This page is updated regularly with tools and resources to ensure that independent artists and freelance creatives have the support they need. 

If you know of resources that need to be added to this page, send them to Kennita Hickman at khickman [at]


Board Service: Girls Rock MKE

"Girls Rock MKE is looking to expand our volunteer board for 2021. We are looking for voices from diverse backgrounds and talents who are comfortable promoting a space that centers around rock music and the experiences of femme-identifying folk in the music industry.

The Girls Rock MKE board member is a dedicated volunteer role that contributes to the development of the organization and the advancement of its mission. The mission of Girls Rock MKE, and our adult program Ladies Rock MKE, is to empower marginalized genders including girls, women (cis & trans), and non-binary folks — of all backgrounds and abilities — through music education and performance.

Girls Rock MKE is committed to fostering independent thinking, building self-esteem, and bridging cultural and social divides in a supportive community of peers and mentors who demonstrate: it’s okay to be who you are! We are dedicated to providing safe spaces to explore music through creative collaboration, self-expression, and technical development.

For more info, please see this document which includes information and how to submit interest."

Call for Artists - GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR BIPOC MEN INTERESTED IN BEING ON THE AIR!!!! They're also looking for men bilingual in Spanish.

89.7 WUWM is looking to hire two men of color to fill two part-time positions.

Part-time "All Things Considered" Host
Weekdays from 2pm-6pm
Maximum 20 hours/week

Part-time Bilingual Voice Talent
Once per week on average
Time/Day to be determined

No prior radio experience is required. WUWM will train the right candidates. However, candidates must be strong communicators with a desire to learn.

A cover letter and resume can be submitted to WUWM Content Manager, Ele Ellis (she/her), at If candidates have an audio sample, that should be submitted as well. If not, Ele will send copy to be recorded and returned.


Metcalfe Park Community Bridges is hosting an event "Jamming at the Polls" on Election Day, November 3rd. In partnership with Imagine MKE and Milwaukee Repertory Theater, they are putting a call out for performing artists to perform throughout the day and for visual artists to do live sketching or painting in three separate locations. The three locations are near the Center Street Library, near the Fitzsimonds Boys and Girls Club, and in a vacant lot on 38th and Center. They will be at these locations between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. All performances should be family friendly. Socially distancing is required. This is a paid opportunity. Apply here.

Interested in having your music featured on a podcast?

Black Imagination podcast hosted by Antoine Carter and Kennita Hickman are looking for Milwaukee music for to play during the show. We'd love instrumentals and full songs (instrumental and vocals). All genres are welcome.

Email us at OR and use PODCAST MUSIC in the subject line

Our podcast will be inviting experts to join us to discuss issues that are important to artists' ability to work and thrive, especially during the pandemic. Have a suggestion of a topic that would be useful to you? Reach out at pod [at]

Space Rental
The Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway in the Historic Third Ward has rental availability for its two theaters, as well as other performance and meeting spaces. These spaces are available for a permanent or intermittent tenant and are ideally suited for theatre/dance/comedy and all types of performance groups. The facility also offers rehearsal rooms, technical services support, a full-service box office, and production scenic studios to help with scenic, costume, and properties needs.

For rental information, contact, call (414) 299-4957, or visit

Unemployment Benefits

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is now available to those who have been self employed, including certain independent contractors and those otherwise not eligible to apply for traditional unemployment.

Everyone deserves access to nutritious food. Here’s a list of resources to support your short term needs and long term needs.

  • FoodShare – Federal program to help individuals experiencing a food emergency. Foodshare is now available to folks who have been self employed, certain independent contractors, and those otherwise not eligible due to lack of traditional employment. You can check your eligibility here.
  • Tandem – Chef Caitlyn Cullen is giving away free meals Monday through Friday from 11a to 4pm (or until supplies run out). Daily menu posted on Tandem’s Facebook page and often includes at least one vegan option.
  • Hunger Taskforce has created a comprehensive map to show trusted, open food pantry sites throughout Milwaukee County. You can search via zipcode to see what’s available in your neighborhood.


  • Need health insurance? Not sure if Medicare, COBRA, BadgerCare or Healthcare Marketplace is for you? Covering Wisconsin connects you with a healthcare navigator to connect you to healthcare for you and your family. 
  • Here are recommended community health centers that support most insurance providers AND offer a sliding pay scale. Sliding pay scales allow uninsured and under-insured individuals to receive services at a reduced rate. Services include (but aren’t limited to) dental, mental health support, and primary care support. Outreach Community Health Center, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Progressive Community Health Centers 

Energy Assistance

  • Energy Assistance is available for those who need help covering electricity/ heat bills. It is income based. This link allows you to see if you qualify and make a phone appointment to apply for benefits. 

Milwaukee-based Artist Relief Funds

  • Milwaukee Ballet
  • MIAD 
  • MARN
  • Wisconsin Performing Artist Assistance (WPAA): The goal of the organization is to pair artists in need with sponsors who want to help support them financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists create a wishlist of items they need, which is sent to a sponsor who purchases items for them. All information is kept confidential and no financial information changes hands.

Milwaukee-based Business Resources
Resource for small Black Businesses: Grants up to $2000 are available for small black business owners via African American Chamber of Commerce. Applications go live on June 8th. Click here to learn about applicant requirements.

National Resources
Here's a link to a national artist relief fund that's distributing $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Please click the link to learn more about how to apply.