Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many in the music community are experiencing financial loss and facing an uncertain future as events are canceled and business travel is restricted. To help our fellow musicians navigate this crisis McKay’s Music & Co has compiled a list of organizations offering relief funds and resources for you.

Note: This is a living article, which will be updated regularly as we continue to gather additional resources for you please subscribe for more updates.

Artist Relief Tree
Anyone who is an artist can request funds from the Artist Relief Tree, which plans to fulfill every request with a flat $250 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Arts leaders of Color Emergency Fund
If you are a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) you can apply for this fund to receive $200 in financial relief.

Equal Sound is offering assistance up to $500 for musicians who have lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak

Freelance Coop is creative freelancer pooling resources for success.
If you’re a creative freelancer who has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 virus and resulting public response, you can apply below for temporary assistance through the fund.

Musicians’ Foundation Grant
If you’ve been a working musician in the United States for the last five years, the Musicians’ Foundation Grant offers grants for emergencies such as medical care or personal or family crisis. The foundation will pay recipients’ expenses directly rather than writing them a check, and grants range between $500 and $3,000.

MusiCares may grant short-term financial assistance for personal or addiction needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances. Funding may be awarded for needs such as rent, car payments, insurance premiums, utilities, medical/dental expenses, psychotherapy, addiction treatment, sober living, and other personal expenses.

The Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief, and direct financial support in times of crisis.

The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. Throughout the year at various events, the HART Fund provides free health screenings for musicians, with services including but not limited to checking blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, prostate cancer, Hep C, anemia, thyroid, kidney, and liver testing via blood work.

Gospel Music Trust Fund
The Purpose of the Gospel Music Trust Fund is to give financial assistance in time of need, in the event of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness without efficient insurance, to individuals who derive or have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of gospel music. Individuals requesting assistance within the purpose of the Trust Fund, for themselves or their children, must have ten years of full-time employment within the Gospel/Christian music field.

The Broadcasters Foundation of America provides monthly grants to broadcasters who are unable to work due to an illness, accident, advanced age or other serious misfortune. Medical bills or long-term care expenses can leave a family in desperate need of help. The Foundation provides grants to help fill in the gap between income and expenses.

Sweet Relief provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. The organization helps preserve our most profound art by becoming one of music’s many compassionate and generous charities.

Society of Singers benefits the health and welfare of professional singers worldwide by providing grants to singers who have needs resulting from personal, family, or medical crises. Applicants must have derived their primary income from singing for at least five years to qualify for aid. Scholarships are also granted to Masters students attending vocal arts programs at accredited universities nationwide.

Music Maker Relief Foundation
Helps the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of Southern music gain recognition and meet their day to day needs. The criterion for recipients is rooted in a Southern musical tradition, be 55 years or older and have an annual income of less than $18,000. Its programs include Musician Sustenance – grants to meet basic life needs and emergency relief. Musical Development – grants and services for recipient artist professional development and career advancement. Cultural Access – supports the preservation and proliferation of American musical traditions. New Orleans Musician’s Fund – assistance to musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The Actors Fund offers a wide variety of programs and assistance for those working in theater, film, television, radio, music, dance, opera and circus.

Grammy’s Emergency Financial Assistance Program provides financial support for musicians in times of financial, medical, and personal crises. This includes hospital and medical bills, addiction recovery treatment, psychotherapy, Alzheimer’s care, as well as living expenses such as rent and utilities. To qualify, you need to document employment as a musician for at least five years and on six commercially released recordings or videos.

American Federation of Musicians Petrillo Memorial Fund Started in 1951 with a $10,000 personal contribution from AFM President James C. Petrillo in memory of his late son, the Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians is a charitable trust fund that provides financial aid to disabled members. This fund is not intended to replace health insurance or provide general loans but does supply modest amounts of assistance to qualified applicants on an emergency basis.

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund
Any AGMA member in good standing is invited to apply for financial assistance under the AGMA Relief Fund, which has temporarily doubled the amount of assistance available to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Music Health Alliance (MHA) offers three primary areas of results-driven healthcare services with an emphasis on preventing illness and staying well.

Actors Fund is for Artists of all types (not just musicians) can apply for grants, counseling, medical support, addiction counseling, and more.

Bluegrass Trust Fund
This fund is meant for people in the bluegrass music industry who are facing financial hardship. You can apply and request the amount of money you need during a financial emergency. While the amount you can request has no cap, artists are commonly given between $500-$5,000. You can also apply on behalf of someone else

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is a longstanding organization helping artists in need in as many ways possible. This organization collects donations and disperses funds throughout the country to local charities and funds for artists.

Opry Trust Fund
If you are a professional in the country music the Opry Trust Fund is available to help with living expenses, rent/mortgage, medical expenses and more.

Passim Emergency Relief Fund
If you have performed or taught at a Passim facility in the past 10 years, you can apply for relief up to $500. You must show documentation of lost income or opportunities.

Pinetop Assistance League
If you are an elderly blues musician or know one that has been impacted by the Coronavirus, the Pinetop assistance league is here to help. The number of resources ranges from transportation, funds, medical care, and more.

Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund

Springboard for the Arts’ Personal Emergency Relief Fund is a resource dedicated to supporting artists in Minnesota who experience career-threatening emergencies. We have expanded our long-standing program as a response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Artists can request up to $500 to compensate for canceled work that was scheduled and lost. At this time the fund is not available to compensate for future gigs or potential loss of business. The fund is open to artists and creative workers in Minnesota.

As we continue to discover resources and assistance available for musicians, we will update this list. If you have additional information/resources, you would like to share please leave it in the comment below or send an email to ↓↓↓↓↓

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