Our Purpose

The Musicians Foundation addresses the chronic financial insecurity so prevalent in the music industry. We help musicians across the United States, and across all genres. Our goals are to:

  • Help young artists overcome misfortune and stay on track as professional musicians
  • Help mature artists continue to perform, teach and pass on their musical legacy
  • Ensure that musicians live out their final years with dignity and financial security
  • Provide crisis relief to musicians in the wake of unexpected hardship or natural disaster

Musicians Are Our Mission

Making music for a living means making sacrifices. Many professional musicians endure years of arduous study and hours of dedicated practice. They pay for lessons and invest in their instruments and equipment. They spend months on the road. They often take on second jobs to make ends meet. They are beset by vocational hazards that include trigger finger, hearing loss, tendinitis, and vocal chord nodules. And today, with sweeping changes to the music industry, they are confronted with increasingly uncertain payment for their work. At the same time, they face issues of illness, aging and unexpected personal setbacks as we all do.

But for most professional musicians, there is no financial safety net. Steady employment is rare. There is no automatic workman’s compensation, pension plan or benefits package for the artists who give their musical gifts to the world. When real trouble comes, musicians too often lack the ability to afford medical care, maintain permanent housing or secure basic living expenses. A single hospital bill can tip the balance for a hardworking musician from solvency to poverty.