COVID-19: Action Items and Resources for Music Industry Professionals
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Love and light to our community!
We hope you are doing well through this difficult and uncertain time. We truly believe this is also a time for regeneration and creation—a time to spend time with ourselves, find new ways to connect and support each other!
Below are some resources we’ve collected through our awesome community. We hope they bring you ideas, motivation, and help as needed. And we want to continue to be that resource.
Sometime in the near future, we’ll be sharing updates on what’s happening with the DC Music Summit. All growth-oriented and exciting things!
Until then, please be safe and mindful, and as much as you can, please continue to spread serenity through your beautiful music—the world needs it!
Peace, Love, and Music,
Your DCMS Fam
D.C., Maryland AND Virginia have applications available for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance — a source of unemployment relief for gig workers like musicians who might not be eligible for standard unemployment insurance.
How Creative Professionals Impacted by COVID-19 Can Access Government Relief:
Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund :
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: What it Means for Music Creators | News | BMI.com:
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: What it Means for Music Creators | News | BMI.com
Sign a petition for DC Artist Stimulus Package : LINK HERE
CapitalBop's Resource for The D.C. Jazz Scene During the Coronavirus Shutdown: https://www.capitalbop.com/covid-19
MSAC COVID-19 State of Emergency Statement & Resources:
FM Communications-Providing Mental Health Resources For Musicians:
Creative Capital Artist Relief Fund:
Maynor Biggers Artist Fund (MBAF):
Request Financial Assistance from the Corona Relief Fund:
Alveocreative Resources for Artists and Creatives in the Wake of COVID-19:
The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act:
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: What it Means for Creators | News | BMI.com" :
One DC Petition- Cancel the RENT and Mortgage Payments now! :
Contact Congress today and urge lawmakers to include the artistic community in any relief package:
Take a quick survey by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), “Coronavirus Impact Survey on the Performing Arts Industry” :
Apply for a Small Business Administration Disaster Loan:
Live-stream a concert and get paid! A local arts non-profit called DC Dogs is hosting a daily streaming show and paying acts $200:
Add your livestream to this list of local Livestream events:
Review this aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines:
Learn how to conduct successful live stream concerts with DC-based full-time musician, Eli Lev:
Jam with your friends online:
Read the article: A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis (Updating):
Participate in a Virtual Open Mic Nights hosted by Crescendo Communication!:
If you’re a member of ASCAP, here’s a wellness program they have launched to help bolster the mental health of musicians:
Rauschenberg Emergency Grants for Unexpected Medical Emergencies - Open to visual and media artists, and choreographers
Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund - Intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).
Soze Foundation Artist + Activist Relief Fund (waitlist) - Supports artists + activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19.
How to apply for financial aid during the coronavirus pandemic if you're self-employed or a small business in the arts:
Mutual Aid Project to Support Independent Artists in Response to COVID-19 - Combating COVID-19 via a cross community and collective effort for Black and non-white trans and gender expansive people:
DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants:
Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund: