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Emergency Funding

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.

Anonymous Was a Woman  – Program provides grants of up to $2,500 for women artists over the age of 40, administered in partnership with New York Foundation for the Arts.

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.

ASJA Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
Helps established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. COVID-19 funds available only to those who cannot work due to illness or caring for someone ill.

Authors League Fund

Provides modest emergency aid to professional writers and are accepting applications from writers experiencing income loss due to COVID-19.

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.

Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation COVID-19 response grant lottery. Playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists are invited to apply.

Corona Relief Fund

The Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund was set up on short notice to provide direct financial assistance to musicians who have lost work as a result of Corona-related event cancellations.

COVID-19 Musicians Fund

Sweet Relief is here to provide immediate assistance and we have created this DONOR-DIRECTED FUND with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus.

Creative Capital

Creative Capital has joined forces with several national arts grantmakers to form Artist Relief — an initiative that includes immediate, unrestricted emergency funding of $5,000 for individual artists of all disciplines, and resources to help those in need due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Grants for COVID-19
For dramatists (playwrights, composers, lyricists, librettists) seeking emergency financial assistance from the Dramatists Guild Foundation due to COVID-19 related circumstances.

Facebook Small Business Grant

Firelight’s William Greaves Fund for mid-career filmmakers of color are open through April 26.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
Deadline: rolling basis

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors.

Freelancers Relief Fund

Provides assistance of up to $1,000 per household to qualifying freelancers to cover lost income and essential expenses. Applicants will be asked to submit a detailed funding request outlining their needs.

Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program
Deadline: rolling basis

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.

Hyperallergic and Y.ES Contemporary are accepting applications for a 2020 arts writers grant; writers interested in covering contemporary arts in and about El Salvador should apply by May 15.

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.

The NDN Collective:

The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country. NDN’s intent is to quickly distribute resources to frontline organizations, Tribes, and individuals who are providing essential services to Indigenous communities within the next 15-45 days to provide gap resources during this health crisis.


New Music Solidarity Fund

The New Music Solidarity Fund is an artist-led initiative that aims to grant emergency funding to musicians impacted by COVID-19. Find out more about donating and applying

New York Folklore

New York Folklore has raised funds to provide $500 one time grants to individual folk artists in financial need. The link will take you to an English language application. Chinese and Spanish language applications are available upon request at [email protected] 


NYFA Emergency Grants List

This emergency relief fund program will offer three rounds of applications: May 5-6, May 19-20, and June 2-3.

PEN American Writers’ Emergency Fund

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.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grant –
Deadline: rolling basis

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.

The Women’s Center for Creative Work is offering $1,000 grants for artists who are immunocompromised, disabled, chronically ill, undocumented, caregivers, or food or housing insecure. There is a weekly deadline every Friday. | WCCW


For freelance artists, 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.


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 canceled, how to navigate insurance, and more.


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.

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 canceled.

Other Resources

Americans for the Arts:

Creative Capital:

Creative Generation: Digital care package for artists and creatives 

Council of Nonprofits: A good comprehensive resource that provides avenues from many different directions An analysis of the Coronavirus Relief Bill

COVID Rent Relief Program


DeVOS Institute

Opportunity for pro bono consultations for US based nonprofit arts or culture organziations.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program provides temporary benefits to people who, due to a major disaster, lost or had their employment or self-employment interrupted.

Dutchess County Government:

Resources for NYS Arts and Cultural Organizations re: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare

You can find more information on Coronavirus from the NYSDOH and the CDC. ncov/index.html

pro bono consultations and technical support to any public artist or public art administrator based in the U.S. and the Native nations that share the same geography from now until May 31, 2020, as a response to the mounting effects of the coronavirus pandemic
This resource will help nonprofits understand how the CARES Act will apply to them and how to proceed
Marshall & Sterling: Have you lost your Individual or Family Health Insurance coverage as a result of the coronavirus crisis? Employees may be eligible for partial or full subsidy during the special open enrollment period.
NY Forward Loan Fund: an economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting NYS small businesses, nonprofits & landlords.

Orange County Government:

Paid Family Leave:  About Paid Family Leave if you can’t work from home

PKF O’Connor Davies:

The Social Distancing Festival – The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Springboard for the Arts:

Ulster County Government:

Working From Home Needs from Ness Computers and Networking Services

Reference: Center for Disease Control. (2020). Coronavirus.

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