Supporting artists (and others) during the coronavirus pandemic

The current COVID-19 pandemic has affected many industries and members of the workforce, including the “original gig economy,” music and live entertainment.

By Vanessa Vallon


Many performers have been forced to cancel or postpone dates for weeks in an effort to enforce social distancing to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the touring industry derive the majority of their income from live shows and performances. These are professions that are very hard to translate to a “work from home” environment. This means many musicians — as well as their crew members — will be out of reliable work for a while. But there’s a ray of hope in all this — the fans and community.

Here are some ways fans can support their favorite music professionals during these trying times.

Protecting Yourself & Others

We can all do our part in helping each other by ensuring we all follow the guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Find out recommended ways to protect yourself and others.

Event Changes & Your AXS Tickets

AXS is committed to supporting our fans during this challenging time. Learn about what happens if an event is postponed, rescheduled, or cancelled and check show statuses.

Stay Home #WithMe

From educational resources, mental health tips, fitness, cooking and even more entertainment, YouTube’s #WithMe videos are an invaluable tool in these complicated times.



Staples Center Employee Fund

In response to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, LA Kings and STAPLES Center have joined together to establish a fund to provide financial support to all hourly event staff employees impacted by the suspension of sporting events at STAPLES Center. The fund is designed to provide compensation for wages lost by employees scheduled to work at suspended sporting events through the end of the NBA and NHL regular seasons.

Hilton and American Express Frontline Medical Professionals Rooms Program

Hilton and American Express announced that the companies, in partnership with Hilton’s ownership community, will donate up to 1 million hotel room nights across the United States to frontline medical professionals leading the fight against COVID-19.

American Express/Feeding America Donation Matching

American Express is continuing its support of organizations combatting COVID-19 with the launch of a donation matching program to help feed local communities impacted in the U.S. When U.S. Consumer, Small Business and Corporate Card Members who are enrolled in the Membership Rewards program use Membership Rewards® points towards a donation to Feeding America through, American Express will match the dollar amount of each donation – up to $1 million in total donations.

Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief Project

Though streaming continues to play a key role in connecting creators with their fans, numerous other sources of revenue have been interrupted or stopped altogether by this crisis. Spotify’s COVID-19 Music Relief project recommends verified organizations that offer financial relief to those in the music community most in need around the world.

American Express' Commitment to Communities

American Express has created a multitude of programs to back colleagues, customers, partners and the communities they serve around the world. In addition to offering various forms of assistance, their initiatives have already produced more than $6 million to back the tireless work of those on the front lines of this global crisis.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need.

Artist Relief Project

The Artist Relief Project is collecting donations from those with the means to help. Funds will support artists in any discipline, who have been directly impacted by event cancellations and venue closures due to COVID19-related health concerns. The funds raised will offer relief to artists in the immediate short term in the form of a one-time stipend and in the long term in the form of resources for alternative, sustainable economic opportunities.

MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

In recent weeks, COVID-19 has left thousands of music creators and professionals without work and an uncertain future. The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Crew Nation

As COVID-19 puts concerts on pause, Live Nation is extending a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on shows to make a living. Live Nation has committed $10 million to Crew Nation – contributing an initial $5 million to the fund, then matching the next $5 million given by artists, fans and employees dollar for dollar.

Musicians Foundation Emergency Grant Program

Many thousands of performers, educators, and composers have been left with no work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As most do not have a safety net, they turn to Musicians Foundation for support. The Emergency Grant Program gives all eligible applicants up to $200 to get through a week or two at the beginning of this difficult time.

Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund

Newport Festivals Foundation has established the Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund to provide financial relief to musicians in our Folk & Jazz communities experiencing a loss of income as a result of COVID-19 through rapid micro and full grants.

Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund

The Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund will help alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may be facing.

Music Maker Relief Foundation

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a generous team of Music Maker supporters pledged to match all gifts, dollar for dollar up to $60,000. That’s $120k for musicians in need. Give today, and your gift will go twice as far. That means twice the food, twice the medicine, and twice the emergency supplies for those who are most vulnerable during this global pandemic.

The Blues Foundation

The Blues Foundation established the COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund to provide immediate resources to full-time blues musicians whose revenue streams have been severely diminished by the current coronavirus pandemic. The fund is intended for blues musicians for whom performing makes up the bulk of their income and who have no other outlets for work.

Frito-Lay | It’s About People

As efforts accelerate worldwide to provide relief from the ravages of COVID-19, PepsiCo, parent company of Frito-Lay, and The PepsiCo Foundation are committing more than $45 Million to combat the impacts of COVID-19.