Due to the tremendous support of so many, our Music On A Mission virtual fundraiser took place to honor the resilience of the music community deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our promise to the music community was that 100% of the proceeds from this event would support those who were hardest hit by the pandemic. We realize many are still struggling and given such, we have launched a final phase of COVID relief.
Important Information about Applying
- All requests for assistance are processed in the order in which they are received and up to 2000 eligible applicants will receive grant funds.
- Grant funds will be issued via check and therefore an accurate address is necessary. Incomplete addresses or inaccurate addresses will result in lost payments and checks WILL NOT be reissued. Address changes WILL NOT be allowed after an application is submitted.
- Please allow up to 3 weeks for processing. Please do not contact MusiCares inquiring about your application. Doing so will prolong the process.
- Eligibility extends to applicants able to document one of the following
- At least three years employment in the industry and/or
- 6 commercially released recordings or 6 commercially released videos
- Those in need who have received funding in the past are still encouraged to apply
- Please be sure to collect all required documentation prior to filling out this application. Applications that are incomplete or submitted without the proper information will not be processed and you will not be notified.
- Detailed music industry background, a biography, resume or discography
- Detailed information about your current financial situation
- A recent bank statement (printouts from ATM or screen shots from your account will not be accepted)
FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
To request assistance for issues not COVID related
MusiCares provides support for a variety of life crises. Medical, dental, mental health, insurance, substance abuse or eviction concerns are all areas that we support. To apply for other needs, please email to request an application. Please explain your current need with your email.
Food and General Necessities Resources
Why Hunger: The Why Hunger Hotline refers people in the need across the U.S. to food pantries, soup kitchens, summer meals sites, government nutrition program and grass roots organizations, especially those that provide access to nutritious foods and nutritional support services. If you are struggling to make ends meet, you are not alone. Call the WhyHunger Hotline at 1-800-5-HUNGRY, text your zip code to 1-800-548-6479 or visit Find Food to get connected to free, healthy food in your neighborhood and government nutrition services. Nutritious food is a basic human right. This year, WhyHunger will help connect over 1 million people in the U.S. to nutritious food. Learn more at WhyHunger.org.
Musically Fed: Music feeds the soul, Musically Fed feeds the hungry.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): SNAP (also known as food stamps) provides low-income families with benefits (on a card similar to an ATM debit card) to be used on food.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): TANF provides low- and very-low-income families with cash assistance to help meet basic needs.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): WIC provides low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five with services, including vouchers that can be redeemed for healthy foods at most major grocers, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to other services.
Summer, afterschool, and weekend meal and supplemental food “backpack” programs give low-income children access to nutritious foods when school is not in session. Programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by local organizations, including hospitals. Find your nearest site on the USDA website and check out this USDA toolkit on how to sponsor a site.
Home-delivered meals: There are numerous services that offer home-delivered meals to vulnerable populations, such as Meals on Wheels, which delivers meals to food-insecure seniors. Community Servings and Project Angel Heart are nonprofit food and nutrition programs that deliver medically tailored meals to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illness in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Colorado. Many food delivery efforts focus on seniors since this population often faces mobility issues.
Food banks and pantries: Food Banks partner with local nonprofit organizations to distribute food to families, seniors, and other individuals in need. Feeding America provides helpful information on how hospitals can develop partnerships with food banks or support the work of food pantries.
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.
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).
Aunt Bertha is a free online database that lists thousands of available resources such as food pantries, housing and cash assistance programs within the counties of each state nationwide, as well as in American Samoa and Puerto Rico. Aunt Bertha also hosts a COVID-19 relief page within their website, findhelp.org, which lists specific financial assistance, free and low-cost programs for those affected by the pandemic.
