Grants & Resources
Below is a list of grants and other resources to help local artists navigate these challenging days. Please note that the list may not include every available resource; some of the links are updated daily. Please stay safe and healthy until we can return to enjoying your incredible talent live and in person.
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund
Financial aid and social services for AGMA members in good standing.
$5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.
Artist Relief Project
Any artist in any discipline whose income has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for emergency relief and support. Stipends and support will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the only limitation being how much money we are able to raise. The only requirements are (1) you demonstrate you are an artist by sharing your resume and website, where applicable, and (2) you share this fundraiser with your own networks and provide a screenshot.
Links to state-by-state resources for financial and health services, updated daily.
COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund
Awards for professional blues musicians to assist with immediate essential needs.
Dallas Artist Relief Fund
Providing support for low-income, BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
DFW Professional Musicians Association
For those in need of financial assistance, we will soon post an application form and guidelines about the process of fund distribution.
Freelance Artist Resources
List of webinars and other events to help freelancers now and in the future.
Jazz Foundation of America
COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund
The Music Stand Musicians Emergency Fund
Now accepting applications to assist professional musicians with basic living needs during this COVID-19 crisis.
Musician Health Resource
List of financial aid resources available nationally and by state, updated daily.
Paycheck Protection Program
Forgivable loans issued by SBA lenders to cover payroll and other business-related costs for all businesses, including self-employed individuals, independent contractors, and sole proprietorships.
Quick Assist Fund – Jazz Road
Temporary emergency relief fund for jazz artists around the country who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response. The fund provides a limited number of $1,000 grants to artists whose tours and gigs in March, April, or May 2020 have been cancelled.
Recording Academy MusicCares
MusiCares is aware of the enormous financial burden to those whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19. To help address the concerns of the industry during this time, we have expanded our services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures.
Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
Low-interest loans for small businesses and private nonprofit organizations.
Texas Workforce Commission
File for unemployment benefits. Claims for individuals affected by COVID-19 are eligible to be backdated. Texans will not be penalized for a delay due to call or user volume. Staggering claims will provide help to reduce frustrations for many Texans and provide better access to needed services.
Tele-Center Customer Service: 800-939-6631 (available daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central)
Tele-Serv Automated System: 800-558-8321 (general information available 24/7; claim status and payment requests available daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central)
Recommended Call and Access Times:
Area Codes Beginning with 9: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 a.m.- Noon
Area Codes Beginning with 3, 4, 5, 6: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Area codes Beginning with 7, 8: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 8 a.m. – Noon
Area codes Beginning with 2: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.