The GMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Gospel Music Association (GMA), whose mission is to enhance the health and development of the genre through education, preservation, and general welfare needs.
The GMA Foundation’s Disaster Assistance Fund provides helps those in the Christian/Gospel music community, onstage and behind the scenes. The purpose of the fund is to offer relief to those whose health and basic necessities have been dramatically affected by COVID-19.
In partnership with the RIAA and industry-wide representative organizations, the GMA signed on to a letter of support for a request to help creators and crews for tv/film/media/music through a stimulus to alleviate the suffering caused by canceled shows and production shutdowns. Read the letter in full below.
Watch how our amazing GMA Community of artists came together at the onset of quarantine to uplift the world and support the GMA Foundation!
Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (food/housing/health care) over the next two months. The need is great, so we ask that if the need is not urgent, you please wait to apply.
Initial grant requests can be made up to $500 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost. Should we receive additional funding, we will evaluate the grant amounts available.
Before starting to fill out our online application, you must review the eligibility criteria stated below:
To qualify, I affirm the following:
• I exclusively earn my income as support personnel for a performing artist and/or for other live events/tours and not as a featured performer. Such support includes, but is not necessarily limited to: side musician; background vocalist; sound mixer/tech; instrument tech; lighting tech; stagehand; merchandise worker; etc.
• I am not a salaried employee with any entity and specifically with no artist, performer, or other touring organization.
• Due to COVID 19 forcing the cancellation of events for which I was scheduled to work, I have lost my expected income in the amount listed above and have no other income source from which to pay my immediate living expenses.
Submit completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
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