New Music Solidarity Fund

New Music USA

New York, NY 10004


Apr 30, 2020


Mar 26, 2020

The New Music Solidarity Fund is designed to help new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled during the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund was started by a group of musicians in the new music community who have raised over $130,000 in a week, primarily from fellow musicians, composers, and music professionals. Our hope is that the Solidarity Fund will continue to grow in the coming weeks, so that we can assist and bolster more people in need of emergency relief. For now, at least two hundred and sixty, $500 emergency assistance grants will be made available to applicants who meet the criteria.


Are you a musician working in new, creative, experimental or improvised music and are you a freelance artist, i.e., non-salaried by an institution?

Have you had a COVID-19 related cancelation of project(s)/performance(s) involving music by a living composer?

Is your immediate livelihood threatened by these cancelations?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, you are eligible to apply for a $500 emergency assistance grant from the New Music Solidarity Fund. Please note that funds will be allocated on a first come first serve basis to everyone in need. We plan to fundraise through April 30 to support as many people as we can.

Application Questions

After confirming your eligibility, you will be asked to provide the following information. All information submitted through the form will be kept confidential.

Your name
A link to your website and/or your bio (500 words or less)
How would this $500 emergency relief help you right now? (2-5 sentences)
Optional Question: To help us gauge the impact of COVID-19 on the new music community, can you let us know how much you lost as a result of the cancelations? This information will also be kept confidential.

Applications for the Solidarity Fund will be accepted beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern time on March 31. Please return to this page for access. Please direct all questions regarding eligibility to