Musician Financial Aid List in the Coronavirus Crisis (Updating Daily)

Financial health is a musician health issue. Below you'll find a list of resource by state with application links (all working) and information. The list is being updated daily so check back as GoFundMe pages in particular are being added. Every item on this list is designated for musicians and does not link to any other general list pages.

 

Please note, when encouraging people you know to donate to some of the GoFundMe's, those donations are generally considered to be personal gifts and might not be tax-deductible. Tax issues may also affect the resulting payout amounts and tax requirements for you, the musician, including a W9 form. GoFundMe provides more information here.

 

Consider also that many of the GoFundMe applications may request personal information without security or disclosure as to how your personal information will be stored or deleted afterward. We have no responsibility in the outcome of any funds you choose to apply for either financially or in regards to your personal information.

 

You may wish to encourage or prioritize giving and receiving through the larger, national and regional charities or read the GoFundMe page about section carefully to see if they have nonprofit partners (501c3's) who will take on fund distribution who have tax infrastructure and resources with a history of financial distribution.

 

Have a resource you want added to this list for donations or distributions. Please email us here! 

  

National and Regional

Actors Fund (not just for actors!) - Currently taking up to two weeks to process requests. Must be able to prove a minimum of five years recent entertainment industry employment of at least $6,500 in three of those five years and inability to pay the next two months bills.

The American Guild of Musical Artists - For members only and administered by the Actors Fund.

Artist Relief Tree - Now has a website homepage for donations. At the moment new requests are not being accepted but you can join the waitlist for when information is released. Awards are on a first-come first-serve basis.

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund - Application closed. For art leaders in all disciplines within the BIPOC community. A GoFundMe has been set up and awards are given up to $200.

Bluegrass Trust Fund - For members who have been a professional part of the Bluegrass music community. Applicants must have five years and at least 50% of their income derived from bluegrass music. If qualified, apply here.

The Blues Foundation HART Fund - The HART fund is specifically for blues musicians with financial needs due to health concerns. Application by request via email and reviewed by committee.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund - A donation page for those the fund usually serves with special attention to the COVID-19 crisis.

Covid-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGTBQI+ and BIPOC Folks - The survey closed on Tuesday, March 17th. The GoFundMe page is still accepting donations.

The Creator Fund - Currently over 6,000 submissions and past payout ability. From Convertkit, this fund gives up to $500 and distributes via PayPal.

Equal Sound - First come, first serve. Fill out the form and upload tax info and proof that you had a gig cancelled due to coronavirus. As donations are received, they are distributed. There’s also a GoFundMe attached to this for donations.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program - Applications not yet open. This is not for individual artists. This is for small business. If you own a music school or a performance venue or contract ensembles, this is for you.

Freelancer Covid-19 Emergency FundDonations are currently at about 10% of requests. For all creative freelancers. Operates on a pay-it-forward model and asks that you contribute to the fund when back on your feet.

Gospel Music Trust Fund - Requests must be made in writing.

Groupmuse - They have a musician donation fund set up for any artist who had a gig with them cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 shut down.

The Haven Foundation - Must be a freelance qualified person, a professional with over 40% of income over the last three years from music and a legal US resident.

Jazz Foundation of America - Supporting jazz musicians in need.

Opry Trust Fund - For music professionals who have worked full time within the facet of the country music scene. Applicants must be referred.

Missed Tour - If your tour was cancelled, sell your merch here!

Music Maker Relief Foundation - For musicians who focus on music of the South.

MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund - Long standing resource for recording artists and musicians. The Recording Academy and Spotify are a few of the big donors backing this funds distribution. Applicants must show proof of cancellations and bookings and a copy of lease agreements and mortgage statements.

The Musicians Foundation  - Temporarily closed for application. Long standing nonprofit resource for musicians. Applicants must have documented proof of at least five years as a professional musician or music educator where this is the primary source of income.

Nomad Fundraiser - This GoFundMe is open through the end of March and specifically to benefit touring musicians and crews who have had tours cancelled as a result of COVID-19. Contact them via the GoFundMe page for info on application. Partnered with nonprofit, Unite the United.

Passim PEAR Fund - Passim is a folk music organization and school with a fund set up for members who have taught or performed at any location within the last ten years. Artists must have proof of lost income due to COVID-19 and commit to playing in the Passim virtual music festival.

Patreon - Fill out an online questionnaire. That's all the current information available.

Petrillo Memorial Fund - Operated by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). Applicants must be disabled either physically or mentally and be a member in good standing with the union.

Pinetop Assistance League - For elderly musicians in need.

The Quarantine Sessions - Live Stream your concert and advertise it on this Facebook Page. You can set up a donation fund specific for your work.

SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund - This is for SAG-AFTRA members who are active and currently paid up on all dues through October 2019. Must show proof of membership and need. Applications could take up to two weeks to process. 

