Financial Assistance for Musicians

Financial and Addiction Recovery Assistance

MusiCares may grant short-term financial assistance for personal or addiction needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances. Funding may be awarded for needs such as rent, car payments, insurance premiums, utilities, medical/dental expenses, psychotherapy, addiction treatment, sober living, and other personal expenses. 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be able to document employment history in one of the following areas:

Make Music Day

Despite this uncertainty, we wanted to let you know that Make Music Day will still be happening on 21 June across the world. Unlike traditional music festivals, Make Music Day is an open invitation for everyone to make music anywhere and everywhere. We hope to be taking over the streets with music on 21 June, but if we can’t, we invite you to join one of the online Make Music Day initiatives that will take place no matter what.

We added a Private Facebook Discussion Group

We are now ready to launch a private discussion group on facebook.

We invite you to share your thoughts and ideas on how we might best move as performing artists during the course of this Coronavirus pandemic.

You must be affiliated with the arts and derive a portion of your income as a professional in order to join and participate.

We all have downtime. How are you using it to your advantage? Please share.

Click the link to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/528337951056512/

Tell Congress to include displaced entertainment workers in relief package

As social distancing measures are enacted and productions are cancelled across all sectors of the entertainment industry, the COVID-19 situation has become so dire for entertainment workers that it requires decisive action from the federal government. Entertainment gig workers who expected to work for a day, week, month, or season on a production are finding themselves without planned wages and benefits.

Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard | livestreaming daily

Hunkering down to help flatten the curve? Ben Gibbard announced that he'll be providing fans with some in-home entertainment in the form of performances livestreamed from his home studio.

"For the next few weeks I will be playing songs everyday from my home studio," the Death Cab for Cutie frontman shared via Twitter in the early morning hours of Tuesday (March 17), noting that the sets would kick off that day. "We will be streaming on YouTube / Facebook at 4pm PST daily."

We're Bringing SXSW to you

Every year, NPR Music staffers head down to Austin to share our favorite SXSW discoveries — artists we end up talking about for months and years to come. That's always been the point of going for us, and there's no reason we shouldn't continue to use this year's festival as an opportunity to proselytize on behalf of our favorites. Whether or not you were ever planning to attend SXSW 2020, you can use the festival's remarkable lineup to help you discover incredible music.

A letter from Ray Hair | American Federation of Musicians International

As events related to the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic evolve, emergency declarations in many locations have banned all but small-sized public gatherings in an effort to protect families, save lives and prevent the spread of the disease. These actions have led to the shuttering of large, medium and small venues, sporting facilities, and the preemption of live media production involving studio audiences.

COVID-19 Resources for Performing Artists

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. https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com