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SaskMusic Setting Up Emergency Financial Response Fund for Saskatchewan's Musicians & Industry Professionals

SaskMusic announced the launch of an emergency relief fund for Saskatchewan-based music industry professionals impacted by lost income due to COVID-19, aka coronavirus.

“SaskMusic stands behind artists, venues, and the music industry at large who have made the difficult decision to postpone or cancel concerts and events in an effort to slow the spread and reduce the risk of infection of the COVID-19 virus. We also recognize that this decision has the capacity to cause great financial and emotional strain on musicians, technicians, promoters, and other industry members,” the association says, adding: “SaskMusic is currently in the process of reallocating funds in order to launch an emergency financial response fund to help offset some of the income lost by working music professionals. An intake process will be announced in the coming days.”

The association also acknowledges that the demand for this fund will likely far exceed its resources, and thus has made the decision to accept private donations. It says that 100 per cent of all funds donated (less any bank/transaction fees) will be distributed to applicants of the program.

Donations to the fund can be made via PayPal HERE.

For more information, go to www.saskmusic.org.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.
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