Musicians FAQ on Filing for Unemployment and Other Benefits

Dear Members:

We’ve been working with the California Employment Development Department and unemployment insurance experts on guidance for how musicians can navigate through applying for benefits including unemployment, paid family leave, disability and more due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please visit our Musicians FAQ for Filing Claims With EDD for answers to frequently asked questions. This page will be updated in real time with the most up-to-date information as it becomes available.

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. The most important thing EDD wants ALL members to know is: Don’t wait to file the claim – file it now. Don’t worry about trying to see if you qualify – file and EDD will make the determination.

In Unity & Health,
AFM Local 47

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