List of Artists and Orgs

For Artists and Orgs

KYM by Nathaniel Nelson






How to Support

Musicians & Artists

1. Buy Merch, CDs, and Vinyl

Many artists have their own online shops where you can buy their tunes, order a shirt, or otherwise deck out your house in their name. You were probably going to buy the shirt anyways, but now is when they need it the most. Check out the Directory to see a list of Minnesota artists and their stores. Stock up, because you’ll probably be waiting around inside for a while, so why not have something to listen to?

2. Start Small

No matter the phase in their career, all artists deserve attention during this time. Consider donating or purchasing from a smaller or newer band/artist that may just be starting out. These artists are especially vulnerable to having lost more gigs, income, and the ability to purchase equipment or materials that could prevent them from pursuing their practice. A small purchase or donation to these bands and artists will go a long way in preserving longevity. 

3. Ask the Artist

Pay attention to personal anecdotes to understand the circumstances of each artist you want to support; some artists have had a large show or tour cancellation while others are recording or needing materials to continue. If you want to know how funding would support an artist, ask them!

4. Stream Constantly

We know, this whole thing probably isn’t good for many of you. If you don’t have money to spare, head over to your streaming site of choice and start making playlists. Listen as often as you can, and leave it on overnight if you can. A healthy stream not only incrementally pays the bands, but also boosts their numbers so they can get even better shows after this has past.

5. Donate Directly

Already have your favorite band’s new album? Full closet? Allergy to cotton blends? Consider donating to the artists directly through Venmo, Paypal, Kickstarter or whatever it is they use. Dozens of musicians have turned to social media to stream shows to raise some funds, so see what they’re up to — and pay them as if it was a venue. 

It is important to remember that COVID-19 is effecting musicians and artists at all phases of their career. Please consider these ideas for those who may not have another income, or are unable to fully support themselves during this time. 

Event Organizers & Promoters

1. Follow on Social Media

Your favorite room has a facebook page and an instagram. Follow them and engage in their content. Do that for every venue or special event you frequent, and stay in the loop on how things are going for them. Some may have fundraisers pop up to help cover their overheads and share those whenever you can. The key is to be as involved and in-the-know as possible, and share everything you can. 


2. Donate to Emergency Funds

Find out if your favorite space or organizer has a fundraiser running or somewhere you can shoot them some cash. If an organization doesn’t have their own fundraiser running, consider donating to other community funds, like the Twin Cities Music Community Trust or Springboard for the Arts emergency fund. If you are able, this is a great way to support the greater arts community. 

3. Check for Livestreams

Many bands are moving over to social media for streaming while their shows are put on pause, and some organizers are beginning to do the same. Keep your eyes open for some much-needed entertainment, and be sure to tell your friends. Even without a stage, you can still go to a show in your living room and support those organizing it.

This hasn’t just hit artists, of course. Those who work behind the scenes, curating and putting on festivals, organizing showcases and even the person who books at your favorite venue have also been hit hard. Here are a couple ways to support them now:

Freelancers (Photographers, Videographers, Designers, Sound Techs, etc.)

1. Hire them

Even with social distancing and quarantines in effect, that doesn’t mean you can’t still work with and hire your fellow artists. Maybe you’re working on an album to release online, or planning an online festival. If you have the ability, hire a creative on to help, or work collaboratively on projects over the coming weeks. If you can pay any part in advance, now is the time to trust each-other that projects will happen in the future. 

2. Pay for credit

Photographers and Videographers are going to have trouble getting out to shoots or planning any large productions right now, but that doesn’t mean they need to be ignored. If you’ve got an idea for a project, hit them up and get plotting. Pay a deposit if you can to help them cover their rent, while getting ready to get going on projects once we’re all hanging out together again.

3. Buy Their Wares

Like bands, a lot of freelancers have their own shop depending on their medium. You can find some of them in our artist directory, but chances are you’ll stumble on others online. If you see a print you’re dying to have on your wall, consider sharing their work or purchasing it. Commission that cat portrait or make a tattoo plan. Every little bit helps.

With galleries closed, shows cancelled and productions put on indefinite hold, many freelancers that support artists, spaces, and events are without their usual source of income. Think about supporting them in the following ways:

Venues, Arts Organizations, and Small Businesses

1. Follow them on social media

Your favorite room has a facebook page and an instagram. Follow them and share their content now. Do that for every venue you frequent, and stay in the loop on how things are going for them. Some may have fundraisers pop up to help cover their overheads and share those whenever you can.


2. Buy a gift card

While most artists will have merch to sell, not all venues are as lucky. However, many have gift cards or drink chips, which you should buy as soon as you can. We both know you’re going to go again (don’t kid yourself, it’s an inevitability) so buy something now and hold onto it for when this over — it'll feel like a treat later on. 

3. Get ready to party

When all this blows over, you should be treating closed businesses well. Go as often as possible (tip your damn bartenders) and support the arts community as a whole. We need to remember what it’s like to live without these spaces and the vitality they bring to our communities; treat them like the necessities you know they are.

A quarantine means closed doors. That means no customers, lost sales, and a whole lot of anxiety for your local venues. Help get them ready to reopen with these ideas:

Resources for Artists


Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)


National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics


Unemployment Insurance


Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)


Low Income High Energy Assistance Program


Dial 211


One Fair Wage Emergency Fund


US Bartender’s Guild Emergency Relief Grant Application


The Personal Emergency Relief Fund helps artists in Minnesota recover from personal emergencies by helping pay an unanticipated, emergency expense. As part of our response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we have expanded the guidelines to include lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund


A $50 million emergency fund to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations. The new fund will provide emergency funding, loans, lines of credit, and other financial resources to organizations impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Otto Bremer Trust Emergency Fund


The widespread cancellation of group events has a disproportionate impact on the music and event industry workforce and local musicians—individuals who rely on gigs to pay their bills.

All funds donated will directly impact someone who has lost a gig due to COVID-19 and its effect on the industry. This includes night staff, door staff, bartenders, security, stage crews, tour managers, merch sellers, photographers, local musicians, and more.

Twin Cities Music Community Trust


If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits. We are taking steps to make the application process a little simpler for those affected.The Walz-Flanagan administration and the Minnesota Legislature are actively considering a variety of measures to assist workers and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will post updates on this site and on—please check back regularly.

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance


Quarenzine is organized by Treedome Productions, a collaborative production studio in Winona, MN creating for artists, by artists.

Quarenzine is not affiliated with a non-profit. Funding from this project directly supports the work of artists and organizers on this site.