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 9/01/2021)

RECENT UPDATES - (updated as changes come in!)

  • Colorado Arts Relief Fund is open! This fund provides $15.5 million for the second round of funding to support arts, cultural and entertainment artists, crew members, and organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Funding through this bill will be distributed through two separate grant applications: Colorado Arts Relief—Business and Organization and Colorado Arts Relief—Individuals. Applications are open from August 23 – October 15.
  • City of Fort Collins Recovery Plan VisionThe City is set to receive $28.1 million of the nearly $6 billion American Rescue Plan Act funds.  To guide this spending, the City is developing a Fort Collins Recovery Plan. They want to hear from you! What does a resilient, vibrant recovery for all residents and businesses look like? How can we get there? Share your ideas, thoughts,  stories and hear others’ experiences and ideas HERE or Take a quick survey here
  • The Freelancer Failure Ball is the first-ever black-tie charity gala created to celebrate screw-ups in business. This is the chandelier-soaked rooftop fundraiser that benefits To Write Love on Her Arms, an American nonprofit focused on mental health for whole humans. September 18 at 5pm 
  • Rent Assistance from Neighbor to Neighbor! If you need some assistance with an existing rental click here and If you are looking for assistance for a new rental, visit their First Month’s Rent Assistance page.
  • Art-Train brings together artists and creatives with municipalities, agencies, and organizations to create culture-based collaborations. With separate tracks for artists and agencies, Art-Train helps you use American Rescue Plan and American Jobs Plan funding to support locally-rooted, culture-based collaborations.
  • Get info on vaccines from the Larimer County Health Department
  • COVID-19 tests for yourself or your employees? Find the testing closest to you



  • Any Needs Call  or Text #211 to connect with United Way of Larimer County’s help hotline.
  • Food Bank of Larimer County – where you can see if you qualify for food donations
  • 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)
  • Hunger Free Colorado – apply for food, cash, medical assistance, or  other programs 
  • Locally distributed food and hygiene products open to anyone in need by Serve 6.8, a Christian nonprofit working with churches



  • Call #211 to connect with United Way of Larimer County’s help hotline 
  • Rent assistance from Neighbor to Neighbor





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.