New England Musicians Relief Fund has launched a fundraising drive and hopes to distribute $200,000 to musicians in need in time for the holidays. The fund was created in 2020 to help musicians dealing with the financial strain that the pandemic has put on the entertainment industry. Any musician in New England and New York’s Upper Hudson Valley facing financial difficulties can apply for a grant at www.nemrf.org/apply.
The crisis is deepening for professional musicians across the region. Money from the CARES Act has run out, and additional government support has yet to materialize. The financial strain has many musicians facing difficult choices about staying with their professions or moving on to something else.
Many professional musicians are freelance workers who count on the holidays to make the bulk of their yearly earnings, but this year COVID-19 restrictions mean that concert halls, theaters, clubs and other performance venues remain closed. New England Musicians Relief Fund provides professional musicians across New England and New York’s Upper Hudson Valley facing economic hardship a $1,000 grant to assist them through these difficult times.
Supporters wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to the New England Musicians Relief Fund can do so at www.nemrf.org/takeaction.