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If you are an Artist or Musician, Apply for Financial Assistance Due to COVID-19 Related Cancellations

Posted by Megan Kiefer | Mar 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

As Louisiana struggles to cope with COVID-19, many of our clients have been severely impacted financially due to closures and quarantines related to the corona virus. We are doing our best to keep up to date with all of the social services that are available to help bridge the gap during these difficult times.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts:

Created in 1993 to further FCA's mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who:

  • Have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding

  • Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates

These grants range from $500 to $2,500

https://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grants/emergency-grants

Musicares:

Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage). Initial grant requests can be made up to $1000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost.

https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help/covid-19-relief-fund-faq

CERF:

If you are an artist working on a craft discipline, you may qualify for a grant

Craft discipline is defined as the creation of original objects through the skillful manipulation of materials. These materials were traditionally considered to be clay, fiber, metal, wood, or glass. However, today's artist working in a craft discipline may also employ concrete, plastic, synthetic fibers, recycled materials and other non-traditional materials, and may self-identify as a maker, designer, potter, ceramicist, mixed media artist, etc. CERF+ broadly defines eligible artists to be inclusive of all materials-based artists regardless of whether they use “craft” to describe themselves.

https://cerfplus.org/get-relief/apply-for-help/craft-emergency-relief-fund/eligibility/

Equal Sound:

Here is a fund you can apply for if you are a musician who has lost income due to a cancelled gig as a result of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak. They have had a large influx of applications and interest and are currently updating and evaluating their foundation.

https://equalsound.org/musicians-corona-relief-fund-application/

AGMA:

If you are a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and have been affected by the corona virus, you can apply here:

https://agmarelief.org/eligibility/

This post may update some of this information: https://www.kieferandkiefer.com/blog/how-does-the-cares-act-help-me

Kiefer & Kiefer is doing our best to keep our clients and followers informed of any government and social services that may be available during this difficult time. We will be posting updates on our website as we find them, but our Facebook page is the best way to find comprehensive and up to date information as well as links to websites that may provide additional information. You can follow us here: https://www.facebook.com/kieferandkiefer/

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Megan Kiefer

Megan Kiefer is a partner at Kiefer & Kiefer. She is a trial attorney who specializes in personal injury, insurance defense, and appellate work and who has a proven track record in and out of court. Megan has experience as lead counsel in jury trials, judge trials, and mediations, as well as exte...

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