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Artist Resources — Covid-19
03 19 2020
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Here are a few resources you may find useful along with suggestions on how you can help your fellow artists

From closed venues to postponed tours, the impact of Covid-19 has already rippled across the independent artist community. There is an unprecedented sense of uncertainty for those whose work and lives have been put on hold.

 

Below is a roundup of some resources that may be of help. We hope you are all safe and well as we navigate this uncertain time together.

 

Updated 3/30/20

 

1. Apply for relief funds and donate if you can 

 

Equal Sound – for those who have had a gig canceled

Musicians Foundation – CV19 Emergency Aid Grant Program to be announced

Grammy’s MusiCares – for those employed in the music industry

Freelance Co-op – for those freelancing

Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief – for artists, songwriters, and more in significant financial need

 

 

2. Reach out to fans and exchange your services/goods

 

Printful – set up automatic order fulfillment for merch 

BeatStars – make a beat and sell it on the marketplace that Lil Nas X got his from

SoundBetter – find your next mixer, producer, and collaborator

 

 

3. Host or attend virtual events

 

Twitch – popular streaming site, allows for in-stream donations, with special consideration for SoundCloud artists who sign up

Instagram Live – go live with your fans right from IG 

YouTube Livestreaming – stream live from YouTube

 

For more tools and a calendar of upcoming events, see music writer Cherie Hu’s comprehensive resource and CNET’s rolling guide to virtual concerts.

 

 

4. When in doubt, reach out

 

If your community isn’t represented above, consider organizing with local artists to build support infrastructure — such as relief funds, mutual aid networks, or virtual concert bills. 

 

Be sure to vocalize your concerns and advocate for other artists by contacting your local/regional lawmakers and governments

 

 

For further support, visit the COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources database.