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COVID-19 Assistance for Artists, Musicians, and Service Industry Workers

Acadiana Center for the Arts: resources AcA has gathered from partner organizations and national organizations.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources: an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

Artists and musicians: 

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.

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. The fund is currently not accepting new requests until it can secure more funding, but to be informed if and when the opportunity becomes available again, click here.

Blues Foundation HART Fund
The HART Fund helps underinsured or uninsured blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a range of health concerns.

Convertkit Creative Fund
The fund covers up to $500 per creator to help cover medical, childcare, housing or grocery needs. 

COVID-19 Music Production Response Group
A Facebook group “open forum for constructive debate about the effects of COVID-19 on music production industry professionals,” according to administrators who are sharing news updates, suggested actions, job opportunities and other resources. 

Freelance Coop Emergency Fund
The Freelance Coop, which connects creative freelancers with business resources, created an emergency fund for freelancers adversely affected by the pandemic. Examples of funding usage are unexpected childcare costs due to school closures, client cancellations, and medical expenses due to the virus itself. 

Gospel Music Trust Fund
Individuals working in the gospel music field can submit a request for financial assistance to the Gospel Music Trust Fund, which grants funding in the event “of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness”.

International Bluegrass Music Association’s BlueGrass Trust Fund
Current or former bluegrass music professionals can apply here for financial grants and loans, which are generally between $500 and $5,000. The association has also created a coronavirus-specific resource page.

Jazz Foundation of America Musicians’ Emergency Fund
This fund offers financial support, housing assistance and pro bono medical care for musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz and roots music.
The “peer-to-peer wealth distribution” service is a tool for salaried workers to donate funds across a database of freelancers, service industry and gig economy workers who are impacted by coronavirus health and safety restrictions. 

Missed Tour
Artists and bands who have been displaced from touring due to the pandemic can list their merchandise on this site to help offset lost revenue -- with zero charges or fees. Apply to be added to the site here.

The Recording Academy and its charitable foundation MusiCares have committed $2 million in total to a COVID-19 Relief Fund, established to assist those in the music community who have been affected by the pandemic. People can donate and apply for assistance by navigating to the fund’s official web page.

Music Maker Relief Foundation
The foundation, which provides ongoing support to American artists 55 and older who live in chronic poverty, also gives out emergency grants to artists in crisis. It is now soliciting donations to ensure the stability of vulnerable elderly musicians during the pandemic.

Pinetop Perkins Foundation’s Assistance League
PAL provides financial assistance to elderly musicians for medical and living expenses. Preference is given to blues artists, though musicians in other genres may be eligible depending on available funds.

SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund
SAG-AFTRA members who are in an emergency financial crisis related to coronavirus may request assistance to cover basic expenses like rent, mortgage, utilities and medical bills. To apply to the fund, members must have paid their dues through October 2019.

Sound Royalties
Music finance firm Sound Royalties is allocating $20 million to offer a no-cost royalty advance funding option through April 16. Songwriters, performing artists, producers and other creators with royalty income can apply for cash advances on a one-year repayment schedule, cost-free.

Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund
Sweet Relief has established a donor-directed fund to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the coronavirus. Funds will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses for those who get sick or lose work due to the pandemic.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts
COVID-19 Relief fund is available for those seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition.


Service Industry/ Restaurants:

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
Through the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation will provide grants to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, financially, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Applications open April 2.

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
OFW Emergency Fund is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more.

USBG National Charity Foundation
The USBG National Charity Foundation has launched the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. Those in the bar industry can apply for assistance and they do not need to be a USBG member to apply for a grant.

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation
The RWCF COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund has been created and is collecting donations to provide relief to individual workers affected by the coronavirus and to create zero-interest loans to businesses.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
The National Restaurant Worker Relief Fund is a pool of money raised by members and donors of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. $500 relief grants are available for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak

Children of Restaurant Employees
If a family qualifies for CORE support, they can receive a grant to cover medical bills for children, gas cards, groceries, clothing, medical supplies and therapies, utilities, rent and mortgage, and other essential needs a family might need to navigate their specific circumstance.

Another Round Another Rally
Another Round Another Rally is offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Southern Smoke
The Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Program will provide emergency funding to those employed by or own restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier that are faced unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance.
The Dining Bonds Initiative is open to any restaurant/bar/eatery across the globe. There is no fee to any restaurant to participate in the initiative. According to the site “Essentially, they are gift certificates that are sold at a suggested price of 25% less than face value, but redeemable at face value upon dining at the restaurant. The goal is to sell them for the next 30 days to bring needed income to the restaurants and have them redeemable typically 30-60 days after purchase.”

United States Bartenders Guild

United States Bartenders Guild National Charity Foundation is accepting applications for emergency assistance for Bartenders affected by Coronovirus pandemic.


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