COVID-19 Pandemic (U.S. & Canada): Resources for Musicians

COVID-19 Pandemic (U.S. & Canada): Resources for Musicians

The Network of Music Career Development Officers (NETMCDO) is collecting information on these resources as quickly as we can, to help as many people as we can. People who might need immediate help, guidance, or a place to start. At this time, NETMCDO is not endorsing or vetting the information found on this page.

Thank you to the following contributors for the info below: Christine Beamer, John K. Blanchard, Jan Bottomer, Casey Molino Dunn, Jovan Johnson, Christina Manceo, Patch Schwadron, and Charles Vallena.

[created March 20, 2020, and updated August 4 and November 30, 2020. May 24, 2021 additions are marked *NEW! below]

To contribute additional resources or make corrections, e-mail John K. Blanchard at

We have used the following (somewhat arbitrary) categories on this page for now:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Canadian Resources
  3. Facebook Groups
  4. Funding
  5. Funding (General)
  6. Funding List (Geographic)
  7. Funding Source
  8. Funding Source (Specific Geographic Area)
  9. Funding Source (Specific Geographic Area & Union)
  10. Perspective/Advice
  11. Resource List (General)
  12. Resource List (Geographic)
  13. Resources (General Arts)
  14. Technology/Commercial


Canadian Resources

  • Canada Council for the Arts:
    Important Information related to COVID-19: Current information and FAQs. If you have a COVID-19 related question for the Canada Council, please email: While we aim to reply to all questions within two business days, our ability to do so may be affected by the volume of queries received and by staff availability to respond.
  • Canadian Live Music Association:
    COVID-19 Resources for the Live Music Industry - The CLMA is attempting to collate all relevant information for the live music industry. Tip Sheet on Completing COVID-19 Related Records of Employment for laid-off employees
  • I Lost My Gig Canada:
    I Lost My Gig Canada, a space for creative industries and other vulnerable freelance and gig economy workers to connect and share stories in response to growing income precarity in Canada.
  • (Canada) COVID-19 Resources For Artists
  • Unison Benevolent Fund
    Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. We are here to help professional music-makers in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties.
  • Unison Benevolent Fund COVID-19 Resources for the Music Community:
    This is a very challenging time for our industry, especially for the music-makers and music professionals in our community, many of whom are dealing with canceled performances, and loss of work. The Unison office has decided to compile a list of helpful resources for Canadian music-makers and music professionals to help navigate mentally and physically at this time so, let's work on getting ...

Facebook Groups


Funding (General)

Funding List (Geographic)

Funding Sources

Funding Source (Specific Geographic Area, also see "Canadian Resources" above)

Funding Source (Union)

Funding Source (Specific Geographic Area & Union)


Resource List (General)

Resource List (Geographic)

Resources (General Arts)


  • Jamkazam: Revolutionizing the way musicians connect, play, learn and earn. Across a city or across a nation.
  • Soundtrap is an online studio software that allows you to record, edit and collaborate on music.