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As the music community struggles with the new normal brought on by the impact of COVID-19, rest assured that BMI continues to advocate every day on your behalf to safeguard your rights and royalties.


As a first step, we’ve put together this resource guide to ensure you stay creative and connected, while we work to protect your livelihood.

Please know your BMI family is here for you during this challenging time. 







The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act addresses the devastating impact of COVID-19 and will provide relief to music creators. We have a detailed breakdown of the provisions that will be most helpful to you here. Also, the U.S. Small Business Administration put together a guide for COVID-19 relief assistance under the CARES Act that includes information on the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advances, SBA Debt Relief, SBS Express Bridge Loans, local assistance and more.



Because BMI knows you depend on your royalties to continue delivering your outstanding music, we made it our priority to push up BMI’s latest royalty distribution and get it out early, something we’ve never done before. In order to receive your future royalties even faster, please remember to sign up for direct deposit. It’s also important to make sure your works registrations and contact information are up to date. 



To ensure your safety, BMI is postponing its Trailblazers Awards, Latin Awards, Pop Awards, and Film, TV & Visual Media Awards, which were scheduled to take place in the coming months. We will continue to monitor the developing impact of COVID-19 and reschedule our events when we can safely celebrate your achievements and incredible music.





We’ve reached out to our digital partners to source the best inside information for music creators, from optimizing your YouTube channel, to accessing Pandora marketing tools, to making the most of Facebook, and more.

More partner tips coming soon!



Take a look at our tips on virtual co-writing sessions, seamless Skype/FaceTime meetings, and finding the positive in the solitude to tap into your stellar creativity. 

More Career Advice from BMI

Our friends from Songwriters of North America (SONA) put together a list of resources and tools to help songwriters work and collaborate with other creators remotely. It will be updated frequently, so be sure to check back often for more information.


So that you can quickly find information for assistance near where you live, BMI has put together this list of resources to help you with certain needs you may have, including how the newly passed CARES Act can benefit you. Click here for more information and check back often as the list will continue to be updated.




Artist Relief Tree 

Any artist can apply for a grant of $250. The fund has been exhausted for the moment but artists can sign up for the waitlist here to be notified when funds become available again.  


The Blues Foundation  

The HART (Handy Artists Relief Trust) Fund provides assistance for medical and dental care. 


COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief FundThe Blues Foundation established this fund to provide immediate resources to full-time blues musicians whose revenue streams have been severely diminished by the current coronavirus pandemic. To request funding, please contact Elizabeth Montgomery Brown at elizabeth@blues.org, and go here to donate.


The Creator Fund 

Creators can apply for grants of up to $500. 


The Entertainment Assistance Program/The Actors Fund 

The Actors Fund serves professionals in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio, and dance through its Entertainment Assistance Program which provides emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses or medical expenses. 


Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund 

Musicians who have had a performance/gig cancelled due to coronavirus may apply for support. 


Gospel Music Trust 

This fund provides financial assistance in the event of an emergency or major catastrophe to individuals who have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of Gospel Music.  


International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)  

Financial grants and loans are available to present and past professionals in bluegrass music in a time of emergency. Grants generally range from $500 to $5,000. 


Jazz Foundation of America 

This fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief and direct financial support for musicians in crisis.  


The Recording Academy and its charitable foundation MusiCares have committed $2 million in total to a COVID-19 Relief Fund, established to assist those in the music community who have been affected by the pandemic. Music industry professionals impacted by cancelled work may apply for an initial grant of up to $1,000 for basic living assistance (i.e. rent or mortgage).  

People can donate and apply for assistance by navigating to the fund’s official web page


Musicians Foundation Covid 19 Emergency Aid Grant Program 

Individuals who have worked as professional musicians for the past five years or more may apply for emergency funding. A professional musician is defined as someone whose primary source of income was or is derived from work as a musician or music educator. 


NOTE: As of March 22, 2020, applications are temporarily suspended. The foundation hopes to reopen applications later in the week so check back for updates.  

New Music Solidarity Fund
The fund by New Music USA will help eligible performers and composers to apply for a $500 emergency assistance grant. Applications for the Solidarity Fund will be accepted beginning at 12PM ET on March 31, 2020. Please note that funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis to everyone in need. Fundraising will go through April 30, 2020.


Patreon Artist Grant 

Patreon is providing grants to artists impacted by coronavirus. Apply at the link above.  


SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund 

Members of SAG-AFTRA can apply for emergency funding to cover basic expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, medical bills and other essential needs. In order to be eligible you must be an active SAG-AFTRA member and current on your dues through October 2019.  


The Soze Agency Artist + Activist Relief Fund 

Artists who have been impacted by coronavirus can apply for grants of $250.


Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund 

Musicians or music industry workers impacted by coronavirus may apply for funds to cover medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses. Applicants must demonstrate that at least 50% of their income comes from working within the music community. Other eligibility criteria can be found at the link above. 





