Residency Requirement: National

Funding Amount: $500-$3,000.

Since its inception, Musicians Foundation has provided nation-wide support to thousands of musicians across all genres, offering the support necessary for them to weather financial difficulties and personal setbacks with dignity and security. Funds raised through concerts, events, bequests, and individual donations have enabled Musicians Foundation to spend over a century giving back to the artists who make the music.

Make sure you are eligible. All applicants must meet the following qualifications:
1.  Must be a musician in a time of serious needdue to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.
2.  Have worked as a professional musicianfor five (5) or more years in the United States. We define “professional musician” as someone whose primary source of income was or is derived from work as a musician or music educator. Additionally, the applicant / musician must currently reside in the United States.
3.  Have tax documents (1040 listing occupation as any type of musician or music educator OR Schedule C listing any type of musician or music educator status) to prove professional experience as a musician or music educator.

Please note:

  • Musicians Foundation aid grants are sent in the form of vendorized checks. Checks are paid to the order of the biller of the costs incurred by the musician / applicant. Musicians Foundation does not write checks directly to musicians.
  • Musicians Foundation aid grants typically range in amount from approximately $500-$3000.
  • We do not give grants for scholarships, loans, or private unemployment benefits. We do not pay credit card bills.
  • If necessary, applications may be filled out by friends or family of the musician in need. We also aid musicians who need assistance supporting their family members in times of emergency.

For further questions regarding the application process or eligibility, please email or call our office at (212) 239-9137.

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