RESOURCES FOR MUSICIANS DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
Toronto musicians are encouraged to check out the following financial resources and artistic opportunities.
To assist Toronto artists in dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council are introducing the TOArtist COVID Response Fund. The Fund will allocate up to $1000 to self-employed, individual artists resident in Toronto whose creative work and income have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The application portal will open early April with a benefit of $2,000 per month self-employed individuals who are not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). It is recommended that you create a profile on myAccount while waiting for the portal to open.
With support from the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, members of the Canadian music community whave created this emergency relief fund totalling $300,000 which will facilitate live concert streams by at least 300 Ontario-based artists, each of whom will receive a one-time performance fee of $1,000.
Unison Benevolent Fund
With support from th Slaight Family Foundation, Unison has expanded its support for Canadian musicians who can REGISTER for Unison’s services online. For counselling inquiries and support to help deal with the financial or emotional impact of COVID-19, please contact 1-855-986-4766.
Artists can apply to this $200,000 short-term relief fund through the NAC (National Arts Centre) and FaceBook that pays Canadian artists up to $1000 for an online performance.
Urgnt.ca is accepting artist submissions for this series of concerts to be livestreamed. Originally, the plan was to stream from empty Toronto venues, but has been adapted so that artists can stream from their homes.