The Village Fund is a grant program for folk artists and independent music industry professionals experiencing financial hardship, administered by Folk Alliance International.
The Village Fund’s name is inspired by the rural origins of various folk music traditions, the urban villages that expanded the folk audience, and the recognition that folk music forms one global village of fans, artists, and industry professionals alike.
As most of you know, the music industry has taken a huge hit in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Event cancelations have had a ripple effect throughout the entire community, causing loss of income for artists, festivals, venues, managers, agents, and more. In response to this crisis, Folk Alliance International has launched The Village Fund, a grant program supporting folk artists and industry in need — but they need your help!
Funding for the grants has come from public performance tickets from the Folk Unlocked Virtual Conference, cash directly from FAI’s reserve, and community donations.
To make sure that these important grants can continue to be distributed, please consider making a donation! Each grant is $500, but any amount helps and goes directly toward ensuring the future of the folk music community.