CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES FOR MUSIC CREATORS

All of us in the music community are experiencing major changes to our normal routines as we work to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

We’ve put together some resources that we hope will help you stay healthy, creative, connected and financially stable until we can all have in-person jam sessions again. 

ASCAP is a family – a family of songwriters, composers, music publishers, and those who support us. No matter how this situation unfolds, we know that the world needs your music now, perhaps more than ever.  

~Your ASCAP family

#MUSICUNITESUS

Updated on 4/6/20

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In Memoriam

 We've created a memorial page for our beloved ASCAP family members that we have lost during this pandemic.

May their legacies live on through the music they’ve left us.

Royalties

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YOUR ROYALTIES

(Updated on 6/18/20)

The whole music industry is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for an uncertain future. We know you're probably wondering about how all of this will affect your ASCAP royalties. So we've assembled this FAQ to answer your most frequently asked questions.

We know the last thing you need to worry about right now is your ASCAP royalties. The good news is that the upcoming April 28 writer distribution is fully funded at the same level we planned, pre-COVID-19. In fact, our March and April 2020 distributions to you are higher than last year's, and among our highest ever. Here are a few things to do to ensure you keep your ASCAP money flowing:

Sign up for direct deposit

We want to make sure your royalties can get to you quickly in these difficult times. Sign up for Direct Deposit to have your royalties deposited in your bank account as soon as they’re available.

Here’s how: 

  • Log into your Member Access account 
  • Click "Payment Information," under the Profile section of the left-hand navigation bar 
  • Click the "Add +" icon at the top right-hand corner and add your direct deposit details 

Update your contact info

Make sure we can reach you with any important updates about your account and royalties. Log into Member Access and update your mailing and email address with us. It can make a big impact. 

Register your works

Before we can pay you, we need to know some basic info about your music. Spend some of your extra time at home registering your music so we can start tracking it and sending you royalties.

Here’s how: 

  • Log into Member Access
  • Click “Works” in your Member Access navigation bar
  • Click “Register a Work” button at the top right

Our phone lines are open. If you have questions about your account, call ASCAP Global Services at

1-800-95-ASCAP

Advocacy

ASCAP Joins Leading Music and Film Organizations to Call on Congress to Fix Safety Net in New CARES Act

ASCAP and several other entertainment industry organizations sent a joint letter to leaders of Congress, highlighting the ways the implementation of the CARES Act has fallen short in assisting workers in need in the entertainment community and requesting that these flaws be remedied in a new CARES Act COVID-19 relief package.

ASCAP CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO INCLUDE MUSIC ROYALTIES IN UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS CALCULATIONS

ASCAP and other music organizations have sent a joint letter to US Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, urging his department to include music royalties in the income base on which Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits are calculated. 

CONGRESS APPROVES CARES ACT ECONOMIC RELIEF PLAN

Last month, we joined the rest of the music industry in successfully lobbying the government to include provisions for music creators in a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill (The CARES Act). We've put together an FAQ to help you understand how this legislation will impact you.

MusiCares

 

 

ASCAP has contributed to a special fund, as part of the MusiCares® COVID-19 Relief Fund, to support our music creators who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Our contribution is focused on helping the ASCAP family of songwriters, composers and lyricists. We're also partnering with MusiCares on free, weekly cyber support groups for music creators.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

These are tough times for music creators, especially those of us who rely on live gigs and in-person sessions for our income. Here are some organizations offering emergency financial assistance to help out.

 (Updated on 5/15/20)

  • The Academy of Country Music (ACM) is accepting applications for its ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund, for members of the country music community who face an unexpected financial emergency due to the coronavirus. To apply, you must be able to: 1) Document at least two years of employment in the country music industry OR be a current member of the ACM; 2) Provide proof of loss of income (laid-off, cancelled bookings, etc.) due to coronavirus.

  • American Federation of Musicians has a resource page with information on unemployment benefits. Several local chapters have relief funds and assistance programs for their members, including AFM Local 47 (Los Angeles), AFM Local 802 (New York) and AFM Local 257 (Nashville). 

