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Covid- 19 Financial Relief and Resources

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Covid- 19 Financial Relief and Resources

Listing of relief resources and financial assistance

Emergency Funding For Artists / Music Industry Professionals Who’ve Lost Income From Canceled Festivals/Gigs Because Of COVID-19 

American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund:
https://agmarelief.org/

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund:
https://equalsound.org/musicians-corona-relief-fund-application/

MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund:
https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help/covid-19-relief-fund-faq

Musicians Foundation’s COVID-10 Emergency Aid Grant Program: http://www.musiciansfoundation.org/apply/

SoundGirls Coronavirus Relief (for production techs who are now unemployed):

Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Fund:

https://www.sweetrelief.org/news/covid-19-what-were-doing

Additional Resources For Musicians/Industry Professionals: 

American Federation Of Musicians:

The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund:

International Bluegrass Music Association’s Bluegrass Trust Fund:
https://ibma.org/bluegrass-trust-fund/apply/

Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund: 

Music Health Alliance:

Small Business Administration’s Guidance & Loan Resources (COVID-19):

https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Mental Health Resources In The US:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 

call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

Crisis Text Line: text “HOME” to 741-741 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

Additional Mental Health Resources: 

Backline – a hub for artists, industry professionals and their families to access mental health and wellness resources:

Centers for Disease Control’s tips for managing anxiety & stress in regards to COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Tour Support (response to COVID-19 includes providing one month of free online therapy through Better Help to independent touring contractors who are unemployed or were planning to join a tour that has been postponed or canceled):  

https://www.lighthopelife.org/covid19-response

Financial and General Assistance In The US: 

Federal-State-Local Benefits Finder: 

https://www.benefits.gov

211 offers information about referrals to social services for everyday needs and in times of crisis: Visit http://211.org/services/covid19 or dial 2-1-1.

Online Support For Industry Professionals: 

FestForums’ weekly live stream discussion to share information about COVID-19’s affect on the live industry: https://www.facebook.com/festforums/

COVID-19 Music Production Response Group – an open forum Facebook group about the effects of COVID-19 on music production industry professionals: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2396222610479031/?ref=share

THRIV (Tour Health Research Initiative) – a comprehensive scientific study of health and mental health among touring professionals: https://www.tourhealth.org/fbclid=IwAR3t_m4xZL6xLLdCKEfzteJuzJMcGUdatpjfJ2vAOrWDj1Veg9IjJcxvLD8

Industry Activism:

Change.org Petition – COVID-19 Federal Aid Package For Events Industry: 

https://bit.ly/2U1qjJt

Petition to tell Congress to include displaced entertainment workers in relief package: 

 Links, Information, and Other Covid-19 Support Resources 

Visit the U.S. Department of Labor for details on: 

  • • Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights (here in Spanish) 
  • • Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements (here in Spanish) 

Visit the U.S. Department of Treasury for details on: 

  • • Treasury and IRS Delay Federal Tax Day from April 15 to July 15 
  • • Get Your Refund Faster: Tell IRS to Direct Deposit your Refund to One, Two, or Three Accounts. 
    • • 3.27.2020 Stimulus Bill o Temporarily suspends nearly all efforts to garnish tax refunds to repay debts with the potential exception of delayed child support payments. 
    • o You may be eligible for up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per qualifying child under the age of 16. (Payments will be determined based on your adjusted gross income reported in 2019). ▪ If you have not yet filed your 2019 tax return you can use your 2018 return or a 2019 Social Security Statement showing your income. 
    • ▪ Payments will be made via Direct Deposit; these payments are expected to be made within 3 weeks. 

Unemployment Insurance Benefits 

  • • Guidance on State Specific Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities During COVID-19 Outbreak 
    • • 3.27.2020 Stimulus Bill Additional Benefits o Provides an additional $600 per week in addition to weekly state benefits. 
    • o Extends state provided unemployment coverage by an additional 13 weeks (not to exceed more than 39 weeks). 
    • • 3.27.2020 Stimulus Bill widens unemployment benefit eligibility: o Self-Employed and/or Part Time Workers may be eligible. 
    • o Persons unable to work due to the closure of schools, day cares, or elderly care facilities may be eligible. 
    • o Persons unable to work due to a Covid-19 diagnosis, those with symptoms seeking a diagnosis, and/or those unable to work to care for a family or household member who has received a diagnosis may be eligible. 
    • o Persons required to Self-Quarantine may be eligible. 

Student Loan Assistance 

  • • The federal government has issued automatic payment suspensions for any student loan held by the federal government through Sept 30. 
  • • Interest shall not accrue on Federal Student Loans during this period. 
  • • Borrowers trying to qualify for loan forgiveness by making 120 consecutive payments see their payment count continue to go up monthly even if payments are not made. 
  • • Wage garnishment due to unpaid student loans will be suspended during this period. 

Retirement Accounts 

  • • For the calendar year 2020, no one will have to take a required minimum distribution from any individual accounts or workplace retirement savings plans. 
    • • Early Withdrawals o Penalties on early coronavirus-related withdrawals up to $100,000 will be waived. 
    • o Income taxes owed on coronavirus-related withdrawals can be spread over 3 years. 
    • o Money withdrawn can put back into accounts within 3 year of borrowing will not be subject to standard contribution limits. 
    • • Borrowing from 401(k) or other workplace retirement plans? o You can borrow up to twice the usual amount (up to $100,000) for up to 180 days from 3/27/2020 with certification that you’ve been affected by the pandemic. 
    • o If you currently have a loan that was due to be repaid by 12/31/2020 you will be granted an additional year to repay. 

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STAY HEALTHY!!! 

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