The Soze Agency Artist and Activist Relief Fund - The Soze Agency will be providing grants on an on-going basis for selected applicants in a variety of disciplines.

Supporting Performance Artists Affected By Covid-19 - This focuses on the US West Coast. The GoFundMe page will accept donations until March 31 before being divided up based on loss compensation. To apply you must be able to prove proof of cancellation and loss.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund - Long standing nonprofit resource for musicians. Applicants must show proof that 50% of income comes from working within the music industry as well as proof of cancellations and bookings. Grants for older (55+) musicians available as well.

 

Alabama

 

Alaska

 

Arkansas

 

Arizona

PHX Musician Covid-19 Relief Fund - The application survey hasn't been set up yet but the GoFundMe is active for donations.

Phoenix Artist Relief Fund - A GoFundMe for individual artists in all disciplines in the Phoenix area.

Tucson Musicians COVID19 Relief - A GoFundMe page set up for donations with a survey application for Tucson musicians in need. For individual artist only. They have already received over 50 applications totalling over $60,000 in losses.

 

California

Bay Area Emergency Fund: Artists/Event Production - A GoFundMe page is set up and will award funds based on need. No application yet but information is listed on the page for requirements.

LA Freelancers Relief Fund - To help with small, essential needs like groceries and toiletries.

Music Fund of LA Must be an active member of AFM Local 47 (Los Angeles) in good standing. You may apply for up to two lost services with a payout of $75 for each lost service with a maximum of $150 with written proof of cancellation from an AFM contractor.

Musicians Union Local 6 (San Francisco) - Funds distributed to members of the AFM Local 6. Members must be in good standing.

The Safety-Net Fund - There will be more applicants than grant money. For Bay Area musicians. Applicants must not be eligible for unemployment. Applicants must offer proof of artistic endeavor within the last six months and prove they have made less than $1,000 in the last month. Applications evaluated in the order they are received. Donations accepted here.

SoCal Vocalist Relief Fund - A GoFundMe page specific to those working as freelance vocalists. Funds are distributed on a first-come first-serve basis and awarded based on proof of gig cancellation.

 

Colorado

Colorado Artist Relief Fund - A GoFundMe with an application survey specific to Colorado-based artists. Not clear on if musicians are covered. Awarded of first-come first-serve basis.

Denver Metro Area Artist COVID-19 Relief Fund - Applications currently paused until more funds are made available.GoFundMe account for individual artists only. Priority given to artists from historically marginalized groups.

Educational Center for the Arts Alumni Mutual Aid - A GoFundMe for any alumni from the Education Center for the Arts in Denver. For an application email Tyler Williams. Accepting donations through March 29.

Support NoCo Audio Engineers & Lighting Designers - If you're an audio engineer in Northern Colorado, this one is specifically for you. A GoFundMe page has been set up and funds will be distributed evenly among applicants. Must reside in a Northern Colorado zip code.

 

Connecticut

 

Delaware

 

Florida

 

Georgia

Garrie Vereen Memorial Emergency Fund - Sponsored by Athens-based, long-time musician suicide prevention and mental health organization, Nuçi’s Space. Also available to music venues. You can also donate to the fund here.

 

Hawaii

Hawaii Artists and Entertainment Fund - A GoFundMe page to help artists across all mediums and disciplines. The fund focuses on help for cancelled gigs.

 

Idaho

 

Iowa

 

Illinois

Chicago Artists Relief Fund - Application temporarily suspended. A GoFundMe page for musicians and artists. Priority will be given to artists in more marginalized demographics.

Chicago Blues Revival - The Pay the Musicians Fund is for contributing members of the Chicago Blues scene to connect their online payment methods and online footage so that funders can listen and donate directly. You can also donate to Chicago Blues Revival and they will divide up payments equally.

Chicago Musicians Emergency Relief Fund, Local 10-208 - A GoFundMe page to benefit members of the union in the greater Chicago area. Applications due by March 30.

No Starving Artist - A GoFundMe page for Chicago area musicians who have lost gigs. No application guidelines yet.

Old Town School Staff & Faculty Assistance Fund - A GoFundMe page specific for the Chicago Old Town School of music. This page is set up through the school and 100% tax deductible.

 

Indiana

Support for Regional Musicians During COVID-19 - A GoFundMe set up specifically for residents of Lake, Newton, Jasper, or Porter counties in Indiana or Will County in Illinois. Applicants can receive up to $200 with proof of lost gig.

 

Kansas

KC Musicians Relief Fund Amid COVID-19 - Application survey link down.GoFundMe for musicians in Kansas City who have had gigs cancelled. Survey link in the about section.

 

Kentucky

 

Louisiana

New Orleans Business Alliance - They’ve set up a fund specifically for all gig-economy workers which includes musicians as well as rideshare drivers, production staff and more. There’s a list of qualifications found clearly on their website with application information.

