Good News for Music Creators Seeking Financial Relief During Shutdown

The Songwriters Guild of America has compiled the latest information on resources for music creators who are in need of financial relief during the current shutdown caused by the COVID19 virus.

How the Phase 3 Stimulus Package 
Benefits Songwriters and Composers

Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Under the final $2-trillion Federal Government relief package, self-employed musicians, songwriters/composers and music support crew who make under $100,000 annually are eligible to apply for relief grants and loans such as emergency economic injury disaster loan (EIDL) grants. Visit this link for more information on the EIDL.

National Endowment for the Arts

The package gives an additional $75 million to the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency that provides grants to state arts agencies, local leaders, and other federal agencies to promote the arts. Begin your search for NEA resources with this link.


Under sections of the stimulus bill some self-employed songwriters/composers may be able to file for unemployment benefits depending on the state in which they live. New unemployment benefits offer up to $600 a week for four months -- again depending on the state in which you live.

United Way

United Way and city leaders launched, last week, the COVID-19 response fund for individuals, small businesses and organizations impacted by the pandemic. Qualifications for direct financial assistance come on a case-by-case basis, the website said. Additional resources can be found at


MusicCares, a nonprofit benefit arm of the Recording Academy, launched a COVID-19 relief fund earlier this month. Grant assistance for basic living can be made up to $1,000. Qualifying professionals must show proof of canceled gigs. More information can be found at MusicCares

Grand Ole Opry

A Grand Ole Opry trust fund offers aid to music industry employees “in time of extraordinary need.” Funds assist medical bills, living expenses, rent or mortgage and utilities. The fund accepts referrals from Opry members and other organizations, such as MusicCares. More information can be obtained here at the Grand Ole Opry website

Independent songwriters and other music creators are some of the hardest and earliest hit by the COVID19 shutdown.
Music Health Alliance

Music Health Alliance launched a grant application process for music professionals suffering from the COVID19 shutdown or the Tennessee tornadoes.

Musicians Foundation

Due to an overwhelming number of applications, New York-based Musicians Foundation temporarily closed a COVID19 assistance portal. The organization plans to reopen this week.

 According to their website, grants typically range from $500 to $3,000. Qualifying individuals must show proof of working five years as a professional musician. More information can be found on their site at