List of Artists and Orgs
This sucks, man.
It can be hard to know how to help artists while we're all at home. Learn how to support those in need from the arts and entertainment industry in some of the ways below.
While you support others safety and wellbeing, be sure to check on your own. Below is additionally, a collection of resources for artists and organizers in Minnesota in need of assistance due to COVID-19.
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:
If you are or have been a professional in the business of bluegrass and are in a time of emergency need, you may apply here for assistance from the Bluegrass Trust Fund. The Trust also welcomes applications from interested third parties on behalf of individuals in need. All requests and the circumstances surrounding them are held in the strictest of confidence.
Bluegrass Trust Fund
An expansive list of resource by state with application links (all working) and information. The list is being updated daily so check back as GoFundMe pages in particular are being added. Every item on this list is designated for musicians and does not link to any other general list pages.
Musician Financial Aid List
The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories.
RAUSCHENBERG EMERGENCY GRANTS
Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund which folks can donate directly to in support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.
Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Public Art Saint Paul is committed to supporting artists during this global health effort in response to COVID19. Artists are critical to the thriving and vibrant life of our communities. It is during times like this that artists provide inspiration to our communities. We have accumulated this list of resources that include immediate response funds.
Public Art St. Paul
ARTIST RESOURCE LIST
Our team is highly attuned to the impact of this pandemic on artists and the broader community and is working with other organizations locally and nationally to create responsive opportunities that support artists experiencing economic repercussions. Below we have compiled a list of resources for artists, including emergency support.
Forecast Artist Resources
ARTIST RESOURCE LIST
Staff at LawHelpMN are providing information about how the COVID-19 pandemic affects your legal rights. Even if you can’t pay rent, your landlord can’t end your lease or file an eviction case against you right now.
Tenant Protections List
NeedyMeds is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit that connects people to programs that will help them afford their medications and other healthcare costs.
Free and Charitable Clinics and Charitable Pharmacies are safety-net health care organizations that utilize a volunteer/staff model to provide a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and/or behavioral health services.
National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
HealthWell helps with treatment for a variety of diseases and is currently accepting applications for grants from our Open Funds. When health insurance is not enough, we’re here to help — with copays, premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses for supplies, supplements, surgeries and more. We offer financial assistance through a number of Disease Funds.
Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone and internet. You can get Lifeline if your income is 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines. The guideline is based on your household size and state.
The federal government has allowed states to change their unemployment benefits laws. It lets them provide benefits for situations related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
And, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has expanded benefits further listed here.
SNAP provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families via an Electronic Benefits Transfer card. This card can be used like a debit card to purchase eligible food in authorized retail food stores.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The new CARES Act covers a broad cross-section of the economy — including the freelance sector. Of particular note, the relief package gives jobless workers bigger unemployment checks over a longer period of time, **including freelancers and the self-employed**, who are typically excluded from collecting these benefits.
Freelancers Union Guide to Relief
OFA administers several key federal grant programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Tribal programs, Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood, and Health Profession Opportunity Grants.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs.
Low Income High Energy Assistance Program
If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services, use the search bar on this page to find your local 211 or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help.
We’re providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
During these uncertain times the USBG Foundation strives to be a resource for our bar industry community.
US Bartender’s Guild Emergency Relief Grant Application
The Feeding America network is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States including in disasters and national emergencies. The most vulnerable people in our communities need us now more than ever.
Medical Assistance (MA) is Minnesota’s Medicaid program for people with low income.
Most people who have MA get health care through health plans. You can choose a health plan from those serving MA members in your county. Members who do not get health care through a health plan get care on a fee-for-service basis, with providers billing the state directly for services they provide.
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay for home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households. Grants are for renters or homeowner; households with income at or below 50 percent of the state median income; and based on energy cost, household size, and income.
Minnesota Energy Assistance
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 mn.gov/deed—please check back regularly.
Minnesota Unemployment Insurance
The record store is currently closed due to COVID-19. We are still scheduling video shoots, online events, and low-capacity shows. For more up-to-date information, follow our Facebook at