COVID-19 Entertainment Industry Resources

We’ve compiled advice and resources on national, state and local relief programs for those in the entertainment industry. Find out what programs you’re eligible for.

Federal Stimulus Payments

These direct stimulus checks will be issued in early 2021 in these amounts:

$600/person and $600/dependent

The amounts will begin to decrease at individual incomes over $75,000 ($150,000 for couples). The federal government will direct deposit payment based on information from your 2019 taxes. If you haven’t filed your taxes, do so immediately even if you don’t owe any money. 

Get free help filing your taxes 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Self-employed individuals, 1099, independent contractors, free lancers and gig economy workers whose income has been cut or eliminated by the pandemic are eligible for a $300/week unemployment benefit plus a $100/week subsidy for wage earners with self-employment income not figured in to traditional unemployment. In December 2020, the Federal subsidy extended to 50 weeks of benefits effective through 3/14/21.

Free Dental Services

Dr. Gary Belenski is offering free dental services to any Oklahoma musician and their families for the next 12 months. These are pro bono services with no strings attached. Located in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Belenski is extending this offer as a way of giving back to all the artists who have brought immeasurable joy to him and his family, especially at a time when so many artists are out of work.

All dental services with the exception of wisdom teeth removal and molar root canals are included until August 2021 at his office in the Denver area. Learn more at To schedule service or discuss treatment options, contact Dr. B at 303-913-4950 or

Shuttered Venue Operator (SVO) Grant

If you’re a venue, promoter or talent agent who sustained a revenue loss of 25% or greater from April-December 2020, you may be eligible for a SVO Grant coming soon via the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Check out the details here and follow their socials for updates on when applications open.

Additional Grant Funds

Companies from Spotify to Verizon and nonprofits like Grammy Foundation’s MusiCares are also offering grant assistance to music people and small businesses. We direct you to our partners at the Oklahoma Film+Music Office for an updated list:

COVID-19 Relief Resources for Oklahomans