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Musicians have given us joy and healing through the hardest times.
Now it’s our turn.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is proud to announce that charitable efforts this year have resulted in more than $3 million distributed to the music community in the Bay Area and across the country.

$1 million fund

Music venues have been among the most deeply affected by the ongoing pandemic, and will be some of the last places to fully reopen. With a $1 million fund, we have supported 15 incredible gathering places focused on roots music and community in the Bay Area with grants ranging from $15,000 to $150,000 (listed in alphabetical order):
  • Ashkenaz
  • The Back Room
  • Bottom of the Hill
  • The Chapel
  • El Rio
  • Eli’s Mile High Club
  • Felton Music Hall
  • Geoffrey’s Inner Circle
  • The Ivy Room
  • La Peña
  • The Lost Church
  • The Monkey House
  • Mystic Theatre
  • Red Poppy Art House
  • The Starry Plough

Over $2 Million Going Directly To Musicians

We want to thank all the viewers who generously donated funds to our partner Artist Relief during and after the broadcast to support musicians facing hardship due to COVID. Together we have raised over $500,000.

In addition, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass donated more than $1.6 million to directly support musicians both nationally in partnership with Artist Relief and in the Bay Area in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation and Alliance for California Traditional Arts.

Nearly 600 musicians in dire financial need will receive $2,000-$5,000 grants, providing a lifeline and a source of hope for artists who have contributed so much to our communities.

$25,000 Raised from Merchandise Sales

This year, all net proceeds from Hardly Strictly merch are going directly to Sweet Relief’s Rex Roadie Fund, to help crew facing economic hardship.