Artist and industry resources directory

Updated April 1st, 2021

On March 13, we suspended all Sofar Sounds shows worldwide, which impacted nearly 3,000 artists across 300+ cities across the globe. We know the devastating effect COVID-19 has had on local music communities, both on artists and their supporters. The global Sofar community is feeling it as well.

Our city teams all around the world have pulled together local resources and information for artists affected by COVID-19, from healthcare to relief fund applications. While some funds may limit by location or qualifications, we hope you can find something that helps.

Resources are organized by state in the US and by country internationally. We’ll continually be adding to this list, so be sure to bookmark this page. If you have any additional support links or resources to suggest we add, please reach out to

(Last Updated 2/5/21)

Resources for the music community of Beirut & Lebanon

In response to the horrific explosion that devastated the Beirut music community, the Sofar Beirut team has teamed up with us globally to provide a compact guide of resources and funds for musicians seeking support as the community begins to rebuild and recover. If you have any other resources you would like to recommend we add, please reach out to

Tunefork Beirut Musicians Fund - Tunefork Studios (Beirut, Lebanon) has founded this fundraising initiative to help Beirut musicians cover the cost of lost gear, instruments and equipment destroyed in the blast.

Art Relief for Beirut - An initiative to raise awareness and funds for the arts of Beirut

Baytna Baytak - A social initiative focused on helping relocate individuals displaced from their homes due to the blast

Impact Lebanon Disaster Relief Fund - An initiative incubator for driven Lebanese around the world

Mophradat Emergency Artist Relief Fund - Information on the Brussel-based, non-profit organization Mophradat fundraising initiative in aid of artists and art organizations in Beirut

Nusaned - An organization working to assist Lebanon’s homeless community

Offrejoie Giving Loop - Mobilizing to support families in Lebanon. The organization is working to connect displaced citizens with safe housing

Habitat for Humanity

Lebanese Red Cross

US-based resources


Addiction Group - Resources for addiction recovery and support

American Association of Independent Music

American Federation of Musicians

American Guild of Music Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund

Anti-viral Work for Freelancers and Small Biz - COVID-19 Financial Guide

Art Became the Oxygen: An Artistic Response Guide

Artist Collective - live training, strategies and mentorships

Artist Grant: Free Marketing Services + Cash

Artist Relief Tree Artist Relief Fund

Artist Republik

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Backline Care

Blues Foundation HART Fund

Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS - Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+ The Artists Safety Net

COVID-19 Music Production Response Group

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks

Creative Capital Artist Relief Grants

Crowd Work News Opportunities Page

Emergency Funds & Grants for Visual Artists

Entertainment Assistance Fund

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

FEMA - Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Fender Guitars - 3 Months Free Lessons

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Relief Fund

Gospel Music Trust Fund

Groupmuse Musician Relief Fund

Independent Venue Week Venue Fundraiser

Jazz Foundation of America Musicians’ Emergency Fund

Live Events Coalition

Live Lesson Masters - Online lessons from professional musicians & instructors - Support Gig Economy Workers

Mental Health America - Info & Resources

Missed Tour

Music Health Alliance Relief Resources

Music Maker Relief Foundation

Music Minds Matter

Music Unites Us Resource & Guide

Musicians Foundation Artist Relief Fund

National Alliance of Mental Illness

National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response

PAAL - Supporting Artists with Families

Performing Arts Alliance

Pinetop Perkins Foundation’s Assistance League

Precarious Workers Self Care Checklist

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

RACC Relief Fund & Resources

Resident Advisor – Coronavirus: how to help the electronic music community

SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund

Sound and Music - Free Zoom Tutorial Sessions for Composers

Sound Royalties - No-Cost Funding Program

Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief Project

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Sweet Relief Musician's Fund

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant for Visual Artists & Sculptors

Theater Art Life - Tips for Freelancers During COVID-19

Tour Support

USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

Viral Music -- Because Kindness is Contagious

Virtual Music Events Directory & Live Streaming Resource Guide

Work Hard Playlist Hard E-Book

Working Nomads Remote Work Opportunities

Zippia - Helpful tools for maximizing unemployment benefits

10K Projects Creative Fund


Alaska 211

The Alaska Community Foundation

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Unemployment Resources

Anchorage Cares: COVID-19 Response fund - United Way

Rasmuson Foundation Arts and Culture Grants


TAFF: Emergency Fund for Artists in AZ

Tucson Musicians COVID19 Relief Fund


The Bay Area Safety Net Fund

Broad Room Emergency Artist Relief Fund (SF)

California Lawyers for the Arts

City of West Hollywood Artists Grants & Opportunities

COVID-19 California Arts Field Survey

Feeding Santa Fe Food Distribution

LA Mayor’s Economic Relief Package

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation COVID-19 Response Page

Los Angeles Nightlife Alliance Impact Survey

Music Fund of Los Angeles Emergency Relief Fund

Musicians Union Local 6 – San Francisco

The Musicians Union of Los Angeles - Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds

