The Blues Foundation demonstrated the strength of its commitment to its mission and to the blues community and matched words with action to quickly create The Blues Foundation’s COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund to help full-time blues musicians impacted by the pandemic. The COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund provides much needed financial assistance to full-time blues musicians and their families who found themselves with little or no work due to the pandemic.
The COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund provides immediate relief for essential needs such as rent/mortgage, utilities, phone, and car payments. Through generous donations from supporters of The Blues Foundation, the relief fund hopes to enable blues musicians to focus on their health rather than the pressure of providing a roof over their head.
The fund was seeded with monies from our own coffers but others quickly responded with generous donations. Since establishing the COVID-19 Relief Fund in March 2020, The Blues Foundation has assisted over 250 blues musicians by distributing approximately $284,500 in direct grants which included $166,500 in mortgage/rent payments, $50,000 in utilities and another $50,000 in telephone payments, and nearly $18,000 in car payments.
The relief fund is a small way to give back to the artists that give us so much.
If you would like to donate to the COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund, please click on the donate button and select COVID-19. All donations go to assist blues musicians impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.