A program called the ‘Covid-19 Relief Fund’ by MusiCares sees giants like Amazon Music, Facebook, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Tidal wading in to turn the tide.
The big names in tech and streaming have put heads together to relieve musicians and industry workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. A program called the ‘Covid-19 Relief Fund’ by MusiCares sees giants like Amazon Music, Facebook, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Tidal wading in to turn the tide.
The Covid-19 Relief Fund was established to provide monetary support for people in the industry who have been affected by the cancellation of events and the loss of various work opportunities.
Although the giants made no mention of the amount they’ll be donating, MusicCares, the charitable foundation behind the project, already raised $2 million since the establishment of the initiative last week. With the fund, music industry professionals, including artists, production crew members, technicians and so on, can be provided with basic living assistance like money for rent or mortgage. Those interested will need to send in an application, along with proof of canceled work.
Soundcloud will also be offering its own token of support as it will be joining forces with Twitch to help musicians earn some money while practicing social distancing in their homes. Under their partnership, SoundCloud Pro, SoundCloud Premier and Repost by SoundCloud creators can get their Twitch Affiliate status fast-tracked. In the time following their confirmation as affiliates, creators can begin earning from their online performances streamed on the Twitch platform.