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The Covid-19 pandemic has led to mass cancellations of performances. This has hit our industry hard and musicians are facing a significant loss of income.
The Chicago Federation of Musicians stands ready to help during this time of need. First, check the above drop-down menu under "Covid-19 Info and Musicians Relief Fund" for Applications for Assistance. This provides numerous resources for financial assistance, grants and other ways to make music and promote your art during quarantine. (You also may access the list in the July 2020 Intermezzo under "Resources".) Additionally, under this drop-down menu you will find guidelines for performance and recording safety protocols.
There are several union links to check out for emergency assistance. First, to learn as much as possible about Covid-19 (risks, prevention and treatment) please go to the AFM's information page. This provides links to pages regarding public health such as the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization and public health departments in the United States and Canada. The AFL-CIO provides regularly-updated information and resources for union members. And, the Chicago Theatre Musicians Association (TMA) has a page that contains some very helpful links.
Finally, if you are able, please consider making a donation to the Musicians Emergency Relief Fund. All proceeds will go toward direct assistance to local musicians. Thank you very much for your generosity.
Until this is over, please stay home as much as possible, wear your mask, socially distance, wash your hands often and follow the CDC webpage for updates. And don't hesitate to call our office if you need help. We will get through this together!
The Officers and Staff of the Chicago Federation of Musicians