The City of Austin is no longer accepting applications for the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund. The grant funds are expended.

We are in the process of reviewing all applications submitted, and we are exploring how we can use additional federal and local funds to offer additional assistance for small businesses, start-up companies, entrepreneurs, creatives, and non-profit organizations. 

Find helpful resources: 

  • City of Austin's ATXRecovers.com - A one-stop resource to help businesses and individuals recover from the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the Musician & Artist section that includes services to help musicians and artists that are recovering from economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find resources related to funding, unemployment assistance, legal aid, consulting help, and more. 
     
  • Economic Development Department’s Small Business Resources Directory - Database of local, state, federal, and community resources. Filter by “Disaster Relief” to find immediate support for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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The Austin City Council approved Ordinance No. 20200423-067 on April 23, 2020 to designate $1.5 million for the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund. Eligible local musicians must be able to demonstrate income loss due to the COVID-19 global pandemic to apply for a $1,000 grant.  

 

Application Preview

Revisión preliminar de la solicitud PDF

Austin musicians are encouraged to prepare their answers and documentation in advance by reviewing the application prior to the launch date, August 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. 

  • First Name, Last Name 
  • Professional Name (if different) 
  • Austin Home address 
  • Mailing Address for Receiving Award Check 
  • Fill in at least 2 phone number fields (same number okay): Daytime Phone, Evening Phone, Cell Phone 
  • Email Address 
  • Date of Birth 
  • City of Austin Council District of Verified Home Address 
  • Gender 
  • Pronouns  
    • She/her/hers 
    • He/him/his 
    • They/them/theirs 
    • Other (fill in the blank option) 
    • Prefer not to answer 
  • Ethnicity 
  • Please indicate your average earnings/wages for 2019:  
    • Less than $20,000 
    • $20,000 to $34,999 
    • $35,000 to $54,999 
    • $55,000 to $74,999  
    • $75,000 to $99,000
    • $100,000+  
  • Please indicate your average earnings/wages for 2020:
    • Less than $20,000 
    • $20,000 to $34,999 
    • $35,000 to $54,999 
    • $55,000 to $74,999  
    • $75,000 to $99,000
    • $100,000+  
  • Are you a member of any organizations? Include Membership Numbers (Optional Question) 
  • How many years you have been performing in the music industry?  
    • Less than 2 years
    • 2 – 5 years
    • 6 – 10 years
    • 10 – 20 years
    • 20 – 30 years
    • Over 30 years 
  • Instrument/Performance Process?  
  • Primary Genre?
  • Provide a brief work history as a Musician/Performer in the Music Industry (Include any commercially released recordings and/or videos, if applicable)
  • Are you currently employed outside the music industry? If yes, where?
  • Briefly describe how you were affected financially by COVID-19? 

 

The following required items will accompany completed applications: 
Applications will not be processed without proper documentation

  • Detailed music industry background documentation (articles, liner notes, letters from employers, etc); 
  • A biography, resume, discography, key songs or film/TV credits; and, 
  • Documentation of loss of income (copy of your contract, flyers or links to event sites listing your involvement in the canceled event, letter/email from employer identifying cancellation, etc). 
Eligible Applicants

Applicants must document their participation as a professional Austin musician in at least one of the following ways: 

  • Must have a verified home address in a City of Austin Council district  
  • At least 2 years of documentation showing that Applicant has regularly performed as a professional musician—solo or as part of a band—in live performances to public audiences in Austin, Texas, or 
  • 6 released recordings (singles), or 
  • 6 promotionally released music videos 
Ineligible Applicants
  • Home address is not located in a City of Austin Council District 
  • Applicant already received $1,000 grant through the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Preguntas frecuentes sobre el Fondo de Ayuda de Emergencia para la Música de Austin PDF

I already received an Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund grant, can I re-apply for the grant? 

No, if you received the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund grant you are not qualified for a second $1,000 grant. Visit the City of Austin's ATXRecovers.com for services and resources to help musicians and artists that are recovering from economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

I already received a MusiCares COVID-19 grant, can I apply for the Austin Music Disaster Relief grant? 

Yes, in accordance with the revised reopening guidelines, if you applied for the National COVID-19 grant from MusiCares, you are able to qualify for a separate $1,000 grant via the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund. 

Why is this fund only provided for musicians?

The Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund, per City Council Ordinance No. 20200423-067, allocates $1.5 million dollars in emergency reserves specifically to musicians.

Why must a musician live within 1 of the 10 Council districts of the City of Austin to receive a grant? 

Funds were allocated for the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund for citizens of Austin, of which the Austin City Council is allowed to geographically govern. 

What qualifies as a “released song”, does an original song released on Soundcloud count as a release?

Yes, songs released on Soundcloud, iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, and other audio distribution outlets will be acceptable as audio releases.

Does a letter from someone in a band in which you’ve played live gigs with suffice as a documentation requirement? 

Yes, a letter confirming employment from a band leader, live music venue or other employer is among the items that can be included in your supporting documents in your application. 

Who is eligible to receive funds from the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund?

At least 2 years of documentation showing that Applicant has regularly performed as a professional musician—solo or as part of a band—*in studio recordings or live performances to public audiences in Austin, Texas, or 6 released recordings (singles), or 6 promotionally released music videos are eligible to receive funds.

Can individual members of bands apply to receive the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund grant?

Yes, any Austin musician who meets the minimum eligibility criteria may qualify to receive funding as long as they regularly perform—solo or as part of a group—in live performances to public audiences in Austin, Texas, that are advertised and promoted to the greater Austin community. Examples of eligible musicians include backup singers, DJs, drummers, singer/songwriters, drag performers, etc-- anyone on stage performing for a public audience as part of musical performances.

How will the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund applications be reviewed and approved? 

Applications will be received and processed on a first-come, first-serve basis as time-stamped at completed application submittal. 

Do I need to be a member of a music trade organization to be eligible for the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund grant? 

No, memberships are not required. Working musicians who meet the eligibility requirements can submit an application. Applicants who are members of various trade organizations may enter that information on the application. This information will only be used for reporting purposes.

Do I need to repay the dollars received through the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund?

No, the awardee does not need to pay back grant funds to the City of Austin.

Can I apply for a grant for multiple members of my band? 

No, all musicians must individually apply for a cash grant.

 


 

MusiCares

 

 

 

The Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund application is accepting eligible submissions through the MusiCares Foundation.

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly influence the health and welfare of the music community.