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COVID-19 Artist/Organization Resources

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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.

Authors League Fund

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

PEN American Writers’ Emergency Fund

The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is a small grants program for professional—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis. Depending on the situation and level of need, grants are in the range of $2,000.

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.


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:

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

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

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.

Orange County Government:

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

PKF O’Connor Davies:

Springboard for the Arts:

Ulster County Government:

Working From Home Needs from Ness Computers and Networking Services

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