  • American Guild of Musical Artists is encouraging members in good standing to apply for financial assistance through the AGMA Relief Fund. Grants are awarded on a case-by-case basis, based on need. 

  • Artist Relief is an emergency, non-restricted emergency relief fund, set up by a coalition of national arts grantmakers, that will grant $5,000 to individual artists facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis.

  • The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), are pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators, and whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you fit this description, apply for an emergency grant in the amount of $200 per person.

  • Bandzoogle put together a helpful article about how musicians can ask fans for support during coronavirus pandemic.  (PS: If you're thinking about getting your website in order during quarantine, ASCAP members get a 6-month free trial to use Bandzoogle - plus 15% off membership - where you can sell music, take direct donations and pledges for crowdfunding, and create monthly fan subscriptions from their website, all commission-free)

  • The Boston Music Maker COVID-19 Fund provides financial relief to Boston area music makers experiencing lost income as the result of performance cancellations related to COVID-19. Apply for a small grant of up to $200, to be paid rapidly on a first come, first served basis.

  • The City of Los Angeles has established a Small Business Emergency Microloan Program to strengthen small business enterprises that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak; in addition, the LA Department of Cultural Affairs is now offering emergency grants for performing artists and ensembles in dance, music, or theater.

  • Country Music Association set up a resource center geared toward the country music community, with sections dedicated to financial relief, government resources, advocacy and more.

  • The Creative Community Fund - spearheaded by Winston House and IGAF - directly pairs people in the music industry who need financial help due to COVID-19 with people who can help. Apply for help (or TO help) at the Winston House website.

  • Equal Sound (a group that “strives to introduce listeners to new music by breaking down the traditional confines of musical genres”) has set up a relief fund for musicians who have lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. 

  • FindHelp is a search engine to find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced-cost programs in your area, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has created a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. Applications are currently being accepted through December 8, 2020.

  • The International Bluegrass Music Association is offering assistance to current and former professionals in the business of bluegrass who are in a time of need. Apply online for assistance through the Bluegrass Trust Fund. 

  • Nonprofit Lawyers for the Arts organizations in CaliforniaNew York and Tennessee are providing free legal services to help music creators and industry professionals figure out the resources available to them. Contact the org. closest to you for help navigating financial assistance paperwork, unemployment insurance, labor questions, small business relief, performance cancellation disputes, or anything else related to the epidemic. Billboard has more info.

  • The Jazz Foundation is accepting applications for financial support to jazz musicians in need, through its COVID-19 Musicians' Emergency Fund. 

  • MusiCares has set up a COVID-19 Relief Fund to help the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Apply for assistance online.

  • The non-profit Music Health Alliance offers guidance and resources for music creators looking for healthcare. They also offer grants for medical bills not covered by health insurance. 

  • Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has created a non-profit organization called the WRITER Foundation to help American songwriters and composers currently experiencing financial hardship attributable to the pandemic. Applications for $1000 grants will be accepted on May 13 beginning at 12pm CT, and will be reviewed and processed on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.

  • The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is offering $500 "Actos de Confianza" micro-grants to support Latinx artists and arts administrators whose work has been adversely impacted by COVID-19. Apply here.

  • The Newport Festivals Foundation is accepting applications for grants through the Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund. The focus and priority is musicians who have played the Newport Jazz or Folk Festivals and others in the Rhode Island music community.

  • New York City set up its ACCESS NYC portal to help NYC residents determine their eligibility for more than 30 economic programs and benefits. NYC is also accepting grants for its Small Business Continuity Loan Program, for businesses with under 100 employees that can demonstrate a financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Paul, Weiss has put together a Coronavirus Relief Center as a clearinghouse of the most up-to-date information about city, state, federal and nonprofit resources available to those contending with COVID-19 economic impacts.

  • The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has launched musiccovidrelief.com in partnership with dozens of US music industry organizations. The site provides info on receiving unemployment benefits, small business loans/advances, and potential grants from the NEA, plus a comprehensive list of resources from its partner organizations.

  • Royalty Exchange is lowering its standard commission from 15% to 10% for any artist selling royalties through auctions for the 90 days beginning April 1.

