Not a musician? Check out our audience resource page for a guide on how to support D.C. artists.
CapitalBop is committed to helping you weather the coronavirus crisis. Consider this your landing page for all resources available to D.C. jazz musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you can do to take advantage of these offerings.
- Join our musicians listing. This is how our readers will find you online to contact you for lessons and more.
- List your livestreams on our D.C. jazz calendar. Email jackson AT capitalbop DOT com to submit a listing. And check out our new list of best practices for livestream concerts.
- Add your payment info to this virtual tip jar for D.C. artists or the wider D.C. service industry tip jar.
- Prepare to collect your unemployement/partial-unemployment benefits! Unemployment insurance has been extended to self-employed workers during the crisis who have lost ANY amount of income. But D.C. and Md. agencies are not yet set up to accept applications from self-employed workers, yet. If you live in D.C., email this address to be notified when that application opens. If you live in Maryland, add your email through the form on this page.
- Make sure you’re taking full advantage of other government benefits and renters’ rights. To get started, see our link below about benefits, plus governmental COVID-19 hubs for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. (And if you want to learn about how the Federal CARES act can help you, try starting here.)
- If you’re in urgent need, be aware of your neighborhood’s mutual aid resources — check this sheet of mutual aid resources, and this site for food service centers.
- See the list below of other financial relief resources, tailored specifically for D.C. jazz musician eligibility. Below that, find a list of informational resources.
EMERGENCY FINANCIAL RELIEF RESOURCES
For a basic starter guide to your government aid eligibility, click here.
Westminster Presbyterian is providing aid directly to D.C. jazz musicians. The payouts are not yet formalized, but if you’re in urgent need, please write Rev. Brian Hamilton directly to ask about funds. Check out the GoFundMe page for more info.
Members of the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation house band: contact the CHJF for information on their relief fund.
Members of D.C. Legendary Musicians: DCLM has a fundraiser for their members (and potentially a wider network).
Artist Relief Initiative
$5,000 grants. Eligibility: 21+; experiencing dire financial emergencies; able to receive taxable income in the U.S. for the last two years; residing/working in the U.S. for the last two years.
Recording Academy MusiCares
(Requirements: 5 years employment in the music industry OR 6 commercially released recordings (singles) OR 6 commercially or promotionally released music videos)
Actors’ Fund Emergency Financial Assistance (available for any entertainment worker!)
Eligibility: Current financial need (inability to pay next month’s bills); A minimum of five years of recent entertainment industry employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years OR a minimum of 20 years of industry employment with a minimum of 10 years of earnings of at least $5,000. Required docs: Union earning printouts from Pension and Welfare Departments OR Contracts, pay stubs OR W-2, 1099 forms for professional work only. Also must provide most recent bank statement (not printout from ATM) and current lease or mortgage/maintenance.
Musicians Foundation Aid
($500-3000. Requirements: 5 years work in the USA as a professional musician earning your *principal* income from performance.)
Artist Relief Project
Requirements: demonstrate that you are an artist by sharing a resume, website, etc., and that you share the fundraiser with your personal networks and provide screenshots of that activity.
Foundation for Contemporary Artists COVID-19 Emergency Grants
($1000. Focused on “artists making work of a contemporary, experimental nature.”)
Artist Relief Tree
NOTE: As of 4/8/20, not accepting new requests until further funding is acquired — but check.
Only minimal proof required. $250 fixed stipend.
Springboard for the Arts
Priority for POC, rural residents, disabled/immunocompromised artists, and LGBTQIA+ artists
Sweet Relief Emergency Fund
At least 50% of all income must come from working within the music community; proof of cancellation required.
Pinetop Assistance League for Elder Musicians
Requirements: must be 50 years or older, play professionally on stage at a local, regional, or national level, have played on professional albums or CDs, and have a household adjusted gross income of $30,000 or less.
Payback – Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund
$100-500 microgrants covering necessities.
Music Health Alliance COVID-19 and Tornado Relief Grant
$250/mo., maximum $500 for specific cost-of-living and medical expenses.
Requirements: current financial need, at least 3 years of music industry employment, and documentation of employment and finances required within application.
Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Organized by D.C.’s own Joshua Jenkins! Artists and administrators of Color are eligible.
New Music Solidarity Fund
CURRENTLY CLOSED TO NEW APPLICANTS (but soliciting survey responses from all artists on their needs; there might be another round of funding).
$500 emergency grants. (Requirements: 1) “a musician working in new, creative, experimental or improvised music and are you a freelance artist, i.e., non-salaried by an institution” 2) “had a COVID-19 related cancelation of project(s)/performance(s) involving music by a living composer” 3) “your immediate livelihood is threatened by these cancelations”)
Interesting model. Unsure how payouts work. Click “join the database.”
Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund
Maximum grant of $500 per canceled gig.
Freelancer COVID-19 Emergency Fund
The fund likely isn’t going to be able to pay out in a significant way right now, but you can apply.
Petrillo Memorial Fund
Fund for DISABLED musicians emergency costs.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program
NOT YET DISTRIBUTING, but sign up for updates. You are your own business, especially if you’re an S-corp or an LLC; there might be an angle here.
Gospel Music Trust Fund
If you do gospel beyond just the Sunday gig, check it out. You have to write to them, seemingly by mail, though.
Tour Support BetterHelp Free Mental Healthcare
If you have proof of a canceled tour in 2020, you can get free mental health services.
Other government benefits finder: https://www.benefits.gov/benefit-finder
D.C. government landing page for coronavirus resources
Alveo Creative’s COVID-19 landing page
A resource hub including special offers from software companies, healthcare information, ideas for earning income from alternate online streams, and much more. h/t Kemi Adegoroye for the link.
Webinar: “Artists in a time of Global Pandemic panel” by HowlRound Theatre Commons
AudioAssemble Job Opportunities
A listing of resources that you can use to earn income during this gig-desert time (and beyond), some of which mesh with your existing skillset.
Online Teaching for Non-Online Teachers – Instructor: Justin Binek
h/t to Marie Himel and John Butler for the link.
How To Teach Instrumental Lessons Online w/ Matt Leder
https://www.facebook.com/jesse.nolan.39108/videos/204529217537207/UzpfSTM4OTYwMDQ3MTIzOjEwMTU2OTIzMjk0ODg3MTI0/h/t to Marie Himel and John Butler for the link.