List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
In times of crisis, artists are often among those most affected. In addition to health concerns, this is a challenging moment for many in our community as we deal with cancelled income and trying to make plans during uncertain times. Creative Capital has always been anchored by a rich spirit of community and mutual generosity, and we believe that continuing communication and exchange are crucial for all of us. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, we have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.
We will continue to update this list over the next few months. If you have a resource to add, please fill out this form. You can also let us know through the form, what you would like to see.
Also check out our list of arts events that have moved online due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Updated 3/31/2020 at 10:20am ET.
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to affect the world, many artists are left with little options to show their work and generate an income. We have launched a series of free online workshops, Coping with COVID, designed to help artists mitigate the effects of the pandemic and economic situation.
Yara Travieso and Brighid Greene will assess how livestreaming can serve as a powerful tool for artists that are currently looking for ways to maintain their artistic practice and livelihood.
This virtual gathering will provide an overview of the financial implications of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is meant to help creative individuals cope with the unique financial challenges they face and provide tangible strategies for coping with the ongoing uncertainty.
The Actors Fund provides services and financial support to entertainment professionals facing personal or work-related problems. It is also a conduit for emergency financial assistance in times of pressing need or in response to catastrophic events.
This special grant allows women-identifying artists to apply for up to $2,500 for financial hardships from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. The application opens April 6.
Artists in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance from this relief fund.
This emergency fund can provide up to $200 for people of color that are either working artist or art administration and are affected by COVID-19.
The Author League Fund helps professional writers in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses.
The Blues Foundation Handy Artists Relief Trust Fund is available to Blues musicians and their families who are in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.
The Carnegie Fund for Authors awards grants to published authors who are in need of emergency financial assistance as a result of illness or injury to self, spouse, or dependent child, or who has had some other misfortune that has placed the applicant in pressing and substantial pecuniary need.
Artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding. CERF+ also has a list of resources centered around the pandemic.
ConvertKit has established a fund to help creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have already received more applications than they have funding, but encourage creators to still apply.
This fund provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.
Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn’t budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors.
This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.
Musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz, and roots music can apply for emergency funding from the Jazz Foundation.
This emergency grant provides funding for a curatorial project that sheds light on the world during this time of darkness. Priority will be given to curators who have a venue secured for their project and are greatly impacted by the challenges we are facing due to COVID-19.
The Max’s Kansas City project provides emergency funding and resources to professionals in the creative arts.
The Musicians Foundation provides grants to U.S. musicians in any genre in a time of acute need due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.
Any musician who is in financial need, does not have a salaried position, and has had a project involving a living composer canceled because of the pandemic is invited to apply.
The New York Foundation for the Arts has a running list of additional emergency grant opportunities for artists, categorized by disciplines.
The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is a small grants program for professional—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis. Depending on the situation and level of need, grants are in the range of $2,000.
Format has put together a $25,000 relief fund designed to help photographers facing financial difficulties during the outbreak. The fund offers $500 per person.
This fund is for queer writers of color who are in need of financial assistance. The fund will make disbursements once per day.
NYFA and the Rauschenberg Foundation have teamed up to offer visual and media artists and choreographers in the US grants of up to $5,000 for medical related emergencies.
This relief fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet because of COVID-19.
Twenty Summer has launched an emergency fund for artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the COVID-19. Artists can receive up to $500, while arts organizations can receive up to $1,000.
Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund
Location: Bay Area
This is a resource for performing arts workers in the Bay Area who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund
Location: Bay Area, California
Artists who live in the Bay Area for the past two years are eligible for $250 in an effort to support the security and protection of artists who, in “normal times,” hold part-time or contract work to prioritize their art practice.
Boston Artist Relief Fund
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus.
Chicago Theater Workers Relief Fund
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Chicago area theater professionals may apply for a grant of up to $500 on a first come first served basis.
Biscotto-Miller Theater Workers Fund
Location: Chicago, Illinois
This fund provides emergency assistance for any member of the Chicago theater community who is dealing with serious medical issues, including those that may result from COVID-19 infection.
** Colorado Artist Relief Fund **
This fund provides grants of up to $1,000 to individual artists who live in Colorado who are experiencing immediate needs due to COVID-19, and whose incomes are being adversely affected.
** Dallas Low Income Artist Fund **
Location: Dallas, Texas
This fund provides support for low-income, BIPOC, trans, gender nonconforming, and queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being affected by the pandemic in Dallas.
Durham Artist Relief Fund
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Artist, arts presenter or arts venues in need of funds due to COVID-19 can apply for funding.
Hawaii Artists and Entertainment Fund
Working artists or entertainment professionals in the Hawaii area in need of assistance due to COVID-19 can apply.
** Arts for Illinois Relief Fund **
This statewide effort that provides financial relief to artists and arts organizations in Illinois with urgent need due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
This relief fund was created for individuals working in the Indianapolis arts sector and impacted by the current public health crisis.
