COVID-19 Artist/Organization Resources
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 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.
Provides modest emergency aid to professional writers and are accepting applications from writers experiencing income loss due to COVID-19.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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 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]
This emergency relief fund program will offer three rounds of applications: May 5-6, May 19-20, and June 2-3.
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. https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/
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.
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.
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.
Americans for the Arts: https://www.
Creative Capital: https://creative-
Creative Generation: Digital care package for artists and creatives
Council of Nonprofits:
https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/nonprofits-and-coronavirus-covid-19 A good comprehensive resource that provides avenues from many different directions
https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/trends-policy-issues/initial-analysis-of-the-coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-cares An analysis of the Coronavirus Relief Bill
Opportunity for pro bono consultations for US based nonprofit arts or culture organziations.
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: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/DBCH/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.htm
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. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/index.html
Orange County Government: https://www.orangecountygov.com/1936/COVID-19Coronavirus
Paid Family Leave: https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/if-you-are-quarantined-yourself About Paid Family Leave if you can’t work from home
PKF O’Connor Davies: https://www.pkfod.com/insights/category/covid-19/
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: https://
Ulster County Government: https://ulstercountyny.gov/coronavirus
Reference: Center for Disease Control. (2020). Coronavirus. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/preventiontreatment.html