Resources for Musicians
In times of crisis, artists are often among those most affected.
In addition to health concerns, COVID-19 is a challenging moment for many musicians who depend on live performances to survive
Below you will find links to resources that we hope will bring some relief during this difficult time
Resources & information
A resource to help 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).
What you need to know about economic impact payments, coronavirus tax relief, tax deadlines, etc.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.
Information regarding the CARES Act which provides billions of dollars in disaster recovery relief to struggling small businesses, and for the first time, makes independent contractors, sole proprietors and self-employed individuals eligible for the same relief from the federal government.
The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, American Federation of Musicians Local 802 is the largest local union of professional musicians in the world. This link provides information and resources for musicians impacted by COVID-19.
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.
COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
Unemployment information for musicians and freelance workers
Provides immediate assistance for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.
Provides nation-wide support to thousands of musicians across all genres, offering the support necessary for them to weather financial difficulties and personal setbacks with dignity and security. Funds raised through concerts, events, bequests, and individual donations have enabled Musicians Foundation to spend over a century giving back to the artists who make the music.
The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage). Initial grant requests can be made up to $1000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost.
Emergency relief grants related to Covid-19 will focus on those infected with the virus that require intensive medical care.
Any artist in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance. Stipends and support will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Provides immediate resources to full-time blues musicians whose revenue streams have been severely diminished by the current coronavirus pandemic. The fund is intended for blues musicians for whom performing makes up the bulk of their income and who have no other outlets for work. Award amounts are intended to assist primarily with immediate essential needs such as food, rent/mortgage, utilities, phone and car payments. Medical insurance premiums will also be considered.
Newport Festivals Foundation has established the Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund to provide financial relief to musicians in our Folk & Jazz communities experiencing a loss of income as a result of COVID-19 through rapid micro and full grants. Our focus and priority will be on artists who have played the Newport Jazz or Folk Festivals and those in the Rhode Island community
Freelancers Relief Fund is operated by Working Today, a nonprofit subsidiary of Freelancers Union, and provides assistance of up to $1,000 per household to qualifying freelancers to cover lost income and essential expenses. Applicants will be asked to submit a detailed funding request outlining their needs. Funding amounts will be determined by magnitude of income loss as a result of COVID-19. Applicants
A compilation of Emergency Grants for artists.
Looking for ways to help musicians & Caffe Lena?
Tune in to the Stay Home Sessions on our YouTube channel every night at 8pm!
We’ll be streaming concerts from our private archive, pre-recorded performances, and live shows. You can tip the musicians during the show and support our non-profit organization! Tune in here
Learn about other ways to support our non-profit organization here