Relief funds for musicians during pandemic

Posted on: March 24, 2020

“A growing number of organizations are providing relief funding to performing artists who have lost income due to cancelled concerts, teaching jobs, and recording sessions since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak,” writes Brian Wise in Friday’s (3/20) Musical America (subscription required). “Some of the more notable opportunities at this still-early stage in the pandemic [include] American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund … providing individual grants of up to $2,000 to its members…. The MusiCares Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Recording Academy, has established a new $2 million COVID-19 Relief Fund…. Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a Fullerton, CA nonprofit, has established a COVID-19 Fund for musicians and industry workers who … need assistance with medical or other living expenses…. Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund … in Los Angeles [is] aimed at distributing artist grants of up to $500 each for cancelled gigs.” At the state and local level, the article mentions relief funds including AFM Local 47 Emergency Relief Fund (Los Angeles); Boston Artist Relief Fund; Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Emergency Fund for Artists; Local 802’s Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund (NY); New Orleans Business Alliance Relief Fund; NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund; Seattle Artist Relief Fund; and Springboard for the Arts’ Personal Emergency Relief Fund (Minneapolis).