The Freelance Audio Fund was established to provide emergency relief to the professional audio community impacted by COVID-19. 

The Freelance Audio Fund is no longer accepting applications. We have received more applications than we are able to fund currently and will be responding to them in the order received. We apologize for the delay in processing. We are committed to helping deliver opportunities for work to the freelance community and hope to share more on this soon.

The Freelance Audio Fund provides emergency relief to the professional audio community impacted by COVID-19

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Partner with us to bring attention to the needs of freelancers and grow the Fund. 100% of donations will be distributed to applicants in need. Contact us via email: 

The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to AIR are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. AIR’s United States' tax identification number is 11-3000997. 

About the Fund

Who is the Fund for?

Individual freelance audio professionals. This is limited in definition to prioritize reporters, producers, editors and engineers. Unfortunately, our limited resources do not allow us to prioritize musicians and performers in the audio community.

Can I apply more than once?

Yes, you can apply more than once. Priority, however, will be given to those who have yet to receive funds.

How much can I apply for?

  • + Applicants can apply for as little as $100. The maximum award is $599.
  • + It is possible that in the second cycle we will consider applications that exceed $600.

Can I apply for lost income from before COVID-19?

No. With limited resources, we are prioritizing loss of income that is a direct result of COVID-19.

What are examples of lost income that are eligible?

  • + Indefinitely postponed work or a standing gig that has been canceled.
  • + Travel expenses lost because of lost work. Travel credits that can be applied later will not be considered.
  • + Rental of equipment lost because of canceled work. Purchased equipment will not be considered.
  • + We recognize that not every financial impact falls neatly into one of the buckets described above. If you have a unique situation we encourage you to apply. It may, however, require additional communication.
    An example of this: is if you can demonstrate that you secure 3-4 tape syncs weekly and can document the sudden loss of income.

What forms of documentation are accepted?

  • + Receipts of expenses accrued without the option for reimbursement.
  • + Emails with personal addresses redacted are OK.
  • + Pertinent information- e.g., vendors- should be visible still. Proof of income from standing gigs that have suddenly stopped.
  • + Communication from a client of canceled or delayed work.
  • + Email if you have any questions. We need some demonstration of your professional experience. A statement of identifying as an audio freelancer is not sufficient.

When can I expect to hear back from the Fund?

Our goal is to respond within 10 days.

Is the application confidential?

Yes. Applicants will not be identified and applicant information will not be shared.

Do I have to show how the funds I receive are spent?


How will AIR make payment?

Our preference is via Paypal. Please be careful to share Paypal information that is not tied to a company if that is problematic for you. Wecan make exceptions for those who are unable to receive payment this way. Check payments will extend the timeline by which you receive payment.

Payments must be made to the individual who is applying. Proxies are not accepted.

Can I apply for a friend?

No. We encourage applicants to assist each other and AIR is available to help as well. Please note that payments cannot be made to anyone but the named applicant.


The following documentation is required in order to be processed and considered:

  • + Complete online submission form.
  • + Proof of loss of income due to COVID-19.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis


We encourage everyone to visit AIR’s freelancer guide for navigating COVID-19. The page is updated regularly to keep pace with what we are learning in real-time, including the latest on the federal economic stimulus package that could result in unemployment support being extended to include freelancers.

Please direct any questions you have to 

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