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Behind the Scenes

The Behind the Scenes charity issues grants to entertainment technology professionals in need due to serious illness or injury that may be used for basic living, medical or funeral expenses. It works closely with related industry charities and social service organizations to assist clients to the fullest extent possible. The Foundation raises funds through events, programs and donations. The Foundation further encourages the entertainment industry to create their own events and programs in support of their charity.

I’m with the Crew

Tune into “I’m with the Crew”- brought to you by Show Maker Symposium

From the perspective of those who have any kind of supporting role in the live entertainment business, I’m With The Crew is a guided conversation for all of us. A very personal look at human nature and the adaptability required to get through this unprecedented time. Shining a light on the importance of understanding and managing the holistic-self in order to find the strength to take action.

Additional Resources

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Step By Step Video to file for SBA Disaster Grant

This resource provides a detailed explanation of what freelancers can expect to receive in terms of financial relief under thew CARE Act.

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Mitch O’Farrell’s list of unemployment aid programs for workers in the motion picture & television community

This site provides a list of programs and resources that individuals in the film and televistion production industry can take advantage of.

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LA Times list of Unemployment Aid

This article has over a dozen links to nonprofits and foundations that individuals in film, theater and event production can benefit from.

Freelancer’s Union: What the CARE Act Means for Freelancers

This resource provides a detailed explanation of what freelancers can expect to receive in terms of financial relief under thew CARE Act.

DGA Flow Chart of Gov’t Support

A snapshot guide for people who lost current or upcoming full or part time work

State Info for Independent Contractors Claiming UI Under Cares Act (HR748)/Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

This Google Doc provides CARE Act & PUA information that is specific to each state. It includes each state’s Department of Labor/Unemployment website and FAQs.

“The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has created the COVID-19 Relief Fund that is now available to eligible SAG-AFTRA members who have been impacted by this pandemic.

All applications for Emergency Financial Assistance will go to the COVID-19 Relief Fund. We’ve streamlined our assistance programs into this one fund to expedite resources and services.

SAG-AFTRA members are eligible to apply to the Fund if they are currently active and paid up on their dues through October 2019. “

SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund

The foundation of the Freelance Co-op is creative freelancers pooling resources for success. We will be funding creative freelancers who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 virus and resulting public response.

Freelance Coop Emergency Fund

COVID-19 Music Production Response Group

This is an open forum for constructive debate about the effects of COVID-19 on music production industry professionals.

The leveler database was created to help out my friends in the creative community and service industry who are currently being hit hard by COVID health and safety restrictions (venue closures/tour cancellations/shifts lost/commissions canceled/etc and so on).


Mission Statement: MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly influence the health and welfare of the music community.

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NOMAD Fundraiser for the Touring Crew

Frank Fanelli, a musician who lost his livelihood due to the coronavirus, has set up a GoFundMe for freelance workers who can prove their employment & history. All funds are going directly to those who apply for assistance

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American Association of Independent Music

A2IM is a leading voice of independent music whose mission is to promote growth, awareness, and opportunities for independent music through advocacy, education, and community.


Music Health Alliance

Emergency financial assistance is available for music professionals who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (health insurance/food/health care) over the next two months.

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Shading the Limelight

“Providing tools to develop a healthy mind and promote stability while managing the demands of the entertainment industry.”

Pinetop Perkins Foundation’s Assistance League

The Pinetop Perkins Foundation announces the The Pinetop Assistance League (PAL). The Pinetop Perkins Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career. The Pinetop Assistance League (PAL) fulfills the second part of this mission.

MusicForwardFoundation // Crew Nation

“Live music inspires millions around the world, but the concerts we all enjoy wouldn’t be possible without the countless crew members working behind the scenes. As COVID-19 puts concerts on pause, we want to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on shows to make a living.

Crew Nation was created to do just that.

Crew members are the backbone of the live music industry, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting them through this temporary intermission until we can once again unite millions around the world through the power of live music. Crew Nation is powered by Music Forward Foundation, a charitable 501c3 organization, that will be administering the fund.

Live Nation has committed $10 million to Crew Nation – contributing an initial $5 million to the fund, then matching the next $5 million given by artists, fans and employees dollar for dollar.”

Tour Support

“The music industry is experiencing a mental health crisis and an alarming number of suicides among touring professionals (artists, crew, vendors, etc.). Many are in need of support services that help them deal with difficult feelings surrounding life on the road and the changes and adjustments they face once they get home.

Just like the financial backing of a touring artist, Tour Support: a division of LifeHopeLife Inc., is supporting the mental health and wellness of those creating and executing music tours.

Tour Support provides training materials and resources for touring professionals, to build a stronger support system for them while they are on the road, a tool chest for when they are back home and a community with a greater awareness of the crucial need for mental health support. ”

American Federation of Musicians

80,000 musicians comprise the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). We perform in orchestras, backup bands, festivals, clubs and theaters—both on Broadway and on tour. AFM members also make music for films, TV, commercials and sound recordings. As the largest union of musicians in the world, we have the power to make the music industry work for musicians.

The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is the labor union that represents artists from numerous disciplines that create America’s operatic, dance, and choral heritage. Whether our members are soloists, choral singers, actors, ballet dancers, or production staff, our union is a strong force in guaranteeing that our nation’s artistic institutions adhere to fair labor practices, securing both gainful employment and quality of life for our artists.

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund

Blues Foundation HART Fund

The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. Throughout the year at various events the HART Fund provides free health screenings for musicians, with services including but not limited to checking blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, prostate cancer, Hep C, anemia, thyroid, kidney and liver testing via blood work.

“In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a generous team of Music Maker supporters pledged to match all gifts, dollar for dollar up to $60,000. That’s $120k for musicians in need.
Give today, and your gift will go twice as far. That means twice the food, twice the medicine, and twice the emergency supplies for those who are most vulnerable during this global pandemic.”

Music Maker Relief Foundation

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International Bluegrass Music Association’s BlueGrass Trust Fund

The IBMA is the non-profit music association that connects, educates, and empowers bluegrass professionals and enthusiasts, honoring tradition and encouraging innovation in the bluegrass community worldwide.

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Gospel Music Trust Fund

The Purpose of the Gospel Music Trust Fund is to give financial assistance in the nature of gifts in time of need, in the event of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness without efficient insurance, to individuals who derive or have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of gospel music. An individual requesting assistance within the purpose of the Trust Fund, for themselves or their children must have ten years of full-time employment within the Gospel/Christian music field.

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Jazz Foundation of America Musicians’ Emergency Fund

The Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief and direct financial support in times of crisis.

Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund

“The world has been shocked by the devastating effects of COVID-19. We are aware of the enormous medical and financial burden that COVID-19 is having on the music community and we are actively taking steps to provide assistance where it’s needed most. Due to massive cancellations, artists are struggling to find the means to make ends meet during these unprecedented times.

Sweet Relief is here to provide immediate assistance and we have 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.”

Small Business Administraiton Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, the SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

General Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

If you are a musician who has lost income due to a cancelled gig as a result of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak, you can apply to receive support from Equal Sound’s Corona Relief Fund.

General Facebook Small Business Grants Program

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