If you would like to help those in the music industry who are in need of assistance, here are some organizations you can donate to:
Local 802 Musicians' Emergency Relief Fund - The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, American Federation of Musicians Local 802, is the largest local union of professional musicians in the world. The Local 802 Musicians' Emergency Relief Fund (ERF) provides critical assistance to hundreds of musicians in times of crisis. Since 1967, the ERF has been the place professional musicians can turn to for help in emergency situations. With musicians out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need in our community has never been greater.
NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund - The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund was created by the NY Community Trust to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus. It will give grants and loans to NYC-based nonprofits that are trying to meet the new and urgent needs that are hitting the city. Your gift will help nonprofits with a variety of needs, including protective equipment, cleaning supplies, technological assistance, and support for financial losses.
You can also support musicians directly by purchasing a CD or downloading their music, preferably from their website or Bandcamp. There is a huge difference between what musicians make from sales vs streaming services.