Seattle Jazz Artist Relief Fund is a program, administered by Earshot Jazz, that will provide direct financial relief to individual jazz artists most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the generosity of the Raynier Institute and Foundation, Earshot Jazz will be able to make 30 $1,000 gifts directly to individual artists in this second round.
Only applicants who are in the Greater Seattle area, are at least 18 years of age, and are experiencing extreme financial hardship due to the impact of COVID-19 will be considered. We ask that applicants self-evaluate to determine whether they are experiencing dire financial emergencies in order to make space for those who are most in need. Due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we define “dire financial emergencies” as the lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine, caretaking, and food. We are asking those artists who are currently employed or not facing severe circumstances to refrain from applying.
Round two of the Seattle Jazz Artist Relief Fund will open on February 1, with guidelines and applications available on earshot.org. The application opens on February 1 and closes February 28, with the goal to deliver the funds in early March. Individuals who received funding in the first round are eligible to apply again.
Understanding that today’s conditions are untenable for many populations, we realize that this fund is limited in scope. However, we are sincerely grateful to the Raynier Institute and Foundation for their generosity and making this emergency support program possible for Seattle jazz artists.