MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

The MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund was established in March 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide relief to music industry professionals that lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. It was started when both MusiCares and The Recording Academy donated $1 million.[1] By one month later, in April 2020, funds had been depleted.[2] MusiCares received further donations from Amazon Music, Facebook, Sirius XM, Pandora Radio, Tidal, Spotify, and YouTube Music.[3][4]

Applicants for relief must demonstrate three years of experience in the music industry.[3] They must also provide a biography and proof of their involvement in canceled events.[5] They can request up to $1,000.[6]

Musicians are contributing to the fund through direct donations, songs, performances, and partnerships. Contributors include Josh Tillman, Dirty Projectors, Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell, Bandsintown, Troye Sivan, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Yoshiki.[3][7] Selena Gomez announced that a portion of the proceeds from "Dance Again" would go towards the fund.[8]


  1. ^ Strauss, Matthew (March 17, 2020). "Recording Academy and MusiCares Launch Coronavirus Relief Fund". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 28, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Cirisano, Tatiana (June 14, 2021). "MusiCares Unveils Final, $2M Round of COVID-19 Relief Funding". Billboard. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Reilly, Dan (March 24, 2020). "MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund gets all-star help for donations, concerts". Fortune. Retrieved March 28, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Aswad, Jem (March 24, 2020). "Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, More Join MusiCares Coronavirus Relief Fund". Variety. Retrieved March 28, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "What Artists Should Know About the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund – Spotify for Artists". Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  6. ^ Millman, Ethan (March 17, 2020). "Recording Academy, MusiCares Set Up COVID-19 Relief Fund". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 28, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Troye Sivan, Yoshiki & More Support MusiCares Fund". March 30, 2020. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  8. ^ Dresdale, Andrea (March 26, 2020). "Selena Gomez releases new video and merch supporting coronavirus relief". Good Morning America. Retrieved March 28, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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