COVID-19 Resources for Musicians


New York Foundation for the Arts often receives calls from artists requesting information on emergency grants to serve financial need or an emergency such as bereavement or illness.

Please check the organizations’ websites or call to get the latest programmatic information and eligibility requirements.

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund will support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists and arts administrators who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19. Find the application link in the description.

Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund

Sweet Relief is here to provide immediate assistance and has created this DONOR-DIRECTED FUND with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.

Equal Sound

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund was set up on short notice to provide direct financial assistance to musicians who have lost work as a result of Corona-related event cancellations.

New Music Solidarity Fund

The New Music Solidarity Fund is designed to help new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled during the COVID-19 crisis.

Musicians Foundation 

All professional musicians, regardless of their genre or instrument, can apply for themselves or a family member if they meet the qualifications listed below. Applications may also (but not additionally) be submitted by a friend or family member on behalf of a musician in need.

Boston Artist Relief Fund

ENDS APRIL 30, 2020
The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Hebrew Free Loan Society – Corona Financial Impact Loan

The Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan Program provides interest-free loans of $2,000-$5,000 to residents of New York City’s five boroughs, Westchester, or Long Island who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 and Freelance Artists Resource List

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.


MusiCares is aware of the enormous financial burden to those whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19. We are deeply saddened that it is resulting in loss of work due to venue closures, festival and event cancellations and travel restrictions.

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.


For Competition Applicants

Check out these resources to help with your CAG Competition application:

Sample Programs

Your three sample programs do not have to be from concerts you have performed. They can be past examples or future concert proposals. The sample programs should be varied and demonstrate your personal programming style. CAG also supports our artists in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and educational outreach performances. Your programs may include examples of these.

Former CAG Competition winners SYBARITE5 give tips on creating an imaginative program!

General Resources

  • Angela Beeching’s book Beyond Talent is a great resource for artists on a variety of areas related to creating a career in music.
  • Use your school or conservatory’s career development office to help you review your materials and hone your responses
  • Dana Fonteneau is part performance coach, management consultant, financial advisor, and therapist who works with top soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestral musicians. She can help those with established careers and rising talents to clarify their goals and achieve sustainable results.

CAG Live! In Conversation

Cultivate Your X-Factor: Create Your Own Momentum (September 26, 2018)

We were joined by Charlotte Lee (Primo Artists), Christina Baker (Opus 3 Artists), and Lee Prinz (Colbert Artists Management) to discuss how young artists can develop their own unique narrative in this evolving industry. The discussion was hosted by CAG’s Tanya Bannister (President) and Chris Williams (Vice President, Artist Management).

A Career With Intention: violinist Jennifer Koh (January 16, 2019)

CAG alum Jennifer Koh was joined by President Tanya Bannister for a discussion about Jennifer’s career path, including her approach to creating new projects and collaborating with composers, her advice for young musicians, and tips and tricks for taking care of herself while on the road.

Wearing Many Hats: Creating a Multi-Faceted Career (April 17, 2019)

A panel of multi-faceted artists discuss the need for musicians to take on diverse career roles in today’s world. The conversation featured cellist and arts leader Adrian Fung; violist, composer, and educator Jessica Meyer; and CAG President Tanya Bannister; and was moderated by violinist and Sybarite5 member Sarah Whitney.

For Musicians

Violinist Sarah Whitney from CAG alumni ensemble Sybarite5 writes for about how she overcame the difficult experience of being injured as a musician:

What’s the Connection Between Mindset and Musicians’ Pain?


How to create an Artist Statement: