It has been announced this week that the New Music Solidarity Fund, an initiative aimed to grant emergency funding to American freelance musicians whose livelihood has been impacted by the COVID-19 virus, has increased its pool of funds from USD $130,000 to $270,000.
The fund, administered by New Music USA, was started by a group of musicians in the new music community.
As part of the initiative, at least 540 musicians, who’ve had projects involving living composers cancelled due to the pandemic, will receive a $US 500 emergency assistance grant.
“Quarantine has served as a powerful reminder of how deeply collaborative music making is and must be … working with living composers and creating new modalities of expression for a live audience has generated some of the most collaborative experiences of my life …” vocalist Anthony Roth Costanzo has this week said.
“It’s thrilling to work with this whole community of artists and makers to support one another in this crucial way during this harrowing time,” he has said.
Applications are now open and will continue until the 30th of April.
The US $500 grants will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis as funds last.
For further details and eligibility, visit: https://bit.ly/2QMdwIP