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Resources for Event Industry Professionals Affected by COVID-19

We have compiled a list of financial and mental health resources that may be available to you if you've been professionally affected by COVID-19. We will continue to update this list as more resources become available.

National Alliance on Mental Illness - COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has created an extensive document of information and mental health resources that may be useful to you during these difficult times. "(NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 600 state organizations and affiliates across the nation." - NAMI - COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide | Learn More

The Above and Beyond Foundation

“In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, our HELPING HOSPITALITY urgent aid grant program awards $500 virtual VISA cards to those that have gone above and beyond but have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.” - The Above and Beyond Foundation | Learn More

Search Foundation (US only)

“Requests for SEARCH Donations are offered to individuals in the special events, meetings, and catering industries. The range allowed to any individual is up to $5,000.00 per occurrence within a 12-month period.” - Search Foundation | Learn More

The Cares Act (US only)

“The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020.  This over $2 trillion economic relief package delivers on the Trump Administration’s commitment to protecting the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserve jobs for our American industries.” - The US Department of the Treasury | Learn More

Crew Nation (US only)

“Crew members are the backbone of the live music industry, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting them through this temporary intermission until we can once again unite millions around the world through the power of live music. Crew Nation is powered by Music Forward Foundation, a charitable 501c3 organization, that will be administering the fund. If you are out of work due to postponed or cancelled shows, learn about relief here.” - Crew Nation | Learn More

Music Cares (US only, links to global resources)

“In recent weeks, COVID-19 has devastated our music community, leaving thousands of music creators and professionals without work and an uncertain future. But we have the power to help. The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.” - Music Cares | Learn More

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund (US only)

"The world has been shocked by the devastating effects of COVID-19. We are aware of the enormous medical and financial burden that COVID-19 is having on the music community and we are actively taking steps to provide assistance where it’s needed most. Due to massive cancellations, artists are struggling to find the means to make ends meet during these unprecedented times. Sweet Relief is here to provide immediate assistance and we have created this DONOR-DIRECTED FUND with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. 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." - Sweet Relief | Learn More

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund (US only, global waitlist)

“Equal Sound has launched a large number of projects and efforts in a very short time to respond as quickly and effectively as possible to the unprecedented needs in our community as a result of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.” - Equal Sound | Learn More

Artist Relief Project (US only)

“The Artist Relief Project is collecting donations from those with the means to help. Funds will support artists in any discipline, who have been directly impacted by event cancellations and venue closures due to COVID19-related health concerns. The funds raised will offer relief to artists in the immediate short term in the form of a one-time stipend and in the long term in the form of resources for alternative, sustainable economic opportunities.” - Artist Relief Project | Learn More

Foundation for Contemporary Arts (US only)

“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. For as long as our Board of Directors determines it is necessary and prudent to do so, the Foundation will disburse one-time $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.” - Foundation for Contemporary Arts | Learn More

International Association of Jewish Free Loans 

"Mission: To help people with temporary financial needs to become or remain self-supporting self-respecting members of their community by the aid of interest-free loans." - International Association of Jewish Free Loans | Learn More

Note: You do not need to be Jewish to apply.

Sound Royalties No-Cost Funding Program

"In response to recent challenges the music industry is facing caused by the public health response to the new coronavirus and the tornado in Nashville, all new applications received until April 16, 2020 that qualify for a royalty advance under our standard pricing and underwriting policies will now also include an additional no-cost advance option." - Sound Royalties | Learn More

Actors Fund (US only)

“To assist everyone who works in performing arts and entertainment across the country, we’re collaborating with our community to help navigate these challenging times. Since March 18, 2020, The Actors Fund has distributed emergency financial assistance to more than 2,800 people in our industry. This money is helping people cover basic living expenses, such as food, essential medications, utilities and more. If you or someone you know needs help, reach out.” - Actors Fund | Learn More

SoundGirls CoronaVirus Relief 

"The SoundGirls CoronaVirus Relief Fund helps production techs across the globe that are now unemployed due to the Corona Virus Pandemic by providing a small amount of aid to purchase necessities and slightly ease the stress." - Sound Girls | Learn More

Los Angeles City Small Business Emergency Microloan Program (City of LA only)

"In light of the sweeping impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our small business community, the City of Los Angeles has responded swiftly and decisively to support our local, community businesses. The newly established Small Business Emergency Microloan Program now provides financing needed to strengthen small business enterprises in this time of acute need that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak." - LA Small Business Microloan | Learn More

Opry Trust Fund

“The Opry Trust Fund provides financial assistance in time of extraordinary need, emergency or catastrophe to individuals who are or have been employed full time in a facet of the country music industry (i.e. performer, songwriter, publisher, radio, session musician, etc.).” - Opry | Learn More

Music Health Alliance (US only)

“To help our community manage after the devastation of the recent tornados and during this public health crisis, Music Health Alliance has developed a COVID-19 & Tornado Relief Plan based on the immediate needs of our music community that follow our mission to Heal The Music.” - Music Health Alliance | Learn More


Backline provides mental health resources and is still active during the COVID-19 crisis. “Our case managers will work one-on-one with you to get the mental health & wellness resources you need to keep going.” - Backline | Learn More

I Lost My Gig Australia (Australia only)

I Lost My Gig Australia has compiled a list of Australian Government Aid Packages that citizens may apply for. - I Lost My Gig Australia | Learn More


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