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Online Workshops

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.

Coping with COVID: Livestreaming for Artists

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.

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Coping with COVID: Financial Implications for Creative Individuals

This virtual gathering provides 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.

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Coping with COVID: Time Management During Challenging Times

This online workshop presents tips, tools, and resources to create a better structure, take control of your environment, manage your time better as we continue to work from home.

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National Grants

Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program

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.

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Artist Fellowship

This grant provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. Only artists with immediate medical emergencies should apply.


Artist Relief

Creative Capital has joined forces with our community to form Artist Relief, a new coalition of national arts grantmakers. This new initiative includes immediate, unrestricted emergency funding of $5,000 for individual artists of all disciplines to help those in need due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


Artist Relief Project

Artists in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance from this relief fund.


Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency 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.


Authors League Fund

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 HART Fund

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.


Carnegie Fund for Authors

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.

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CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund 

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.

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Dramatists Guild Foundation

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.

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Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program

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.


Jazz Foundation Musicians Emergency Fund

Musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz, and roots music can apply for emergency funding from the Jazz Foundation.


Musicians Foundation

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.


National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act Guidelines

Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the National Endowment for the Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19.

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National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Act Guidelines

NEH invites applications from eligible organizations, like libraries, art museums, and other cultural organizations seeking support for at-risk humanities positions and projects that have been impacted by the coronavirus.

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NYFA Emergency Grants List

The New York Foundation for the Arts has a running list of additional emergency grant opportunities for artists, categorized by disciplines.

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Rauschenberg Emergency Grant

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.


Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

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.

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Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant

[CLOSED] 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.

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Burnaway’s Emergency Writers Grant

[CLOSED] Burnaway has an open application to apply for cash grants of $500. Critics and culture writers based in the South, who are facing financial emergencies due to COVID-19 are welcome to apply by May 15.


Craft Futures Fund

[CLOSED] This fund supports craft-based education projects through October. Artists can apply to receive one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 for their education projects that envision and build new futures for craft.


Creative Change Emergency Assistance Stipends

[CLOSED] The Opportunity Agenda is providing emergency assistance stipends of $1,000 for artists and cultural strategists who meet certain criteria.


The Creator Fund

[CLOSED] 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.

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Critical Minded Relief Fund for Cultural Critics

[CLOSED] This grant offer unrestricted relief of $500 to cultural critics who are part of underrepresented communities experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic. Applications are due June 15.

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Emerging Artist Relief Fund

[CLOSED] This new emergency relief fund provides $500 grants to young and emerging artists and arts administrators struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Equal Sound Musicians’ Corona Relief Fund

[CLOSED] Musicians who have lost income due to a cancelled gig as a result of the coronavirus outbreak can apply to receive support from this fund.

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Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

[CLOSED] The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers one-time $2,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.

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GlobalGiving Red Backpack Fund

[CLOSED] Majority women-owned businesses and nonprofits with annual revenues less than $5M can now apply for $5,000 grants in support of long-term recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

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Kinkade Family Foundation Emergency Grant for Curators

[CLOSED] 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.

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Literary Arts Emergency Fund

[CLOSED] Literary organizations and publishers can apply to the Literary Arts Emergency Fund for COVID-related emergency relief grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Apply by August 7, 2020.


New Music Solidarity Fund for Freelance Performers

[CLOSED] 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.


PEN American Writers’ Emergency Fund

[PAUSED] PEN America will distribute grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.


The Photographer Fund

[CLOSED] 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.


Pillars Rapid Response Fund

[CLOSED] This rapid response fund supports the personal expenses of Muslim artists and activists whose livelihoods are being negatively impacted by this current moment. The application is temporarily closed, but they encourage people to check back again soon.


Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

[CLOSED] This fund is for queer writers of color who are in need of financial assistance. The fund will make disbursements once per day.


Art Interrupted Emergency Arts Fund

[CLOSED] 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.

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Local and State Grants

Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund
Location: Bay Area, California

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.

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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.

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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.


California Relief Fund for Artists & Cultural Practitioners
Location: California

Artists or cultural practitioners living in the state of California can apply for this emergency relief fund offering unrestricted $1,000 grants.


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.

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Chippewa Valley Artist Relief
Location: Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin

This fund is disbursing funding for people working in performing arts, visual arts, digital arts, and other creative fields in the Chippewa Valley region.

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Colorado Artist Relief Fund
Location: Colorado

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.


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.


Arts for Illinois Relief Fund
Location: Illinois

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.


Rocket Relief Fund
Location: Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri

Artists within an 80-mile radius of Kansas City can apply for this relief fund. Artists will receive $1,000 through a lottery process.


Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund
Location: Sedgwick County, Kansas

Independent artists, musicians, performers and others who work in a creative capacity in the Sedgwick County area can apply for $500 rapid response.


Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Relief
Location: Massachusetts

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.


Fulcrum Fund
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

516 Art’s fund will provide $1,000 to 60 local artists who have lost income as a result of cancellations due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic in the Santa Fe area.


Crosshatch Artist Fund
Location: Michigan

This fund supports individual artists who earn 33% or more of their income from their art, who have lost income because of COVID-19 related cancellations, and who live in the 5-county area of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau in Northwest Lower Michigan.


Max’s Kansas City Emergency Grants
Location: New York

The Max’s Kansas City project provides emergency funding and resources to professionals in the creative arts.

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Mayer Foundation Economic Relief Grants
Location: New York, New York

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.


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.


Artist Relief Fund
Location: Rhode Island

The Artist Relief Fund is to help Rhode Island artists who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Community Arts COVID Response Grant
Location: San Francisco, California

This grant provides general operating support to arts and culture organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties suffering revenue loss due to the closure of venues and cancellation of events. Response grants will be for organizational stability/general operating support, and will be awarded for $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.


Artist Trust Relief Fund
Location: Washington

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.


Atlanta Artist Lost Gig Fund
Location: Atlanta

[CLOSED] The Atlanta Artist Lost Gig Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to Atlanta area artists who have unmet essential needs due to lost revenue from cancelled upcoming events and gigs.

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Safety Net Fund
Location: Bay Area, California

[CLOSED] The Safety Net Fund is a non-profit designed to help support artists in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Artists Now
Location: Bay Area, California

[CLOSED] Artists who live in the Bay Area, who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, and who are people of color, women, or identify as LGBTQIA+ can apply for $500.

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Cambridge Artist Relief Fund
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

[CLOSED] Focused on lost income, current and into the foreseeable future, this fund will provide one-time relief to arts organizations and artists who live, work, create, or perform in Cambridge.


Desert X Artist Relief Fund
Location: Southern California

[CLOSED] This fund distributes emergency grants of $1,000 to visual artists living and working in Southern California, including the Coachella Valley and desert environs, who have been directly impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.


