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.
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
Instagram Live – go live with your fans right from IG
YouTube Livestreaming – stream live from YouTube
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.