FAN Musicians Relief Fund: Frequently Asked Questions

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

We’re looking for a resume, a website URL, a list of gigs you had in 2019 -- perhaps a list of gigs canceled in 2020 due to Covid-19. You know what will work best to prove you’re a professional musician. You WILL need to affirm in your application that you derived more than 50% of your income in 2019 from performing live music, and your sworn statement will be legally binding. A tax return is not necessary or desired.

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?

FAN will accept applications for an announced submission period during each phase. Applicants will be randomly selected from the pool of eligible applications. Those 25 applicants will each receive a $400 grant.

 

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

FAN is built on a shared love of the NYC live music community. It is something that means so much to us and it pains us all to see it hurting 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 NYC address you specified (and included proof of residency for) in your application. Once you receive a grant, you may not apply for another one.

 

What if I am NOT selected for a grant?  Can I reapply?

Yes - we’ll even do you one better. If your application meets the eligibility requirements but you have not yet been selected to receive a $400 grant, we will automatically include your application in the next phase (and the phase after that if you still aren’t selected) for as long as we continue to operate the FAN Musicians Relief Fund.

 

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 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 the FAN Musicians Relief Fund for . . .you guessed it . . . you musicians. 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 NYC musicians, 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 Musicians 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.