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New Music Solidarity Fund Information for Applicants


The New Music Solidarity Fund is an initiative that aims to grant emergency funding to musicians impacted by COVID-19. This artist-led initiative seeks to extend help to less-secure individuals within their community. Beyond this emergency bridge fund, the organizers and contributors hope to lay the grounds for a new financial and cultural framework that ensures the stability of musicians in the new music scene.

The Fund was made possible through the collective organizational efforts of Marcos Balter, Julia Bullock, Claire Chase, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Du Yun, Judd Greenstein, Reena Esmail, Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, Christian Reif, Christopher Rountree, Caroline Shaw, Conrad Tao, Seth Parker Woods, and New Music USA.

The New Music Solidarity Fund is administered through New Music USA, a 501c3 organization; all donations are fully tax-deductible.

Updates for Applicants

[May 12, 2020] The New Music Solidarity Fund, an artist-initiated fund which quadrupled its initial goals, has raised enough money to provide emergency resources to over 900 musicians impacted by COVID-19.

As we enter our final week of fundraising, we have received over $460,000 in donations and pledges, and are approaching our adjusted goal of $500,000. If we can meet this goal, the Fund will be able to distribute emergency grants to one thousand individual applicants.

[April 16, 2020] The New Music Solidarity Fund has raised a total of $370,000 and successfully fulfilled 530 grants. Having more than tripled its initial $100,000 goal, the Fund now aims to raise $500,000 by May 15, allowing for a total of 1000 grants of $500 each.

We have received more than than 1000 applications for Solidarity grants. In light of this stronger-than-anticipated interest, the Fund has closed applications to now focus on fulfilling as many grant submissions as possible.

Though applications are now closed, the Fund will solicit donations here through May, 2020.

Survey for Applicants

The resiliency and grit demonstrated by the music creators and performers in our community is deeply inspiring. But, we know that many individuals and organizations have been hit hard by the effects of Coronavirus.

We are working each day to better support the psychological and economic needs of the new music ecosystem. We are here to listen to you. Please take our survey and let us know what you’re facing at the moment. We value your trust. Your answers will be kept strictly confidential.