These are hard times for the artists of our amazing city and we want to be sure each artist has access to all the proper information. Below are links to grants, relief funds, and any other support performers may need during these times:
THE JAZZ & HERITAGE FOUNDATION
ELIGIBILITY: 1)has a substantial part of their income that is reliant on live performances. 2)is a professional musician who has worked for at least one (1) or more years. 3)is currently living in Louisiana. INELIGIBILITY: 1)paid employee of the the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. (Louisiana musicians who volunteer for the Foundation are welcome to apply) 2) student who is not professional musician 3)Musician who lives outside of Louisiana.
SOFA KING FEST
Sofa King Fest will curate a “main stage” experience with a long and eclectic roster of artists performing while also offering a live stream music festival grid featuring all the streaming sets around the globe that we can find. Performances will be searchable by genre, location, cause, etc. All proceeds will go directly to the artists, or the charity of their choosing. Apply today to be included as one of the live stream performers!
NEW ORLEANS BUSINESS ALLIANCE:
This is a relief fund to meet the needs of gig economy workers who have been directly impacted via loss of income. Potential award size, $500 - $1,000; dependent on a determination of need.
The recording academy have expanded their services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Initial grant requests can be made up to $1000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost. Should we receive additional funding, we will evaluate the grant amounts available.
As donations come in, they'll pay them out to people who have completed the form, first come first served. Will probably do this by mailing checks to the addresses that have been supplied, but they're still working that out and will update the site once they see how much is actually coming in.
Provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. “Professional” is defined as those visual artists who make their livelihood through sales as reported on a Schedule C with a U.S. Federal tax return. An active exhibition history is also an important part of documenting “professional.”
Give grants for medical and allied living expenses in emergencies, and pay these debts on behalf of the musicians we help. They do not write checks directly to musicians. Grants typically range in amount from approximately $500-$3000.
SWEET RELIEF MUSICIANS FUND
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.
THE SOZE FOUNDATION
This fund, created by the Soze Foundation, task-force and invisible hand, will support artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19. They will be making $250-$750 grants to selected applicants on an on-going basis. They currently have $50,000 total for the first round of grants.