Santa Rosa offering new relief grants to musicians suffering from COVID-19 pandemic pause

ByAndrew Morris KGO logo
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Santa Rosa offers new music relief grants for pandemic pause
The city of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County is offering relief grants to local musicians hurt by the pandemic, thanks to funding from the town's annual Live at Julliard park concert series, which has been cancelled due to COVID-19 public health guidelines.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- The city of Santa Rosa has a new idea to help keep local musicians afloat while they struggle to survive the coronavirus pandemic, forcing them to press pause on their livelihoods.

With in-person concerts and live music still on hold with COVID_19 health guidelines, the city has offered relief grants to applying musicians.

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"There's a large music community here and it's pretty popular to have a variety of concert series, small and large, all throughout Sonoma County and the region," said Tara Thompson, Arts & Culture Manager of Santa Rosa. "This is an attempt, a small step, towards helping to support those musicians who don't have access to those live gigs right now."

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Santa Rosa has made 18 grants available, worth $2,000 each. Funding is coming from what was reserved for the city's 'Live at Julliard' concert series, which has been cancelled this year for COVID-19 safety protocols.

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To apply for a grant, interested musicians can apply here. Winning musicians will be notified in May.

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