Charlottesville Artist Relief Fund
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

[CLOSED] This fund supports Charlottesville-area artists who have lost income due to the cancellation of specific, scheduled gigs, or opportunities due to COVID-19 precautionary measures.


Chicago Theater Workers Relief Fund
Location: Chicago, Illinois

[CLOSED] Chicago area theater professionals may apply for a grant of up to $500 on a first come first served basis.

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Connecticut Artist Relief Fund
Location: Connecticut

[CLOSED] This fund provides $500 grants to individual artists and teaching artists who live in Connecticut and whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the coronavirus.

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Connecticut Arts Organization Emergency Relief Fund
Location: Connecticut

[CLOSED] The Connecticut Office of the Arts is providing emergency funding for CT non-profit arts organizations that have been impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. Organizations can apply for grants between $1,500 and 3,000 for salaries, artist fees, and more, by June 3.

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Durham Artist Relief Fund
Location: Durham, North Carolina

[CLOSED] Artist, arts presenter or arts venues in need of funds due to COVID-19 can apply for funding.

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East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund
Location: East Bay, California

[CLOSED] This relief fund supports East Bay artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and nonprofit arts workers with grants of up to $2,000.


Hamptons Arts Network Artist Relief Fund
Location: Hamptons, New York

[CLOSED] This relief fund will award unrestricted $1,000 grants to support artists living/working on the East End of Long Island who have experienced dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 crisis.


Hawaii Artists and Entertainment Fund
Location: Hawaii

[CLOSED] Working artists or entertainment professionals in the Hawaii area in need of assistance due to COVID-19 can apply.


Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

[CLOSED] 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

[CLOSED] 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.


Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists
Location: Los Angeles, California

[CLOSED] This fund will support visual artists’ financial needs during the economic crisis that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic.


Individual Artist Emergency Relief Grant
Location: Madison County, Alabama

[CLOSED] To help offset some of the economic impact, this fund will provide individual artists with grants of $250 to $500 to cover immediate expenses.


Maryland State Arts Council Emergency Grants
Location: Maryland

[CLOSED] These special grant opportunities provide emergency funding to arts organizations and artists in Maryland as they adjust to losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled.

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Oolite Arts Relief Fund
Location: Miami, Florida

[CLOSED] 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
Location: Minnesota

[CLOSED] 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.


Maine Artist Relief Fund
Location: Maine

[CLOSED] This fund will award grants of $500 to individual artists who live in Maine and whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the coronavirus.


Creative Response Fund Emergency Grants
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

[CLOSED] Creative Response provides New Orleans-based artists, performers, writers, and culture bearers $2,000 individual emergency relief grants.


COVID Rent Relief Fund
Location: New York, New York

[CLOSED] This program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. Applications will be accepted throughout a two-week application period.

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Artist Community Relief Fund
Location: New York, New York

[CLOSED] Abrons Arts Center and Henry Street Settlement launched this fund to support artists and arts workers who live in the following zip codes: 10002, 10009, 10013. The application is currently down, but artists can sign up to receive updates through an email newsletter.

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NYC Community Trust COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund
Location: New York, New York

[CLOSED] The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund was created to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus.

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NYC Dancers Relief Fund
Location: New York, New York

[CLOSED] 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.


East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts
Location: Oakland, California

[CLOSED] The fund grants $2,000 in financial support to individual artists, teaching artists, cultural bearers, and nonprofit arts workers who are permanent residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The deadline to apply is June 5.


North Carolina Artist Relief Fund
Location: North Carolina

[CLOSED] 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.


COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

[CLOSED] This program will provide up to $500 for working artists and up to $1,000 for small arts and culture organizations in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.


Philadelphia Performing Artists’ Emergency Fund
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

[CLOSED] 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.


Portland Area Artist Relief Emergency Fund
Location: Portland, Oregon

[PAUSED]This fund is currently for freelance and independent artists residing in the Portland tri-county area.


St. Louis Artist Relief Fund
Location: St. Louis, Missouri

[CLOSED] Artists in the St. Louis City or County whose immediate creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis can apply for $500 or $1,000 grants.


San Fransisco Arts and Artists Relief Fund
Location: San Francisco, California

[CLOSED] 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

[CLOSED] 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.

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4Culture Relief Fund
Location: Seattle, Washington

[CLOSED] This relief fund will distribute $1 million to artists in the King County, Washington, area who are affected by closures, cancellations, and loss of work due to COVID-19.

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Spokane Artists & Creatives Fund
Location: Spokane, Washington

[CLOSED] Although this fund for artists and creative workers in Spokane has run out of funding, the website encourages applications. They will disburse money as they receive more funding.


Wherewithal Recovery Grants
Location: Washington, DC

[CLOSED] These grants are available to professional visual artists living inside the DC-area Beltway. The $1,000 grants are intended to help offset lost income from cancelled exhibitions, performances, or lectures, and from canceled or furloughed employment.


Tamarack Emergency Relief Program
Location: West Virginia

[CLOSED] Artists directly affected by a significant disaster such flood, fire, or emergency medical needs, you may be eligible for the Tamarack Emergency Relief Program.


Other Resources

Tamizdat AVAIL

This organization provides pro bono legal assistance to the members of the international performing arts community when they encounter problems with issues related to live streaming, the U.S. visa and immigration systems, and issues related to the new “public charge” rules.

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Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres

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.

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Disaster Resilience for Northern California Grantmakers

The Northern California Grantmakers has a series of online discussions to work together to form a philanthropic response.

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Financial Justice Calls for Nonprofits

Financial Advisor Tamara Bates is offering free one-on-one phone call sessions to help discuss financial concerns and aspirations for nonprofit arts organizations.

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Freelance Artist Resources

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.

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How to Host a Watch Party on Facebook

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.

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How to Plan a Virtual Event on Vimeo

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.

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Interdisciplinary Remote & Remote-Friendly Employers

This spreadsheet compiled by Rachel Meade Smith of Words of Mouth includes resources for seeking remote work, starting witha growing list of interdisciplinary remote-friendly employers. Sign up to receive Smith’s weekly newsletter.

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Preparing Your Organization for Coronavirus Outbreak Webinar

This webinar by the Event Safety Alliance provides some helpful information around planning and crisis management.

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Women and Hollywood Amplify Filmmakers Affected by SXSW Cancellation

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.

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Small Business Grants from Facebook

Up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in more than 30 countries where Facebook operates will be able to receive $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.

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Useful Information

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

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.

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Guidelines for the Postponement or Cancellation of Work

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.

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Recommended Best Practice Protocols for Institutions and Funders

WAGE has proposed a set of protocols for institutions and funders for compensation for online content, layoff and furlough transparency, and distribution of emergency funding.

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How Self-Employed Artists and Small Businesses Can Apply for Financial Aid

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.

