NewsLocal News / July 16, 2020

Indianapolis Partners With Local Organizations For Music Cities Strategy Recovery Program

Local band performs at Musical Family Tree's 10th anniversary show. - Courtesy of MFT/photo by Lisa Fett

Local band performs at Musical Family Tree's 10th anniversary show.

Courtesy of MFT/photo by Lisa Fett

The City of Indianapolis, Musical Family Tree and the Indy Chamber partnered to develop the Music Cities Strategy Recovery Program, a grant program dedicated to supporting independent music venues disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Independent music venues are the lifeblood of the music scene, where local musicians learn their trade and build careers. We’re proud to continue our partnership with the City to provide assistance to them when they need it the most.” said Jim Rawlinson, Board Chair of Musical Family Tree in a statement yesterday. “Music venues were the first to close and the last to open. Hopefully these funds will allow them to hang on and reopen responsibly and safely.”

The program will make $125,000 of federal CARES Act funds available to independent music venues located within Marion County. Grant money can be used for costs including monthly rent, mortgage payments and utility payments.

“Indianapolis has some of the finest independent music venues in the country,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett in a statement. “As we safely reopen our economy, we want to make sure that our venues have the resources they need to survive and thrive.”

Musical Family Tree will handle the application process and the distribution of funds for the program.

Independent music venues in Marion County can apply at by Aug. 7.

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