COVID hardship money now available for local musicians

It has been a long and difficult road for musicians in the live music capital of the world.

Driving the news: Until January 28, local professional musicians, independent promoters and music industry workers struggling due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for grants of $ 2,000.

In numbers : Last summer, Austin City Council decided to allocate $ 4 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act money to support the local music industry.

  • Of that, $ 1.5 million was distributed last year, and this grant program uses an additional $ 2.3 million from that basket.

What they say : The funds help “ensure that workers in this vital sector can afford immediate necessities like rent and groceries,” said Veronica Briseño, City of Austin’s economic recovery manager.

Learn more: An overview of the application process, scoring matrix and eligibility requirements can be viewed at

Our thought bubble: Soaring rents, health insurance shortages and expensive parking for concerts were challenges for musicians before the pandemic, but COVID-19 presented an existential challenge for live music as clubs were forced to close. screen or cancel shows – and viewers think twice before enjoying shows in real life.

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