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Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

There is a tremendous need for guidance on how small events and venues can reopen as safely as possible. The Event Safety Alliance put together this guide addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers.

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Hyperallergic Daily Report of How Coronavirus Is Affecting the Art World

Hyperallergic has been compiling which institutions are closed through their daily report and compiling of information.

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The National Endowment for the Arts is the only arts funder in America—public or private—that provides access to the arts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Each year, we award thousands of grants to provide all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.

We award cost/share matching grants to nonprofit organizations for a wide variety of arts projects, literature fellowships for published creative writers and translators, and Partnership Agreements with the 62 state/jurisdictional arts agencies and regional arts organizations.

We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups. See the wide variety of projects and grant recipients we have funded.

We’re here to help you, and we welcome your calls or emails. Contact us if you have questions or need more information. We can explain and clarify funding opportunities, eligibility requirements, how to apply, and how your application will be reviewed.

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NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Endowment for the Arts staff is working almost entirely off-site. As a result, we will not be able to accept and process postal mail and other deliveries in our usual manner. Because mail and other deliveries may be returned to sender, we ask that you not send us anything until the agency has resumed normal operations. We will update this notice as necessary to reflect evolving conditions.

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New York Foundation for the Arts often receives calls from artists requesting information on emergency grants to serve financial need or an emergency such as bereavement or illness.

Please check the organizations’ websites or call to get the latest programmatic information and eligibility requirements.


  • ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund – The fund was created to alleviate the burden that many of the behind-the-scenes professionals in the Country music community are facing due to the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • Alternate ROOTS Solidarity Fund (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.) – Provides one-time grants to individual artists, cultural workers, and small arts organizations in the US South experiencing financial emergency or hardship specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Different states will be prioritized per cycle. Applications currently closed.
  • Amplify Arts Micro Grants (Omaha, NE) – Any artist, collaborative duo, or artist collective who has maintained a residence within the Omaha Metro Area including Washington, Douglas, Cass, Sarpy, and Saunders counties in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie, Mills, and Harrison counties in Iowa for at least one year is eligible to apply. Current application cycle closed.
  • Artist Rescue Trust (A.R.T.) – Artist Rescue Trust (A.R.T.) exists to provide support to musicians and artists whose ability to perform, tour and earn a living has been negatively affected by COVID-19. A.R.T. will provide $1,500 over three months to artists in need and amplify the stories, performances and creations they had hoped to share with the world before the pandemic limited their ability to do so. Applications currently closed.
  • Artist + Activist Relief Fund – This fund, created by The Soze Foundation, TaskForce and Invisible Hand, will support artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19. Currently not accepting new applications; artists may join a waiting list should more funds become available. 
  • Artist Community Relief Fund (Lower East Side and Chinatown, NY) – The Artist Community Relief Fund supports artists and arts workers in the Lower East Side and Chinatown community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides unrestricted $250 emergency grants. Seeking additional funds to support another round of awards.
  • Artist Power Center (resource) – The Artist Power Center, founded and fueled at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, is a digital platform created to help artists and cultural workers navigate emergency relief and continue to build long-term careers.
  • Artist Relief – Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists. Applications currently closed.
  • Artist Relief Tree – A relief fund for artists affected by cancellations due to COVID-19. New requests for funding are currently not being accepted.
  • The Artist Relief Trust (Kentucky) – The Artist Relief Trust will award $500 microgrants to artists of all disciplines across the state of Kentucky, including the Greater Louisville area as funders allow and as long as funding is available. Not accepting new applications at this time. 
  • Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund – The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Currently paused.
  • Austin Creative Alliance (ACA) Artists Emergency Relief Fund (Austin, TX) – Artists may apply for up to $500 to replace verifiable lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and are subject to approval and available funds. Priority will be given to ACA members, and to applicants facing food or housing insecurity. ACA is reviewing applications daily, so that funds can be in artists’ hands as quickly as possible.
  • Banding Together ATX (Austin, TX) – Applicants must be current residents of Austin and surrounding areas, unemployed at time of application with loss employment as a direct result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Loss of employment must be related to one of the following kinds of businesses: music venue, musician, music marketing/photography/content, bar, event production/activations, food & beverage, hotel, hospitality/DMCs.
  • Behind the Scenes Grant – Behind the Scenes will accept applications from anyone who has been hospitalized with Covid-19 and is in financial need. You may be eligible for a grant if you currently reside in the United States or Canada and have earned your living for at least five years in the entertainment technology industry. This means that your major source of income is from your work in this industry, which includes being directly involved with production: behind the scenes in any type of performance venue, or behind the camera, or on the road. It also includes working companies who are directly involved in supplying entertainment technology products and services such as dealers, manufacturers, production companies, consultants, and design firms. Performing artists are not eligible.
  • Boston Singers’ Relief Fund COVID-19 Emergency Relief (Boston, MA) – The Boston Singers’ Relief Fund is offering a streamlined application process for grants up to $500. New England-based singers whose classical performances were cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19 are eligible to apply.
  • Bridgesong Fund (Western Massachusetts) – Emergency relief for western MA women, nonbinary, and genderqueer artists of color.
  • Cape Cod Arts Relief Fund (Cape Cod, MA) – The fund will provide up to $500 per applicant to support full- or part-time professional artists who have lost income used to sustain their creative practice due to the COVID-19 crisis. To be eligible, artists must live, work, create, and/or perform on Cape Cod.
  • CERF+ COVID-19 Relief Grant – As part of CERF+’s broader COVID-19 crisis response strategies, this special program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing and/or health insecurities. A fourth round of the Covid-19 Relief Grant will open on August 10, 2021.
  • Charlottesville Emergency Relief Fund for Artists (Charlottesville, VA) – This Fund supports Charlottesville-area artists who have lost income due to the cancellation of specific, scheduled gigs or opportunities (commissions, performances, contracts, other jobs/loss of income) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Artists can request up to $300 to compensate for scheduled work that was scheduled and lost. Artists are eligible to apply for loss of income regardless of whether the income was from art or other jobs. Artists must live in the Charlottesville area including the city of Charlottesville or the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, or Nelson.
  • Chippewa Valley Artist Relief Fund (Chippewa Valley, WI) – For artists/creatives, living in the Chippewa Valley, in need of support due to event/gig cancellations, the inability to sell your work/book shows, and/or lost revenue from their day job being eliminated from the coronavirus outbreak. Individual distributions are capped at $500, applications will be reviewed weekly.
  • Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne: Artist Relief Fund (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne have established an Artist Relief Fund to help the following individuals who have lost income due to COVID-19: self-employed artists of all disciplines, artists contracted by arts and culture nonprofit organizations, employees who have been laid off or furloughed by a nonprofit arts and culture organization or venue Applicants may request up to $500 to compensate for lost work or income. Applications currently closed.
  • COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund (Washington State) – The COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19. The grant is open to individual artists of all disciplines residing in Washington State.
  • COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Immigrants – A comprehensive spreadsheet organized by the Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation rounding-up resources, from financial assistance to legal help, that cater to the undocumented immigrant community. Also available in Spanish. 
  • The Creative Impact: Capital Region Artist Fund (Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties, NY)- An individual artist from the four counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady who is suffering financial losses due to canceled events and projects because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in all disciplines, is invited to apply. Funding and interest dependent, it may expand to include the other counties of the Capital Region as well, in the near future. Proof of address will be requested.
  • Creative Industry Relief Fund (Fort Worth, TX) – Hear Fort Worth and Film Fort Worth with assistance from United Way of Tarrant County have established a creative industry relief fund to help support musicians, artists, performers and filmmakers who have lost work due to COVID-19. Not accepting applications at this time.
  • Crew Nation Fund – Supporting live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. International applications accepted. Applications are now closed for second round grants, but please check back at a later date for details on future application windows.
  • Crosshatch Artist Emergency Fund (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties, MI) – Funding for individual artists (not non-profits or institutions) who earn 33% or more of their income from their art, and who have lost income because of COVID-19 related cancellations. CURRENTLY CLOSED. ROUND IV OPENING LATER IN 2021.
  • Cultural Solidarity Fund (New York City) – The Cultural Solidarity Fund will open with $75,000 distributing an initial 150 $500 relief micro-grants to artists and cultural workers based in New York City. The CSF is working towards creating an application process that is quick and easy. Priority will be given to Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), immigrant, undocumented, and disabled/deaf artists and cultural workers. Applications currently closed.
  • Durham Artist Relief Fund (Durham, NC) – Providing assistance to artists and arts presenters in Durham who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19, with priority given to BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, and disabled artists.
  • Durham Arts Council Arts Recovery Fund (Durham, NC) – The Durham Arts Council Arts Recovery Fund provides grants to working artists that have suffered financial loss due to the cancellation of events because of COVID-19. Applicants must live in Durham County, be at least 18, have practiced their art form for at least three years and have suffered a documented loss due to COVID-19.
  • Emergency Gap Fund for Philly’s Black Working Artists (Philadelphia, PA) – This fund disburses one-time grants of $500 to help Black working artists residing in Philadelphia stay stable and safe while weathering the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Applications currently closed.
  • Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals (Arizona) – A collaborative fund for emergency support for working artists, teaching artists, production personnel, and arts-based contract workers who have experienced canceled events and residencies or terminated contracts as a result of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis. Application portal is temporarily closed due to volume of submissions.
  • Emerging Artist Relief Fund – To be eligible you must be under 30 (OR) within three years of receiving a degree or certification (OR) within three years of beginning work as an arts professional; involved in making art (from any discipline) happen, whether you create or administrate; have been displaced as a result of COVID-19: cancelled internship, apprenticeship, events, performances, readings, exhibitions, fairs, and any other arts position (OR) You lost a “survival job” outside of the arts or experienced a significant reduction in hours; be in dire financial need. Current application cycle closed. 
  • Freelance Audio Fund – The Freelance Audio Fund provides emergency relief to the professional audio community impacted by COVID-19. Currently not receiving new applications. 
  • Freelancer COVID-19 Emergency Fund – If you’re a creative freelancer who has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 virus and resulting public response, you can apply for temporary assistance through the fund. Currently closed, but policies will be reviewed and updated regularly.
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund – In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. The Foundation will disburse one-time $2,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic. Applications are now closed.
  • Gimme Shelter Performers Emergency Fund (Oregon) – Offering grants of up to $500 to assist with rent or mortgage relief to performing artists who have lost wages due to the Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19. Applicants must reside in Oregon.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (Greater Pittsburgh, PA) – The Emergency Fund for Artists will now provide up to $500 in assistance to artists experiencing loss of income due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Emergency Fund also remains available for other unforeseen emergencies that may impact your ability to work, such as flood, theft, or fire. 
  • Hillsborough Artists Relief Program (HARP) (Hillsborough County, FL) – The intent for this fund is to provide financial assistance to Hillsborough County artists who are temporarily unable to meet their basic needs (General, including food, utilities, bills, childcare), Housing (rent, mortgage), Healthcare (insurance, medical bills).
  • Houston Music Foundation (Houston, TX) – Houston Music Foundation is a crisis relief fund created to help the city’s musicians in times of need. The goal of Houston Music Foundation is to raise funds for local musicians residing in Harris County during times of crisis, and to get donations into the hands of those in need as quickly as possible. Qualified applicants are eligible for a one-time grant of $500. 
  • Indie Theater Fund Rapid Relief GRANTS due to Covid19 (New York City) – Rapid relief grants of up to $500 will be awarded to support the theater community, prioritizing the consortium of companies, venues, and individuals working in NYC independent theater (Off-Off-Broadway in theater houses of 99 seats or less), operating with budgets under $250,000. Applications currently closed.
  • Indy Arts COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund (Indiana) – The Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund was created for individuals working in the arts sector and impacted by the current public health crisis. Grants will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. 
