Founded in 1914, Musicians Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to musicians and their families in times of need, crisis, or transition.
Now, I hope I’ve gotten your attention because this is an organization that has been dedicated to supporting professional musicians for more than a century.
Musicians Foundation was incorporated by the New York Musicians Club The Bohemians. Members and supporters over the last century have included many distinguished artists and philanthropists such as Pablo Casals, Jascha Heifetz, Elkan Naumburg, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arthur Rubinstein, Gustav Schirmer, Charles Steinway, Isaac Stern, and Arturo Toscanini. Legacy gifts have been an important resource of funds for Musicians Foundation aid grants.
Who Is Eligible?
In order to be considered for an aid grant from Musicians Foundation, a candidate must have worked as a professional musician for at least five years and paid their taxes in the United States. Applicants must submit tax statements demonstrating that their principal income is derived from work as a musician. A screening committee reviews all grantees to confirm the validity of each individual application, including review by a physician in cases of medical need, as well as evaluation by a licensed social worker.
How Does It Work?
That said, for those who meet the requirements, Musicians Foundation has provided support nationwide to thousands of musicians across all genres. It offers the assistance necessary for them to weather financial difficulties and personal setbacks with dignity and security. Funds raised through concerts, events, annual dinners, and bequests, as well as generous individual donations, have enabled Musicians Foundation to spend a century giving back to the people who make the music, reflecting on its “shared source of joy, inspiration and incomparable, irreplaceable artistry.”
Support includes one-time assistance for periods of acute need (medical crisis, crime victimization, etc.), as well as ongoing help for long-term costs, including nursing home and hospice care. Funding is given in the form of direct payment to vendors, such as medical practices, housing rental authorities, and insurance companies.
How to Donate/Apply
Visit www.musiciansfoundation.org to learn more about Musicians Foundation and read its latest news and true stories of support. There you can apply for support or, better yet, make a donation.
If you have any questions about the application or the application process, call or email Musicians Foundation at (212) 239-9137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please find the clickable versions of the above links below:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/musiciansfdn/
Pre-application (first of two parts): https://musiciansfoundation.submittable.com/submit
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