Folk Alliance International has established The Village Fund, a grant program for folk artists and independent music industry professionals experiencing financial hardship.
As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages on, folk artists have been among the hardest hit since they make their living almost exclusively through touring.
FAI, which launched in 1989 to connect the folk music community, has committed $25,000 from its reserve and hopes to raise an additional $75,000 in public support for the fund in order to initially distribute 200 grants of $500, with plans to continually replenish the fund. The Village Fund will open applications in April for FAI members and those who have participated in FAI events over the past three years. Recipients will then be drawn by lottery.