Dear JFA Family,
The bottom has fallen out of the live music industry.
Concerts, tours, and festivals have been canceled.
Clubs, bars, and restaurants have closed. Our jazz and
blues community is one of the earliest to be hit and one
of the least equipped to endure such a disruption.
The need is unprecedented but reminds us of JFA’s
mission and purpose to provide emergency assistance in
times of crisis.
In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jazz
Foundation of America continues to connect with hundreds
of jazz and blues musicians to provide compassionate
counsel and offer direct financial support.
We have a large and growing number of clients who rely
on us due to illness, old age, lack of work, or other
circumstances. These artists live precariously even in
good economic times, with no job security and minimal
savings. Now they face an indefinite period of financial
free fall, with months of gigs lost already.
One after another, musicians are saying the same thing:
“I don’t know how I will provide for my family.”
We have established a COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund
to help musicians and their families with basic living
expenses. Your contributions expand the scope of this