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$1,000 relief grant for musicians extended

Monday, June 15, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

The city of Austin will give musicians more time to apply to the Austin Music Disaster Relief fund. The $1.5 million fund, which was established to aid local musicians experiencing economic hardship due to the pandemic, is intended to provide $1,000 grants to help the most hard-hit with immediate emergency needs. Applications will stay open until June 26, instead of closing on June 12 as originally planned. Find grant guidelines and applications at and the MusiCares Foundation. “We extended the application deadline because our local musicians are juggling many priorities right now,” notes Sylnovia Holt-Rabb, acting director for the Economic Development Department, in a press release about the extension. “Musicians can quickly complete the online application from their phone or computer. The grant can be used for rent, groceries, bills, and many other personal or professional needs.” Soon after opening the application process, the city faced criticism about its requirements.

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