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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to mass cancellations of performances for at least four weeks. This has hit our industry hard, and musicians are facing a significant loss of income.
There are several 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 reagrding public health such as the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization and Public Health Departments in the United States: https://www.afm.org/covid-19/
For financial assistance, please go to the following:
If you would like to donate in order to help your fellow artists, please go to the AFM website, scroll down to the red box at right and click "Donate Here". https://www.afm.org/
Also be advised that Ray Hair, president of the AFM, is working with government to enact legislation to bring relief to those affected by this crisis: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/President-of-Musicians-Union-Calls-for-Government-Aid-for-Displaced-Workers-20200313?fbclid=IwAR0a4HzxtM7uivvKLA5eVp08CqpovHdi96OCx6Y6MGZt5rUa-xxEyNwi61M
Until this is over, please stay home as much as possible, wash your hands often and follow the CDC webpage for updates. https://www.cdc.gov/
In Solidarity, The Officers and Staff of the Chicago Federation of Musicians.
Below is a summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that was passed by the U.S. House Friday evening on a bi-partisan roll call. This summary was provided to the IL AFL-CIO from Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. Bill Houlihan from Senator Durbin’s office told us that the Senate will hopefully take up the measure on Monday after Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, holds a Senate Republican Caucus. President Trump indicated by tweet that he would “Look forward to signing the final bill, ASAP!”
In short, the legislation
provides for free coronavirus testing;
increases funding for senior nutrition programs;
provides certain waivers for school nutrition and WIC programs;
provides SNAP Flexibility for Low-Income Jobless Workers;
establishes emergency paid sick leave;
enhances Unemployment Insurance, expands food security initiatives, and
increases federal Medicaid funding.