Opera San José Artists and Musicians Relief Fund

San Francisco Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund

UNITESAC - Sacramento


303 Magazine COVID-19 Guide for Local Musicians

Colorado Artist Relief Fund

Denver Arts and Venues Grants and Assistance

Denver Metro Area Artist COVID-19 Relief Fund

Denver Small Business Emergency Relief


COVID-19 Crisis Resources (CT)

New Haven Arts Council Funding Directory


III Points Miami Artist Initiative Relief Fund

Children Services Council Palm Beach County Relief

City of Tampa Relief Hotline

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

Farm Share Food Distribution Schedule

Martin County Arts Counsel Support & Resources

United Way of Palm Beach County


Atlanta Artist Lost Gig Fund

Georgia Council for the Arts Info & Resources

Georgia Department of Labor Unemployment Assistance


Hawaii Artists & Entertainment Professionals Fund


Idaho Department of Labor Info & Resources


3Arts - Arts for Illinois relief Fund

Brave Space Alliance Crisis Pantry Program

Chicago Artists Relief Fund

Chicago Blues Revival - Pay The Musicians

Chicago Service Relief

Rent Assistance (Chicago)

Transformative Spaces - Chicago COVID-19 Hardship and Help Page


Artist Council of Indianapolis Impact Survey Community Resources

Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund


Kentucky Arts Council Artist Resources

Lexington COVID-19 Community Info Hub

One Louisville - COVID-19 Response Fund


New Orleans Business Alliance Relief Fund

Second Harvest Food Bank of South Louisiana


211 Maryland United Way Helpline

Free Meals for Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia Kids


Boston Artist Relief Fund

Cambridge (MA) Artist Relief Fund

Mass Creative Impact Survey

Passim Emergency Artist Relief Fund

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts


Ann Arbor, MI - Creative Washentaw Aid 2020

Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo

Michigan Artist Relief Fund

Third Coast Creative


Minnesota COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Unemployment Benefits

Dept of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Small Business Emergency Loan Program

Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund

Twin Cities Music Community Trust


Mississippi Arts Commission Grants for Individuals


St. Louis Arts and Music Fund


Las Vegas Performers Relief Fund

United Way of Southern Nevada Emergency Assistance & Resources

Community Foundation of West Nevada COVID-19 Relief Fund

New Jersey

New Jersey Arts & Culture Impact Survey

New Jersey Housing Assistance

New Mexico

Culture Connects Artist Fund

New Mexico Arts Funding & Resources

New Mexico Musicians Relief Fund Amid COVID-19

New York

Arts Mid-Hudson

Dramatist Guild Foundation

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus/COVID-19 Business Bulletin Board

Freelance Isn't Free Act - NYC

Local 802 Musicians' Emergency Relief Fund

United Way of Long Island - COVID-19 Response Fund

Lost My Gig NYC

Max's Kansas City Project

New York Foundation for the Arts Rauschenberg Emergency Grants Program

New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

NYC COVID-19 Musician Resources and Support

NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund

The Indie Theater Fund NYC

United Way of Greater Rochester Crisis Relief

North Carolina

Durham Artist Grants

Durham Artist Relief Fund

NC Artist Relief Fund

Orange County, NC Arts Relief Fund


Arts Cleveland COVID-19 Artist Resources

Cincinnati Community Action Agency

Cleveland Emergency Loan Fund for Artists

Columbus Artists Relief Fund

Greater Cincinnati Artist Relief Fund

Greater Columbus Arts Council Emergency Grant


Red Dirt Relief Fund


COVID-19 Oregon Musicians Relief Fund

The Jeremy Wilson Foundation

Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund


30 Amp Philly Artist and Musician Relief Grants

City of Philadelphia Mental & Physical Health Updates

Pennsylvania Music Educators Association

Philadelphia Performing Artists' Emergency Fund

Philly Music Fest Artist Grant

Greater Pittsburgh Art Council Emergency Fund For Artists

South Carolina

Coastal Community Foundation Relief & Recovery Fund

South Carolina Arts Commission COVID-19 Response


Department of Labor & Workforce Development Unemployment Insurance

Knoxville Chamber COVID-19 Resources

Memphis Food Worker Relief Fund

Music Export Memphis

Nashville COVID-19 Response

Nashville Musicians AFM Local 257

Nashville Response Fund

Opry Trust Fund


Austin Community Foundation’s Stand With Austin Fund

Austin Creative Alliance Artists Emergency Relief Fund

Austin Texas Musicians

Banding Together - ATX

Dallas Artist Relief Fund

DFW Musician & Gig Worker Fund

Financial Grants for Texas Artists Affected by Covid-19

HAATX - Disaster Resilience for Artists & Non-Profits

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Housing Opportunities For Musicians And Entertainers

