Musicians in the Metropolitan Area of Detroit and across the State of Michigan are listening to the "sound of silence" because clubs, churches, organizations and venues that require music are closed--closed on orders of Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order comes in the wake of the coronavirus spreading rapidly in Michigan. Hospital beds are running scare as hospitals scramble to take care of patients.
How Are Musicians Handling "No Work?"
Like everybody else...trying to "make ends meet." It looks like the Stimulus Package will pass soon, so, maybe after the virus is under control, a sense of normalcy will resume. Also, once the stimulus money gets in your hands, "catch-up." In the meantime, what do musicians do? Well...if you have computer skills, consider setting the groundwork for an online business, and when the economy gets better, manage it between gigs. That can be another source of income. Take a look at the list of resources below:
National Endowment for the Arts A list of art service organizations that are providing frequently updated news and resources for artists and arts organizations.
Creative Capital A list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. As well as a list of arts events that have moved online.
Artwork Archive Relief Fund A list of emergency resources for artists as well as an ongoing list of crowdfunding efforts to provide financial relief for artists.
Freelance Artists Resource List An aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines, specifically meant to serve freelance artists.
Artists Thrive A compilation of resources, tools and opportunities that aim to provide artists and those who work with artists support to be able to thrive in the wake of these challenging circumstances.