During the past several weeks, the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund has raised nearly $14 million dollars to support thousands of music industry professionals affected by the pandemic. It is the largest amount of money raised, with the most recipients helped, for any single event in our history. However, the need remains great, and these unique times remain critical for music people.
Unfortunately, until we are able to raise additional funds for our COVID-19 relief efforts, we will not be accepting new applications for assistance. While our goal is always to provide help to everyone in need, we are bound by the monetary resources raised and available. So, the fight continues.
MusiCares and our partners at the Recording Academy are working relentlessly to raise more money to support those in the music community affected by COVID-19 and we will make an announcement as soon as additional funds become available. Note that all previously accepted applications for COVID-19 relief are in our queue for delayed assistance as we work to raise the additional resources to process those applications and provide grants.
Since the beginning of this fiscal year, we've vetted and approved over 20,000 individuals to receive financial assistance through all of our programs and services. That's more than double the amount of people we’ve helped in any previous year. MusiCares is grateful for all the support we have received to date and humbled to be in a position to help those who so desperately need it...and we aren't giving up.
FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
Colorado Gives Back and the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
To help those in the music community affected during this public health crisis, MusiCares has partnered with various entities to administer contributions that have been earmarked to applicants with specific eligibility requirements. While the COVID-19 Relief Fund was created to help all US-based music industry workers in need, a portion of the funds collected from the Colorado Gives Back initiative will be focused specifically on providing assistance to Colorado-based music people. Applications received from ineligible applicants or incomplete applications cannot be processed.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES
Applicants must be a current and active resident of the state of Colorado and be able to document participation in one of the following areas:
- At least 3 years of employment in the music industry and/or
- 6 commercially released recordings (singles)
- 6 commercially or promotionally released music videos
Looking for information on the Colorado Gives Back initiative? Click here.
Public Health Information
Quick Reference Guide: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and...
Google COVID-19 Info: https://www.google.com/covid19
Financial and General Assistance
211: Visit http://211.org/services/covid19 or dial 2-1-1.
Learn more about the CARES Act Benefits for Songwriters & Composers with the National Music Publishers Association Guide.
MusicCovidRelief.com, a resource brought to you by our partners in the U.S. Music Community helps music professionals access information and applications to receive benefits made available by the CARES Act (Phase III of the Coronavirus Stimulus bill signed into law March 27, 2020).
Freelance Artist Resources
I Care If You Listen: https://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2020/03/covid-19-emergency-funding-arti...
Mental Health & Coping Resources
Experts recommend getting adequate sleep, eating well, and engaging in exercise, among other tips for practicing good self-care.
Anyone already managing existing mental health conditions should prioritize self-care during uncertain times, and not hesitate to contact their clinician(s) with any questions or concerns.
To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), OR text “START” to 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has information on travel, media resources, and other research on COVID-19.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
Clinical hypnotherapist and trauma recovery coach Ronia Fraser shares tips, tools and exercises for anxiety reduction
Better Help: https://www.betterhelp.com (Affordable, private online counseling)
Porter’s Call helps artists find the counsel, support, and encouragement they need. Services are safe, confidential, and provided at no cost. For more information on services and eligibility.
12-Step Industry Group - https://zoom.us/j/5432688005 Tuesdays at 8am PT/10am CMT/11am EST/4pm UTC
Music Industry Coffee Break - https://zoom.us/j/5432688005 Thursdays at 8am PT/10am CMT/11am EST/4pm UTC
Guidelines and boundaries - https://www.passengerrecovery.com/meeting.html
SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care facilitates the adoption of trauma-informed environments in the delivery of a broad range of services including mental health, substance use, housing, vocational or employment support, domestic violence, and victim assistance and peer support.
The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors’ National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) promotes trauma-informed practices in the delivery of services to violence- and trauma-exposed individuals seeking support for recovery and healing.
The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health provides training, support, and consultation to advocates, mental health and substance abuse treatment providers, legal professionals, and policymakers as they work to improve responses to survivors and their children.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) assists in the improvement of access to care, treatment, and services for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.
If you, or someone you care about, is feeling overwhelmed by sadness, depression, or anxiety, or you feel like you want to harm yourself or others, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990).
Entertainment Assistance Resources
Musicians Foundation: www.musiciansfoundation.org
Sound Royalties: https://soundroyalties.com
Sweet Relief: https://www.sweetrelief.org/covid-19-fund.html
Gig Workers (drivers) & Now Hiring:
PNC Bank: Visit https://www.pnc.com/en/customer-service/update-center.html?lnksrc=homepa... or dial 888-762-2265
Coca Cola: https://www.coca-colacompany.com/careers
NOTE: Individuals are advised to keep documentation of ALL lost work and potential earnings as there may be future government programs offering income and/or tax relief due to loss of employment or business.
For further information on general relief and unemployment benefits in your area use the search tools available in the Financial and General Assistance resource section above.
GENERAL PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT
ACM Lifting Lives® COVID-19 Response Fund. In response to the growing need due to COVID-19, this fund was created to assist individuals working in the Country Music industry who are suffering a financial crisis as a result of the pandemic.