Bank and Credit Card:
Bank of America
City National Bank
Huntington National Bank
Marcus by Goldman Sachs
No Community Left Behind
Systemic health and social disparities have put underrepresented communities at an increased risk of getting COVID-19 or experiencing severe illness, regardless of age. Studies show that severe illness and death rates tend to be higher for racial and ethnic minority populations during public health emergencies than for other groups. Addressing the needs of these communities includes improving day-to-day life and increasing access to potentially life-saving resources. MusiCares is committed to supporting all music professionals and has developed a list of helpful information and resources.
Black Doctor Org (BDO)
BDO is the leading health and wellness destination for people of color. They are a non profit organization that leverage culture, content and technology to transform people’s lives for the better. BDO shares culturally relevant tips and strategies on health, wellness, lifestyle and longevity.
For more information, please visit: https://blackdoctor.org.
Black Doctors USA
Their mission is to create value-based awareness to engage communities with principles for healthier living. They provide healthcare solutions for communities, connecting individuals with black doctors and other health resources.
For more information, please visit: https://blackdoctorsusa.com.
The Association of Black Women Physicians
The Association of Black Women Physicians is an organized network of African-American women physicians committed to the improvement of public health and welfare, through the advancement of knowledge concerning women and the community health. They are a nonprofit organization, serving as a philanthropic source of funds to projects committed to improving the health and wellness concerns of traditionally under-served communities and assisting in eliminating health disparities.
For more information, please visit: https://www.blackwomenphysicians.org.
National Medical Association (NMA)
The National Medical Association (NMA) is the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health. NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with federal and private agencies.
For More information, please visit: https://www.nmanet.org.
American Black Chiropractic Association (ABCA)
ABCA offers a directory of black chiropractors across the country.
For more information, please visit: https://abcachiro.com.
HOYHEALTH focuses on providing access to bilingual English and Spanish speaking healthcare professionals that include Doctors, Nurses, Psychologists and a variety of other health care related professionals. For more information, please visit: https://www.hoyhealth.com/about-us/
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health’s goal is to close the gaps in three key areas: research, services and policy; scientific discover and benefit for the individual; and, community services and medical practice. For more information, please visit: https://www.healthyamericas.org/
Mental Health Resources
Ayana strives to address the strong lack of engagement between minorities and the mental health care industry which arises as a result of cost, stigma and lack of cultural competency. They match users with licensed professionals that share their own unique traits, values and sensibilities.
For more information, please visit: https://www.ayanatherapy.com.
Provides detailed listings for African American mental health professionals across the United States.
For more information, please visit: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/african-american.
Therapy for Black Girls
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.
For more information, please visit: https://therapyforblackgirls.com.
BEAM Black emotional and mental health Collective (beam.community.bvtn)
BEAM is a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. They do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts. BEAM has started an online directory of licensed Black therapists who are certified to provide tele mental health services.
For more information, please visit: https://www.beam.community.
Legal and Financial Advisor Resources
The National Black Lawyers top 100
The National Black Lawyers Top 100 was created to celebrate legal excellence by promoting our attorneys as subject-matter experts, developing a strong national network of top African American attorneys, and facilitating the exchange of timely information to enable our members to maintain their status as leaders.
For more information, please visit: https://nbltop100.org.
African American Attorney Network
They have a national network full of attorneys around the United States.
For more information, please visit: https://aaattorneynetwork.com.
African American Lawyers Network
They manage an online network of African-American lawyers and legal experts from around the world. Their goal is to provide a trustworthy and easy to search database of African-American attorneys.
For more information, please visit: https://www.blacklawyers.com.
Association of African American Financial Advisors (AAAA)
AAAA is a non-profit membership organization for African American financial advisors and affiliated professionals. We work in alliance with academic leaders at HBCUs that support financial planning degree programs, legislative and regulatory bodies, financial services firms and consumer interest organizations.
For more information, please visit: https://www.aaafainc.com.
Information and Referral Resources
US Black Chambers. INC. (USBC)
The U.S Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) provides committed, visionary leadership and advocacy in the realization of economic empowerment. Through the creation of resources and initiatives, we support African American Chambers of Commerce and business organizations and their work of developing and growing Black enterprises.
