Update (5/8/2020)

Musicians are out of work!

Thank you to everyone who is supporting the "Give A Gig" program!

Because of you long beach blues society today received a letter from the mayor of long beach, robert garcia thanking for donations that are supporting long beach musicians.

This is a huge honor, we feel proud to be a small cog in this large wheel you have created, the city is watching as you support one of our most precious commodities, the artists who bring the soul to our great city.

We thank each and every one of you.

Above: Artists already helped by "Give A Gig"

New Music Solidarity Fund for Freelance Performers

Any musician who is in financial need, does not have a salaried position, and has had a project involving a living composer canceled because of the pandemic is invited to apply.

Your response to "Give A Gig" has blown us away! As of 5/5/20 your donations are on course to reach $3800 today or tomorrow, thank you so much!

due to this generosity we have already helped many artists and in turn the families who rely on them.  artists who INFORMED us of particular vulnerability have received multiple "Give A Gig" donations.

We're not stopping now! with no end in sight due to the COVID-19 crisis things are only getting harder right now.  We will continue to run our fundraiser until the communities artists are able to work again.  

Thank you,
the LBBS team.

Update (5/5/2020)


Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

This emergency fund can provide up to $200 for people of color that are either working artist or art administration and are affected by COVID-19.

Donor levels

Art Interrupted Emergency Arts Fund

Twenty Summer has launched an emergency fund for artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the COVID-19. Artists can receive up to $500, while arts organizations can receive up to $1,000.

thank you to everyone who has made this fundraiser a success!

We still need support - most musicians will not be back to regular gigs for a very long time especially with the State's Stay at Home Order which is still in effect.

Live music venues, concerts, and festivals are in Stage 4 of the reopening so we need to still keep this going.

Can you please share this fundraiser once more? Much appreciated! 

Musicians Foundation

The Musicians Foundation provides grants to U.S. musicians in any genre in a time of acute need due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.

("Give A gig" updates & artist support links at bottom of page)
Dramatists Guild Foundation

This fund provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.


Creative Capital has joined forces with our community to form Artist Relief, a new coalition of national arts grantmakers. This new initiative includes immediate, unrestricted emergency funding of $5,000 for individual artists of all disciplines to help those in need due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Update (6/9/2020)

Preserving the Past - Promoting the Future!


resources for artists

Arts Emergency Relief Fund
Location: Los Angeles, California

This program provides emergency relief grants to City of Los Angeles-based dance, music, and theater artists, as well as small ensembles who have had their public performances, shows, or concerts cancelled.

Thank you for your donation !

Long Beach Blues Society is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation

​LBBS EIN: 81-0764373


Artists in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance from this relief fund.

B.B. king                    -   ($1,000+)
Muddy waters      -   ($500+)
john lee hooker   -   ($250+)
buddy guy                -   ($100+)

LBBS 'Give 'A' Gig' program

Jazz Foundation Musicians Emergency Fund

Musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz, and roots music can apply for emergency funding from the Jazz Foundation.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

This relief fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet because of COVID-19.

The Blues Foundation HART Fund

The Blues Foundation Handy Artists Relief Trust Fund is available to Blues musicians and their families who are in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.

LBBS is channeling resources to local musicians directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. 
monies raised over the next 3 months will go directly to local musicians affected by the covid-19 pandemic and will cover lost income through Food, cash, meal and gift card donations. LBBS PRESERVES THE PAST AND PROMOTES THE FUTURE OF MUSIC.