Through this relief fund, we hope to distribute $250 per person that applies for funding while also raising funds for our organization to support our mission. The only limitation is how much money we are able to raise through this fund. It’s possible we won’t be able to fulfill every request, but we’ll do our best.
The COVID-19 public health crisis has already made a severe impact on the arts and cultural sector and will continue to do so over the next months. As artists have lost gigs, productions have been cancelled, and nonprofit arts organizations have lost the ability to host key fundraising activities to support their operating budgets, many artists are facing economic and social instability.
As we were searching for financial relief for MidWay Music Speaks and Girls Rock Bloomington, we noticed a lack of support for Indiana-based musicians, music industry professionals, and music-focused nonprofit organizations. More importantly, we saw a lack of designated funding to support women-identifying and non-binary people in the music industry.
With nonprofit organizations facing a major loss in revenue and having difficulty maintaining operations during this crisis (we fall in this category), and local and regional musicians losing revenue due to cancelled gigs and performances, we wanted to take action.
We decided to create this fund to collect donations from those that have the means to help and have salaried positions that allow them to work remotely. We intend to support ALL women-identifying and non-binary owned/founded non-profit organization in the music industry as well as those individuals that work as musicians, engineers, masters, administrators, and in any other capacity of the music industry’s gig economy.