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 8/03/2020)

RECENT UPDATES - (updated as changes come in!)


  • Colorado Artist Relief Fund  A collaboration that combines funds from Denver Arts & Venues Imagine 2020 Artist Assistance Fund, Colorado Creative Industries, and RedLine’s INSITE Fund.
  • Artist Relief – Rolling Deadline through September – grants of $5,000 grants to artists facing financial emergencies due to COVID-19
  • Temporarily Closed: NoCo Music Relief Fund – Bohemian Foundation is offering grants of up to $1,000 for musicians and music industry workers who live in Larimer and Weld counties who must demonstrate that they are in severe financial distress.  Music industry professionals in these two counties are advised to apply for Colorado Music Relief Fund for assistance.  
  • Colorado MusiCares Fund – A local branch of MusiCares who provide support for musicians and music industry
  • offers a list of emergency relief programs
  • Sustainable Arts Foundation’s Resources for Artists with Children
  • Rolling deadline – AGMA Relief Fund (For Actors – AGMA members only)
  • UNEMPLOYMENT for Gig Workers & Contractors (1099 workers) (Site has a chat box and/or watch a helpful Q &A video here)
  • UNEMPLOYMENT: Get the latest on applying for unemployment at (303) 860-5881 or
  • GRANTS FOR YOUR SPECIFIC ART! See more relief options at our Discipline Specific Resources 




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





  • NoCo Gigging Musician Facebook Group – join here to hear about all things concerning musicians and COVID
  • The CARES Act explained for Freelancers and Artists (Video by Briana Harris Greeley Creative District)
  • Document and share your experience through COVID-19 with History Colorado
  • ALSO see our Discipline specific page for individual Facebook groups and more!
  • And check out all the learning videos, webinars and more offered by exploring the Creative Tools and Tips page and the Virtual Events and Livestreaming page
  • The Launchpad podcast – The Music District, takes you step by step through different topics confronting msuicians and independent artists. See the entire video series:
    • 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 – This online workshop will help answer questions and provide insight into the application process for relief by highlighting 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.