Musician Resources – COVID-19

Creative Capital – General Resources

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, we have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.

We will continue to update this list over the next few months. If you have a resource to add, please fill out this form. You can also let us know through the form, what you would like to see.

Sweet Relief – Funding

Eligibility: 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.Those wishing to apply must provide the following:

  • A completed Sweet Relief Application
  • Supplementary documentation proving that at least 50% of all income comes from working within the music community
  • Proof of cancellations and bookings and/or relevant medical documentation

Musicians Foundation – Funding

Eligibility:

  • You (or the person for whom you are applying) must be a musician of any genre in a time of acute need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.
  • You must have worked in the United States as a professional musician for at least five (5) years. 
  • You must currently reside in the United States.
  • You must be able to provide tax documentation detailing that for five (5) or more years, your principal income has been derived from your work as a musician.
  • You must submit an application, which will be reviewed by the Musicians Foundation screening committee.

Jazz Foundation – Funding

Eligibility: The Jazz Foundation has established a COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund to help musicians and their families with basic living expenses.

Blues Foundation – Funding

Eligibility: The Blues Foundation established the COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund to provide 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.

Artist Relief Project – Funding

Eligibility: 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, with the only limitation being how much money we are able to raise.

Arts Memphis – Funding

Eligibility: ArtsMemphis has established an Artist Emergency Fund to help self-employed artists of all arts disciplines (visual art, literary arts, film, dance, music, theater) and artists employed/contracted by nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Shelby County recover from lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or opportunities (such as a commission, performance, contract, etc.), or due to layoff or furlough due to COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Welcome to Memphis – Funding

Eligibility

You are eligible if you are an hourly employee and you work at any of these types of businesses:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Tourist attractions
  • Convention services
  • Tour operations

Grammy – Music Cares  – Funding

Eligibility:

  • At least 3 years of employment in the music industry and/or
  • 6 commercially released recordings (singles)
  • 6 commercially or promotionally released music videos

Foundation for Contemporary Arts – Funding

Eligibility: In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. If you are unsure about whether your work is experimental, you can see other artists we have supported on our Instagram and our website.