Here are website addreses for information about EMERGENCY FUNDING for Artists / Music Industry Professionals who’ve lost income from cancelled festivals/gigs due the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a multitude of other sites and telephone numbers for help and assistance. Our hearts go out to you in this crisis.
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund:
Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund:
MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund:
Musicians Foundation’s COVID-10 Emergency Aid Grant Program: http://www.musiciansfoundation.org/apply/
SoundGirls Coronavirus Relief (for production techs who are now unemployed): https://soundgirls.org/soundgirls-coronavirus-relief/
Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Fund: https://www.sweetrelief.org/news/covid-19-what-were-doing
Additional Resources For Musicians/Industry Professionals:
American Federation Of Musicians: https://www.afm.org/covid-19/
The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund:https://blues.org/hart-fund/embed/#?secret=T0L13BFO28
International Bluegrass Music Association’s Bluegrass Trust Fund:
Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund: https://jazzfoundation.org/musicians-emergency-fund/embed/#?secret=nFnCliSoqS
Music Health Alliance:
Small Business Administration’s Guidance & Loan Resources (COVID-19): https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
Mental Health Resources In The US:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line: text “HOME” to 741-741
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
Additional Mental Health Resources:
Backline – a hub for artists, industry professionals and their families to access mental health and wellness resources:https://backline.care/about/embed/#?secret=EwE58V31lk
Centers for Disease Control’s tips for managing anxiety & stress in regards to COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
Response to COVID-19 includes providing one month of free online therapy through Better Help to independent touring contractors who are unemployed or were planning to join a tour that has been postponed or cancelled: https://www.lighthopelife.org/covid19-response
Financial and General Assistance In The US:
Federal-State-Local Benefits Finder: https://www.benefits.gov
211 offers information about referrals to social services for everyday needs and in times of crisis: Visit http://211.org/services/covid19 or dial 2-1-1.
Online Support For Industry Professionals:
FestForums’ weekly live stream discussion to share information about COVID-19’s affect on the live industry: https://www.facebook.com/festforums/
COVID-19 Music Production Response Group – an open forum Facebook group about the effects of COVID-19 on music production industry professionals: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2396222610479031/?ref=share
THRIV (Tour Health Research Initiative) – a comprehensive scientific study of health and mental health among touring professionals: https://www.tourhealth.org/fbclid=IwAR3t_m4xZL6xLLdCKEfzteJuzJMcGUdatpjfJ2vAOrWDj1Veg9IjJcxvLD8
Petition to tell Congress to include displaced entertainment workers in relief package: https://bit.ly/2xNkWVr
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