Vermont Musicians COVID Relief Fund Application

The musicians in our community have cultivated a music scene that is vital to Vermonters. We are now approaching the one-year mark since the pandemic reached our region, forcing the closure of Vermont venues, and it will be some time before the music scene returns to full force. While we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, relief for Vermont musicians is needed now.

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is dedicated to supporting Vermont musicians. The Vermont Musicians COVID Relief Fund—a program created by the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival—provides paid gigs to Vermont-based individual musicians who are in need of financial assistance. Individual amounts range from $500-$1,000 and are awarded on a rolling basis until funds run out. We will work individually with each recipient to facilitate and plan the gigs, assessing the safety constraints currently in place and the technological capabilities available. Concepts include, but are not limited to, virtual conversations/interviews between musicians, home studio virtual tours/performances, recorded performances in local venues, or engagement on community arts platforms. Artists are encouraged to propose additional formats and ideas.

Purpose of Funds 

The purpose of this program is to support musicians who need immediate help and to create a space for those musicians to engage with the community in a safe way.

Who May Apply 

Individual artists/musicians who:

  • Are 18 years old or older
  • Live in Vermont
  • Performed regularly in Vermont pre-COVID
  • Can submit a W-9 form to accept funding


Requests are processed in the order they’re received, and as artists will be notified as soon as possible.

Applicants must submit a completed W-9 to receive funding. Please consult a tax advisor regarding that form or other implications of receiving funding.


Contact Chelsea Lafayette ( or 802-863-7992) with any inquiries about Vermont Musicians COVID Relief Fund or the application process.