Songwriters of North America (SONA) has established a new fund that will distribute $1,000 emergency grants to songwriters facing economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Applications for the SONA fund will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Friday (May 15). The process will be overseen by an executive committee of songwriters and industry professionals including Jess Furman, Brendan Okrent, Catharine Wood, Leona Lewis, Autumn Rowe, Leland and JHart.
To be eligible, applicants must be professional songwriters or composers, have a membership or affiliation with a PRO lasting more than two years, be over the age of 18 and earn at least half their income from songwriting. Those chosen to receive the grants will have the option of allocating the money to rent, food, healthcare and other categories.