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Musicians' Emergency Healthcare Program & Eligibility


Navigating complex health care systems and knowing what resources are out there to help can be overwhelming, especially in the midst of difficult medical and financial circumstances.  The JWF Musicians’ Emergency Healthcare Program is designed to assist individual musicians and their families when faced with a medical crisis. Through financial assistance grants and guidance from the JWF social services team, JWF gives musicians the tools to navigate challenging health-related circumstances by addressing immediate needs and navigating available resources for long-term stability.

The JWF Musicians’ Emergency Healthcare Program provides two equally important services to eligible applicants:

  • Extensive support from the JWF social services team in accessing aid from many other Resources, and
  • Financial aid in the form of grants.

Social Services Support Team

JWF’s team of navigators includes social workers and other professionals trained in similar fields.  After you submit your Phase 1 Application, a JWF navigator will contact you to begin evaluating your options for things like health insurance, financial assistance for medical bills, food and housing assistance, and sources of income such as Social Security Disability.  By accessing existing resources like these, any potential JWF grant you may also receive will be maximized for other eligible expenses during your time of hardship.

The JWF navigators can work with you over the phone, email, and in person to identify possible insurance or assistance options, and to give ongoing guidance through application processes until an outcome is reached.  Your JWF navigator can also serve as an advocate in your interactions with health care systems, such as finding providers and accessing care, dealing with medical bills, and communicating with insurance companies regarding coverage.

JWF Financial Support Grants

In addition to social services support and guidance, the JWF may also provide financial assistance in the form of money grants. In consultation with the social services team, the applicant will identify areas of immediate and long-term financial needs.   Depending on an applicant’s specific needs, we offer financial assistance in two forms:

  • Living Assistance Grants.  Grant funds provided by JWF for living expenses are called Living Assistance Grants and cover necessary living expenses, such as rent, food, auto expenses, or utilities.  These funds will be paid by JWF directly to the creditor or other third-party — the applicant’s landlord, utility company, or auto repair shop.  The JWF also may provide the applicant with gift cards to a grocery store or gas station.
  • Medical Expense Grants.  Grant funds provided by JWF for medical expenses are called Medical Expense Grants.  These grants cover most expenses from licensed practitioners relating to medical, dental, alternative medicine, or mental health care.  These funds are paid directly from JWF to the healthcare provider.

NOTE: In order to receive financial assistance from JWF, applicants must pursue other potential resources, such as hospital charity care or Medicaid, as advised by the social services team.  Exceptions to this policy may be considered under limited circumstances, at the discretion of the social services team.

Eligibility for Assistance

Eligibility for assistance through the JWF Musicians’ Emergency Healthcare Program is based on the following criteria:

  • The applicant is either a performing musician or a music industry worker. The applicant must be a professional or semi-professional musician who has regular public performances, or has performed on at least three widely released recordings (audio or audiovisual), or has written music that has been performed on three widely released recordings, or has published on three occasions. The term “musician” includes vocalists, songwriters, composers, arrangers, instrumentalists, and disc jockeys.  The term “music industry worker” includes road crew, sound engineers, and lighting directors for bands. The eligibility of other support workers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Immediate family members of musicians and music industry workers are also eligible for assistance; this includes a spouse or domestic partner and any dependents.
  • The applicant demonstrates financial need. JWF may request tax returns, bank statements, and/or any other information deemed necessary to verify such need.
  • The applicant has a serious medical condition.  A condition is considered to be “serious” when it substantially affects or interferes with the applicant’s ability to work within or outside the music industry.  A diagnosis by a medical doctor or hospital or medical bills indicating such a condition may be requested.
  • The applicant lives in Oregon or Clark County, Washington.  The applicant must have a principal residence in Oregon or Clark County, Washington.  Verification of residence may be requested by JWF.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The Jeremy Wilson Foundation does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, age, national origin or ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status when evaluating applications for funding.


If you would like to donate to this program please

You can also send a donation made out to Jeremy Wilson Foundation to:
The Jeremy Wilson Foundation
1028 SE Water Ave STE 230
Portland, OR 97214
Include memo: Musicians’ Emergency Healthcare Program