(Boston) As COVID-19 threatens again to shut down performance venues in New England, the New England Musicians Relief Fund (NEMRF) is stepping up efforts to help professional musicians suffering from financial hardship intensified by the pandemic. NEMRF is now accepting new applications from musicians in need. Founded in 2020 in response to the acute crisis created by the shutdown of live music by COVID-19, the NEMRF has provided nearly $ 500,000 in direct relief to musicians who have lost their jobs.
Infections from the Omicron variant of COVID-19 are currently spreading at a record rate. Local and state governments are reinstating restrictions on live performances, forcing some venues to cut back on live entertainment. The movements were devastating for professional musicians.
“Ticket sales have stalled, shows are canceled, and professional musicians who depend on this time of year for the bulk of their income feel like they’ve once again been knocked out. ripped off, “said Gabriel Langfur Rice, trombonist and president of the New England Musicians Relief Fund. “Medical bills, rent, child care, studio time and bills that were postponed during the pandemic are adding to a financial crisis for too many of our colleagues. ”
For musicians who continue to persevere, the threat of extraordinary hardship is greater than ever, especially with the expiration of unemployment and other pandemic aid. The road to recovery for live music and professional musicians will be long. NEMRF is committed to helping musicians facing hardship for years to come, acting as a safety net for musicians facing extraordinary expenses or catastrophic loss of income.
The New England Musicians Relief Fund is currently accepting applications from musicians facing extraordinary challenges. Musicians can apply for relief funds at NEMRF.org/apply.
Supporters wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to the New England Musicians’ Relief Fund can do so at NEMRF.org/takeaction.
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