The Red Dirt Relief Fund provides a safety net of critical assistance for Red Dirt music people in times of need.
The Red Dirt Relief Fund, Inc. was incorporated in the state of Oklahoma February 13, 2012, and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit effective September 20, 2013.
It’s been said musicians don’t have insurance—they host benefits. It was the tough truth in this quip that led Red Dirt musicians and fans to begin an organization to serve music people in times of need.
Financial backing to begin the Fund grew out of one very special event in Stillwater, Oklahoma—the birthplace of Red Dirt music. The event, called Red Bull Gypsy Café, brought over 30 of the scene’s most talented and successful singer/songwriters together in April 2011 to perform in pairs at intimate live music venues around Stillwater. All ticket proceeds were used to begin the Fund.