Relief resources for musicians

Relief resources for musicians

Financial relief sources

Calgary Arts Development artist relief fund

Provides $1.1 million assistance for Calgary and area artists to a max of $1500 per artist for proven lost revenues.


$2 million enhanced emergency program.

Sweet Relief Covid Fund for Music Industry Workers

Immediate assistance from a donor-directed fund for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus

Plus 1

Works with Sweet Relief and MusicCares to support musicians and music industry workers around medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.


Emergency financial aid for entertainment professionals.


A non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists

Accepting applications from artists who post a 45 to 60 minute online performance. Financial grants will be given out from a $700,000 relief fund.

Canada Council for the Arts

No immediate relief but they have asked artists to document their loss of revenues.

Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers

Administered by Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto, it helps cover emergency aid and paid work for LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers. 

Low-Income Artist/Musician Relief Fund

A Canadian group fundraising to support a relief fund.

Behind the Scenes Basic Needs Grants

Financial assistance for seriously ill entertainment technology professionals in the U.S. and Canada.

Canadian Government Emergency Relief

For anyone who has found themselves unemployed due to COVID-19.

Music industry advocacy and more resources

Canadian Independent Music Association

A list of great resources covering all sorts of related information for musicians.

I Lost My Gig Canada

A space for arts and other vulnerable freelance and gig workers in Canada and beyond to share stories and resources addressing the impacts of COVID-19.

Canadian Federation of Musicians

Professional organization for Canadian musicians.