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Rootfire’s List of Grants and Resources For Musicians

A silver lining…

The disastrous impact of the global health pandemic has given us an opportunity to dive deep and identify amazing organizations who share our mission of supporting the musicians we love. Below is a running list of grants and resources available, which we will be updating on a regular basis. If you know of an artist in need, please share this information with them. If you know of any more grants or organization we should add to this list, please let us know at rootfire [at] rootfire [dot] net. The music will get us through!!

MusiCares: The charity arm of the GRAMMYs, MusiCares is providing grants of up to $1,000 to individuals within the entertainment industry. Eligible artists have at least 3 years of employment in the music industry, and/or 6 commercially released recordings, and/or 6 promotionally released music videos. 

Musicians Foundation: Grants range from $500-3,000 and professional musicians that have been established in the U.S. for at least five years are eligible to submit. 

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund: Equal Sound is offering grants of up to $500 per canceled performance. Musicians can upload a contract showing a canceled date and be qualified to receive this grant. Already submitted? Once you receive your first grant, you can apply again. 

Backline: Need someone to talk to? Backline is the music industry’s mental health & wellness resource hub.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program. Distributing relief packages up to $1,000 for artists who had performances and exhibitions canceled. The board of directors will determine the grants on a case by case basis. 

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund: Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color: Available to BIPOC based in the U.S. in any part of the artistic industries. 

Springboard for the Arts’ Personal Emergency Relief Fund: Artists based in Minnesota can apply for a grant of up to $500 for canceled work. Additionally, those interested in starting their own emergency relief fund can turn to Springboard for the Arts for guidance in setting it up.

Boston Artist Relief Fund: Boston based Artists can apply for grants of up to $500. Any Boston artist who had events, lessons, or supplemental work canceled due to COVID-19 are eligible to apply.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation: Available for Denver based arts organizations, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is providing grants of up to $6,000 to non-profit arts and culture organizations. These grants are supporting dance, film, and music companies.

Arts Council England: Available to U.K. based artists, the Arts Council England has reallocated funds to provide grants to individuals and organizations in the cultural sector. The application will be available soon.

Symphonic Distribution: Musicians can apply to have their music featured on Symphonic’s website with a Venmo and Paypal link. Additionally, a Spotify widget is embedded to help drive streams.

SoundGirls (FOR TOURING PERSONNEL): Specific to live production workers, techs that are out of work are able to apply for assistance. The form is temporarily closed as of Apr 3, 2020, but hopes to reopen soon.

Reid came to Rootfire by way of New Zealand, where he lived and worked with The Black Seeds worldwide team from 2011-2012. Before that he was the drummer of a folk-rock group called 2Me out of Sacramento, California. Today he manages some of our favorite bands and oversees all operations of Rootfire.