Donate to musicians who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus

Many members have lost their income from playing and teaching. They run the risk of losing their homes or healthcare due to their inability to pay. If you have the means to help, please consider donating here. Your donations are not tax-deductible but they will be held in a special fund allocated to musicians in need. Thank you for your generosity.

Coronavirus Resources

Write your Representatives

First, write to your congressperson; and tell them that musicians and nonprofits need access to Covid-19 relief.

Do it again
(IATSE style)

Do it again (AFM style)

Do it again (GRAMMY style)

Do it again (Americans for the Arts style)

Do it again (League of American Orchestra style)

Write to San Francisco Mayor London Breed or your city’s mayor

Write to California Governor Gavin Newsom

Collections of Arts Resources

Check out this great Covid 19 Freelance Artist Resource Page with tons of information and resources tailored especially for freelancers dealing with Coronavirus fallout

Check out Audio Ensemble’s exhaustive Financial Resources Page for Artists affected by Covid19 closures

Check out the Bay Area specific KQED list of Arts Resources

Check out Creative Capital’s exhaustive list of Arts Resources

The Art Newspaper has a similarly thorough list of Arts Resources

Check out AFM’s Coronavirus Resources Page for contract language

Federal Relief

To request an interest-free forbearance period of at least 60 days on your federal student loans Call 1-800-699-2908.

Be aware that federal tax payments have been extended and are now due July 15

Familiarize yourself with the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (passed into law 3/18). TLDR bullet points here. This fund provides for equivalent emergency paid sick leave and family medical leave for self-employed workers through an individual refundable tax credit. The U.S. Department of Treasury is currently writing guidelines for how self-employed individuals may claim the credit. Guidelines are expected to be released in the week of March 22.

If you are a homeowner you may qualify for Coronavirus assistance resulting in a year long suspension of your mortgage payments.  See if you qualify here and here

Watch a webinar from our legal firm about the $2 Trillion CARES act.

Check out the pdf of the above webinar.

State (California) Relief

To learn what State benefits you may qualify for check out this handy chart or this page of resources

Here is theApplication to apply for Unemployment and disaster relief  through the state of California

California state taxes have been postponed to July 15

Four of the nation’s five largest banks have agreed to postpone foreclosures and offer forbearance on mortgage payments for three months for homeowners impacted by COVID-19.

City (San Francisco)  Relief

Apply for relief through Mayor London Breed’s Artist Relief Fund established by the City of San Francisco.  In order to qualify you must live in SF full time and not be receiving unemployment.

City (Other) Relief

There exists a Santa Clara County Relief Fund for low-income residents

Employment Opportunities

Here’s a list of companies that are hiring in the Bay Area

Plugged-In is a virtual concert series that pays $200 per set list

Individual Funds

Apply for relief through the Freelancer Co-Op

Apply for relief through The Safety Net Fund (For Bay Area Musicians)

Apply for relief through the Equal Sound Fundraiser

Apply for relief through Musicians Foundation

Apply for relief through the Covid-19 Sweet Relief Fund

Apply for relief through Artist Relief Tree  (UPDATE: they appear to no longer be accepting applicants)

Apply for relief through MusiCares (this is targeted more for recording artists)

Apply for relief through AFM National’s Petrillo Memorial Fund if you’ve been diagnosed with Covid-19 or are quarantined due to exposure

Apply for relief through Cerf+ if you have been diagnosed with Covid-19

Questions about Coronavirus + Staying Healthy

Harvard CoronaVirus resource center: the most information in one place

CDC website – lots of accurate well laid-out information in one place

The Atlantic – The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Distancing

CDC – Cleaning and Disinfecting Recommendations

USA Today – What to put in your emergency kit

If you think you might be sick

The CDC’s  step by step guide on what to do if you think you or a loved one might be sick.

Vox – 11 Things you should know about getting the novel Coronavirus.

Check in here to help map the spread of the virus

Mental Health Resources

Here’s an exhaustive list of Mental Health Resources

Here’s another one

Here are some strategies for moving forward and picking up the pieces

Here’s a video of cats playing dominoes

Info on Coronavirus in the news

Stay up to date on Coronavirus as it pertains to the Bay Area

The latest data per fivethirtyeight.com

Stay up to date on Coronavirus globally

Donation Opportunities

Donate to the Bay Area Musician’s Relief Fund, which is working with Local 6 to ensure Bay Area musicians have quick access to emergency funds. You can also donate directly to Local 6 on their website, it all goes to the same place!

Donate to the Santa Cruz Symphony’s Musicians Relief Fund

Donate to the Opera San Jose Artists and Musicians Relief Fund

Donate to the Covid-19 Sweet Relief Fund

Donate to Equal Sound

Donate to MusiCares

Donate to the Safety Net Fund

Donate to Cerf+

Still have $ to give? Here’s a list of a few more relief funds in California that need your help

Volunteer Opportunities

Learn how you can help in your neighborhood or greater community

Can you sew?  Help make masks.

Links to help pass the time

A list of all the streaming concerts in one place! OMG!

The Met is streaming operas online!

SFS Keeping Score is now free on youtube

The Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall series is now free to everyone!

Take a tour of a virtual museum!

Universal Studios is releasing its current movies online!

For Art Organizations:

The Principles for Ethical Cancellation from Fractured Atlas

Requesting Support in Difficult Times from Fractured Atlas

How to Transition to a Virtual Workplace Overnight from Fractured Atlas

An Online Emergency Preparedness Service with lots of general info from Art Ready

What’s available to Arts Organizations through the 2T Stimulus Package