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NEW $100/WEEK UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT FOR MIXED EARNERS. YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE.

February 5, 2021

The Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation benefit is designed to provide financial assistance to gig workers, freelancers, and other self-employed individuals who receive artificially low unemployment benefits due to part of their income coming from W-2 wages.

Many professional musicians are mixed earners — those who earn income both as employees and freelancers — deserve support during the pandemic but fell through the cracks in the CARES Act.

Under the new stimulus bill, mixed earners who received at least $5,000 in self-employment income in 2019 are eligible for a $100 weekly benefit on top of the $300 federal pandemic unemployment supplement provided under the new legislation (in addition to whatever aid they qualify for under their state unemployment system).

The extra benefit seeks to correct a flaw in the CARES Act relief package passed in March, which shut out freelance and gig workers — who qualified for regular unemployment compensation — from receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits that would have reflected the true scope of their earnings.

To learn more, please go to Mixedearners.org.

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