Michigan Artist Relief Fund
The Michigan Music Alliance is starting a fund to address the current needs of Michigan based musical artists whose incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19. With events of all types being canceled to reduce the spread of COVID-19, people who make income fully through gigs and freelance music work are losing critical opportunities to support their well-being.
Please consider donating to the fund to help support artists in your community during this time. To find out more about how musicians have been impacted uniquely by COVID-19, please read this article. If you'd like to make a donation on our Go Fund Me.
You can also purchase the follow items, whose proceeds are going towards the fund:
We welcome applications from any full-time musicians living in Michigan, but will prioritize artists with severe financial impact (most cancelled events) and immediate need. The fund will be open for recouping financial losses due to cancelled music events. Applicants must meet specific requirements to qualify. Applying does not guarantee aid.
This was inspired by the City of Boston's efforts to support local arts in their community during this time.
We have set up an application process that will go live on 3/20/2020. We know we are going to get a ton of requests are we are waiting to open applications to make sure we have some time to raise funds and perfect the application process so it is easy for artists. First, to keep things fair and also manageable, we are going to pay out a maximum of $500 per gig on a first-come, first-served basis if they qualify. This way someone who had a $3,000 gig cancelled doesn’t end up pulling too much from everyone else and we do our best to avoid a tragedy of the commons situation. People with more than one cancelled gig can apply more than once, they just have to wait until they receive a payment to apply again.
To apply, you will need:
1. Your signed W9 as a PDF
2. A request amount (max $500 per cancelled gig)
3. A PDF contract of the gig that was cancelled as a result of COVID-19
4. A PDF version of communication that the gig was cancelled as a result of COVID-19
5. A short bio explaining who you are and what you do
Application Requirements for Assistance:
1. You must live in the state of Michigan
2. You must prove live performance as a musician is your primary source of income
3. Have a cancelled gig by the venue or promoter due to COVID-19 in March 2020
4. The gig must be in Michigan
5. You must be ineligible for unemployment
Who are you? Is this legit?
Michigan Music Alliance and Walk the Beat are both 501c3s based in West Michigan. Our main activity at MMA is providing music business education programming and community building events, but since we had to cancel everything for the next two months, we decided to set up a fund to help people instead.We teamed up with Walk the Beat to help us manage the funds since they have more experience granting money directly to those in need. Crooked Tree Creative is helping us with graphics, press, and getting the word out.
Is this legal?
Yes. As a 501c3 we can collect tax deductible donations. We will be asking for W9s from everyone applying for funding.
Who can apply?
Any Michigan dwelling, full-time gigging musician who can be legally paid in the US who has had work cancelled by the COVID-19 outbreak. We need a W9 so we can track these payments. If you are an artist in need of assistance and it's not for a cancelled performance, visit Artist Relief Tree. We will be asking artists if they are willing to share how the fund helped them so donors can see the impact first hand.
How does the money work?
We receive donations via the Go Fund Me, PayPal, or this page. Anything coming in from any of these ways is going directly into the special bank account for the fund. When a musician applies for assistance, their info goes into a spreadsheet.The entry is automatically time and date stamped. These entries are screened by our MMA board and then funds are released if the applicants fits the qualifications. We want to do our best to help as many people as possible, so we are hoping to turn applications around as quickly as we have funding. It looks like we will be sending money out via PayPal, but this may change as the system improves.
If you have questions, please reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.