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Application Reopening – Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund

The City of Austin Economic Development Department is reopening the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund on August 10, 2020 to reach additional local musicians facing hardships due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Austin City Council approved Ordinance No. 20200423-067 on April 23, 2020 to designate $1.5 million for the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund. Eligible local musicians must be able to demonstrate income loss due to the COVID-19 global pandemic to apply for a $1,000 grant.

The Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund application will be live and accepting eligible submissions through the MusiCares Foundation on a first-come, first-served basis starting on Monday, August 10th, 10:00 a.m.
Austin musicians are encouraged to prepare their answers and documentation in advance prior to the launch date. Visit ATXrecovers.com to preview program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and a checklist of application questions. 


Updated guidelines include the following:  

  • Musicians are no longer required to submit a bank statement along with supporting documents, income questions have been updated.  
  • Musicians who have already received a grant from the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund are now eligible to apply to the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund.  
  • Musicians who have already received a $1000 payment from the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund are not eligible to receive another payment. 


Austin Music Foundation will provide assistance to potential applicants needing help preparing documentation for the application. Our staff will be available to assist in developing the necessary supporting documents – including artist bio, resume, and compiling a list of canceled events. Send us an email at atxrecovers@austinmusicfoundation.org to schedule an appointment.


Applications Open: August 10, 2020 Application Closes: Until funding is expended
For more information, including guidelines and eligibility, visit ATXrecovers.com or email MusicDisasterRelief@austintexas.gov

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