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B. Emergency Grants

American Federation of Musicians (AFM):
Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund

The Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians provides a modest grant to temporarily or permanently disabled musicians who are members of the AFM.
Mailing Address:

New York Headquarters
1501 Broadway
Suite 600
New York, NY  10036
212-869-1330 Ext. 224

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund
AGMA members in good standing may be eligible for emergency financial assistance. Grants are administered by The Actors Fund from the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles offices.
Mailing Address:
1430 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Telephone: East Coast: (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119; Midwest: (312) 372-0989; West Coast: (323) 933-9244, Ext. 55. For emergencies on evenings and weekends only: 212-621-7780
Fax: (212) 262-9088
Email: East Coast: [email protected]; Midwest: [email protected]; West Coast: [email protected]

Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802
Local 802 offers an Emergency Relief Fund, which provides assistance to members in dire need. Financial assistance is provided in the form of a directed grant to the musician's creditors; for example, to a landlord, physician, etc. 
Email via form on website

Blues Foundation HART Fund
The HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) provides financial assistance to Blues musicians in need (and their families) due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral expenses. Grants generally range between $250 and $1500.
Mailing Address: 
421 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103-4464
Telephone: (901) 527-2583 ext. 13
Email: [email protected]

Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund
Any person who has been employed full time in the country music industry may be eligible for financial aid from The Opry Trust Fund.
Mailing Address:
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214

Jazz Foundation of America
The Musicians' Emergency Fund offers aid to elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis.
Mailing Address:
322 West 48th St. 6th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: 212-245-3999
Fax:  212-245-3994
[email protected]

Music Maker Relief Foundation
The Musical Sustenance Program gives grants to meet basic life needs and emergency relief to people 55 years or older and rooted in a Southern musical tradition.
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1358
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Telephone: 919-643-2456
Fax: 888-238-8592
[email protected]

MusiCares Foundation
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies. 
Telephone: West Coast: (800) 687-4227; Central: (877) 626-2748; Northeast: (877) 303-6962

Musicians Foundation
Helps professional musicians by providing emergency financial assistance in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses.
Mailing Address:
875 6th Avenue, Suite 2303  
New York, NY  10001 
Telephone: 212-239-9137 
E-mail: [email protected]

Rhythm and Blues Foundation
The fund provides emergency financial assistance to former Motown artists of the 1960s and 1970s. 
Mailing Address:
5 Penn Plaza, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone and Fax: (800) 980-5208
Email: [email protected]

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
Sweet Relief provides financial assistance to career musicians who are facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.
Mailing Address:
Donations & Application Processing Center
2601 E. Chapman Ave. Suite 204
Fullerton, CA, 92831
Telephone: (888) 955-7880
Fax: (714) 626-0473
Email: [email protected]
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