Merola Artists Emergency Fund

Supporting our artists during the
COVID-19 pandemic

Many of our Merola alumni have suffered significant financial losses due to canceled performance contracts during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, in this time of global crisis, we at Merola feel that it is imperative to step up and offer financial assistance to these emerging artists.

Merola has established the Merola Artists Emergency Fund to aid Merola participants from the last five years (2015-2019). These recent Merola graduates are just beginning to establish their careers, and support at this challenging time can make all the difference. Seed money has been established for this fund, and we invite you to lend your support for these wonderful young artists by making a contribution to the fund—with 100% of your donation going directly to the young artists.

Help recent Merola Artists continue to make music during the COVID-19 Crisis. Donate online here or contact Merola Executive Director Jean Kellogg at


Merola is aware that many alumni of the Program may have suffered financial losses due to coronavirus-related cancellations of performances for which you were contracted. In response, we have set up a fund to help some of you recoup a portion of those losses. Below is the Merola Artists Emergency Fund grant request form in fillable PDF format to apply for assistance. Alumni who participated in Merola from 2015 to 2019 and who do not have any other work income available to them are eligible to apply for grants.
This support is in addition to funds you may qualify for under the Merola Career Grants Program and will not impact your yearly or lifetime Career Grant limits.
Please contact Jean Kellogg at for further information.

Here is what some of our alums had to say when notified of the Merola Artists Emergency Fund:

"I cannot help myself but write back immediately to express my gratitude. To everyone involved, thank you for thinking of us and supporting us especially in a time that Merola will also feel some loss." – Toni Marie Palmertree ('15) - her contract at the Metropolitan Opera was canceled for March/April of 2020.
"What extraordinary news - thank you SO much for this amazing resource. It will make such a huge difference in my life, and in the lives of all recent Merolini." – Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen ('16) - lost two performances and a recording at the Chateau de Versailles in April of 2020.
"I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am to be a Merolini. At every turn of my career since being at Merola, you guys have been the most supportive organization. You are amazing."– Mary Evelyn Hangley ('16) - was scheduled to sing Leonora in Pensacola Opera’s production of Il trovatore in March of 2020 which was canceled.
"I am so appreciative for what Merola has done for me and all the other Merola artists. Thank you for providing us with some hope and light in these dark times. I am missing my San Francisco family so much these days. What a wonderful organization and group I get to be a part of. I will be forever grateful." – Ashley Dixon ('15/'17)
"I was truly looking at a bleak situation and with the future so uncertain, this literally changed everything. It allowed me to survive a little while longer while I wait out what appears to be a never ending storm of cancellations. And knowing that no matter how far away I am, you all have my back means the world to me." – Isaac Frishman ('16)
"What Merola is doing is so incredibly kind during this tough time for all. Merola's continued support of its artists is astounding; you are like a big family, and I am so blessed to be a part of it." – Natalie Image ('17)
"Your support means the world to me and I could not be more proud to call Merola my family. The financial support is certainly meaningful and can undoubtedly make differences in young artists’ lives, but what is even more meaningful is knowing we have a support system such as Merola." – Nicholas Roehler ('19)
"Thank you to everyone at Merola for their generous support. I honestly wasn’t expecting this much support and I truly appreciate the help. Thank you for everything you do for us!" – Teresa Castillo ('16)
"I am impressed again and again with how thoughtful, generous, and nurturing the program is to its people! This support will go a very long way to helping me through this crisis, and I'm sure many others too. It wasn't something you had to do, and it makes an incredible difference." – Nicholas Huff ('19)
"Merola has helped me so much since the beginning and even during these crazy times you find a way to help. I’m speechless." – Tuomas Juutilainen ('17)


For more information on how you can support the Merola Artists Emergency Fund, contact:

Jean Kellogg

Executive Director

Merola Artists Emergency Fund Donors

Jack H. Lund Charitable Trust
Roger and Mary Ashley
Ms. Julie Bartholomew
Frank S. Bayley, III
Mrs. Marcia Benjamin
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bialek
Ms. Michele Bowden
Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Brody
Karen Broido
Barbara Bruser and Richard Clark
William Bryan
Mr. Brent Butler and Mr. Kenji Matsuoka
Eugene Celillo
Gee Kin Chou and Victoria Fong
Maureen Clarke
Carlyn Clause and Alexander L. Brainerd
Clay and Kim Clement
Janet Cluff
Mr. Michael Colbruno
Rosalind Colver
Mr. Hugh J. Coughlin
George and Susan Crow
Craig Cruz
Mr. Paul Dana
Dr. Lisa Danzig
Peter and Jayne Davis
Jane Eaglen and Brian Lyson
Roberta and Mark Emerson
Shinji Eshima
Mr. Peter Felleman
Maria Ferrer
Five Arts Foundation
Ms. Pamela George
Mr. Simon Glinsky
Beatrice and Paul Gomory
Geoffrey and Marcia Green
Bernice Greene
Janet Grossman
Miss Ursula Grunfeld
The Haas Foundation
Mr. Fred Hartwick
James Heagy in memory of Janey Heagy
Mary and Craig Henderson
Mr. Daniel Hersh
Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Hetzel
Lauren Hewitt and Dolores McElroy
Ian Hinchcliffe and Marjorie Shapiro
Aaron Hoffer
Mr. David Hugle and Mr. Haggai Niv
Ms. Andrea G. Julian
Suzanne Kaufman
Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
Larry and Jeanne Kelly
The Kenyon-Lipsky Charitable Fund
        at the East Bay Community Foundation
Barbara Graham Kreissler
Karen J. Kubin
Ms. JoAnn M. Kulesza
Mr. John Lee
Eve and Niall Lynch
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Emmanuel Manasievici
Kristin Manning
Evelyn Martinez
Nancy Meachem
Cathy and Howard Moreland
Brenna Moorhead
James Neary
Mr. and Mrs. Boyce Nute
Brian Olson
Opera Standees Association
Mr. Craig Oren
Ms. Mitzi Palmer
Michael Peskin
Mr. Duane Phillips
Alan and Nancy Raznick
Mr. William Reeder
Mr. Glenn H. Reid
Mr. Thomas N. Rescigno and Erie Mills
Mike Rolland
Mrs. Barbara J. Ross
Bob and Terri Ryan
Jeannie Sack and Jordan Sachs
Jack and Betty Schafer
Margot Schevill
Mr. Steven Shladover
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Blanche Germain Streeter
Ms. Theresa A. Stuart
Aileen Tat
Ms. Suzanne Turley
Mr. Cesar Ulloa and Mr. Gary Aliperti
Moya and Alyosha Verzhbinsky
John Wallace
Stanley and Elaine S. Weiss
Mary Wesseling
Mr. Patrick Wilken and Mr. David Dickson
Ms. Ann L. Williamson
Faye Wilson
Betty Woo
Susan York
Christopher Yu
Mr. and Mrs. A. Lee Zeigler
Dennis Zhang
Mr. Paul Ziller
Dr. and Mrs. Carl Zlatchin