The lifestyle changes brought on by COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) have truly transformed the gig-based economy that many musicians and audio professionals work within. From venues being closed and tours being canceled to budgets being slashed and recording projects being put on hold, there certainly has been a lot of bad news for the people in our industry.

Despite it all, the events of the past few months have brought our community closer together than ever before. Whether you have a few extra bucks to spare or you're an artist, engineer, live crew member in need of support, we've put together a list of organizations that are here to help those that have been affected by the crisis.

US-Based Charities Helping Musicians, Engineers, & More

Live Nation Crew Nation Fund

Live Nation’s Crew Nation is a fund set up to support road crews who are dealing with lost work or canceled shows due to the virus. With an initial donation of $5 million, Live Nation will now match all other donations up to an additional $5 million. If your income is based on working tour runs, whether it’s as a stagehand, live sound engineer, lighting tech, and more, this fund is here to help relieve you.

Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief

Spotify has responded to the COVID-19 outbreak immediately with a fund to help struggling musicians, called the COVID-19 Music Relief project. Partnering with PRS Foundation, MusiCares, Help Musicians, and more, Spotify will match donations made up to $10 million. Designed to help musicians who have been financially affected by the outbreak and associated closures, you can apply for relief via the partner sites and find the information you need here.

Foundation For Contemporary Arts

Based out of New York, the Foundation For Contemporary Arts was designed to benefit contemporary artists. Those dealing with cancellations and financial hardship related to the virus outbreak can apply for $1000 grants.

Recording Academy MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

Championed by the Recording Academy, the MusiCares foundation has responded to the recent downturn in music-related opportunities while venues close and tours cancel because of COVID-19. The Recording Academy contributed an initial $1 million and is open for others to donate to the fund. If you’re a music industry worker who can prove cancellation of bookings, the COVID-19 Relief Fund can help with basic living assistance with grants up to $1000.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is here to respond to the crushing economic blow of COVID-19’s outbreak and how it is affecting those making a living in music. Sweet Relief provides a means to become a fundraiser in need of assistance. Providing a few details of who you are and your work in the music world, you can apply for assistance that will towards essential expenses like, food, lodging, medical assistance, and more.

Musicians Foundation Emergency Grant Program

The Musicians Foundation has recently launched an effort to relieve musicians affected by the pandemic as well. Grants can range from $500 all the way up to $3000 for those who need financial support in the midst of shutdowns because of COVID-19. You must provide proof of working for 5 years in the music industry to be eligible.

The Blues Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

The Blues Foundation has advocated on behalf of musicians for 40 years, and in this time of great need, they’re here to help us. Full-time musicians whose income has been stifled by the pandemic can apply for immediate relief funding. Awarding money based on the needs and loss of income, you can apply for assistance here.

State-Based Charities Helping Musicians, Engineers, & More

Tucson Musicians COVID-19 Relief

Los Angeles Live Music Community Fund - COVID-19
Music Fund Of Los Angeles

Colorado Artist Relief Fund
Denver Artist Relief Fund

New Haven Creative Sector Relief Fund

Chicago Artists Relief Fund

Arts Council Of Indianapolis
Indiana Music Industry Relief Fund

Culture Aid NOLA
New Orleans Business Alliance Fund For Gig Economy Workers

Boston Music Maker Relief Fund

Michigan Music Alliance Artist Relief Fund
Third Coast Creative

Springboard Personal Emergency Relief Fund

St. Louis Music and Arts Fund

New Mexico
New Mexico Musicians Relief Fund Amid COVID-19

New York
Local 802 Musicians' Emergency Relief Fund
Lost My Gig NYC
NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund

North Carolina
Durham Artist Relief Fund
NC Artist Relief Fund

Columbus Artists Relief Fund COVID-19
Greater Columbus Arts Council

Red Dirt Relief Fund

COVID-19 Oregon Musicians Relief Fund
Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund

Greater Pittsburgh Art Council Emergency Fund For Artists
Philadelphia Performance Artists’ Emergency Fund
PGH Artist Emergency Fund

Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund
Nashville Artist Support Fund
Nashville Musicians AFM Local 257
Music Export Memphis

Austin Virtual Tip Jar
Austin Texas Musicians
Banding Together ATX
Dallas Artist Relief Fund
Housing Opportunities For Musicians And Entertainers
I Lost My Gig

4Culture Cultural Relief Fund
Seattle Artists Relief Fund
Seattle Producers/Engineers Affected By COVID-19
Musicians’ Association of Seattle Emergency Relief Fund