San Antonio Area Foundation

San Antonio COSA Emergency Resources

SIMS Foundation

Southern Smoke Foundation

Texas Music Office

Texas Workforce Commission

Workforce Solutions Capital Area


Now Playing Utah

Utah Culture Alliance Economic Impact Survey


Free Meals for Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia Kids

Richmond Music Community Response


Artists and Creative Workers Relief Fund

Family Works Seattle - Food Banks & Grocery Delivery

Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19

KEXP's List of Local Bandcamp Pages

Musicians’ Association of Seattle Emergency Relief Fund

Puget Sound Survival Fund for the People

Rainier Valley Food Banks

Seattle Artists Relief Fund Amid COVID-19

Seattle Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund

Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund

Seattle Independent Artist Sustainability Effort

Seattle Music Teachers Fund

Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare

Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Washington Stagehands Relief Fund - Submission Form

Washington State Unemployment Benefits

Utility Discount Program - for Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities Payments

Virtual Music Teacher Database

Washington D.C.

Emergent Seed Artist Grants

CARES Act Grant Program

Free Meals for Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia Kids

Jose Andres Community Kitchens

Mutual Aid Project to Support Independent Artists in Response to COVID-19

United Way of the National Capital Area


Chippewa Valley Artist Relief Fund

Madison Area Musicians' Association Resource Guide

International-specific resources


Artists From Abroad - Travel Ban Information and Impact

Instrumentl COVID-19 Grants Database for 501c3

International Bluegrass Music Association’s BlueGrass Trust Fund


Austrian artist society cultural disaster fund for musicians

Music Austria - Corona crisis & resources

ÖSTIG - Cultural Disaster Relief Fund for Musicians


Art in Times of Emergency - Resources for Australian Creatives

Support Act (AUS)


Financial benefits for the self-employed


Canadian Council for the Arts COVID-19 Updates

Canadian Independent Music Association COVID-19 Info

Canadian Live Music COVID-19 Resource Guide

FACTOR Canada COVID-19 Cancellation Policy

I Lost My Gig - Canada

Musicians' Rights Association Canada Resources

National Arts Center and Facebook Canada Musician Relief Fund

National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts

Ontario Music COVID-19 Information & Resources

People in the Creative Industry of British Columbia

Resources for Canadian artists, writers and media workers during COVID-19 shutdowns

Resources for independent Canadian musicians

TOArtist COVID Response Fund - Toronto

Toronto Musicians' Association Resources & Relief

Unison Benevolent Fund


Hong Kong Arts Development Council Support Funding


Arts Promotion Centre Finland - Emergency aid information


Relief Fund for French Artists and Venues

Wallonia-Brussels Federation - Mobility aids for cultural actors


BAB - Die Förderbank

Berlin Low-Income Artist & Freelancer Relief Fund

Brandenburg Emergency Relief Fund

CoronaPort Extended Neighborhood Assistance

Deutsche Orchesterstiftung


German Performing Rights Society

Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten

Live Updates on Government Support of the Arts Progress

Quarantäne Helden (Quarantine Heroes)

Saxony Emergency Aid

Senate Petition - Create an Artist Relief Fund

Short Term Work Allowance Support Grants


India Foundation for the Arts

Tata Trusts for India Performing Arts


Asian Cultural Council - Fellowships & Grants


The Civic Artist Emergency Relief Fund

Government Information Site for Social Welfare

Ireland Artist Emergency Relief Fund

Irish Cultural Office - Impact Survey


Israeli Community Support Facebook Group

Israeli Artist Nightly Livestream Facebook Group


NUOVOIMAIE - Artist Relief Fund


CBO-Kenya's COVID-19 Response Fund


Assistance for the self-employed

Financial support for entrepreneurs & freelancers

Corona crisis: NOW Emergency Measure


Anti-Crisis Shield Emergency Support for Creators & Artists

Republic of Poland - Social assistance for creators and artists from FPK


Food Pantry Edinburgh: COVID-19 Support

Scottish Creatives VS COVID-19 Support fund


National Arts Council Sustaining the Arts during COVID-19


AEAGC - Plataforma para la ayuda entre autónomos y autónomas en Gran Canaria

Accion Cultural - Mobility Aid

SGAE Foundation

Sympathy for the Lawyer - Music Industry Legal Support

Verkami - Artist Project Crowdfunding

New Zealand

Creative New Zealand - COVID-19 response fund

COVID-19 Resources for NZ Music/Film Production Industry Pals


Arts Council of Wales

United Kingdom

Arts Council England COVID-19 Support

Birmingham City Council Daily Updates

Corona Advice for Musicians

EarOpener - Resources for writing music from professionals

FEAST Re-Ignition Fund (Cornwall, England)

Help Musicians UK Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund

Musicians Union UK

Incorporated Society of Musicians Resources

PRS for Music Emergency Relief Fund

PRS Foundation/Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief Program

South West Creatives - Corona Virus Impact Fund

UnderPinned - Free use of virtual office