Galva Arts Council Aid Program for Musicians

GALVA, Illinois—May 12, 2020—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, Galva Arts Council has launched the Play it Forward campaign. This aid program 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 can be made on the Play It Forward page at and will be accepted through May 17th. Grant recipients will be selected by lottery and announced on May 18th. Artist will be notified by email.

Those who wish to contribute to this fund please visit the Play It Forward page on or mail a check to Galva Arts Council, PO Box 29, Galva, Illinois 61434 with a memo of “Play It Forward”.

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.

About the Galva Arts Council

The mission of the Galva Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life in our town through the advancement and promotion of the arts, the encouragement of the appreciation of the arts through participation and attendance of art events, the provision of membership services, and advocacy for the arts.