Artists, Musicians & Gig Workers


Please note that the inclusion of these links and sources does not constitute an endorsement by the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District. (updated 1/15/2021)

RECENT UPDATES - (updated as changes come in!)

  • COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. CERF+ is now accepting applications for the third cycle of grants, a one-time $1,000 grants to artists working in craft disciplines who continue to face dire food, housing, and medical insecurities caused by the pandemic. The third cycle will accept applications starting Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 9 a.m. (ET) and close on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 5 p.m. (ET). Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community, including people of color and folk and traditional artists.
  • Cares Act renewed and business loans, direct payments and unemployment benefits are renewed
  • New Marketplace — Sell your art or experiences on Fort Collins Marketplace! Easy and all Fort Collins – run by Visit Fort Collins to support small businesses
  • Pro Bono Attorneys services for Colorado businesses affected by COVID


    • Help for Artists and Musicians Affected by the Fires and COVID – Emergency Relief for Artists Working In Craft Disciplines — CERF+’s emergency assistance includes grants and/or brokered assistance, such as booth fee waivers and discounts or donations of supplies and equipment. To learn more about our eligibility requirements and guidelines, visit the website or contact us at
    • Take Note Colorado, a responsive, competitive opportunity for individuals and organizations statewide to offer highly inclusive, culturally relevant and student-centered music instruction. Individuals can apply for up to $10,000 to develop programming that meets Take Note’s goals.
  • OTHER:


  • Food Bank of Larimer County – where you can see if you qualify for food donations
  • Hunger Free Colorado – apply for food, cash, medical assistance, or  other programs 
  • Any Needs Call  or Text #211 to connect with United Way of Larimer County’s help hotline.
  • Locally distributed food and hygiene products open to anyone in need by Serve 6.8, a Christian nonprofit working with churches
  • Vindeket Foods – a food/produce rescue program/storefront, providing free food boxes that can cater to food restrictions such as gluten free, vegetarian,.. (Pay what you can, volunteer)



  • Rent assistance from Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Affordable Housing – get help finding it in our community (
  • Call #211 to connect with United Way of Larimer County’s help hotline 





THE LAUNCHPAD SERIES- by The Music District

  • Episode #1 The Cares Act Part 1– What freelancers can apply for in the CARES Act, Livestreaming and much more
  • Episode #2 Financial Assistance for the Music Industry – Highlights the stories of several NoCo musicians and industry workers who have applied for relief funding.
  • Episode #3 Level up Your Livestream – tune into this workshop to learn more about accessible tech and tactics to improve your livestream game.
  • Episode #4 Save Our Stages: The Future of Live Music in FoCo & Beyond – We’ll discuss what a return to live music could look like, how independent venues are making it through COVID-19, and what you can do to #SupportOurStages.
  • Episode #5 Play it Safe! Evaluating Today’s Live Music Opportunities – Join us for a discussion between local and regional musicians and music workers about how artists, hosts, talent buyers, and promoters are evaluating live performance opportunities, keeping themselves and their audiences safe, and navigating new types of challenges to playing live.
  • Episode #6 – Sync Licensing – placement of music in film, television, video games, and advertisements can be a huge asset in an artist’s career, but the sync world is often difficult to navigate without the proper network, music supervisor-friendly tunes, and business acumen required. Discussion about breaking into the world of sync licensing.