COVID-19: EMERGENCY FUNDS – Artists
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Artist Relief Fund To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.
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).
Artist Relief Project – Anyone pursuing the arts as a career (any discipline, any level of experience) can request financial support from the Artist Relief Project, which will provide applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis with a one-time emergency stipend of $200 and free resources and support to pursue alternative economic opportunities.
The Creator Fund – Providing financial assistance to active creators who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. If you have medical, childcare, housing, or grocery needs, please apply for assistance.
Freelancers Union Freelancers Relief Fund – Applications are temporarily closed. Freelancers Relief Fund will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs, including food/food supplies; utility payments; cash assistance to cover income loss.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts – The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has created 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 $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.
The New York Foundation for the Arts | Robert Rauschenberg Foundation – The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical/dental/mental health emergencies. Emergencies are defined as taking place within the last six months (January 1, 2020 or later). The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who live anywhere in the U.S., its Territories, and the District of Columbia. Artists of color, artists with disabilities, and those living outside of the East and West coasts are particularly encouraged to apply.The program does not cover lost wages/income.
NALAC – Executed in collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) partners, Actos de Confianza is a COVID relief program which will exclusively support Latinx art and culture makers. The $2,500 artist grants and $5,000 organization grants aim to provide relief to those facing critical financial emergencies due to the impact of COVID-19 in the United States and Puerto Rico.
CERFplus COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. This program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances due to food, housing, and/or health insecurities. This cycle closes on September 9. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community, including people of color and folk and traditional artists.
- PEN America Writers Emergency Fund
- Authors League Fund
- American Society of Journalism and Authors
- Carnegie Fund for Authors
- Clayton Memorial Medical Fund – Pacific Northwest
- Shade Literary Arts Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
- American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund
- Musicians Foundation Emergency Fund
- Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
- Jazz Foundation