Music Relief Fund

As part of this year’s program, we are launching Hardly Strictly Music Relief Fund: Bay Area, a $1.5M charitable initiative to support our local music community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With this effort, we seek to recognize, appreciate, and care for the people who lend their creativity, heart, and hard work to the American roots music ecosystem in the Bay Area.

Musicians: American roots musicians living in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, and Sonoma Counties are invited to apply for up to $2,000 in one-time, unrestricted support.

Funding is limited, so please only apply if you are in financial need. If demand exceeds funding available, priority will be given to musicians from populations suffering disproportionate effects of COVID-19: Black, Latinx, Indigenous, immigrant, LGBTQ+, disabled, and low-income people.

Application link and deadline to come in August. Watch this space for more information!

Venues: Music venues with a track record of presenting American roots styles from across the Bay Area are invited to nominate themselves for this grant opportunity. A select number of nominated venues will be invited to submit a formal application for $100,000-$200,000 grants.

Grants will be eligible to fund ongoing operating expenses, capacity building, and/or planning related to reopening, and must include funds dedicated to front-of-house and back-of-house staff.

Nonprofit venues are preferred; highly community-oriented, independent for-profit venues are also welcome. Venues may be based in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Solano, or Sonoma Counties.

Fill out the nomination form here. We anticipate a high number of responses; for this reason, we will only reach out if your venue is invited to submit a formal application for a grant. Nominations close on Monday, August 10.

Questions? Contact us through this form.