  • The Interlace Grant Fund (Providence, RI) – Interlace COVID Relief Grants are intended to help visual artists whose income has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and who need assistance with basic expenses such as food, housing, medical costs, connectivity, and child care. These grants are open to all self-identifying visual artists whose primary residence is within a 10 mile radius of Providence and in the state of Rhode Island. Over two application cycles, 105 grants will be distributed as flat stipends of $575 to artists through a lottery system. These grants are meant to function as small interventions and expressions of support and solidarity with local artists. Applications are now closed.
  • LACE Lightning Fund (Los Angeles County, CA) – For its inaugural round, the Lightning Fund will provide emergency relief grants for independent visual artists based in Los Angeles County who are experiencing financial hardship due to the severe economic impacts of COVID-19 on artists’ livelihoods and practices. This fund is in solidarity with partners in the Warhol Foundation’s Regional Regranting Network. Applicationsclose Monday, August 9, 2021, at 11:59 PM PDT.
  • LA Young Creatives Fund (Los Angeles, CA) – In partnership with the Snap Foundation, MAF established the LA Young Creatives Fund to offer financial support to members of the creative economy whose work has been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. LA County residents who work in creative fields may be eligible to receive a $500 grant to help cover any pressing financial needs. 
  • leveler: peer to peer wealth distribution – leveler is a tool for people with job security to help people whose work status has been impacted by COVID-19. The list includes freelancers, service industry, and gig economy workers. Click the “receive” button if you’re seeking assistance.
  • Live From Our Living Rooms – An online music festival and fundraiser where all proceeds will provide performance grants to New York City musicians whose freelance careers have been impacted by COVID-19. Applications currently closed.
  • Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund (Mecklenburg County, NC) – The Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund helps creative practitioners in Mecklenburg County recover from personal emergencies by helping pay an unanticipated, emergency expense or by augmenting lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Applications are no longer being accepted for the fund.
  • MHA COVID-19/Tornado Relief Grant (Nashville, TN) – Grants will provide emergency financial assistance to music professionals who have been negatively impacted by the Nashville Tornados and/or the COVID-19 public health crisis. Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (food/housing/health care) over the next two months. No COVID relief applications are being accepted at this time.
  • (resource) – The Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation benefit is designed to provide financial assistance to gig workers, freelancers, and other self-employed individuals who were unintentionally left out of the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program due to technically qualifying for traditional state unemployment. Find out if your state/territory is enrolled in the program here.
  • Museum Workers Relief Fund – Any museum worker in the U.S. who has been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is eligible to apply.
  • NC Artist Relief Fund (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. Waitlist currently closed.
  • New Haven Creates Relief Fund (New Haven, CT) – The New Haven Creative Sector Relief Fund will distribute immediate financial assistance to individual creatives and arts institutions most impacted by the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Applicants can apply on a rolling basis to receive up to $1,000 based on their financial situation, with a priority for low-income individuals and small-budget arts organizations. Applications currently closed. 
  • New Orleans Business Alliance Relief Fund for Gig Workers (New Orleans, LA) – As a result of the anticipated local economic impact of COVID-19, the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) is standing up a relief fund to meet the needs of gig economy workers who have been directly impacted via loss of income. Temporarily suspended the acceptance of new applications. Please check back for future updates.
  • Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund (Rhode Island) – Financial relief for musicians in the Folk & Jazz communities experiencing lost income as a result of COVID-19. To qualify, musicians must have experienced lost income from a performance or gig cancellation related to COVID-19. Their focus and priority will be on musicians who have played the Newport Jazz or Folk Festivals and those in the Rhode Island community. All other applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Night Bloom: Grants for Artists of the Sonoran Desert (Phoenix/Tucson metropolitan areas, AZ) – The emergency fund is open to all self-identifying visual artists who have declared a need for assistance for basic expenses. Artists must be legally allowed to work in the United States, and reside within the Phoenix/Tucson metropolitan areas. Submission of a CV/Resume and three images are required (a link to an artist website is optional). Applicants will be reviewed for eligibility and grants will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis, with all grants distributed in 2020. Applications currently closed.
  • Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) Quick Turn Around Grants (Northwest Minnesota) – The NWMAC is currently awarding Quick Turn Around grants for COVID-19-related relief for artists in northwest Minnesota. These grants are for $500 for missed gigs and income due to the pandemic. Performing artists, writers, media artists, fine craft artists, and visual artists can apply if they are a permanent resident of the seven county service area of Northwest Minnesota.
  • The PATH Fund’s COMMUNITY RELIEF Grant Program – The PATH FUND’s COMMUNITY RELIEF Grant Program was created to help those within the Broadway, Music and Live Events Industry who have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak and subsequent cancellation of hundreds of Broadway Shows, Concerts and Live Events. This special fund will provide financial assistance through individual grants to qualifying members of the Community to cover lost income and essential expenses. Applications currently closed.
  • Philadelphia Performing Artists’ Emergency Fund (Philadelphia, PA) – The Philadelphia Performing Artists’ Emergency Fund was created amid the COVID-19 outbreak to assist performing artists whose income has been impacted by show cancellations, slowing ticket sales, and/or low turnout during this pandemic. Emergency Funds can be requested by any Cabaret, Drag, Burlesque, Theater, or performance artists facing a financial hardship caused by COVID-19. Temporarily closing the application due to lack of funds.
  • Pillars Rapid Response Fund – A fund to support the personal expenses of Muslim artists and activists whose livelihoods are being negatively impacted by this current moment. $500 grants will be given to individuals through a short application process. Temporarily closed.
  • Poets & Writers COVID-19 Relief Fund – Provides emergency assistance to writers having difficulty meeting their basic needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will provide grants of up to $1,000 to an initial cohort of approximately eighty writers in April. If they are able to secure additional funds, they will provide another round of funding. Applicants must be listed in the Poets & Writers Directory as of April 10, 2020; or have received a mini-grant from their Readings & Workshops program; or have received one of the following awards or fellowships sponsored by Poets & Writers: Amy Award, Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, and Galen Williams Fellowship. Applications are currently closed.
  • The Portland Artists Relief Fund (Portland, ME) – The Portland Artists Relief Fund was created to help artists in Portland, Maine recover from income loss and personal emergencies by awarding small grants for unanticipated financial hardship during the Covid-19 pandemic. Local artists who are able to complete the requirement checklist for eligibility will be able to apply via Google Form for a $500 cash stipend to help make ends meet due to cancelled work that was previously scheduled and/or lost. Rolling application.
  • Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund – This fund is to help queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by the current COVID-19. Priority will be given to queer trans women of color and queer disabled writers of color. Currently not accepting new applications.
  • RACC Emergency Artist Relief Fund (Portland, OR) – RACC’s Emergency Fund for Individual Artists supports creative professionals who have experienced a financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is open to artists at all levels of their careers, in a broad variety of disciplines. Applicants will be asked to submit evidence of their artistic practice, household income, and financial loss in the application. RACC will make awards up to $500 in order to support as many individual artists as possible, prioritizing those without access to other COVID-19 relief funds. Applicants must legally reside in RACC’s service area – Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, Oregon. Applications currently closed.
  • Rhode Island Artist Relief Fund (Rhode Island) – The Rhode Island Artist Relief Fund will award grants of up to $800 to help practicing artist, culture worker, or arts administrator capable of providing examples of creative work made, curated, or otherwise administered. Applicant must be a Rhode Island resident for at least one year and remain be a resident upon receipt of any grant funding. Applications currently closed.
  • Rocket Relief Fund (Kansas City, MO) – Beginning May 1, ten eligible artists will be randomly selected each week to receive benefits until the funds are distributed. Applications may continue to be submitted and eligible applicants will be added to the pool until funds are distributed. Eligible artists must be within an 80-mile radius of Kansas City. Applications currently closed.
  • Season of Concern Chicago (Chicago, IL) – Season of Concern Chicago offers 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. Proof of testing positive for the virus is required.
  • Theater Community Benevolent Fund (Boston, MA) – Acknowledging the high potential of unexpected need within Boston’s theatre community during these unprecedented times, TCBF will begin to review all COVID-19-related applications to the Fund on a weekly basis.
  • The Theater Offensive (TTO) COVID-19 Relief Fund for QTPOC Artists and Youth (Boston, MA) – In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Theater Offensive has established a fund to provide temporary financial relief to QTPOC performing artists and youth in the Boston area affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A limited number of $250.00 grants will be awarded to qualifying applicants until the established $10,000 amount is exhausted. Applications will be reviewed biweekly. Support is being offered in two categories: Grants to QTPOC ARTISTS and Grants to TTO YOUTH.  
  • Theatre Philadelphia Emergency Relief (Philadelphia, PA) – Theatre Philadelphia Emergency Relief will award micro-grants of $300 to individuals who live in the Philadelphia region, work in theatre, and whose theatre income has been impacted by COVID-19. Individuals who live within a 35-mile radius of Philadelphia’s City Hall are eligible to apply. Micro-grants are first-come-first-serve.
  • Treefort Live Music Relief Fund (Boise, ID) – Treefort Live Music Relief Fund will offer support for local artists, musicians, audio + lighting engineers, techs, tour managers, production managers and others in the live music industry. Must be a resident of greater Boise area for the past two years and able to demonstrate proof of work lost due to COVID-19 related cancellations.
  • TrickleUp – An artists helping artists network. With 10,000 subscribers at $10 a month, they can give $10,000 to 10 different artists affected by the Covid-19 cancelations. And every month 10 new artists in need will get $10,000. If the goal is surpassed, more people will get help.
  • UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund (Bay Area, CA) – UNTITLED, ART have expanded the qualifications for the UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund to include financial assistance for freelance, hourly, and wage working artists vulnerable to the economic standstill.
  • Wherewithal Grants (Washington, DC) – In March 2020, The Warhol Foundation authorized its re-granting partners to re-allocate their $100,000 grants to create and administer COVID-19 emergency relief funds in their communities. WPA has responded to this by providing two separate opportunities: Recovery Grants and Research Grants. Applications currently closed.
  • Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund (KS) (Sedgwick County, KS) -The Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund was created for individuals working in the art and creative sector who have been impacted by the current public health crisis. The primary concern is for the well-being of our community’s creatives – specifically, independent artists, musicians, performers and others who work in a creative capacity. The fund will provide $500 rapid response, need-based grants to help offset the lost wages affecting so many in our creative community.
  • Women’s Center for Creative Work COVID-19 Emergency Health Grant For Artists (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, CA) – Low-income artists who work in any genre or medium, who identify as a woman, as trans or nonbinary, and/or as a person of color, who live in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside or San Bernardino Counties are eligible to apply. Applications currently closed.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Emergency Grants ($500-$2,500) are available by application to U.S.-based artists in all disciplines who have sudden opportunities or unexpected expenses to present work to the public. Artists should apply 6-8 weeks before funding is needed for last-minute support. For guidelines and more information please visit their website. Applications are accepted through an online form

