Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation Inc. - Serving the Louisville music community since 1982

"Feed The Band" Fundraiser

Terms and conditions

Execution dates

Musician's Emergency Resource Foundation (MERF) has responded to the COVID19 virus outbreak by implementing the "Feed The Band Fundraiser" to begin March 1, 2020 and ending May 31, 2020

During this time, MERF will accept donations to a separate fundraiser fund for the purpose of assistance in the form of monetary payouts to musicians who are eligible for COVID19 assistance. 

"Eligibility" is defined in the section below labeled - Definitions.

Goals and Milestones

Musician's Emergency Resource Foundation (MERF) has established a "flexible" goal to raise $50,000.00.

Flexible means this goal is not a mandatory goal to reach before issuing any payouts. Since MERF has created a separate pool of money to assist COVID19 affected musicians, MERF is waiting to reach a milestone of $4,000.00 before issuing any payouts. This is needed in order to protect the general operating fund for MERF. Once this milestone is reached, MERF will begin the process of paying out assistance as defined below in the section labeled, "Payout Process."

Further information on the fundraiser process is outlined below in the section labeled, "Campaign Execution."



Campaign Execution

Beginning March 1, 2020, MERF will implement the "FEED THE BAND" (FTB) fundraiser and begin accepting donations to a separate resource pool for the purpose of providing financial aid to those musicians affected by the COVID19 virus outbreak. This campaign will run through to May 31, 2020. 

The campaign will be executed as follows:

  1. MERF will accept donations to the FTB fund beginning March 1, 2020.
  2. MERF will accept and vet applications from Musicians needing financial aid beginning March 1, 2020. A formal application must be filled out and submitted to begin the process. This application can be found at: https://www.louisvillelivemusic.com/index.php/need-help
  3. Once an application is received, a representative from MERF will reach out to the applicant via phone at the number provided on application to acknowledge receipt of the application and to provide more information on the application process.
  4. A total three (3) attempts by phone will be performed. If applicant can not be reached or has not responded to voicemails in the three attempts, application will not be processed any further and will be automatically deleted.
  5. There will be an established milestone of $4,000.00 to reach before relief checks will be issued.
  6. Once the initial $4,000.00 milestone has been reached, MERF will begin processing the current applications and make payouts as outlined below in the section labeled, "Payout Process."
  7. Campaign totals can be tracked at: https://www.louisvillelivemusic.com/index.php/band-aid-2020/feed-the-band-home-page
  8. The campaign will end on May 31, 2020, at 12:00 midnight and any application received with a time-stamp after May 31, 2020, 11:59:00 PM(est) will not be processed.
  9. There will be an additional 60-day extended period after May 31, 2020, granted to a successful applicant which will be eligible for an extended relief check as outlined below in the section labeled, "Payout Process."



Payout Process

  1. Relief checks in the amount of $500.00 will be paid directly to the applicant and can be used for any purpose at the sole discretion of the applicant.
  2. The FTB campaign will run to May 31, 2020. All applications received on or before May 31, 2020 and have been successfully vetted and approved by MERF, will be eligible for the initial $500.00 relief check.
  3. Each successful applicant will also be eligible to re-apply for an extended relief check up to $300.00 for a period of no more than 60 days from the date of the original relief check.
  4. "Extended relief checks" will be available up to $300.00 on a first come / first serve basis and will be available only until the FTB resource money is depleted or until the applicants' 60 days expire - whichever comes first. 
  5. Extended relief checks are defined in the section below labeled, "Definitions."
  6. Payouts can be tracked on the FTB Campaign page at :https://www.louisvillelivemusic.com/index.php/band-aid-2020/feed-the-band-home-page




  1. Eligibility - Any working musician within MERF's service coverage area as defined in line item III, which has been financially affected by the COVID19 virus outbreak.
  2. Working musician - Any musician which has been full-time, part-time, or gig employed within the last 6 months of March 1, 2020 and can provide references to validate. Reference fields are provided on request form found at https://www.louisvillelivemusic.com/index.php/need-help
  3. MERF defines coverage areas as follows -   Anyone wishing to receive any assistance from MERF must live in one of the following counties: the Kentucky Counties of Jefferson, Shelby, Oldham, Spencer, Hardin, and Bullitt as well as the Indiana counties of Clark, Floyd, and Harrison.  
  4. Milestone - Financial benchmark established by MERF to initiate payout process.
  5. Extended Relief Check - Successful applicants of the original FTB fundraiser campaign are welcomed and encouraged to re-apply for an additional extended relief check on or before 60 days from date of first check issuance. Extended relief checks will be in the amount of up to $300.00 depending on total FTB resource pool amount and prior to 60-days of first relief check issuance. Once the original 60 days has expired or initial FTB campaign funds have been depleted, whichever comes first, extended relief checks will no longer be available.



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