** APRIL 1, 2020 **
CV19 EMERGENCY RELIEF AID GRANT APPLICATION
The CV19 Emergency Relief Aid Grant Program has been closed due to an extremely high volume of submissions. We will reopen the application as we catch up with the hundreds of applications.
Welcome to the Musicians Foundation CV19 Emergency Aid Grant Program Application. This application is available online only. Modest, one-time grants up to $200 will be available to professional performers, educators and composers who meet the following requirements:
- Be a professional musician with five (5) or more years of experience performing, teaching, or composing in the United States. Applicants MUST earn the majority of their income from any combination of performing, teaching, or composing. If you were enrolled in any musical education program or institution (for performance, education, or composition) within the last five years, you are not eligible. You must have five or more years of professional experience after graduating from your most recent musical degree program to qualify.
- File taxes as musician. Applicants are required to submit fully completed and filed 2018 1040 tax return documentation. No exceptions.
- Have the following additional documentation: professional musician materials (resume, biography, website, etc.) and proof of work cancellation (emails, letters, other correspondence).
Individuals currently receiving pensions, unemployment, social security, or disability assistance are unfortunately not eligible for the CV19 Emergency Aid Grant Program.
Grants will be sent as checks to approved applicants directly, to be used in the most effective way per person (food, utilities, towards rent, etc.).
Please note: aid grants will be distributed as our means allow. We intend to process applications as quickly as possible. Depending on application volume, it could take multiple weeks to process your request.
The following information (below) is for applicants applying for reasons OTHER than Coronavirus-related loss of work. Please use the button above if you are applying due to lost work caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.
All professional musicians, regardless of their genre or instrument, can apply for themselves or a family member if they meet the qualifications listed below. Applications may also (but not additionally) be submitted by a friend or family member on behalf of a musician in need.
- Make sure you are eligible. All applicants must meet the following qualifications:
1. Must be a musician in a time of serious need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.
2. Have worked as a professional musician for five (5) or more years in the United States. We define “professional musician” as someone whose primary source of income was or is derived from work as a musician or music educator. Additionally, the applicant / musician must currently reside in the United States.
3. Have tax documents (1040 listing occupation as any type of musician or music educator OR Schedule C listing any type of musician or music educator status) to prove professional experience as a musician or music educator.
- Next, complete the Pre-Application HERE or use the button below*. Signing up and creating an account is easy.
- After completing the Pre-Application, you will receive updates from Musicians Foundation regarding your application status. If you are fully eligible and qualified, the final part of the application for aid will be sent to you within a few days.
*If you cannot use a computer to complete the Pre-Application, please call Musicians Foundation at (212) 239-9137.
- Musicians Foundation aid grants are sent in the form of vendorized checks. Checks are paid to the order of the biller of the costs incurred by the musician / applicant. Musicians Foundation does not write checks directly to musicians.
- Musicians Foundation aid grants typically range in amount from approximately $500-$3000.
- We do not give grants for scholarships, loans, or private unemployment benefits. We do not pay credit card bills.
- If necessary, applications may be filled out by friends or family of the musician in need. We also aid musicians who need assistance supporting their family members in times of emergency.
For further questions regarding the application process or eligibility, please email email@example.com or call our office at (212) 239-9137.