Unemployment benefits in Texas have expanded under the federal CARES Act to cover independent contractors and self-employed individuals. 

Texas Workforce Commission has put together a worksheet for how musicians and music business professionals (self-employed/contract workers) should apply for unemployment benefits if they’ve had work loss due to COVID-19.

Because of the CARES Act, the Pandemic Unemployment Insurance program provides up to 39 weeks of benefits and is available starting with weeks of unemployment beginning on or after Jan. 27, 2020, and ending on or before Dec. 31, 2020.

For more information, visit https://www.twc.texas.gov/news/self-employed-texans-and-cares-act.

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