Local 47 Musicians Relief Fund

Your generous contribution to the Musicians Relief Fund will help Local 47 members suffering from illness or injury that prevents them from working, or who lack the funds to pay for necessities such as food or rent.

If your donation is in memory of a member, please email benefits@afm47.org and mention their name in your message.

To make an online donation, please log in and select the Donations link from the dropdown menu on the top left of the page.

You may send a check/money order to:
Local 47 Musicians Relief Fund
3220 Winona Ave.
Burbank CA 91504

Please note: Donations to the Local 47 Relief Fund are not tax-deductible.


Apply for Relief

If you need financial assistance, please fill out and submit the Relief Fund Application and mail to the address above or send by email. All submissions are discreet and confidential.

Guidelines for Use of the Local 47 Musicians Relief Fund:

The Relief Fund shall be used for relief for immediate situations, such as:

  1. Illness or injury that prevents the member from working
  2. Lack of money to pay for necessities such as food and/or rent
  3. Membership dues

The Relief Fund shall not be used for:

  1. Payment of a member's work dues
  2. Repeated assistance for a continuing condition

Guidelines for Applying for the Musicians Relief Fund:

  1. Applicant must be an AFM Local 47 member in good standing for at least one year.
  2. Applicant must be making regular payments towards work dues.
  3. Subsequent relief will not be granted for at least one year.
  4. Maximum award per applicant is $500 plus Membership Dues, if needed. The Executive Board may grant exception in case of a catastrophic event or illness.
  5. We do not pay for member’s work dues.
  6. Applicant must submit bills or medical records. Relief fund checks will be issued directly to creditors. No checks will be issued directly to applicant.
  7. Secretary/Treasurer’s office will refer applicants to other relief sources whenever possible.

Other Resources:

California Jazz Foundation - aids and assists California jazz musicians in need

Entertainment Community Fund - fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan

Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians - provides financial aid to disabled AFM members

Music Fund of Los Angeles - financial assistance to musicians who are unable to work due to sudden illness, poverty or other distress

MusiCares - provides mental health and addiction recovery services, health and human services, founded by the Recording Academy

Musicians Foundation - voluntary aid and assistance to professional musicians and their families in case of need

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