Michigan Artist Relief Fund
The Michigan Music Alliance has launched Michigan Artist Relief 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.
In May 2020, applications for the first round of funding closed. With the public's help, we were able to fund over 100 artists. Applications are now closed until May 1, 2021, while we work to fundraise for the second time. Please check this page and our social media for updates.
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 and how we are combating these issues, check out recent press.
Our main fundraiser for this project is our annual virtual music festival, Spread the Music. Learn more HERE.
You can donate any of the following ways:
CHECK: MICHIGAN ARTIST RELIEF FUND
Mail to: 1447 Washington Ave. Grand Haven, MI 49417
You can also purchase the follow items, whose proceeds are going towards the fund:
To keep things fair and also manageable, we are going to pay out a maximum of $500 to each qualified individual. Please apply only once. First time applicants will be prioritized.
Application Requirements for Assistance:
1. You must live in the state of Michigan full time.
2. You must be a full time, self-employed professional musician.
We welcome applications from any full-time musicians living in Michigan, but will prioritize artists with severe financial impact and immediate need. Applicants must meet specific requirements to qualify. Applying does not guarantee aid.
Who are you? Is this legit?
Michigan Music Alliance is a 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 spring and summer, we decided to set up a fund to help people instead.
Is this legal?
Yes. As a 501c3 we can collect tax deductible donations. Our Tax ID number is 81-2947112. We will be asking for W9s from everyone applying for funding. Anyone related to a board member or employee of Walk the Beat or Michigan Music Alliance can not apply for the fund.
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. 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 Facebook, Venmo, and PayPal. 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.
If you have questions, please reach out to us via email at email@example.com.