  • Songwriters of North America (SONA) launched the SONA Songwriter Assistance Fund on May 15. Professional songwriters and composers who are affiliated with a PRO, over 18 years old and earn at least 50% of their income from songwriting/composing can apply for a $1000 emergency grant.

  • Sound Royalties has set up a $20 million fund for music creators impacted by coronavirus to receive no-fee advances on their royalties. Applications are being accepted through April 16, 2020. 

  • Sweet Relief is taking applications for its COVID-19 Fund. The fund is intended for musicians and music industry workers affected by the coronavirus. Money raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.  

  • The Texas Music Office is updating a list of relief programs available to Texas music creators. There are programs specific to Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and more.

  • Twenty Summers has launched an Emergency Arts Fund for artists and arts organizations facing unmanageable financial loss as a result of the coronavirus. Nominate an artist (including yourself) for an emergency grant up to $500.

  • The US Small Business Administration has a guidance & loan assistance page dedicated to helping small business owners impacted by the coronavirus epidemic.

Looking for more?  

Billboard has compiled a state-by-state resource guide for music professionals impacted by the coronavirus crisis, including many financial relief funds.

    Stay Connected

     

     

    STAY CONNECTED

    Social distancing doesn't have to be lonely. Connect with music creators online, attend virtual events and get inspired to keep on creating.

    (Updated on 6/23/20) 

    We're proud to introduce a new weekly series of free virtual programming designed to inspire, educate and connect music makers everywhere.  ASCAP Experience: Home Edition will feature top songwriters, producers, composers, music publishers, thought leaders and the ASCAP team, discussing real-world topics and deep dives on the issues that matter most to the future of music creation. Tune in to learn how to make money from your music, connect with music publishers, preserve your mental and physical wellness and much, much more.

     

     

    OTHER EVENTS:

    Previous events

    ASCAP Urban Presents: Real Sounds Deconstructed feat. Joelle James

    IG Live @ASCAPURBAN

    Tune into @ASCAPURBAN on Instagram Live May 26 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT! Watch as this Grammy Award-winning, Billboard-charting singer-songwriter deconstructs some of her biggest records.

    ASCAP Urban Presents: Real Sounds Deconstructed feat. Theron of R. City

    IG Live @ASCAPURBAN

    Tune into @ASCAPURBAN on Instagram Live May 19 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT! Watch as this Grammy Award-winning, Billboard-charting singer-songwriter deconstructs songs from Ciara, Usher & Rihanna.

    How to Help

    HOW TO HELP

    Music is there for us whenever we need it. Here are some ways to give back to the music creators whose work inspires us every day.  

    (Updated 5/18/20)

    Wellness

     

     

    Wellness During the Quarantine

    This is a good time to focus on you. Here are free services from our Wellness Benefits partners to support mental health, mindfulness, exercise and nutrition.  More wellness resources can be found at www.ascap.com/wellness

     (Updated on 4/7/20) 

    WEST COAST

    TUESDAYS @ 6pm PT - peteharrisphd@mac.com

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    EAST COAST

    Thursdays @ 2PM CT / 3PM ET - Danielle.bowker@musicares.org

    Thursdays @ 6PM CT / 7PM ET - peteharrisphd@mac.com

    ASCAP has partnered with MusiCares to offer free cyber support groups for music creators, every week on Tuesday and Thursday. Sign up by emailing the facilitator. 

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    Aaptiv: Stay Fit, Meditate and Sleep Better

    Aaptiv provides on-demand access to thousands of audio workouts led by expert trainers. During this tough time, Aaptiv is offering their best sleep, meditation and at-home classes for free on Apple Podcasts.

     

    STAY HEALTHY

     

     

    Betterhelp: 7 Ways To Stay Calm While Social Distancing

    BetterHelp offers private & professional counseling by chat, text, video or phone. They’ve put together a helpful list of how to manage your anxiety while you’re sheltering in place due to the coronavirus. 

     

    Stay calm

     

     

    Shine: Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety

    A free resource with vetted articles, a forum to get your mental health questions answered by mental health professionals, and ways to relax. Brought to you by Shine in partnership with Mental Health America.  

     

    TAKE CARE 

     

    Education