Thursday, 19 March 2020 15:36

How To Help Your Favorite Servers, Bartenders and Musicians

Written by  Josh Veal
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Let’s be honest: We all could use a little relief right now.

That’s especially true for workers in the service and entertainment industries, many of whom no longer have any source of income since Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (rightfully) ordered restaurants, bars, theaters and venues to close.

While you can help by ordering take-out and delivery, even that’s not enough to fully support most establishments’ full staff.

As such, many restaurants, bars and musicians have set up COVID-19 relief funds! If you’re feeling helpless during this pandemic, one of the best ways to relieve yourself of that stress is to take direct action and help someone in need.

A couple places are even offering something in return, such as Buffalo Traders Lounge’s Buffalo Cocktail Bible, with 12 cocktail recipes perfect for making at home. Check out the list below to see where you can help out service workers!

Small word of warning: We did our best to vet all the relief funds linked here, but be sure to keep an eye out for anything fishy! 


Michigan Music Alliance Relief Fund

Musicians all over are hurting big time due to cancelled tours, but the Michigan Artist Relief Fund is here to help. You can donate anywhere from $5 to $1,000 and that money will go to a Michigan musician who’s lost money from a cancelled gig.


Buffalo Traders Lounge:

The Meanwhile:

The Pyramid Scheme:

Speciation Artisan Ales:

Billy's Lounge:

Butcher’s Union:

Graydon’s Crossing:

One Bourbon:

Madcap Coffee:


Brick & Porter:

Brown Butter Creperie & Café:



Books & Mortar:

Long Road Distillers:

Eastern Kille (bottle and swag sales go to staff):

Urban Massage:


If you know of a relief fund we missed, feel free to email

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