Columbus Music Commission Emergency Resource Center

We have gathered the below resources to better assist you to navigate the current COVID-19 turbulence. There’s useful information on available relief, live streaming performance opportunities and more helpful links. If we missed a listing, please let us know.

Featured Resources and Events

Apply for & Donate Funds

Music Cares has created a relief fund for musicians affected by COVID-19 closures. You can apply for funds and donate here

Live Stream Events

Promowest is compiling and advertising live streamed events by local artists. Submit yours to Christin at promotions@promowest.com

About COVID-19 in Ohio

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Ohio and how you can help flatten the curve.

Healthcare Support Services

The Nashville-based Music Health Alliance provides healthcare support services to uninsured members of the music industry.

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund

Any AGMA member in good standing is invited to apply for financial assistance under the AGMA Relief Fund, which has temporarily doubled the amount of assistance available to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

SAG-AFTRA Fund

SAG-AFTRA members who are in an emergency financial crisis related to coronavirus may request assistance to cover basic expenses like rent, mortgage, utilities and medical bills.

How-To Live Stream

Live streams have taken place of shows for 2020 and probably a lot of 2021. Read up on how to stream on your performances through landr’s blog.

Patreon

Offer a monthly service or poduct like a new song or sharing custom midi patches to people who subscribe by pledging money. Set subscriptions tiers for different rewards and get creative with your offerings! (Limited edition merch, a custom song, a signed record, etc.)

Small Business Disaster Loans

The US Small Business Administration will make loans directly to small businesses

#SaveOurStages

NIVA is asking anyone who loves music to write to Congress in support of music venues who are suffering due to Covid-19. Please consider signing their pre-written form.

Employment, Advertising, & Streaming

As a talent agency, Class Acts works to put talented people to work. Alternative Talents is a program to help place musicians in new employment while they are unable to perform. You can submit your skills and ideas here.

Class Act is also creating a page to advertise merch and records from local musicians. Submit yours here!

Class Act is considering hosting live streams from CA Backstage- reach out if you’re interested! info@class-acts.com

Social Media Live Streams

Facebook and Instagram are other great platforms to live stream directly yo your fans.

Live Stream Shows

Stageit is an online venue where artists perform live, interactive, monetized shows for their fans directly from a laptop, offering fans unique experiences that are never archived.

Live Stream on Twitch

Twitch is known for live streaming video games but they have recently expanded into music specific streaming! Read their directions on getting started.

GCAC Resources

Helpful information for local artists affected by COVID-19 including access to grant applications.

Unemployment Benefits

Has your job been affected by mandated closure? (i.e. bar staff and performers) You can apply for unemployment here.

Helpful Tips

Industry Columnist and Author Ari Herstand’s 9 Tips for Musicians affected by COVID-19 closures.

Find mental Health Providers

Backline was established to connect music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness providers.

Bluegrass Musicians Fund

Current or former bluegrass music professionals can apply here for financial grants and loans, which are generally between $500 and $5,000.

Sweet Relief Fund

Sweet Relief has established a donor-directed fund to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the coronavirus.

Free Online Therapy

Tour Support, a mental health nonprofit for the live music industry, is offering independent touring contractors whose tours have been postponed or cancelled one month of free online therapy through Better Help.

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