Artists seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition due to COVID-19 may apply for $1,000 grants here.

Email: [email protected]

The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes Artist Development Grant
Artist Development grants provide up to $500 to local artists from Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties. These grants support professional opportunities as well as help to alleviate economic disparity and insecurity facing artists.The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes Artist Development Grant

Erie Arts & Culture, Emergency Financial Assistance Fund
Through Erie Arts & Culture’s newly formed Emergency Financial Assistance Fund, creative and cultural professionals, which includes artists of all disciplines, who have experienced a disruption to their income stream can request up to $500 in assistance from Erie Arts & Culture. Awarded funds can be used to assist with basic living expenses, such as housing, utilities, or groceries. The objective is to provide financial support in moments of crisis to those in the sector who are experiencing financial hardship.

The Haven Foundation 
The Haven Foundation gives financial assistance to provide temporary support needed to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists, writers, and other members of the arts and art production communities who have suffered disabilities or experienced a career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or personal catastrophe.
Contact: email form on website 

J. Happy Delpech Foundation – Midwest 
Grants of up to $250 to artists in the Midwest with AIDS or serious illness. 
Mailing Address:
J. Happy Delpech Foundation 
1579 North Milwaukee, Suite 211 
Chicago, IL 60622
Telephone: (312) 342-1359

Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists
The Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists was established in 2013 through a legacy gift to the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. Grants from this fund will be awarded to artists who live or work in Boulder County and meet any one or more of these priority groups: artists with unforeseen needs due to special circumstances, Artists of Color, artists with disabilities, Indigenous artists, New generation artists (18-30 years old). Grant awards will not exceed $3000. Art forms can include but are not limited to: Music, Theater, Dance, Film/Video, Literature, and Visual Art.

Max’s Kansas City Project – New York State 
The Max’s Kansas City Project provides emergency funding and resources to New York State professionals in the creative arts. Individuals who have made their living through their art form either professionally or personally and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid or housing. Grants up to $1,000. 
PO Box 4431
Kingston, NY 12401
Telephone: (845) 481-3416
Email: [email protected]

Mayer Foundation 
The Mayer Foundation offers economic relief grants to needy individuals who are distressed or suffering as a result of poverty, low income or lack of financial resources.
Email:[email protected] 

Pinellas Arts Community Relief Fund
The Pinellas Arts Community Relief Fund provides rapid response awards to meet the urgent needs, and provide immediate financial relief to Pinellas County artists, arts organizations and creative businesses who have been impacted by an emergency situation/disaster we are facing, and, should the need arise and the resources be available, for future emergency situations as well.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and financial need. The Foundation’s mission is to aid individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.

Springboard Emergency Relief Fund – Minnesota 
Springboard’s Emergency Relief Fund exists to help meet the emergency needs of artists living in Minnesota who are in need of immediate monies to cover an expense due to loss from fire, theft, health emergency, or other catastrophic, career-threatening event. Artists may apply for up to $500. Payment is made directly to the creditor, not the artist. 
As part of their response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, they have expanded the guidelines to include lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Artists can request up to $500 to compensate for canceled work that was scheduled and lost. At this time the fund is not available to compensate for future gigs or potential loss of business. Springboard for the Arts has committed an additional $10,000 from their budget to support this effort and is committed to working with partners to increase the fund based on demand.
Telephone: (651) 292-4381
E-mail: [email protected]


American Poets Fund 
The fund assists poets of demonstrated ability who are in a state of urgent financial need. Grants cannot be used to promote or otherwise enhance literary talent or reputation, and applications are not accepted. Academy Chancellors, Fellows, and prize winners must bring the circumstances of qualifying poets to the attention of the American Poets Fund committee by sending a letter of nomination, including specifics about the nominee’s current financial situation, to the Executive Director of the Academy.

