The music industry was among the first to close and will be among the last to reopen as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, placing musicians who depend on income from live performances in very dire financial positions.

To support musicians during this critical time, the Play it Forward campaign will distribute grants*, starting at a minimum of $500, to musicians facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19 and broadcast a live stream of a performance by the artist, recorded without an audience**, where additional tips will be collected for the performer.

Submissions will be accepted through May 17th. Grant recipients will be selected by lottery on May 18th and notified by email.

To avoid interruptions during the live stream, artists should plan a 45 minute set of original tunes and/or original takes on cover songs.

To donate to the cause:

By Check:
Galva Arts Council, PO Box 29, Galva, IL 61434
Payable To: Galva Arts Council
Memo: Play it Forward

To apply please fill out the form below:

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*A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 musicians will be selected, depending on the amount of funding available.
**Performances will be recorded at Bishop Hill Creative Commons.

The Play It Forward campaign is a partnership between Heartland Connections, Levitt AMP Galva Music Series, Galva Arts Council, Peoria Music Live, Done Right TV, and Bishop Hill Creative Commons and is made possible by generous support from the Galesburg Community Foundation.