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

Music Covid Relief

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.

Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act

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.

Guide to CARES Act Benefits for Songwriters & Composers

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.

Local 802 AFM

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.

Freelance Artist Resource

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.

National Endowment for the Arts

COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

American Federation of Musicians

Unemployment information for musicians and freelance workers

How Musicians Can Stay Healthy During Covid-19

A guide to mental and physical health through the pandemic

10 Creative Ways Musicians Can Earn Money from Home During COVID-19

What to do with out your usual gigs


Sweet Relief

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.

Musicians Foundation

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.

Recording Academy Musicares

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.

CERF+ The Artists Safety Net

Emergency relief grants related to Covid-19 will focus on those infected with the virus that require intensive medical care.

Artist Relief Project

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.

 The Blues Foundation

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 Musician Relief Fund

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

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

Looking for ways to help musicians & Caffe Lena?

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