American Association of Independent Music
American Federation of Musicians
Americans for the Arts
American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund
Artist Relief Tree
ASCAP Music Unites Us
Blues Foundation HART Fund
COVID-19 Music Production Response Group
COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks (GoFundMe)
Equal Sound - Musicians Corona Relief Fund Application
Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Freelance Coop Emergency Fund
Gospel Music Trust Fund
HealthCare.gov Special Enrollment
Help a Freelancer
Independent Venue Week
International Bluegrass Music Association’s BlueGrass Trust Fund
League of American Orchestras
Live Nation's #CrewNation
Music Health Alliance
Music Maker Relief Foundation
NOMAD Fundraiser for the Touring Crew (GoFundMe)
Pinetop Perkins Foundation’s Assistance League
SoundGirls - Educate and Collaborate, Surviving Corona Virus
Sweet Relief - Financial Assistance
Viral Music -- Because Kindness is Contagious
U.S. Small Business Adminstration
Women Arts - Funding Resources
Winston House - Creative Community Fund
Helping Songwriters Find Virtual Co-Writes via American Songwriter and Facebook
Self-quarantined? 7 Ways to Experience Live Music Without Leaving Your Couch
Sound Stage - Live Acts, Reimagined
Stage It - Your Online Concert Venue
East Region Professional Resources
EAST REGION: CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH DAKOTA, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN
Delaware Department of Labor
Boston Artist Relief Fund
Boston Music Maker Relief Fund
Boston Singers’ Resource COVID-19 Emergency Relief
Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance
Massachusetts Health Connector Special Enrollment
Music Streams Calendar
Nebraska Department of Labor
New Hampshire Employment Security
Brooklyn Community Foundation
Lost My Gig NYC
Local 802 Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund
Max’s Kansas City Project
Musicians Assistance through Actor’s Fund
Musicians’ Foundation Aid
NY State of Health Special Enrollment
NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund (GoFundMe)
New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
New York State Department of Labor
Online Facebook Community Group Sharing Ideas, Financial Tips and Resources
Queens County Economic Development Corp.
North Dakota Job Service
Greater Pittsburgh Art Council Emergency Fund For Artists
#HomeMadeMusic Online Concert Program
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation
PGH Artist Emergency Fund (GoFundMe)
Support Performers Affected by COVID-19 (GoFundMe)
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
Virginia Employment Commission
DC Health Link Special Enrollment
Free Meals DC, Maryland & Virginia
Jose Andres Community Kitchens
Mutual Aid Project
United Way of the National Capital Area
Washington D.C. Department of Employment Services
Workforce West Virginia
South Region Professional Resources
SOUTH REGION: ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, GEORGIA, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, NORTH CAROLINA, OKLAHOMA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS
Alabama Department of Labor
Kentucky Career Center
Mississippi Department of Employment Security
South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
A Safe Nashville
Music Export Memphis
Nashville Musicians AFM Local 257
Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s COVID-19 Response Fund
Opry Trust Fund
Small Business Eligibility and Status Confirmation
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Austin Texas Musicians
Banding Together (GoFundMe)
Dallas Artist Relief Fund
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
Housing Opportunities For Musicians And Entertainers
Houston Music Foundation
I Lost My Gig
SIMS Foundation - Mental Health & Substance Use Recovery
Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
South By South Best (GoFundMe)
Stand With Austin
Steps small businesses need to take to help Texas qualify for SBA emergency loans
Texas Music Office
Texas Workforce Commission
Workforce Solutions Capital Area
Martina McBride teamed up with OneGenerationAway to create a mobile food pantry for school kids along with music and special event workforces. Applicable for COVID-19 and the tornado. Donations can be made directly on this page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/martinamcbride
Musicians on Call is now performing virtual bedside performances through closed circuit TV inside hospitals. This applies locally and nationally. Donations can be made on their website. https://www.musiciansoncall.org
West Region Professional Resources
WEST REGION:ALASKA, ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, HAWAII, IDAHO, MONTANA, NEVADA, NEW MEXICO, OREGON, UTAH, WASHINGTON, WYOMING
California Arts Council Resources
California Employment Development Department
Covered California Special Enrollment
Culture LA - Arts Emergency Relief Fund
LA Mayor’s Economic Relief Package
Music Fund of Los Angeles Emergency fund
Musicians Relief Fund of Los Angeles
Musician’s Union/AFM Local Six SF
Opera San José Artists and Musicians Relief Fund
Public Health - LA County
LA: Resources to help employees in LA County respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 coronavirus
What Small Business Owners Need to Know About LAs New Emergency Microloans
List of resources from NW Folklife in Seattle
Melodic Caring Project
Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund
Seattle Artists Relief Fund (GoFundMe)
Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Arts Stabilization Fund
Songs of Hope & Healing Virtual Concert #1
Washington Employment Security Department
Washington Health Plan Finder Special Enrollment
Mental health services and resources for musicians and music professionals: https://backline.care
#livefromhome “virtual open mic” on Instagram - Musicians post their own videos and call out other musicians to do the same: https://www.instagram.com/christhile
#quarantunechallenge (“write a song a day” 30-day) challenge on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tristanscroggins