New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation - This is part of Culture Aid NOLA where you can request food. There is a donation page set up but no word yet on application or if funds will be distributed or used for music community aid.

 

Maine

 

Maryland

Frederick Artist Relief Fund - Set up by the Frederick Arts Council, this GoFundMe is for members of Frederick County, Maryland. There are three application cycles and will prioritize lower income artists.

 

Massachusetts

Boston Artist Relief Fund - Must live in Boston. There are three application distribution cycles currently available to submit for.

Boston Music Maker Relief Fund - Currently over 800 applicants. Grants up to $200.

Boston Singers Resource - Open to all New England residents. Applicant must have proof of contract or employment, cancellation, Boston residency and include a resume. Must be able to prove at least 15% of income from singing.

Music Streams Cal - With a focus on Massachusetts and New England based artists, bands can send links to live streams for tips and merch links for sales.

 

Michigan

Michigan Music Alliance - A GoFundMe for musicians who make their living as a live performer. Tax documentation is required as is Michigan residency. Gigs must have been cancelled due to coronavirus and a max of $500 is awarded per cancelled gig.

Crosshatch Center for Arts and Ecology - Serves the counties of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau. Serves artists in multiple disciplines within nonprofit focus.

Arts Alliance - For residents of Washtenaw County in Michigan.

 

Minnesota

Springboard for the Arts - May take up to two weeks for application to process. For Minnesota residents who have had gigs cancelled, not postponed. Doesn’t cover future gig losses. Applicants from traditionally marginalized groups will be given priority. Maximum awards of $500.

Twin Cities Music Community Trust - For individuals in the Twin Cities who earn over 50% of their income from the music industry. Awards based on need not and for those who have not received assistance from any other COVID-10 relief funds.

 

Mississippi

 

Missouri

St. Louis Arts and Music Fund - A GoFundMe for musicians and artists. Applications will be accepted once the aid fund hits it’s $5,000 goal. Applicants can receive up to $250. Application form on Facebook with an email listed for sending.

St. Louis Covid-19 Artist Relief Fund - A GoFundMe for musicians and artists in the St. Louis region. Priority given by urgency of expense and to those who have proof of cancellation and make 60% or more of their income at their craft. Funds only distributed via PayPal.

 

Montana

Brondum Foundation - Primarily for Montana resident musicians, quarterly awards. Funds awarded only for medical expenses not rent or other living expenses.

Montana Music Relief Fund - A GoFundMe for musicians in Montana who make more than half of their income from music-related pursuits. Application details not yet released.

 

Nebraska

 

New Hampshire

 

New Jersey

 

Nevada

COVID-19 Vegas Musicians and Artists Fund - A GoFundMe donation page with a limit of $100 award potential. If the government sets up a fund for performers, the amount collected will be donated there for better distribution. 

Las Vegas Performers Relief Fund - For such a big city I'm really surprised at the fact that this fund has very little attention and that there aren't any other options readily available. I'm including the GoFundMe link in the hope that it will get shared around by musicians in need.

Washoe County Artist Relief Fund - COVID-19 - This GoFundMe is for musicians and artists in the Washoe County (Reno, etc.) It is set up through the Sierra Arts Foundation nonprofit which makes donations tax deductible. Grants up to $500.

 

New Mexico

New Mexico Musicians Relief Fund Amid COVID-19 - A GoFundMe page for musicians residing in New Mexico. Awards will be in smaller amounts at the end of the funding campaign so as to assist as many people as possible. Has received 67 applications with $58,000 claimed in loss.

 

New York

AFM Local 82 (New York City) - In partnership with the Actors Fund. Applicant must be a member in active, good standing and must be able to provide written proof of cancelled engagement.

Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts - Administered by the Actors Fund. Support is focused on pensioners in opera and classical music. Telephone needed for application and information.

Lost My Gig NYC - A website for New York artists where you can list the work you've lost as well as a payment link for others to donate directly to you.

Max’s Kansas City Project - For New York state artists in multiple disciplines. Restricted to medical aid, legal aid and housing aid.

New York City Musicians COVID-19 Relief Fund - Applications will close March 28 and grants will be given out March 30. You can donate to the GoFundMe here.

NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund - Application paused. You can continue donating on their GoFundMe and watching the page for continuing application info. Now partnered with a 501c3 for tax deductions. Awards up to $150.

 

North Carolina

Durham Artist Relief Fund - For artists in Durham who rely on gigs to pay their bills. Priority will be given based on need.

NC Artist Relief Fund - Awarded by need, not merit with a focus on those most vulnerable. Disbursements made weekly.

Orange County Arts Commission - Currently seeking donations to support Orange County North Carolina Artists, has an attached GoFundMe but no word yet on how funds are applied for or distributed.

