The City of Austin Economic Development Department is reopening the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund on August 10, 2020 to reach additional local musicians facing hardships due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund allocates $1.5 million dollars in emergency reserves in the form of $1,000 grants specifically to local musicians able to demonstrate income loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Austin Creative Worker Relief Grant is a $3.5 million fund providing $2,000 grants to help Austin’s creative sector workers offset expenses like rent, bills, and groceries. For the purposes of the grant, “creative worker” will be defined as an individual whose current or primary occupation is or has been within arts, music, film, fashion, museums, preservation, and more. This includes both practicing artists and associated personnel within the creative industries.

Visit for more information about the programs, including guidelines and eligibility.

The City's Economic Development team is working diligently to launch additional grant and forgivable loan programs for small businesses and non-profit organizations in the coming weeks, including:

  • $10 million in financial support for small businesses through the Commercial Loans for Economic Assistance & Recovery (CLEAR) Fund
  • $6 million in financial support to nonprofits through the Austin Nonprofit & Civic Health Organizations Relief (ANCHOR) Fund
  • $1 million in grants for childcare centers in Austin that meet eligibility criteria

The City of Austin is committed to health and safety as more businesses reopen and individuals return to work. Visit the COVID-19 Sharable Information and Required Signage website to view, download, print and share helpful and informative safe operation factsheets in multiple languages.

In addition to general information, there are specific fliers for construction sites, bars and restaurants, child care facilities, food service providers, grocery stores, places of worship, and more!

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