Local 47 Chapter of the Musicians Union of Los Angeles Emergency Relief Fund 

Members of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 chapter who work for employers covered by the Musicians Union of Los Angeles contract or collective bargaining agreement may submit an application for up to two service sets lost, in the amount of $75 per service set, for a maximum total of $150.

Music Fund of Los Angeles Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund 

Members of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 chapter who work for employers covered by the Musicians Union of Los Angeles contract or collective bargaining agreement may submit an application for up to two service sets lost, in the amount of $75 per service set, for a maximum total of $150.  


Boston Music Maker Relief Fund 

Musicians living in Boston who have experienced lost income from a performance cancelled due or related to coronavirus may apply for a $200 grant.


New York

Petrillo Fund Financial Assistance 

Members of the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 Chapter who are in good standing and have been diagnosed with coronavirus or who have tested positive for coronavirus and are under a quarantine may submit an application for emergency financial assistance. The application is available here.  


Max's Kansas City Project 

Max’s Kansas City Project has emergency grants for New Yorkers in the creative arts. Individuals who have made their living through their art form either professionally or personally and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid or housing. The application for is available here


Grand Ole Opry 

The Opry Trust Fund distributes funds toward medical bills, living expenses, rent or mortgage, and utilities to individuals who are or have been employed full time in a facet of the country music industry (i.e. performer, songwriter, publisher, radio, session musician, etc. Referrals accepted from individuals with the country music community and other charitable organizations.

Music Export Memphis COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund 

Music Export Memphis is raising funds to support artists who live in Memphis, Tennessee and have lost income due to coronavirus. Details on how to access funds will be forthcoming; continue to check the website for details.  


Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce 

The Chamber provides links for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance, Metro Nashville Public Schools free student meals, and other resources. 


Nashville COVID-19 Response Fund 

The Response Fund assist individuals and families by connecting specific agencies to assist with rent/mortgage assistance, utility payments, food assistance, and direct financial assistance. 




Banding Together Austin 

Members of Austin’s live music community who were impacted by the cancellation of South by Southwest festival can apply for funds here.

For a Complete State by State guide check out this list in Billboard, and for our affiliates based in the UK, check out this comprehensive list of helpful resources for you.




Unemployment Benefits



Information on how to apply for unemployment benefits in California can be found here. Individuals who are self-employed (i.e. work as independent contractors) are generally not eligible to apply for unemployment benefits at this time. However, you may be able to apply for unemployment benefits as an independent contractor, if you meet one of the following criteria: 


  • If you chose to cover yourself and paid into an unemployment insurance plan 

  • If a previous employer contributed on your behalf over the last 12 to 18 months 

  • If you believe that you were misclassified as an independent contractor and should have been classified as an employee. 



Information on how to apply for unemployment benefits in Georgia can be found here. Georgia also has a link for Filing for Unemployment During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis that can be found here. The COVID-19 link will be updated soon with additional information.

New York

Information on how to apply for unemployment benefits in New York State can be found here. Individuals who are self-employed (i.e. work as independent contractors) are not eligible to apply for unemployment benefits at this time.



Information on how to apply for unemployment benefits in Tennessee can be found here. Currently, individuals who are self-employed, or a 1099 employee, are not eligible to collect unemployment benefits. If the President declares a disaster, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.


Information on how to apply for unemployment benefits in Texas can be found here. Self-employed individuals may be able to request a disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Payment, but availability depends on eligibility and FEMA and DUA regulations.  


Family Need Resources 


COVID-19 Broadband Resources 

Information is provided regarding connectivity needs during the pandemic for Tennessee. 


Legal Resources 

New York


Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts  

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts provides free or discounted legal services to low income artists and nonprofit organizations.  



Health and Insurance Resources 



Backline is an organization that provides mental health and wellness resources of the music community. They are hosting bi-weekly Zoom calls to provide support for individuals impacted by coronavirus.  


Music Health Alliance 

Music Health Alliance is offering support for both COVID-19 and Tornado financial assistance. They offer grants for direct cost assistance for up to 8 weeks.  


SIMS Foundation  

This Foundation offers links to mental health and substance use recovery programs nationally and regionally in Texas. 



Mortgage Relief  


If you have a home mortgage guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you are eligible to have your mortgage payment reduced or suspended for up to 12 months. Exact details for Fannie Mae borrowers can be found here. Information for Freddie Mac borrowers is available here.

Small Business Relief


The U.S. Small Business Administration put together a guide for COVID-19 relief assistance under the CARES Act which includes information on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advances, SBA Debt Relief, SBS Express Bridge Loans, local assistance and more. Click here for additional details.


Student Loan Relief  


Borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days beginning March 13, 2020. Borrowers may also suspend their payments for at least two months. Additional details and a frequently asked questions resource can be found here


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