 

North Dakota

 

Ohio

The Columbus Foundation - Is awarding grants to other non-profits in the Columbus area who are working with musicians who have lost gigs. Run a music non profit that can award smaller grants to musicians in need? Apply for this!

Columbus Artist Relief Fund COVID-19/Coronavirus - Focused on all Columbus area artists with priority being given to more marginalized communities. A GoFundMe is set up for donations.

Greater Cincinnati Artist Relief Fund - Applications currently paused. A GoFundMe in the Cincinnati area for artists across all mediums.  

Greater Columbus Arts Council - For residents of Franklin county who are not enrolled in school and are paid for performances. You may request up to $1,000 and applications are reviewed weekly.

 

Oklahoma

Red Dirt Relief Fund - For Oklahoma resident musicians who have sustained a loss of at least $1,000 due to cancelled engagements and have worked in the music industry for the last 5 years. Financial pool currently exhausted but fundraising is ongoing.

 

Oregon

The Jeremy Wilson Foundation - Supports Oregon and Clark County, WA musicians. Applications will be opened up once funding goal is reached. 

 

Pennsylvania

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council - For musicians in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Up to $500 awarded for cancelled prior work engagements or offsetting losses to teaching artists.

PGH Artists Emergency Fund - Applications currently paused. For musicians in the Pittsburgh area. Up to $250 awarded. The GoFundMe page has information on where to make donations but is currently no longer accepting donations through this platform.

Philly Performance Artist Fund - A focus on burlesque, drag and theater but open to all performance artists. Priority is given to marginalized groups. A GoFundMe page is set up for donations.

Philly Shreds Musician Emergency Fund - A GoFundMe for Philadelphia area musicians with a focus on those who work/gig in restaurants and bars.

 

Rhode Island

 

South Carolina

 

South Dakota

 

Tennessee

Academy of Country Music - They’re still helping with grants towards tornado relief.

Corona Concert No. 1 - Nashville Musicians - This GoFundMe will be partnered with a livestream performance hosted by Nashville artists who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Music Export Memphis - A donation fund for Memphis-based musicians. Now word yet on how applications or distributions will be handled.

Music Health Alliance COVID-19 Virus/Tornado Relief Assistance - An application for those being hit with the Nashville Tornado and the novel coronavirus. Applicants must show 3 years of music industry employment, documented loss of income and recent bank statements.

Relief for Nashville Musicians - A GoFundMe page with no word yet on how to apply or how funds will be dispersed.

 

Texas

Banding Together ATX - A GoFundMe page to support Austin-based venues and artists affected by the cancellation of SXSW Music Festival. Now with nonprofit partner, Red River Cultural District for tax deductible donations.

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) - Focused on health care needs for Austin-based musicians.

I Lost My Gig - For those in Austin affected by the cancellation of SXSW Music Festival. Add your name to the list, how much you lost and a link for how others can donate directly to you.

Dallas Artist Relief Fund - A GoFundMe page focused on low-income artist needs.

Stand with Austin Fund - In partnership with the Entrepreneurs Foundation, this fund is specifically set up for those affected by SXSW's cancellation and to accept donations for small businesses and other nonprofits which assist individuals. If you run an arts non-profit in Austin, this is for you!

 

Utah

 

Vermont

 

Virginia

 

Washington D.C.

Aid Professional Vocalists Devastated by COVID-19 - A GoFundMe for the Washington D.C. area focused on professional vocalists who lost all their work due to the Force Majeure clause. Awards up to $500. No application form yet.

 

Washington State

4Culture Relief Fund - Opens April 1. 

Artist Trust COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund - For individual artists in Washington State who can prove loss of wages and earnings, rent payments due, medical expenses and other cancellations.

Artist Trust General Grants and Funds - A list of grants focused on artist development and work, not COVID-19 focused.

Musicians Association of Seattle Local 76-493, AFM - The union is providing application for aid to current members in good standing. Email the chapter's secretary/treasurer Warren Johnson for application information.

SMASH - A Seattle-based financial resource for musician's dental and health care.

Seattle Artist Relief Fund Amid COVID-19 - Applications currently suspended. A GoFundMe page set up for donations. Partnered with Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.

Seattle Foundation Covid-19 Response Fund - A donation page, no word yet on application. Awards are one-time and for non-profits, not individuals.

Seattle Music Teacher Fund - This GoFundMe is specifically for music teachers with cancelled lessons.

 

West Virginia

 

Wisconsin

Chippewa Valley Artist Relief Fund - A GoFundMe has been set up for artists of all disciplines. Awards based on need with priority going to traditionally marginalized groups. Maximum distribution is $500. 

Milwaukee Musician Relief Fund Amid COVID-19 - A GoFundMe which funds local musicians who livestream perform through z2 Studios, "Underground Online Music Series."

Wyoming

 

Have hope!

Philippians 4:7

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