Bridgesong Emergency Grant for Black Artists

Grants of $500 to Massachusetts individuals in eligible locations for Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief. Funding is intended to provide financial assistance to eligible local musicians who have experienced losses due to COVID-19 and other crises. Grant funds may be used for financial relief for housing, medical expenses, and sustenance during this challenging time. This emergency fund will support Western Massachusetts BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) women, nonbinary, and genderqueer musicians.

This relief fund is created for independent artists who are experiencing hardship and income loss due to COVID-19 and other world disasters. The fund will offer small, unrestricted grants in an effort to mitigate suffering and sustain the thriving of vibrant local artists of color.

This trans- and queer- affirming emergency fund will support Western MA BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) women, nonbinary, and genderqueer musicians who already face economic, medical, equity barriers and systemic oppression in their line of independent, gig-based work. The COVID-19 outbreak has rendered many musicians unemployed for the foreseeable future. 

Work with live audiences is irreplaceable. While some may be able to transition to performing and teaching online, access to the internet, live streaming equipment, health, and stable housing is not available to all. With this fund, I.M.A. hopes to build community solidarity and focused financial support for brilliant, innovative, thriving women, nonbinary, genderqueer BIPOC artist community in Western Massachusetts. 

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