Here’s how to help music venues and their staff

Ever since the COVID-19 shutdown kicked in, we’ve done our best to keep this list updated. Do you know a music venue doing a fundraising campaign? Drop us a line or leave a comment.


With independent clubs hit especially hard by the coronavirus shutdown, the National Independent Venues Association (NIVA) is urging music fans to contact their legislators to urge federal assistance for these small businesses. Join the petition drive, titled #SaveOurStages, here.


With venues and bars shuttered, fundraising campaigns are underway for staff — house sound engineers, bartenders, security, door people, etc. Here’s how to help:

■ A GoFundMe campaign has been started for employees of the Teragram Ballroom and the Moroccan Lounge. Donate.

■ A GoFundMe campaign has been started for employees of the Satellite. Donate.

■ A GoFundMe campaign has been started for employees of the Hi Hat. Donate.

The Hotel Café is soliciting donations via its tickets page, with 100% of the proceeds going to employees who are jobless because the venue is shuttered. Donate.

The Bootleg Theater has a GoFundMe campaign as well. Donate here.

Zebulon Café (open for alcohol/food takeout) has set up a GoFundMe page for its employees. Donate.

Saint Rocke has a GoFundMe page for its staff. Donate.

The Lodge Room (and adjacent Checker Hall) has a GoFundMe for their employees. Donate.

■ A GoFundMe campaign has been started for the Troubadour. Donate.

Gold-Diggers has launched a GoFundMe campaign for its staff. Donate.

■ Downtown’s Resident (open for alcohol takeout) has a GoFundMe campaign ongoing for its staff. Donate.

■ The recently reopened Airliner has set up a GoFundMe page for its people. Donate.

■ A GoFundMe campaign has been started for staff at La Cita. Donate.

Kulak’s Woodshed has a GoFundMe campaign to help the DIY venue survive the crisis. Donate.

The 1933 Group, owner of 11 establishments including Highland Park Bowl, both Bigfoot Lodges, the Sassafras Saloon and the Thirsty Crow, is taking a novel approach to fundraising: They’re selling “bonds.” Essentially gift certificates, the bonds are worth $100 in future purchases, and they’re being sold at a discount for $80. More information here.

Amoeba Music has started a GoFundMe to help their three stores (their flagship Berkeley, San Francisco and relocating Hollywood locations) which have been shuttered since mid-March. More info and donations accepted here.

DoLA— the popular website and email newsletter that’s a virtual city guide to all things music, arts and culture — is soliciting donations for its staff. Like many outlets who depend on marketing dollars (including this site), DoLA’s revenue has plummeted to zero because of the lockdown. Their plea is simple: help us stay in business.


MusiCares has set up a COVID-19 Relief Fund for musicians in need. Donate here.

Sweet Relief is accepting donations at its COVID-19 Relief Fund as well. Donate here.

Musicians Foundation also has a COVID-19 fund. Donate here.

Live Nation has established Crew Nation to raise funds to support tour managers, production managers, riggers, sound engineers, backline techs, lighting directors/designers, special effects teams, carpenters and more who work behind the scenes of live events. Donate.



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