Resources for Musicians during a Pandemic
Unemployment Insurance in WA
Where to apply:
- 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
For up-to-date information from the Washington State government, specifically related to Coronavirus.
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
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
Spokane Arts Fund for Creatives:
LOCAL EMERGENCY 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
Facebook, Artist Relief
$250 per person max
Artists & Indie Artists
Sells merchandise for musicians that can’t tour
List of Organizations that can help.
Psychological help for musicians