FAN Live Music Relief Fund: Frequently Asked Questions

I am a professional musician or live music professional who is interested in applying for the grant. What is acceptable proof?

A list of your gigs (date, venue) that were canceled since November 2021 due to the recent surge of Covid-19 along with supporting documentation (if you have any) such as letters, URLs, announcements of cancellation, etc.). You will also need to provide proof (e.g. utility bill) of your residency in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut. Please note that you WILL need to affirm in your application that the information you are submitting is accurate and that you suffered financial hardship as a result of the most recent Covid-19 surge and your sworn statement will be legally binding.

Will the information I provide in my application be kept confidential?

Absolutely. Any FAN Board and FAN Musicians Relief Fund Committee members that have access to your application will be contractually obligated to keep your information confidential. However, “Legal” requires us to tell you that in very rare circumstances, we may have to disclose limited information to regulatory bodies (like the IRS) or if required by law. But don’t worry, that almost never happens.

 

How are the grantees selected?

Applicants will be randomly selected from the pool of eligible applications. Those 30 applicants will each receive a $500 grant.

Wait -- if the selection process is random, why do I have to answer that question about “What the Live Music Scene Means to me?”

FAN is built on a shared love of the live music community. It is something that means so much to us and it pains us all to see it hurting once again these days. That’s why we put this fund together and hearing about what it means to you is what it’s all about.

 

What if I am selected for a grant?

If you are selected for a grant, we will notify you by email. Grants will be mailed (in the form of a check) to the NY, NJ, or CT  address you specified (and included proof of residency for) in your application. 

 

Hey – I was notified I was selected to receive a grant but I’m not at home.  Can you send the check to a different address?  How about PayPal or Venmo?

Sorry, no.  In order to comply with our record-keeping requirements, you can only receive a check and it must be mailed to the address you included in your application.

 

Is the grant taxable as income?

FAN will not be issuing 1099s to individuals that receive a grant. Although we don’t think “disaster relief” grants of this size are taxable as income, we aren’t accountants so please consult with yours.

 

Can I tell other professional musicians or production professionals about this?

Of course. Please feel free to spread the word. Leave us a testimonial, tell us how you think we can improve the process. We created these Relief Funds for… you guessed it… you. We want to hear from you.

 

I’m not computer savvy, can someone help me out with the application process? Is there a way to submit by mail?

This fund is open to all professional tri-state area musicians and live music production professionals (NY/CT/NJ), from the very online to those who aren’t so much. If you have questions or need help, you can contact us by email at musicrelief@freaksactionnetwork.org or leave a voicemail message at 917-426-5732. We will return your call as promptly as possible and someone will be available to assist you with the application process. We’ll either walk you through it or, if necessary, help you mail in the information.

I’m not a musician, but I’d like to help, what’s the best way?

We’ll continue to operate the Live Music Relief Fund as long as there are funds to distribute, so the best way to help out is to donate and to get your music loving friends to do the same. Think about how much you would be spending on concerts every month and chip in some of that money saved. You can go to the link to donate to the fund here. You can also be a big help by spreading the word on social media.

I think this fund sounds great. I have a business or organization that would be interested in providing sponsorship or donation matches, whom should I contact?

Awesome, let’s work together. Please reach out to musicrelief@freaksactionnetwork.org and we will get right back to you.

For any additional questions regarding the application process or eligibility, please email musicrelief@freaksactionnetwork.org or call 917-426-5732.