The Trust Fund COVID-19 Relief supports eligible professional bluegrass music applicants whose income must be at least fifty percent from activity related to bluegrass. Membership to the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) is not required to be an applicant. Professionals include—but are not limited to—artists, composers, broadcasters, media representatives, event producers, agents, educators, managers, and employees of record companies. Families of such individuals may also qualify for assistance. Each request for assistance is judged on its own merits and should demonstrate a financial emergency or circumstance involving dire need.
Due to an increase in applications during the COVID-19 crisis, the IBMA Trust Fund is awarding grants of up to $500 per eligible applicant.