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UPDATED June 21, 2021: Relief fund grant recipients may apply for a fifteenth grant one month after the date they turned in their fourteenth grant applications. If you have continuing need, please resubmit your application. However, there is no need to submit documentation of recently lost work, given the paucity of gigs.
First-time grant applicants, as well as repeat applicants who have received fewer than fourteen grants, will receive priority. (You may file for a continuing grants one month after the day you turned in your previous application.)
As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks an unprecedented financial toll on the world economy, our local early music freelancers have been particularly hit hard. Months of work have dried up in days, leaving many musicians on the brink of financial ruin.
In an effort to help our musicians, the SFEMS board has taken the lead in setting up a short-term relief fund for local early music freelancers. Since then, we have received over $60,000 in donations. This fund will provide first-come, first-served $300 grants (updated May 24, 2021) to musicians in need, and will do so until funds run out.
Because of your generosity, SFEMS is more than equipped to continue providing grants for the foreseeable future! We are temporarily suspending the ability to donate to the relief fund, but hope you will considering support SFEMS’s programming.