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Music Covid Relief

Welcome to MusicCovidRelief.com, a resource brought to you by partners in the U.S. Music Community to help music professionals access information and applications to receive COVID-19 benefits and support.

Below you will find links to information  on:  

  1. How to receive unemployment as a result of losses from the COVID national emergency  
  2. How to receive  small business loans, advances and loan forgiveness  related to the COVID national emergency  
  3. Organizations providing relief and potential  grants  from the  National Endowment for the Arts  
  4. Additional resources from other organizations

For further reading on the federal response to the pandemic, as well as guidelines on how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, visit this link.

This website will be continually updated as we receive information.  Please keep checking back for more state by state information as it becomes available.

 

Key Legislation

To date, four major pieces of legislation have provided the bulk of federal support for those affected by COVID-19:

 

  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
  • The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act
  • The COVID-19 Relief Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021
  • The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (signed into law March 27, 2020) included $2 trillion in federal aid and adjustments to critical health and economic security programs to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (signed into law on April 24, 2020) supplemented the CARES Act with additional funding and extended deadlines.

  • Full text of the law

The COVID-19 Relief Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (signed into law on December 27, 2020) again provided additional funding and further extended deadlines.  Of particular note for the music community is the inclusion of funding geared toward Mixed Earners – those with both employee salary income (reflected in W-2 filings) and self-employment revenue (reflected in 1099 filings); more information here – and the Save Our Stages Act, which provides support for performance venues.

  • Full text of the law (Coronavirus provisions in Division M)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 (signed into law on March 11, 2021) again provided additional funding and extended deadlines. Of interest to the music community, ARPA (1) continued to provide funding for Mixed Earners and (2) increased funding for the Save Our Stages Act.

 

  • Full text of the law.

How to Receive Unemployment

The  information  for  the  Unemployment  section of MusicCovidRelief.com  was compiled by the  U.S. Music Community to help music professionals  learn  how to  receive unemployment as a result of losses from the COVID national emergency.

 *Links for federal and individual state support below will be updated as they become available.  

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ARPA will extend application for the CARES Act’s Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) programs through September 2021 and will provide workers with $300 per week in unemployment benefits in addition to relief offered by individual states.

Workers earning less than $75,000 annually ($150,000 for couples, with phase-outs exceeding those amounts) will also receive a one-time $1,400 credit, in addition to $1,400 per qualifying child and adult dependent.

ARPA also extends the Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation program (MEUC) through September 2021. This means $100/week for Mixed Earners – those with both employee salary income (reflected in W-2 filings) and self-employment revenue (reflected in 1099 filings) – who have at least $5,000 a year in self-employment income but are disqualified from receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance because they are eligible for regular state unemployment benefits.  Currently, every state except Idaho and South Dakota have opted into the program.  More information is available here.

Federal

Alabama

Alaska 

Arizona

Arkansas 

California  

  • Helping Entertainment Labor and Professionals (HELP) free legal webinar series to help entertainment workers.
  • California FAQ for COVID-19 unemployment benefits.
  • General information on COVID-19 in California.
  • California’s unemployment insurance information.
  • CA Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Process Flowchart.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Page.
    • Note that the PUA process may not be set up before the end of April. Until it is, it may make sense to file a general unemployment insurance application now to get in line and establish an application date.  Consider filling out the downloadable form, which can be submitted by mail or fax (appearing at the end of the application).
  • Information on extended tax filing deadlines.

Colorado 

Connecticut 

Washington D.C. 

Delaware 

Florida 

Georgia 

Hawaii 

Idaho 

  • Idaho’s FAQ for unemployment in how it relates to COVID-19. 
  • Apply for unemployment benefits.

Illinois 

Indiana 

 Iowa 

Kansas  

Kentucky 

Louisiana 

Maine 

Maryland 

Massachusetts 

Michigan 

Minnesota 

Mississippi 

Missouri 

Montana 

Nebraska 

Nevada 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New Mexico 

New York 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Ohio 

Oklahoma 

  • COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance FAQ & Important Messages For Claimants 
  • File a claim
  • Employer FAQ about unemployment insurance and COVID-19.  

Oregon 

Pennsylvania 

Puerto Rico 

Rhode Island 

South Carolina 

South Dakota 

Tennessee 

  • Applicants are urged to go to https://www.jobs4tn.gov/vosnet/loginintro.aspx to register.  This will allow you to set up an account in the State system to be ready when the State implements the process for allocation of Federal stimulus funds.   Note that once you are in the system, you will still have to go through the process of filing the claim once that process is available. 
  • Unemployment Insurance FAQ and video on understanding the process.
  • Tennessee’s general unemployment information.
  • Info for self-employed filers.
  • File a claim
  • COVID-19 unemployment information for employees
  • Tennessee Entertainment Commission COVID-19 Response

Texas 

Utah 

Vermont 

Virginia 

Washington 

West Virginia 

Wisconsin 

Wyoming 

How To Receive Small Business Benefits

The information for the Small Business Benefits section of MusicCovidRelief.com was compiled by the U.S. Music Community to help music professionals learn how to receive loans, advances and loan forgiveness for small businesses related to the COVID national emergency.  

 *Links for federal and individual state support below will be updated as they become available.

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Federal  

Paycheck Protection Program

The Consolidated Appropriations Act added $284 billion to the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and extended the deadline through May 31, 2021.  See SBA guidelines and applications here.

Disaster Loan Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program for businesses impacted by COVID-19.  More information and applications here.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program

The ARPA updates the SVOG program authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act by providing an additional $1.25 billion (bringing the new total to $16.25 billion) of funding for theaters and venues that lost at least 25% in revenue.  The grants (from the Small Business Administration (SBA)) can be applied toward certain expenses like payroll costs, rent, utilities, and personal protective equipment. The SVOG application can be found here. (Note that, under the ARPA, entities can receive both a PPP loan and an SVOG grant.) See more information here, a summary by the Congressional Research Service here, and an SBA FAQ here.

SAM.gov entity registration information for businesses and grant or loan recipients to receive federal funds is available here.

Alabama  

  • Alabama Small Business Development Center info.
  • More information on small business loans can be found here.

Alaska 

Arizona 

  • General info for filing can be found here.
  • COVID-19 small business resources.

Arkansas 

  • COVID-19 resources for businesses and employees can be found here.

California  

Colorado 

Connecticut 

Washington DC 

Delaware 

Florida 

Georgia 

Hawaii 

Idaho 

Illinois 

Indiana 

Iowa 

Kansas  

Kentucky 

Louisiana 

Maine 

  • Resources for Maine Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • COVID-19 Relief Loan Programs can be found here.
  • COVID-19 Relief Consumer Loan Program – Fact Sheet 

Maryland 

Massachusetts 

Michigan 

Minnesota 

Mississippi 

  • COVID-19 Information and Resources can be found here

Missouri 

Montana 

Nebraska 

Nevada 

New Hampshire 

  • Small business loan and grant info can be found here.

New Jersey 

New Mexico 

  • General COVID-19 info can be found here

New York 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Ohio 

Oklahoma 

Oregon 

Pennsylvania 

Puerto Rico 

Rhode Island 

South Carolina 

South Dakota 

Tennessee 

Texas 

Utah 

Vermont 

Virginia 

Washington 

West Virginia 

Wisconsin 

Wyoming 

Where to Find Relief and Grants

The information for the  Relief and Grants  section of MusicCovidRelief.com was compiled by the U.S. Music Community to help music professionals learn about organizations providing relief and potential grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

 

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