American Society of Journalists & Authors 
The mission of the Writers Emergency Assistance Fund is to help established freelance writers who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant. However, applicants must establish a record of past professional freelance nonfiction writing over a sustained period of years, which means qualifications generally similar to those of ASJA members. WEAF does not award grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects, nor does it fund works-in-progress of any kind.
Telephone: (212) 997-0947
Fax: (212) 937-2315
Email:[email protected]

Authors League Fund
The Authors League Fund helps professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune. The Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans. These loans are not grants or scholarships meant to subsidize personal writing projects.
Telephone: (212) 268-1208
Email:[email protected]

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation
The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation financial assistance program helps booksellers with specific unforeseen emergency financial needs. The Foundation assesses each request to determine a course of action to provide relief to the bookseller. All grants are paid to third-party vendors and not directly to the bookseller. Binc is also offering an Expedited Application for COVID-19 Emergency. This application is for individual assistance only. If you are an owner requesting assistance for your bookstore please email [email protected]
Telephone: 866-733-9064
Email: [email protected]

Carnegie Fund for Authors
The Carnegie Fund offers grants-in-aid to qualified commercially published book authors who have suffered financial emergency as a result of illness or injury (their own or that of spouses or dependent children) or who have suffered some equivalent misfortune. Grant amounts vary according to need. 
Contact:email via form on website.

Clayton Memorial Medical Fund – Pacific Northwest  
The fund helps professional science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery writers living in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska deal with the financial burden of medical expenses. The fund generally follows the standards of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for Active or Associate membership in determining professional status.
Email: [email protected]

The Direct Aid Fund by Lampblack
Every week for the remainder of 2021, Lampblack will give up to $100 to a Black poet, storyteller, or essayist in need.

Human Rights/Hellman-Hammett Grants 
Human Rights Watch administers the Hellman/Hammett grant program for writers who have been victims of political persecution and are in financial need. Hellman/Hammett grants typically range from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000. The grants are awarded annually after the nominations have been reviewed by a selection committee composed of authors, editors, and journalists who have a longstanding interest in free expression issues. Nomination forms (available online) should be sent to the New York office of Human Rights Watch by February 15 annually. 
Telephone: (212) 290-4700
Email: [email protected]

The PEN Writers Fund 
Emergency fund for professional–published or produced–writers with serious financial difficulties. Grants up to $2,000. Writers do not have to be a Member of PEN American Center to receive a grant.

The PEN Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS 
The PEN Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS, administered under the PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund, gives grants of up to $2,000 to professional writers and editors who face serious financial difficulties because of HIV or AIDS-related illness.
Email:[email protected]

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical and Legal Fund
The SFWA Emergency Medical Fund offers interest-free loans to members facing unexpected medical expenses. Active SFWA members are eligible to request assistance from the Fund.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Emergency Fund
The SCBWI Emergency Fund has been established to provide assistance to SCBWI members of at least six months’ standing in times of emergency or hardship. The emergency or hardship could involve, for example, matters of health, family issues, or natural disasters that are in any way restricting or preventing an SCBWI member’s ability to work as an author or illustrator.


Ad Relief of Greater Los Angeles 
Ad Relief of Greater Los Angeles (formerly the Advertising Industry Emergency Fund) has been established to provide aid and to promote the raising of monies for aid in times of need to members of the Southern California advertising and promotions industry and their families. Persons eligible for aid must have been employed for a continuous period of one year by an advertising or promotions entity within the Greater Los Angeles area.
Telephone: (310) 397-7830
Email: [email protected]

Broadcasters’ Foundation 
The Broadcasters Foundation of America provides Emergency & Disaster Grants to radio and television broadcasters find themselves in acute financial need and do not have insurance to cover their losses after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado or wildfire, extreme flooding, house fire, or other serious misfortune. 
Telephone: (212) 373-8250
Email:[email protected]

Directors Guild Foundation 
The DGF provides no interest, confidential loans to Guild members in good standing who are in need of emergency financial assistance. This program allows members to maintain their privacy by ensuring their anonymity during a difficult time.
Telephone: (310) 289-2037 
Email:[email protected]

Motion Picture and Television Fund 
MPTF offers a number of services for members of the entertainment industry and their families including: crisis support with social workers, financial assistance, low-cost basic medical services, health insurance premium support, senior housing and support, daycare, and referrals to other service providers.
Telephone Toll-Free: 855-760-MPTF (6783)
Email:[email protected]

Screen Actors Guild Foundation 
The SAG Foundation provides assistance to eligible SAG-AFTRA members during times of crisis and personal need, offering emergency financial aid, as well as grants for health coverage in cases of catastrophic injury or illness or need for COBRA coverage.
Telephone: Davidson Lloyd, Director of Assistance Programs: (323) 549-6773
Contact:email via form on website

Screen Actors Guild Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF)  
The Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund serves SAG-AFTRA members in the New York region and all Locals East of Omaha, Nebraska. The MPPWF is designed to assist eligible members who are struggling with a financial, personal or medical crisis. Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care as well as other basic living expenses. Administered by the Actors Fund, offering access to their services as well.
Telephone: New York : (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119; Chicago: (312) 372-0989; All others: (800) 221-7303; For emergencies only on evenings and weekends: (212) 621-7780

Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund (MPPAF) 
The Pioneers Assistance Fund (MPPAF) serves members of the motion picture entertainment industry (exhibition, distribution and trade services) who are encountering an illness, injury or life changing event. Services include temporary financial aid for emergency needs, monthly stipends for frail or disabled low income senior veterans, and social service counseling.
Telephone: (888) 994-3863


American Federation of Musicians (AFM): Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund
The Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians provides a modest grant to temporarily or permanently disabled musicians who are members of the AFM.
Telephone: (212) 869-1330 ext. 224

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund
The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need. AGMA contracts with The Actors Fund to administer this program nationally as well as to provide comprehensive social services. Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care, as well as other basic living expenses. Grants are made case-by-case, based on need.
Telephone: East Coast: (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119; Midwest: (312) 372-0989; West Coast: (323) 933-9244, Ext. 55. For emergencies on evenings and weekends only: 212-621-7780
Email: East Coast: [email protected]; Midwest: [email protected]; West Coast: [email protected]

Bagby Foundation for Musical Arts
The Foundation offers small grants to support opera and classical music professionals, with a focus on pensioners.
Telephone: (212) 986-6094

Blues Foundation HART Fund
The Blues Foundation has established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses.
Telephone: 901-527-2583, Ext. 10
Email: [email protected]   

California Jazz Foundation
To request a Financial Assistance Application or an Emergency Medical Referral, applicant must show at least 5 years of primary employment as a jazz artist and California residency.  

Gospel Music Trust Fund
The Purpose of the Gospel Music Trust Fund is to give financial assistance in the nature of gifts in time of need, in the event of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness without efficient insurance, to individuals who derive or have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of gospel music. An individual requesting assistance within the purpose of the Trust Fund, for themselves or their children must have ten years of full-time employment within the Gospel/Christian music field.

Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund 
The Opry Trust Fund provides financial assistance in time of extraordinary need, emergency or catastrophe to individuals who are or have been employed full time in a facet of the country music industry (i.e. performer, songwriter, publisher, radio, session musician, etc.). Examples of distribution needs include: medical bills, living expenses, rent or mortgage, and utilities. The Opry Trust Fund accepts referrals from individuals within the country music community, including Opry members, as well as from other charitable organizations, such as MusiCares and the Performers Benefit Fund.
Telephone: 1-800-SEE-OPRY

Jazz Foundation of America 
The Housing and Emergency Assistance program provides jazz and blues artists with an experienced social worker to assess his/her situation and provide rapid assistance including financial support, legal services, housing counseling, and more. 
Telephone: (212) 245-3999
Email:[email protected]

Music Maker Relief Foundation
The Musical Sustenance Program offers emergency funds, monthly living stipends, and assistance in obtaining social services to artists working in the Southern musical tradition, focusing on those 55 years or older with an annual income of $18,000 or less. 
Telephone: (919) 643-2456
Email:[email protected]

MusiCares Foundation 
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, including addiction resources.
Telephone: West Coast: (800) 687-4227; Central: (877) 626-2748; Northeast: (877) 303-6962

Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation – Kentucky & Southern Indiana 
MERF grants financial and resource assistance to Kentuckiana (select counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana) music industry professionals in times of need and emergency crisis.
Contact:email via form online

Musicians Foundation 
The Musicians Foundation assists professional musicians (who have worked at least 5 years) with grants for medical and allied living expenses in the case of emergency situations.
Telephone: (212) 239-9137 
E-mail:[email protected]

Rhythm and Blues Foundation 
The fund provides financial and medical assistance to Rhythm & Blues artists of the 1940s through the 1970s.
Telephone and Fax: (800) 980-5208
Email: [email protected]

Pinetop Perkins Foundation – Pinetop Assistance League (PAL) for Elder Musicians
Provides financial assistance to elderly musicians for medical and living expenses. The Pinetop Assistance League does not disburse funds direct to individuals. Payments are made by check to the creditor on your behalf.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Sweet Relief offers assistance to all who reach out. While financial grants may not be available to every applicant, other resources information, counseling and financial services are additional options each artist may take advantage of.
Telephone: (888) 955-7880
Email:[email protected]


Actors Fund of America
The Actors Fund assists those working in theater, film, television, radio, music, dance, opera and circus. The Fund offers a broad spectrum of programs including comprehensive social services, health care services, employment and training, and housing. Programs are administered through offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and eligibility varies by program.  Click here for Hurricane Laura and California Wildfire relief.
Telephone: (212) 221-7300
Email:[email protected]

American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)
AGVA offers its current and previous members emergency aid through the AGVA Sick & Relief Fund.
Telephone: (212) 675-1003, Ext. 102

Dancers’ Resource
The Dancers’ Resource was created in response to the unique situation dancers face due to the physically demanding nature of their work, coupled with the significant financial challenges of earning a living in dance. Support includes counseling, healthcare referrals, educational seminars, emergency financial assistance, and more.
Telephone: Eastern Region : (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119; Central Region: (312) 372-0989, Western Region: (323) 933-9244, Ext. 455
Email: Eastern Region: [email protected]; Central Region: [email protected]; Western Region: [email protected]

Dramatists Guild Fund
The Dramatists Guild Fund awards one-time emergency grants to individual playwrights, lyricists and composers in need of temporary financial assistance due to unexpected illness or extreme hardship. To be considered for personal grant, you must have had a play or musical either presented for a paying audience anywhere in the United States or Canada, and/or published by a legitimate publishing/licensing company; or be an active member of The Dramatists Guild.
Telephone: (212) 391-8384
Email:[email protected]

Episcopal Actors Guild of America
To apply to the EAG Emergency Aid & Relief Program, which offers grants for financial need, the primary determining criterion for eligibility is that the applicant be a  professional performing artist who is pursuing an established and ongoing career in the performing arts. Theatre performers who perform live onstage before a live audience are the primary focus of the program.
Telephone: (212) 685-2927
Email:[email protected]

HOWL Emergency Life Project (HELP) 
The Howl Emergency Life Project was created to provide emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists who have participated in the annual Howl Festival or who make their careers in New York City’s East Village and Lower East Side arts community and whose work challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theatre, music, multimedia and the spoken word. Eligibility for the financial assistance program requires an application, documentation of professional earnings and an interview.
New York City Contact: 212.221.7300, ext. 119 or [email protected]
Chicago Contact: 312.372.0989 or [email protected]
Los Angeles Contact: 323.933.9244, ext. 455 or [email protected]

Renaissance Entertainers, Services, and Crafters United Foundation (RESCU) 
The RESCU Foundation was established to promote and maintain the health and medical well-being of the participants of Renaissance Fairs, historical performances and other artistic events through several programs including financial assistance and counseling for emergency medical needs.
Telephone: (800) 374-9215
Email:[email protected] 

Theatre Bay Area  
The Mary Mason Lemonade Fund is a confidential resource for San Francisco Bay Area theatre practitioners with terminal or life-threatening illnesses who are in need of supplemental financial assistance to improve the quality of their lives as they deal with medical conditions.
Telephone: (415) 430-1140, Ext. 14
Email:[email protected]

TheatreWashington Taking Care Fund – Washington, DC
Taking Care Fund is an initiative of theatreWashington to assist currently active Washington, DC area theatre professionals and artists in personal emergency situations.
Email:[email protected]

The Valentine Fund
The Valentine Fund was initiated in 1987 to provide financial assistance to members of the Portland-area theatre community in times of medical or personal emergency.


Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc. 
The Emergency Assistance Program provides interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. An applicant must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical.
Telephone: (212) 226-0581
Email: [email protected]

Artists’ Benevolence Fund – Laguna Beach, CA
The Artists’ Benevolence Fund by the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival provides financial assistance to working artists who live in Laguna Beach and have suffered a catastrophic event that has resulted in financial hardship.
Telephone: For additional information, please contact the Benevolence Fund Trustees: Linda Grossman 949-770-2244, Monica Prado 949-338-4073, Larry Gill 949-235-1121, or Gavin Heath 949-395-4976

Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.
The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a private, charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement.
Telephone: (212) 255-7740 Ext. 216
Email:[email protected] 

CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) 
CERF+ emergency relief for artists working in craft disciplines includes grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment. One of the eligibility requirements is having had a recent career-threatening emergency such as serious illness, injury, or significant loss from theft, fire, flood or other disaster.
Telephone: (802) 229-2306
Email: [email protected]

Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grant 
The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing after natural or manmade disasters that have affected a community. Artists who have suffered losses due to catastrophic situations of this nature can apply to the Foundation for funding.
Telephone: (212) 524-0100
Email:[email protected]

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants
The program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories. If you aren’t sure if your artistic discipline fits within these guidelines, please contact the grants administrator.
Email: [email protected]

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