Resources for Musicians and Artists Affected by COVID-19

Many in the music community—and beyond—have experienced significant challenges due to the cancellations of gigs, concerts, and engagements. Here, we will share an evolving series of resources for musicians and artists at NEC and beyond.

Support from NEC

The Entrepreneurial Musicianship Office is open online. Annie and Drew are available for web or phone advising appointments as usual for all NEC students and alumni. They are happy to talk through any regular EM topics like resumes or project planning but also can support you through managing gig or concert cancellations, etc. Make an appointment to talk with EM

Resources for Artists

Artist Relief

$5000 grants from a coalition of national arts grantmakers, for working artists affected by the pandemic. Make sure to check eligibility requirements.

City of Boston Artist Relief Fund 

Awards of $500 and $1000 to individual artists in Boston whose creative practice and incomes are adversely affected by COVID-19.

Boston Music Maker Relief Fund 

The Record Co's fund offers up to $200 to help make up for lost income.

Boston Singer's Resource Emergency Fund 

Up to $500 for New England-based classical singers whose performances have been cancelled.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

A comprehensive and updating list of emergency resources for creative freelancers. H/t to its administrators Hannah Fenlon, Ann Marie Lonsdale, and Abigail Vega.

Musicians' Foundation Aid Grants 

$500–$3000 for professional musician emergency aid. Make sure to check eligibility requirements.

Massachusetts Cultural Council COVID-19 Resources 

Resources for event/concert planning with respect to public health.

U.S. Department of the Treasury – Assistance for Small Businesses

Provides information on the Paycheck Protection Program, for which self-employed individuals and independent contractors can apply beginning April 10.