In March of 2020, it was evident the COVID-19 Pandemic would be devastating to many of the local Austin jazz musicians who lost significant gig income. The Austin Jazz Society formed a committee to launch a fundraising campaign to help the most vulnerable musicians. AJS seeded the fund with $5,000 and the Austin area jazz community responded. Grants started flowing in early April. Through June of 2021, this project raised $144,000+ benefiting over 110 individual local jazz musicians.Project Safety Net will remain a significant ongoing initiative of the society to help support local jazz musicians in need.