With the coronavirus outbreak shutting down all major sports, schools, and postponing or cancelling major events, concerts, and festivals, the financial toll of this one will be felt by everyone across the US for a long time to come.

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The Red Dirt Relief Fund is hoping to soften the blow a bit for Oklahoma-based musicians. According to TulsaWorld.com, the fund "will provide up to $50,000 to Oklahoma music people in the form of one-time emergency grants of $250 on a first-come, first-served basis."

While we cannot know how COVID-19 will spread or how long this crisis will last, we do know that this virus has universally devastated our working music community. In the past week, a majority of gigs and festivals for the coming weeks and months have been cancelled or postponed. While some Oklahomans are fortunate to have paid leave, remote-work options and other safety nets, working musicians without gigs are left without income to pay their bills. As an organization that provides a safety net of emergency assistance to Oklahoma music people, we cannot imagine a more critical time to come to their aid." - Executive Director Katie Dale

If you are eligible you can apply right here.