Arts Emergency Relief Fund
Location: Los Angeles, California
This program provides emergency relief grants to City of Los Angeles-based dance, music, and theater artists, as well as small ensembles who have had their public performances, shows, or concerts cancelled.
** Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Relief **
Individual artists, or teaching artists, humanist, or scientists who promote education in the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences living in Massachusetts can apply for this relief fund.
Oolite Arts Relief Fund
Location: Miami, Florida
This relief fund offers up to $500 to cover lost income due to COVID-19 to Miami-based Artists.
Springboard for the Arts Emergency Relief Fund
This relief fund supports artists in Minnesota who experience career-threatening emergencies, expanded to include emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists can request up to $500 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost.
NYC Community Trust COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund
Location: New York, NY
The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund was created to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus.
Mayer Foundation Economic Relief Grants
Location: New York, NY
The Mayer Foundation provides grants to individual artists and nonprofits who are distressed or suffering as a result of poverty, low income or lack of financial resources.
** NYC Dancers Relief Fund **
Location: New York, NY
This fund offers urgent relief to freelance dance artist who have suffered financial losses due to the spread of the COVID-19 and the government enforced social restrictions.
North Carolina Artist Relief Fund
Location: North Carolina
This fund has been created to support creative individuals who have been financially impacted by gig cancellations due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Artists and arts presenters in North Carolina can apply for emergency funding.
Philadelphia Performing Artists’ Emergency Fund
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This fund was created to assist performing artists whose income has been impacted by show cancellations, slowing ticket sales, or low turnout during this pandemic.
** Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Emergency Fund **
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Artists and creative workers living in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Lawrence, Indiana, Greene, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties are eligible to request up to $500.
Portland Area Artist Relief Emergency Fund
Location: Portland, Oregon
This fund is currently for freelance and independent artists residing in the Portland tri-county area.
San Fransisco Arts and Artists Relief Fund
Location: San Francisco, California
This emergency relief fund has been set up to help mitigate COVID-19 related financial losses that artists and small to mid-size arts and culture organizations have suffered. Individuals may apply for up to $2,000 and use the award however they see fit. Awards to organizations will range up to $25,000 and will be scaled based on budget size, up to $2 million.
San Francisco Foundation Emergency Response Fund for Nonprofits
Location: San Francisco, California
SFF will make a limited number of one-time grants between $3,000 and $25,000 to nonprofits that are addressing the following four issue areas, described in greater detail below: racial bias, worker protection, homelessness and renter protection/housing security, and food security.
4Culture Relief Fund
Location: Seattle, Washington
This relief fund will distribute $1 million to artists in the Kings County, Washington, area who are affected by closures, cancellations, and loss of work due to COVID-19.
** Creative Industry Relief Fund **
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
This creative industry relief fund helps support musicians, artists, performers and filmmakers in the Tarrant County area in Texas who have lost work due to COVID-19.
** Artist Trust Relief Fund **
This relief fund provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists in Washington state whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19.
Washington Theatre Guide Taking Care Fund
Location: Washington, DC
Any theater professional currently residing in and who has actively worked in the Washington metropolitan area within the past two years is eligible to apply for emergency relief.
Black Cube Open Call
Black Cube, a nomadic art museum, invites Colorado-based artists to submit video work for a cash award, in an effort to support those impacted by the Coronavirus
This webinar by the Theatre Communications Group provides a holistic take on preparedness for theatres, including, general preparedness strategies, how to forecast budget shifts should productions be cancelled, how to navigate insurance, and more.
The Northern California Grantmakers has a series of online discussions to work together to form a philanthropic response.
Financial Advisor Tamara Bates is offering free one-on-one phone call sessions to help discuss financial concerns and aspirations for nonprofit arts organizations.
A list of resources specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community, including actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, and more.
With Facebook’s Watch Party feature, you can watch tons of videos and shows with members of groups you’re in on Facebook. This could be helpful for filmmakers or other artists whose screenings had to be cancelled.
Vimeo’s live production team offers advice on how schools, event coordinators, marketers, and more are evolving their event strategies to optimize engaging live streaming experiences.
This spreadsheet compiled by Rachel Meade Smith of Words of Mouth includes resources for seeking remote work, starting with a growing list of interdisciplinary remote-friendly employers. Sign up to receive Smith’s weekly newsletter.
This webinar by the Event Safety Alliance provides some helpful information around planning and crisis management.
If your project has been affected by the cancellation of SXSW or another festival or event, and you doing something else to recoup the costs or attend another event down the road, Women and Hollywood wants to help you amplify your campaign.
This is an evolving map that shows where United States officials have passed, or where tenants are working to pass, emergency tenant protections during the COVID-19 crisis.
WAGE provides some basic guidelines that can be used by artists and nonprofit institutions as we begin to navigate the future of work in the arts field during the pandemic.
Art Newspaper has gathered information about grants and loans in the US and Europe to help self-employed artists and small businesses in the arts community get through the COVID-19 crisis.
Hyperallergic has been compiling which institutions are closed through their daily report and compiling of information.
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