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Backline's Emergency Response Program will connect Milwaukee musicians with resources

Between canceled tours and lost gigs, musicians have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Milwaukee's Backline program is doing its part to help get musicians through this difficult time by offering a two-week Emergency Response Program designed to connect them with available resources. The program will run April 6-17.

The virtual program will feature experts speaking about how to apply for financial support and navigate opportunities in the virtual music industry, as well as how to maintain a digital presence and manage personal finances. There will also be webinars about mental health and wellness resources, as well as listening sessions with producers, songwriters and A&R reps.

The Emergency Response Program will also offer virtual "office hours" for artists to meet with Backline team members. "The goal of the office hours is to help artists identify, understand, and engage with resources to help them during the COVID-19 crisis," according to the program.

Interested artists have until April 2 to apply.