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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

During these uncertain times the USBG Foundation strives to be a resource for our bar industry community.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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