For more information, please visit: https://usblackchambers.org or https://blackdirectory.com.
Support Black Owned (SBO)
Support Black Owned (SBO) is a free Black and African American owned business directory filled with thousands of 100% Black, Moorish, and African American owned businesses, spread all over the world. Their directory also includes community services and providers of various medical professionals.
For more information, please visit: https://www.supportblackowned.com.
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
Monument support groups — free hour-long virtual video sessions on topics related to changing your relationship with alcohol, moderated by experienced therapists. Whether you’re looking to hear from your peers, share and process thoughts and emotions, self-reflect, or practice accountability, we’re glad you’re here. Showing up is always enough.
National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is an association of more than 500 local affiliates who work in communities across the country to raise awareness, and provide support and education to those in need.
Better Help: https://www.betterhelp.com (Affordable, private online counseling)
12Step.org provides information, tools, and resources for working any 12-step program.
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.
PRIDE Counseling Professional online counseling for the LGBTQ+ community.
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.
Talkspace offers convenient and affordable online therapy in a private, text-based chatroom.
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).
Black Girls BreathingTM is a safe space for Black women to manage their mental and emotional health through breathwork and community. Our work has impacted thousands of Black women across the globe and is innovating the wellness industry by providing free and accessible mental health care to an overlooked and underserved population.
Trusst is an affordable, secure, discreet platform to find and message with a licensed therapist. Designed by experts and psychologists who care about providing effective and genuine care. Sign up and talk to a licensed professional, read lessons, or engage in a simulated conversation with industry leaders in mental health. Don’t wait to get help, start talking to someone today!
Entertainment Assistance Resources
Gig Workers (drivers) & Now Hiring:
#HiringNow (LinkedIn): https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/heres-whos-hiring-right-now-andrew-seaman/
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)
COVID-19 Resource Center for Non-profits
Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Freelance Coop Emergency Fund
Gospel Music Trust Fund
HealthCare.gov Special Enrollment
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
MuttNation Fund offers matching-donation grants to members of the music community impacted by COVID-19 who have a dog(s) or cat(s) experiencing veterinary needs they cannot afford. Music community members include musicians, singers, songwriters, engineers, producers, management, music venue staff and other music industry employees.
New York Public Library offers a list of recorded webinars and resources for individuals and small businesses who are interested in monetizing their skill sets online. Topics include how to use your phone to reach an audience and teaching online. These tools may help in creating an additional stream of income no matter where you live.
NOMAD Fundraiser for the Touring Crew (GoFundMe)
Pinetop Perkins Foundation’s Assistance League
REBOOT An inclusive community for Creators
SoundGirls - Educate and Collaborate, Surviving Corona Virus
Sweet Relief - Financial Assistance
Viral Music -- Because Kindness is Contagious
U.S. Small Business Administration
Women Arts - Funding Resources
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
Kansas 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
Max’s Kansas City Project
Musicians Assistance through Actor’s Fund
Musicians’ Foundation Aid
NY State of Health Special Enrollment
NYC HEALTH COVID-19 Community Conversations: Mental Health, Equity and Resilience
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
Austin Creative Alliance
Banding Together (GoFundMe)
Dallas Artist Relief Fund
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
Housing Opportunities For Musicians And Entertainers (Austin)
Houston Music Foundation
I Lost My Gig (Austin)
SIMS Foundation - Mental Health & Substance Use Recovery
Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
South By South Best (GoFundMe) (Austin)
Stand With Austin
Steps small businesses need to take to help Texas qualify for SBA emergency loans
Texas Music Office
Texas Workforce Commission
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
California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners
City of Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs COVID-19 Emergency Response (grant) Program
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 (SMASH)
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Arts Stabilization Fund
Washington Employment Security Department
Washington Health Plan Finder Special Enrollment