All professional musicians, regardless of their genre or instrument, can apply for themselves or a family member if they meet the qualifications listed below. Applications may also (but not additionally) be submitted by a friend or family member on behalf of a musician in need.

Musicians Foundation gives grants for medical and living expenses in cases of emergency.
The Foundation does not give grants for scholarships, loans or private unemployment benefits.

Please note that the aid grant review process can take up to 4-6 weeks. All granted aid funds are sent as vendorized checks in order to provide immediate assistance. For example, if you receive an aid grant to pay for a medical bill, you will receive a check made out to the medical professional or institution directly from Musicians Foundation.

Applications can be submitted if you are in one (1) of three (3) qualifying situations:
  1. A professional musician applying for him or herself
  2. A professional musician applying for a family member
  3. A family member or friend applying for a professional musician

To be eligible, the musician involved in the application must:

  • Have worked as a professional musician for five (5) or more years in the United States. We define "professional musician" as someone whose primary source of income was or is derived from work as a musician or music educator.
  • Have tax documents (1040 listing occupation as any type of musician or music educator OR Schedule C listing any type of musician or music educator status) to prove professional experience as a musician or music educator

If you have any questions about the application or the application process, call or email us at:
(212) 239-9137 or
We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.