The Red Dirt Relief Fund, Inc., is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has provided more than $110,000 to 50+ music people in 21 Oklahoma cities and towns since its inception in 2012. Grant recipients' situations range from loss of work after accidents, chronic illness or medical emergencies to loss of property due to fire and tornado.

ABOUT USserving all Oklahoma music people


It’s been said musicians don’t have insurance—they host benefits. It was the tough truth in this quip that led Red Dirt musicians and fans to begin an organization to serve music people in times of need. Soon after the Red Dirt Relief Fund was granted 501(c)3 non-profit status in 2012, it became clear it couldn’t just serve Red Dirt musicians, but would need to cover the entire musician community of Oklahoma. Today, any person living in Oklahoma who has worked in the business of making music for at least 5 years is eligible for aid.

Financial backing to begin the Fund grew out of a concert in April 2011 in Stillwater, Oklahoma—the birthplace of Oklahoma roots red dirt music. The event, called Gypsy Café, brought together over 30 of the scene’s most successful songwriters, including Jimmy LaFave, Brandon Jenkins, Jason Boland, Stoney LaRue, Cody Canada and more, to perform in pairs at intimate live music venues around Stillwater.  All ticket proceeds were used to begin the Fund. Today, Bob Childers' Gypsy Cafe brings more than 60 songwriters together annually for the organization's largest annual benefit music festival. The Fund began a second annual benefit festival, Tom Skinner Skyline Fest, in Tulsa in 2016.

Red Dirt Relief Fund is operated by an all-volunteer Board of representing communities statewide.
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Mike Hosty, Oklahoma musician and Red Dirt Relief Fund grant recipient, put it this way:

“What they did for me, I will give back to them over and over and over. It meant so much to me … and I love being a part of it. It’s just such a great thing to come together and help your fellow musicians. When you know what it’s like, it makes it all the more important."

RDRF Board of Directors

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Katie Dale, Executive Director

Tim Holland, Board President

Blake Parks, President-Elect

 
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Brad Piccolo, Member

Jim Paul Blair, Member

Jerry Payne, Member

John Cooper, Member

We’re here to help

If you’re currently an Oklahoma resident, have worked in the music business for 5 years and are facing an unavoidable emergency, we’re here to help.