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Resources for Musicians
(Last Updated: May 13, 2020)

We recognize that independent musicians have been impacted as a result of COVID-19-related state and local public health guidelines. This is a quickly evolving situation and a difficult time for many in our field. The Philharmonic Society stands in solidarity with all those affected, and have compiled a list of resources for musicians. We’ll keep updating this list, and we invite you to send us additional resources that we can share with the community by emailing

March 26, 2020 at 11am PST: How to Plan a Virtual Event Live Broadcast
Come hear from Greg Palmer, Senior Producer at Vimeo, for expert advice on how schools, event coordinators, marketers, and more are evolving their event strategies to optimize engaging live streaming experiences.

A social media campaign designed by SAUSD Arts and OCDE specific to Orange County. The goal is to spotlight the great work students and teachers are doing by hastagging #OCArts4All. Items hash tagged will be randomly selected and used for flyers, announcements, and events.

Americans for the Arts Coronavirus Resource and Response Center
Up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field

Artist Relief Tree
Anyone who is an artist can request funds from the Artist Relief Tree, which plans to fulfill every request with a flat $250 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Arts Education Partnership
A list of resources that can help Music and Arts Educators shift operations to online platforms for telework situations, serve their constituents in new ways and care for their employees.

ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.

Audio Assemble
Financial resources for musicians during the coronavirus outbreak

Backline was established to connect music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness providers. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has established a virtual support group that meets Mondays and Thursdays at 2:30 PST.

On their Facebook page, Bandzoogle has a collection of webinars to teach musicians how to share their content online and raise funds through livestreams and virtual music lessons.

Black Dress Code
The clothing company has given their website to support musicians during this uncertain time. Musicians can post videos on their virtual concert hall free of change, with donations from viewers going directly to the musicians.

California Arts Council: Arts Field Survey
The California Arts Council is surveying the arts field at-large to gather data on the potential financial impacts of this public health emergency. If you are an organization or individual in the arts field that anticipates losing personal or business income related to COVID-19, please consider filling out this brief survey. This is a quickly evolving situation and this data will be an important resource to inform our agency and the state. Thank you for your participation.

Californians for the Arts: Artists and Arts Non-profits Need Access to COVID-19 Relief
As opportunities for federal and state relief become available, your elected officials will likely be key partners in helping communities gain access to these funds. Tend to these relationships now by initiating a conversation on this topic.

Come Together: Music Industry Support Group
The support groups will aim to address the anxieties associated with COVID-19’s effects on the music industry, provide information and resources, and support each other during this difficult time.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource
An aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund
The Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund was set up on short notice to provide direct financial assistance to musicians who have lost work as a result of Corona-related event cancellations.

Freelancer COVID-19 Emergency Fund
If you’re a creative freelancer who has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 virus and resulting public response, you can apply for temporary assistance through the fund.

Higher Ed Music Lessons in the Time of COVID-19 Facebook Group
This group is a space for sharing strategies, successes, failures, platforms, etc. that music teachers encounter or develop in their work in the music field facing the challenge of teaching during a pandemic.

“How Musicians (and Other Creatives Too) Can Transition Their Business Online ASAP”
An article outlining how musicians can support themselves through offering their unique, creative services online.

The Jazz Foundation of America
Musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz and roots music can call their office at any time for help in solving an emergency. They prevent homelessness with housing assistance, keep artists healthy with pro bono medical care and provide financial support that keeps the lights on and food on the table.

Keeping the Beat
Keeping the Beat, hosted by TNMEA in partnership with the CMA Foundation, is an engaging web series featuring interactive discussions led by guest music industry professionals and educators about wide-ranging topics in music including education, performance, administration, and advocacy.

Lincoln Center Activate
Lincoln Center Activate is a free professional development initiative offered from July 21-24. Through dynamic speakers, innovative panels, immersive workshops, art making opportunities, and mentoring with experienced practitioners, participants will hone their skills, activate their ideas, and develop an effective network of arts professionals. RSVP here.

Maestro Match
Maestro Match connects artists suddenly out of work with people suddenly with the time to learn. The site contains a list of hundreds of world-class artists ready to share their techniques and knowledge with those who want to learn an instrument or hone their skills. They also continue to accept teaching applications to ease the burden for musicians and bring the joy of music to as many people possible.

Max Q Podcast
Max Q is an interview podcast for anyone interested in, or currently pursuing careers in the performing arts. They hold conversations about pathways to building varied, vibrant, and sustainable lives in the arts. To engage with the current dramatic changes in the world, LAUNCHPad director Dr. Zane Forshee conducts special feature interviews with distinguished professionals about the impact of COVID-19 on our field.

Music COVID Relief
Music COVID Relief is a resource to help music professionals access information and applications to receive benefits made available by the CARES Act (Phase III of the Coronavirus Stimulus bill signed into law March 27, 2020).

Music Fund of Los Angeles
The Music Fund of Los Angeles is a charitable organization providing financial help to professional musicians, music students, and youth music programs in the Los Angeles area.

Musician’s Foundation
Soon, they will be launching a CV19 Emergency Aid Grant Program to give eligible applicants (including performers, educators, and composers) modest grants up to $200. While the application is currently closed, keep checking their website for updates.

National Association for Music Education
A resource and news page guidance and information related to music education, plus online professional development and virtual teaching resources.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.

Panel: Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic (livestream video recorded on March 16, 2020)
A group of artists, arts administrators, and others from around the US discussed how COVID-19 is impacting freelance artists (those who identify as independent contractors) from all disciplines and where artists can look for support in this complicated moment. The conversation focused on shared resources (legal, advocacy, how to take your work virtual, finding emergency funding, and financial best practices in crisis) and building and grounding our national community.

The Pinetop Perkins Foundation
The Pinetop Perkins Foundation aims to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career (MasterClass Workshop Experience); and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career (Pinetop Assistance League).

Recording Academy®: MusiCares® COVID-19 Relief Fund
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.

Social Distancing Festival
A site for celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent, and coming together as a community at a time when we need it more than ever. Musicians can submit videos of their rehearsals or recreate cancelled performances in a live stream.

Soundfly: Guide to Learning Things Online
Online music course hub Soundfly has put together a free “Guide to Learning Things Effectively Online” for musicians in quarantine who want to continue learning or practicing skills virtually.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
Sweet Relief has created a Coronavirus donor-directed fund 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.

Viral Music—Because Kindness is Contagious Facebook Group
With over 30,000 members, this group is a marketplace to connect music lovers and small, independent musicians who would typically be making their living from playing in front of audiences during these hard days of social isolation, and to keep the music playing.

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