

40-49 Years

21%

13%

21%

50 Years and Over

15%

25%

13%

Declined

0%

2%

2%

 

Counselling Service Details  

 

2015

2016

2017

Personal Relationships

6%

10%

27%

Personal Stress

24%

28%

22%

Life Planning

11%

15%

18%

Mental Health

14%

23%

13%

Physical Health

16%

8%

8%

Work Related

25%

7%

7%

Parenting

0%

3%

3%

Addiction Related

2%

2%

1%

Family, General

2%

4%

1%

 

Unison Benevolent Fund - Emergency Financial Assistance

Unison 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.

A committee of music industry peers promptly reviews each application, which are known only to them by a file name.  No personal information is ever divulged. Each approved applicant is provided with emergency financial assistance and/or financial, career or personal counselling.

The assistance of Unison is short-term, helping to address a crisis situation. Unison moves quickly to determine what help can be provided and what actions may be necessary for each individual to re-establish independence from Unison.

In 2017 a 39% increase of applications were received, resulting in a 13% increase in financial assistance funds distributed above 2016.

In 2016 a 27% increase of applications were received, resulting in a 70% increase in financial assistance funds distributed above 2015.

The Emergency Financial Assistance Program launched in 2015.

 

Allocations of Financial Assistance by Category

 

2015

 2016

2017

Rent/Mortgage

53%

47%

62%

Utilities

4%

4%

5%

Food/Living Expenses

21%

26%

14%

Dental

9%

9%

9%

Medical

5%

5%

4%

Transportation

4%

6%

4%

Other

4%

3%

2%

 

Applicants for Emergency Financial Assistance by Province/Territory

 

 

2015

2016

2017

Alberta

0%

0%

0%

British Columbia

0%

3%

4%

Manitoba

3%

5%

4%

New Brunswick

0%

3%

0%

Newfoundland and Labrador

7%

8%

0%

Northwest Territories

0%

0%

0%

Nova Scotia

3%

0%

15%

Nunavut

0%

0%

0%

Ontario

74%

68%

66%

Prince Edward Island

0%

0%

2%

Quebec

3%

10%

7%

Saskatchewan

7%

3%

0%

Yukon

0%

0%

0%

International

3%

0%

2%

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