About the Musicians' ERF

ABOUT_RCashThe Local 802 Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3), with the mission to provide Local 802’s 8,000+ professional musician members with reliable assistance in times of trouble and dire need. This need may arise from catastrophic illness, dramatic career downturns, or due to demonstrable financial hardship. Many musicians suffer from episodic employment and lack health insurance, pensions and other benefits found in most full-time jobs, and as a result this career is often a difficult one, lived without a safety net.

Counseling and grants from the Musicians’ ERF are often essential to the survival of these musicians. Through ERF, hundreds of musicians a year are helped by a New York State licensed social worker provides who confidential social services to members and their families through the ERF’s Musicians’ Assistance Program, and grants are available to musicians and their families going through hardship.

New technology has dramatically impacted professional members of Local 802: replacing live musicians with recordings, slashing the earning power of those whose careers have been dedicated to making music the hard way, in real-time and with a human touch.

As Bob Dylan — a Musicians’ ERF honorary advisory board member — famously wrote, “The times they are a’changing.” This has never been more evident than in the lives of musical artists who are aging and face declines in health and financial security. When they need assistance the Musicians’ ERF is there for them, providing support and assurance that they are not alone in their later years.

The Musicians’ ERF needs the sustaining support of music lovers and patrons of the arts to ensure that no deserving member goes without aid in times of crisis. Your tax-deductible contribution will ensure that the music will play on!