COVID-19 Relief

Grants for Music Industry Professionals

Doing our part to keep one another healthy through social distancing has sadly cost members of the live music industry their livelihood. Thankfully, there are many organizations who are trying to help. If you are in need of financial assistance or other types of support, check out the services below.

The Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund

The Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief and direct financial support in times of crisis.  Musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz, and roots music can call their office at any time or walk through our doors for help in solving an emergency. 

The Safety Net Fund

If you’re a Bay Area artist who typically makes their living through live performances, you may be eligible for a grant of up to $500 per month. Applications are evaluated individually and given on a need-basis. You’ll need to meet these criteria:

  • Reside in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Provide proof of artistic endeavor within the last 6 months
  • Cannot be eligible for unemployment insurance from the state
  • Earned less than $1,000 of income in the last 30 days.

The Creator Fund

ConvertKit is providing financial assistance to active creators who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. This grant offers up to $500 to be used toward medical expenses, childcare, groceries, or your rent or mortgage.

Bay Area Emergency Fund: Artists/Event Production

This Emergency Fund is still collecting donations, so the application has not opened yet. It will be distributed to those in the events industry in critical need of living expenses: rent, medication coverage, power and water bills, and other acute needs like childcare.

There will be an application process to ensure that these funds go to those in immediate danger of losing housing and other essential resources. Part of the application will be requesting a copy of applicant’s bank statements, list of cancelled gigs, and bill copies. For musicians residing in the United States a musician in a time of acute need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.

Musicians Foundation

If you have worked in the United States as a professional musician for at least 5 years, you may be eligible for a grant ranging between $500 – $3000. You’ll need to show that your principal income for that time has been from your work as a musician.

SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund

Available to entertainers, DJs, musicians, artists, other service workers and others for whom nightlife employment constitutes a significant portion of their regular monthly income. Applicants should be in low or moderate income brackets. The funds can be used for essentials such as rent, electricity, gas, basic telephone, internet, food or medical expenses.

MusicCares Emergency Financial Assistance

This program is available to musicians who have experienced an unavoidable financial, medical or personal emergency. Eligibility consists of documented employment in the music industry for at least five years, or credited contribution to six commercially released recordings or videos. 

Hart Fund for Blues Musicians

This fund specifically helps Blues musicians suffering health-related financial hardship. Scroll down to the “Request Funding” box in the middle of the page for instructions on how to apply.

They have also compiled an additional list of resources for Musicians.

Broadcasters Foundation

GoodRX

Gospel Music Trust Fund

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Healthcare Bluebook

HealthWell Foundation

Jazz Foundation of America

MusiCares

Musicians Foundation

Music Maker Relief Foundation

New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic

Pinetop Assistance League

Rhythm and Blues Foundation

Society of Singers

Sweet Relief


Thank you to KQED, where we first learned of these resources. They put together a list of other funds that cover industries beyond just music. We’ll add more as we find them. If you know of other services in your area, please post a short description and link in the comments.

Donate

Most musicians and artists depend on every single live performance, event, and gathering in order to make a living. But now, with every event being cancelled for potentially months into the future, artists are in desperate need of the community’s support. If you have the means, please consider donating.  

Many of the organizations listed on the left rely on community support to do their work. Here are some quick links we found, but it is not an exhaustive list.

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