Resources for Musicians during a Pandemic

Unemployment Insurance in WA

Where to apply:
https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment

  • By Phone
    Call the Claims Center at 800-318-6022 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (except holidays) as follows:

    • Monday: New applications for those with Social Security numbers ending in 0-3. Open for questions about weekly claims and other general questions.
    • Tuesday: New applications for those with Social Security numbers ending in 0-6. Open for questions about weekly claims and other general questions.
    • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: Everyone (Social Security numbers ending in 0-9) can submit new applications. Open for questions about weekly claims and other general questions.
  • Persons with hearing or speaking impairments can call Washington Relay Service 711

If you attempt to apply online, you’ll need to create a Secure Access Washington account, which you can do here. There is a “pre-form” that you fill out to see if you qualify. When it comes to the question of why you are out of a job, the correct answer for this is “lack of work.” The ESD may change their form to have an option that says “direct cause from COVID-19” in the future, but for now, you would need to choose “lack of work.”

Sign up for the ESD’s Covid-19 Action alerts which can include how and when to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Additional Information and Resources

WASHINGTON STATE


For up-to-date information from the Washington State government, specifically related to Coronavirus.

From the Department of Health:
Corona Virus
Health Education
Workplace

If your hours are cut, or you own a business and are worried about having to lay off employees:
Help for workers

If you exposed to the covid-19 as part of the course of your work duties, there may also be relief through industrial insurance (workers’ compensation):
Help for workers

Washington State Health Insurance Plans are open again through April 8th

Washington State Labor Council
For WSLC News and Information read The Stand, sign up here.

SPOKANE


Spokane Regional Labor Council
To sign up for Spokane Regional Labor Council updates
(published by Tina <3)

United Way of Spokane

Spokane Regional Health District

FEDERAL


Center for Disease Control (CDC) Prevention and Treatment

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Public Health Departments in the United States

If you have COVID-19, please apply to the AFM Lester Petrillo Fund for Disabled Musicians. Application is here.

If you lose your job read this.

If gigs are cancelled, click here.

Washington State Labor Council
Information and Resources

AFM
Information and Resources

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


Spokane Arts Fund for Creatives:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/677MN8G

LOCAL EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE


https://www.snapwa.org/

ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE


Artist Trust Covid-19 Relief Fund
Artist Trust’s mission is to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines to enrich community life throughout Washington State.

Working Families Foundation
Run by the WA Labor Council

MusiCares

Sweet Relief

Musicians Foundation

SAG-AFTRA Actors Fund

For Bluegrass Musicians

For Blues Musicians

Facebook, Artist Relief
$250 per person max

Artists & Indie Artists
Sells merchandise for musicians that can’t tour

Relief for Musicians that have lost work due to the Coronavirus

List of Organizations that can help.

Help with Teaching Remotely:
Eric Heidbreder
Louisa Deasey

Psychological help for musicians

World Health Organization