COVID-19 Resources for Musicians

AFM Local 47 will continue to update this list of news and resources for musicians about coronavirus COVID-19.
Please continue to check back here for the latest updates.


Loss of Work Due to COVID-19

If you have experienced canceled work services or reduced hours, need to care for a family member who has contracted COVID-19, can no longer work full time because your child's school has closed, or if you become sick or quarantined due to coronavirus, you may be eligible to file a claim with the California Employment Development Department (EDD). Review our Musicians FAQ on Filing for Unemployment Insurance, PUA & Other Benefits for more information on which benefits you may be eligible to receive and for answers to frequently asked questions.

The new CARES Act creates three new federal UI programs: Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). These programs offer supplemental federal funding to those who receive state UI benefits, and extends new benefits to independent contractors and self-employed workers who do not qualify for state UI benfits. Learn more on our FAQ page. California has announced that the PUA online application will be up and running on April 28. Stay tuned to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance page for continued updates.



Emergency Relief for AFM Members

Local 47 COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund - up to $150 for AFM Local 47 members who have lost live performances or recording work due to coronavirus

Music Fund of Los Angeles Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund - up to $150 for AFM Local 47 members who have lost live recording work due to coronavirus

AFM Local 47 Relief Fund - available to AFM Local 47 members suffering from illness or injury that prevents them from working, or who lack the funds to pay for necessities such as food or rent

AFM Musicians' Relief Fund - up to $300 for AFM members who are primarily freelancers; see link for full requirements

AFM James Petrillo Fund - available to AFM members diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical doctor or who cannot work due to another illness or disability



Additional Grants & Relief for Musicians

The Actors Fund - for everyone (not just actors!) in entertainment; available to union and non-union entertainment workers

Artist Relief - offering $5,000 emergency grants to artists

Artist Relief Project - open to any artist in any discipline whose income has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund - for musicians who have lost income due to a cancelled gig

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund - for experimental artists who have experienced postponed or canceled engagements due to COVID-19

Freelancers Union Relief Fund - up to $1,000 for freelancers, sole proprietors, limited liability companies, or other single-person entity

Freelance Artist Resources - a list of additional resources for freelance artists

Jazz Foundation of America Musicians' Emergency Fund

Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs COVID-19 Arts Emergency Fund - offering qualifying ensembles and solo artists in dance, music or theater between $400-$1,200 for events canceled in Los Angeles due to coronavirus (application deadline: May 1)

Motion Picture Television Fund - call the intake line to learn what assistance is available to you: 323.634.3888

Music Covid Relief - a resource for musicians to access information and applications for benefits made available by the CARES Act

MusiCares / Recording Academy COVID-19 Relief Fund

Musicians Foundation CV19 Emergency Grant - $200 grants for professional performers, educators and composers whose principal income has been derived from your work as a musician for the past 5 years

New Music Solidarity Fund - emergency grants to performers of music by living composers

SONA Songwriter Assistance Fund - emergency grants of $1000 to qualified songwriters who have suffered work cancellation and other financial losses as result of the coronavirus pandemic

Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund - for musicians with at least 50% of all income is derived from working within the music community

Will Rogers Pioneers Assistance Fund - COVID-19 Grant - for theatrical motion picture workers




Other Relief Resources

A Guide to COVID-19 and Your Finances: What You Need to Know - free, comprehensive web resource by Annuity.org

LA County Federation of Labor: Coronavirus Resources & Information - for all union members

Labor Community Services COVID Resources - includes links to affordable health care, housing help and more

Labor Community Services Food Distributions - open to all union members

Los Angeles COVID-19 Community Resources - for Los Angeles-area residents

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank - find a local food pantry

Mortgage Relief - Fannie Mae, Fannie Mae Loan Lookup | Freddie Mac, Freddie Mac Loan Lookup

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants - up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies

Paycheck Protection Program - for small businesses, sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed workers (Update: The SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available appropriations funding)




Local 47 News Alerts for Members

A Message from President John Acosta: Safer at Work (5/11)

Notice From the Executive Board: Weekly Board Meetings Update (5/1)

Now More Than Ever, Union Contracts Can Help (4/6)

Next General Membership Meeting via "Zoom" - Monday, April 27 (4/3)

Board approves 60-day moratorium on suspensions for membership dues (3/27)

EDD Update on filing for Emergency Relief (3/26)

Send us your questions on filing for unemployment & other EDD benefits by 3/26 (3/23)

AFM Local 47 offices are closed, but services remain available (3/20)

A Message from President John Acosta (3/18)

Emergency Relief for musicians affected by coronavirus (3/13)

Important coronavirus Local 47 facilities update (3/11)

Advice for musicians in relation to coronavirus COVID-19: A message from AFM Local 47 (3/6)

H&W: The New Coronavirus (3/5)



Additional Information

How to Properly Wash Your Hands

ICSOM Guidance on the application of force majeure

Health & Welfare Fund: Information for Kaiser, Blue Shield, and Delta Dental participants

Department of Industrial Relations: COVID-19 FAQs on laws enforced by CA Labor Commissioner's Office

Department of Managed Healthcare: Coverage Options

Labor & Workforce Development Agency: Guidance for Employers and Workers

Music Unites Us - ASCAP COVID-19 resources

Office of Business & Economic Development




Calls to Action

AFM Local 47: Tell Congress to Protect Musicians' Pensions NOW!

UI vs PUA Problem: Close the Gap for Gig Workers & Independent Contractors

Red Cross Blood Drive

SEIU: Protect All Workers

National Nurses United: Nurses Must Be Protected During COVID-19

Healthy LA Coalition: Urge LA City Council to Protect Residents During the Pandemic

AFGE: Largest Federal Workers Union Urges Congress to Prioritize Feds’ Health and Safety in New Coronavirus Package

UFCW 770: Ask Gov. Newsom to Protect Grocery and Pharmacy Workers