Corona Relief Fund FAQ


What is Equal Sound?

Founded in 2015 by Artistic Director Nick Norton, Equal Sound curates experiences that illuminate the threads between music genres to attract and engage new audiences from all musical worlds. Equal Sound is dedicated to the idea that all music is created equal.


What is the Corona Relief Fund?

In response to the coronavirus pandemic and its devastating effect on our artistic community, the Los Angeles based non-profit Equal Sound launched the Corona Relief Fund (CRF). Through the fund, musicians can apply for an initial grant up to $500 due to the impact of COVID-19. Guidelines to apply and ways to donate are listed at


Who can apply to the CRF?

Any musician who can be legally paid in the US who has had work cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic. A W9 is required so we can track these payments.


Can I apply as an international artist?

Right now we are only paying out US-based musicians, but if you are a musician from another country in need, please apply anyway so we can put you on the wait list.


What do I need to apply?

  • Be a musician who lost confirmed performances due to coronavirus closures that will go unpaid by the presenter.
  • Upload evidence that you had this gig confirmed and then canceled IN A SINGLE PDF via the online submission form.
  • Provide your address and contact details (also via the online submission form).


Can I apply more than once?

Yes, multiple applications are possible to reflect the number of gigs cancelled. However, we ask that you please wait until you’ve received a payment to apply for another cancelled gig. Artists who submit multiple applications in a single request will only have their first event considered.


How will I know my application has been processed?

All successful applications receive an automatic confirmation to the email address they provided. Applications get time stamped automatically in our system to honor the first-come, first-served approach.


How will I get paid?

A notification will be sent to you by our Corona Relief Fund Manager with further instructions.


When will I hear back?

We are processing thousands of requests and working to streamline our payment process, which has already begun. Please make sure you are on our mailing list to receive general updates from Equal Sound. If you have specific questions, please reach out to