At Home with The House of Songs
As many of us across the world hunker down for social distancing or more stringent quarantines to help stop the spread of COVID-19, countless nonprofit and arts organizations have been scrambling to restructure programming to digital platforms and push face-to-face community engagement online.
Since the cancellation of SXSW (and our opportunity to host an official panel on preserving and defining creative spaces), we've seen almost all of our programming in our home regions cancel, reschedule or delay. And while we fully understand the need to take COVID-19 and social distancing precautions very seriously, it does break our heart to see all the work our team has done over the last year disappear in the blink of an eye. We're even more heartbroken for our residency artists that have had to cancel flights and tours due to travel restrictions and will have to postpone their visits to our US locations.
As a residency and exchange platform working with countless international artists, it goes without saying that our day-to-day programming has been driven severely off course. Even our regional programming and work with local musicians is at a standstill as we've had to look at how we connect to our artists and supporters when we're all confined to residences. We've had to look at ways of supporting our vibrant music communities at a time when we're not able to welcome people into our homes.
Through our website, blog posts and social media, we'll be doing the best we can in the coming weeks or months to share the vibrant musical fabric that makes up our history as a non-profit and the artists who have humbled us throughout these past 10 years. Consider us as a resource for musicians currently experiencing the loss of income through canceled gigs, tours and festivals, links to the most up-to-date and official COVID-19 information, and of course, live streams, stories, songs and video that showcase the best parts of The House of Songs.
If you're a musician that would like us to share your upcoming livestreams and digital concerts, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our goal is to support you and share your music with our audience as much as we can.
And while we can't shake hands or hug or even be within six feet of one another, let's remember that MUSIC is the global handshake and something we can all share during this time of social distancing.
Stay safe & healthy, take care of yourselves and others, make music and WASH YOUR HANDS!
Troy, Graham, Dillon, Samantha, Thessa and Evan
Note: Due to COVID-19, all House of Songs regular programming is suspended until further notice. If you are a musician in Northwest Arkansas or Austin, TX, please contact us about #Player2Player online co-writing.
curated programming for social distancing
Financial Assistance, Performance & Health Resources for American Artists
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
“What you need to know about Covid19”
Grammy Emergency Assistance
CERF+ Emergency Assistance
Artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding. CERF+ also has a list of resources centered around the pandemic.
A list of resources specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community, including actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, and more.
Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn’t budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors.
The Opry Trust Fund provides financial assistance in times of extraordinary need, emergency or catastrophe to individuals who are or have been employed full time in a facet of the country music industry (i.e. performer, songwriter, publisher, radio, session musician, etc.). Examples of distribution needs include: medical bills, living expenses, rent or mortgage, and utilities. The Opry Trust Fund accepts referrals from individuals within the country music community, including Opry members, as well as from other charitable organizations, such as MusiCares and the Performers Benefit Fund.
The Housing and Emergency Assistance program provides jazz and blues artists with an experienced social worker to assess his/her situation and provide rapid assistance including financial support, legal services, housing counseling, and more.
Telephone: (212) 245-3999
The Musical Sustenance Program offers emergency funds, monthly living stipends, and assistance in obtaining social services to artists working in the Southern musical tradition, focusing on those 55 years or older with an annual income of $18,000 or less.
Telephone: (919) 643-2456
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, including addiction resources.
Telephone: West Coast: (800) 687-4227; Central: (877) 626-2748; Northeast: (877) 303-6962
MERF grants financial and resource assistance to Kentuckian (select counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana) music industry professionals in times of need and emergency crisis.
The Musicians Foundation assists professional musicians (who have worked at least 5 years) with grants for medical and allied living expenses in the case of emergency situations.
Telephone: (212) 239-9137
The fund provides financial and medical assistance to Rhythm & Blues artists of the 1940s through the 1970s.
Telephone and Fax: (800) 980-5208
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Sweet Relief offers assistance to all who reach out. While financial grants may not be available to every applicant, other resources information, counseling and financial services are additional options each artist may take advantage of.
Telephone: (888) 955-7880