The Payback, Color Red & Sound Mind Collective Launch Musicians Relief Fund
Guitarist Eddie Roberts‘ The Payback organization teamed with The Sound Mind Collective and Color Red Music to launch a fund to support musicians struggling financially during the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak pandemic. Artists having a hard time paying for their basic needs can apply for microgrants, while live music fans can help support musicians by donating to the fund.
Microgrants will range from $100 – $500 with the aim of helping musicians pay for housing, food, medical care and other urgent needs. “Musicians who rely on live performance to keep a roof over their heads and provide basic needs for themselves and their families are on the frontline of the economic crisis caused by this worldwide pandemic,” said Roberts of The New Mastersounds, who founded The Payback in 2014. “It seemed appropriate that The Payback switched its focus to supporting the most at-risk musicians from falling through the cracks during this time.”
The Musicians’ Relief Fund has already received donations from a number of companies and individuals including Scott Morrill, owner of Denver’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom. “This is an extremely difficult time for musicians who make their living from performing live shows. With so much uncertainty in how long this pandemic will last, it’s more important than ever for those that can help to chip in,” noted Morrill. “Eddie has always been very thoughtful with raising money for different charities in the past and continues to help the music community with the Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund.”