Music Everywhere CLT in partnership with FAIR PLAY Music Equity Initiative and Tosco Music, are excited to announce the expansion of the Charlotte Music Community Relief Fund. This grant program was designed to help members of the Charlotte music community, with an emphasis on independent performing or recording artists, with loss of income due to COVID-19. Now, with the help of United Way/Foundation For the Carolinas Covid 19 Response Fund and a successful community campaign, additional grantmaking capacity is available.
The Fund was launched on April 29 with an initial contribution from Music Everywhere CLT, supported by AvidXchange. Since then, a public campaign, with great support from Tosco Music and its supporters, has raised more than $29,000 and the UW/FFTC COVID-19 Response Fund contributed $40,000. As of July 20, #CLTMusicFund has made 79 grants totaling $39,500.
“We’re glad these funds will help support members of the Charlotte music community through COVID-19 as they creatively innovate our way out into an even stronger music city,” says David “Dae Lee” Arrington of FAIR PLAY Music Equity Initiative.
“When we launched this fund with our partners, we were responding to an immediate and urgent need,” says Rick Thurmond of Music Everywhere CLT and Charlotte Center City Partners. “Now, three months later, it’s clear that the music economy will be challenged for some time. We hope that everyone in the music community is aware of this fund, and if you’re in need of a boost, consider applying.”
Music Everywhere CLT’s 2018 study showed that most people in Charlotte’s music community make less than $10,000 a year from music. During these challenging times, the Fund is intended to support local musicians, sound engineers, producers, songwriters, crew, music photographers and help pay a few bills. “The entire Music Everywhere CLT team hopes this fund helps keep the local music scene whole,” says Thurmond. “We hope it lets members of our music community know that Charlotte cares and values their contributions to our city. We hope it encourages them to stick around, stick with us, and stick with it.”