RESOURCE CENTER & EMERGENCY RELIEF

WE ARE HERE TO HELP

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow and increasingly alter the daily lives of musicians across the state of Texas, Musicians Society of San Antonio, Local 23, recognizes the great need for support. As an organization, your physical and mental health and safety, as well as the health and safety of our community, are top priorities. We have seen the devastating financial impacts this virus has had on the arts, creating an industry-wide work stoppage across the country. Below, we have assembled some resources and references for musicians, union and non-union, to reach out to for assistance.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The entertainment industry has been hit especially hard by this pandemic, and we have compiled a list of available financial and hardship resources available at this time.


  • Texas Workforce Commission Unemployment Insurance – For those who qualify for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) or other assistance programs, fill out the standard application, answering as many questions as applicable.

  • American Federation of Musicians Resources – AFM is calling for immediate action to provide economic relief including expanding unemployment benefits and an immediate moratorium on evictions, foreclosures, and utility shut-offs.

  • MusiCares Financial Aid Assistance – MusiCares may grant short-term financial assistance for personal needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances. Funding may be awarded for needs such as rent, car payments, insurance premiums, utilities, medical/dental expenses, psychotherapy, addiction treatment, sober living, and other personal expenses.

  • AFL-CIO COVID-19 Pandemic Resources – The AFL-CIO has compiled a list of relevant links for workers across all industries to health, safety, financial, and labor related organizations.

  • Union Plus – Participants in our Union Plus Mortgage, Credit Card, Personal Loan or supplemental insurance programs may be eligible for additional hardship assistance through our Mortgage Assistance Program or other Union Plus hardship assistance programs.

  • Student Loan Relief – Eligible federal student loans include Department of Education direct loans (direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans, direct PLUS Loans and direct consolidation loans), as well as Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL) owned by the government.


HEALTH & SAFETY

Staying healthy, individually and as a community, is top priority right now. As work begins, we have also included resources to keep in mind as you start accepting work.


  • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) – The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective.

  • Texas COVID-19 DataDSHS COVID-19 Dashboard and tracking information on the total number tested in the State of Texas, total confirmed COVID-19 cases (tested positive), ICU admissions, hospitalizations, and deaths attributed to COVID-19.

  • CDC Guidelines and Information about Coronavirus – There is an ongoing investigation to determine more about this outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. Click to read more about practical safety guidelines and what is currently known about the virus.

  • World Health Organization Coronavirus Emergency – This is the emergency page created by the WHO with rolling updates and advisories regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back regularly for updates as they are announced.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES