Coronavirus 2020 Artist Relief Funds
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**Click here for information about this database:**TIP: Click on each of the bold column headers below for more information about each category*General Instructions:
Funding Available
SMALL - $200 or less (GREEN)
MEDIUM - $200-$500 (BLUE)
LARGE - $500+ (YELLOW)
Instructions: To filter by different categories (e.g. look at only EASY applications), click the dropdown next to the filter button (looks like a funnel) on the menu bar above and to the left and select "Filter by Category!"Application Difficulty
EASY - very simple form
MEDIUM - requires some proof and more paperwork
HARD - big application, lots of paperwork, lots of forms
Current Donor Status
RED - urgently needs donations
4/9Fulcrum Fund
Organization: 516 Arts
Visual or multi-disciplinary artists80-mi radius of Albuquerque, NM (incl. Santa Fe, Española, Grants & Socorro)MEDIUMACTIVE as of 4/9
CLOSES on 4/16
Emergency relief grants are for self-identified visual or multi-disciplinary artists (including graduate students) who are 21 years of age and older that have lost income from cancellations and closures as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
4/9Creative Response Fund
Organization: Antenna, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Junebug Productions, the Weavers Fellowship
All artistsGreater New Orleans regionUnspecifiedACTIVE as of 4/9
You must:
-Be a practicing artist of any discipline (culture bearer, filmmaker, painter, performer, photographer, sculptor, writer, etc), with a demonstrated body of work and a clear commitment to an ongoing creative practice.
-Have lived and worked in the greater New Orleans metro area for at least 12 months, and be at least 21 years of age or older.
-Rely primarily on income from your creative practice, and must communicate a significant or dire need as a result of the pandemic, which could include funding to cover necessary living expenses such as food, housing, utilities, medical costs, or family care.
-Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, LGBTQ+, and immigrant artists are strongly encouraged to apply.
4/9Directors Emergency Relief Fund (DERF)
Organization: The Drama League
up to $599
Stage directorsNationalMEDIUMACTIVE as of 4/9
OPENS: April 13, 2020
CLOSES: July 31, 2020
Grants will be provided exclusively to stage directors (individual artists with a record of directing theatrical productions at theaters in the US) who demonstrate that they have had at least one directing engagement canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alumni and non-alumni of The Drama League are eligible to apply.
4/9Musicans Foundation Emergency Fund
Organization: Musicians Foundation
Up to $200
MusiciansNationalMEDIUMCLOSED as of 4/9
Check back in the following weeks
1. Must be a musician in a time of serious need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.
2. Have worked as a professional musician for five (5) or more years in the United States. We define “professional musician” as someone whose primary source of income was or is derived from work as a musician or music educator. Additionally, the applicant / musician must currently reside in the United States.
3. Have tax documents (1040 listing occupation as any type of musician or music educator OR Schedule C listing any type of musician or music educator status) to prove professional experience as a musician or music educator.
4. Complete the Pre-Application
4/9COVID-19 Emergency Health Grant For Artists
Organization: Women’s Center for Creative Work
Low-income artistsLive in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside or San Bernardino CountiesUnspecifiedCLOSED as of 4/9
needs donations
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 are eligible to apply. Must be over 21 years old, and not be enrolled in a full time academic program.
At this time we are making grants to artists who, in addition to qualifying under the general eligibility categories, are one of the following: Currently sick or have been sick with COVID-19; are disabled and/or chronically ill; are immunocompromised; have a preexisting condition that makes them more vulnerable or less able to access resources right now; are undocumented; are a primary caregiver; are experiencing food or housing insecurity and whose condition is being aggravated by the current crisis
4/9The Arts for Illinois Relief Fund
Organization: Arts Alliance Illinois, 3Arts, Arts Work Fund
All artists & artisans, including stage / production members & part-time cultural workersIllinoisUnspecifiedCLOSED as of 4/9, will reopen on 5/4
You must be an artist based in Illinois; legally able to receive taxable income in the U.S.; be a practicing artist capable of providing examples of creative work made within the last two years; at least 18 years of age; not currently enrolled in a degree program (e.g. Bachelor’s or Master’s; if pursuing a Ph.D., coursework must be completed); experiencing financial loss and/or hardship due to the COVID--19 pandemic.
4/9MHA COVID-19/Tornado Relief Grant
Organization: Music Health Alliance
$250 per month/max $500
Music professionalsNationalMEDIUMACTIVE as of 4/9
To provide direct cost assistance for financially vulnerable music professionals directly impacted by the Nashville tornado or the COVID-19 virus. Must demonstrate current financial need (inability to pay next month’s bills); At least 3 years of music industry employment; Documentation of employment and finances required with application
4/9Artist Relief Project
Organization: Artly World
All artistsNationalMEDIUMACTIVE as of 4/9
needs donations
The only requirements are (1) you demonstrate you’re an artist by sharing your resume and website, where applicable, and (2) you share this fundraiser with your own networks and provide a screenshot of that activity.
4/8Artist Relief
Orgs: Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, United States Artists
All artistsNationalEASYACTIVE as of 4/8
You must meet all of these requirements: practicing artist able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to my work, career, and a public audience; experiencing dire financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic; 21 years of age or older; legally able to receive taxable income in the U.S.; have been living and working in the U.S. for the last two years; not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners; not previously been awarded a relief grant from this fund
4/7Dramatists Guild COVID-19 Emergency Grant
Organization: Dramatists Guild Foundation
Requests typically range $500-$3,000.
Playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettistsNationalMEDIUMACTIVE as of 4/7
Must meet at least one of these requirements:
-member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Playwrights' Center, New Dramatists, the Lark, or the BMI Musical Theater Workshop
-attended an MFA program in playwriting or musical theater writing
-received monetary compensation for writing a play or musical for the American theater
-your play or musical has been presented for an audience of ticket-buyers
4/7Black Spatial Relics Micro Grant for Community Care and Collective Research
Organization: Black Spatial Relics
*project-based micro grant
Black artists engaged in performanceNationalMEDIUM
*requires artist statement/project description, up to 1,000 words
ACTIVE as of 4/7
*Deadline April 15th
These 5 micro grants of $550.00 will support projects doing one or both of the following:
1. Digital gatherings that center community care, affirmation, mutual aid and joy for Black communities in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis;
2. Collective research efforts centering Black communal and familial inquiry, transmission and documentation.
Applicants must: live in the United States; identify as Black and/or be of African descent; be artist(s) engaged in the practice of making performance; individuals, families and collectives are welcome to apply.
4/7Covid-19 Financial Solidarity Spreadsheet
Organization: N/A
requests up to $500 most likely to be funded
All artists / individualsN/AEASYACTIVE as of 4/7
needs donations
If your livelihood is being directly impacted by the Coronavirus crisis and you need support, post requests on this spreadsheet. If you are a white-collar employee working from home and still being paid your full salary, fulfill the requests below. GIVE GENEROUSLY: the only way to earn what you have, is to give it away. Guidelines and FAQs here:
4/1Art Safety Net Fund
Organization: Bay Area Safety Net
All Artists
(performing artists, musicians, visual artists, event producers, and other types of creators)
Bay Area (California)EASYACTIVE as of 4/1
Eligibility Requirements:
1. The grantee must reside in the Bay Area (See attached list of eligible zip codes on the blog post)
2. The grantee must provide proof of artistic endeavor within the last 6 months
3. The grantee must not be eligible for unemployment
4. The grantee must have less than $1000 of income within the last 30 days
5. Grants will be evaluated in the order received.
4/1Artist's Benevolence Fund
Organization: Sawdust Festival
All Artists and MakersLaguna Beach (California)MEDIUM - HARDACTIVE as of 4/1
The Artists Benevolence Fund is intended to be a fund of last resort, to help artists and
craftspeople in dire need. Applications may be submitted for grants up to $5,000 per a
twelve month period. An artist is eligible for grants up until it is determined that they are
once again able to perform their craft
4/1Crosshatch Artist Emergency Fund
Organization: Crosshatch
All ArtistsNorthwest Lower MichiganEASYACTIVE as of 4/1
We are able to fund individual artists (not non-profits or institutions) 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.
4/1Entertainment Assistance Program
Organization: Actor's Fund
Unspecified All ArtistsNational
Unspecified (likely MEDIUM)
ACTIVE as of 4/1
For additional information and an application, please contact the intake unit at the regional office closest to you:
-New York City: 212.221.7300, ext. 119,
-Chicago: 312.372.0989,
-Los Angeles:
323.933.9244, ext. 455,
Eligibility for financial, funeral/burial assistance requires an application, documentation of your professional earnings and an interview and in general is based on:
A minimum of five years of industry paid employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years, or
Twenty years of industry paid employment with a minimum of ten years of earnings of at least $5,000 for each of those years, and
Financial need
4/1New Orleans Business Alliance Relief Fund for Gig Workers
Organization: New Orleans Business Alliance
$500 - $1,000
All gig-workers
(including rideshare drivers, musicians, arena workers, and festival production staff)
New Orleans (Louisiana)MEDIUMACTIVE as of 4/1
Proof of residency in Orleans Parish
Proof that ≥ 60% of income is generated via “gig-work”
Demonstrated loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
At or below 100% Annual Median Income (AMI) Guidelines (Reference)
Document Requirements
Driver’s License, bill, or bank statement proving residency
Independent Contractor Agreement(s) or other proof of gig-related employment
2018 or 2019 Tax Return demonstrating income threshold
Bank statements reflecting a minimum of 90 days of income activity, prior to March 9, 2020
Bank statements reflecting compromised income for a minimum of 7 days, post March 9, 202
*Please note, if you lack any of these sources of documentation, we’re still willing to work with you. Please send us an email, so we can work with you to come up with a solution.
4/1Artist Emergency Relief Fund
Organization: Arts Greensboro
Unspecified All ArtistsGreater Greensboro
(North Carolina)
Greater Greensboro residency
Proof of cancelled gigs
4/1Emergency Grants for Artists
Organization: Joan Mitchell Foundation
up to $6,000
*intended to cover material losses (damage to home or studio, loss of art-making materials or equipment).
Visual Artists
ACTIVE as of 4/1
Visual artists are eligible if they:
Live in a US state or territory.
Work primarily in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing.
Are active in their studio practice, as demonstrated by evidence of professional artistic activity (exhibitions, residencies, public art works, art fairs) over the last three years outside of a degree granting program.
Suffered material losses (damage to home or studio, loss of art-making materials or equipment).
4/1Colorado Artists Relief Fund
Organization: Imagine 2020
All ArtistsColorado
Unspecified (likely MEDIUM)
ACTIVE as of 4/1
*Applications opened 4/1
Funding will be made available for artists that have ongoing creative endeavors through multiple disciplines including visual, digital, film, music, performing, teaching, etc whose income has been impacted by the Corona virus and who need assistance with basic expenses such as food, rent, medical costs and childcare.This program will prioritize lower-income artists and artists who have no other source of income. In approved, requires W9. Funds distributed in 30-40 days.
4/1Emergency Grant for Curators
Organization: Kinkade Family Foundation
$5,000 (project based)
Emergency Grant for curators who are developing projects that promote artwork of contemporary and experimental nature. 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.
Curators and Art HistoriansNationalMEDIUMACTIVE as of 4/1
*Deadline April 12th
Emergency Grants applications are accepted through emailing a PDF proposal of your project to Please include up to a 500 word statement proposal with up to 10 supporting images, up to a 250 word statement on why you should receive the grant, examples of past exhibitions, related press, and biography. Applicants must be living in the United States or U.S. territories and have a U.S. Tax ID Number (SSN, EIN, ITIN, or other)
Applicants must have committed performance or exhibition opportunities and be able to provide a specific time window at the time of application.
Applicants must be a curator or art historian with a track record of producing scholarly curatorial projects. Artists are not eligible to apply.
4/1Black Cube Video Art (Open Call - project based)
Organization: Black Cube
This open call is project-based for video work.
All ArtistsColoradoMEDIUM
*video / project based
ACTIVE as of 4/1
Deadline: April 10th
Black Cube, a nomadic art museum, invites Colorado-based artists to submit video work for a cash award, in an effort to support those impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
+ no submission fee
+ artist must be based in Colorado
+ new works that respond to the current moment are encouraged
+ running time is up to 20 minutes
+ 60-second clip to share on social media channels
+ submit video as a Vimeo, WeTransfer, or Dropbox link
+ submit clip as a Vimeo, WeTransfer, or Dropbox link
+ awarded work will be displayed on Black Cube’s Vimeo and social media channels
4/1Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists Grant
Organization: Actor's Fund
up to $3,000
All ArtistsBoulder County (Colorado)HARD
*this is a GRANT proposal for a project
ACTIVE as of 4/1
Deadline: May 7th
Before submitting your application, please email with a very brief summary of your request to make sure your proposal meets the grant guidelines.Application deadlines are rolling. Grant awards will be made as they are received and reviewed.
The deadline is May 7, 2020 at 5pm.
Funding cycle dates The project, purchase or request must take place within 14 months from the date the grant check is issued
4/1Emergency Financial Assistance Fund
Organization: Erie Arts and Culture
All ArtistsErie region (Pennsylvania)MEDIUMACTIVE as of 4/1
Update: On third round of grants as of 3/31
If you are a creative or cultural professional in the Erie region who is in need of assistance
1. Demonstrate that they are a creative or cultural professional
2. Demonstrate that they have experienced a disruption to their income stream
3. Demonstrate a need for assistance
4/1Rauschenberg Emergency Grants Program
Organization: NYFA and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
$5000 for medical emergenices
Visual and Media Artists
NationalUnspecifiedApplications have not yet opened as of 4/1
Beginning in late May/early June 2020, the program will provide visual and media artists and choreographers with one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to: hospital and doctor bills (including insurance co-pays), tests, physical/occupational therapy, prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition, and emergency dental work.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories and do not need insurance to apply. All eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel and assessed using the following two criteria: demonstrated need and impact of funds to allow the recipient to continue working.
There is no deadline to apply, as applications will be accepted and reviewed by a panel on a monthly basis.
3/31New Music Solidarity Fund
Organization: New Music USA
Freelance musiciansUSAEASY**JUST OPENED 3/31**
Has over 130k of funding - apply now!!!
Designed to help new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled during the COVID-19 crisis.
3/31AGMA Relief Fund
Oganization: The American Guild of Musical Artists
UnspecifiedMusicians / AGMA membersNationalHARDACTIVE 3/31: Doubled the amount of relief available
For additional information and an application, please contact the intake unit at the regional office closest to you:
-New York City: 917.281.5919,
-Chicago: 312.372.0989,
-Los Angeles: 323.330.2455,
*Must be a Member of the AGMA
In good standing with the AGMA or honorable withdrawal
Able to document the need for financial assistence
3/31Max's Kansas City Project
Organization: Max's Kansas City
All ArtistsNew YorkHARDACTIVE as of 3/19 York State Resident
A letter written by the applicant explaining specifically why assistance is
needed and why the applicant cannot solve this problem without aid from MKC
5-10 work samples
Copies of awards, reviews, etc. will be strongly considered
A list of 3 references in your art profession> Include their physical addresses
and telephone #s, of individuals MKC can contact as character references on
your behalf
1 RECENT letter of referral from a colleague or patron in your field who has
known you for at least three years and who knows your work intimately
See application for more
3/31Sweet Relief Muscians Fund
Organization: Sweet Relief
UnspecifiedMusicians and Music Industry WorkersNationalMEDIUMACTIVE as of 3/31
-Must have (or recently have had) a serious medical condition, with ​relevant medical documentation
-At least 50% of all income comes from working within the music community
-Proof of cancellations and bookings
3/31Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
Organization: N/A
WritersNationalEASYACTIVE as of 3/31
Must be a queer writer of color
3/31Pittsburgh Arts Council Emergency Fund for Artists
Organization: Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Up to $500
All ArtistsGreater PittsburghMEDIUMACTIVE as of 3/31
Must live in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Lawrence, Indiana, Greene, Fayette, Washington, or Westmoreland counties
Covers cancelled events, readings, and speaking opportunities.
Also covers teaching artists who could not teach because of cancelled classes and school closures
3/31Philadelphia Performing Artists' Emergency Fund
Organization: N/A
Performing ArtistsPhiladelphiaEASYACTIVE as of 3/31
Funds can be requested by any Cabaret, Drag, Burlesque, Theater, or performance artist in Philly
3/31Foundation for Contemporary Arts Relief Fund
Organization: Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Contemporary & Experimental ArtistsNationalMEDIUMACTIVE as of 3/31
Cancelled contemporary or experimental performances or exhibitions
Must have a U.S. Tax ID Number (SSN, EIN, ITIN, or other)
Application asks for detailed work samples
3/31Newport Festival Musician Relief Fund
Organization: Newport Festival
(Rhode Island residents given preference)
EASYACTIVE as of 3/31
Our focus and priority will be on musicians who have played the Newport Jazz or Folk Festivals and those in our Rhode Island community. All other applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
3/31Boston Singers' Relief Fund
Organization: Boston Singers Resource
up to $500
SingersNew England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts or Rhode Island)MEDIUMACTIVE as of 3/31
Direct Application Link
New England-based singers whose classical performances were cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19 are eligible to apply. Email all documents and any questions to
3/31Indie Theater Fund Covid19 Emergency Grant:
Organization: Indie Theater Fund
Up to $500
TheatreNYCEASYACTIVE as of 3/31
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
3/31Durham Artist Relief Fund
Organization: North Star Church of the Arts
UnspecifiedAll ArtistsDurham, North CarolinaEASYACTIVE as of 3/31 be a North Carolina resident / artist in Durham, NC
Venmo/Paypal or Cash App account
Priority is given based on need, not merit
Proof of event cancellation
3/31Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund
Organization: League of Chicago Theaters
Theatre WorkersChicagoEASYACTIVE as of 3/31
Do not apply if you have other income or are eligible for unemployment
3/31Biscotto-Miller Fund
Organization: Season of Concern Chicago
Theatre WorkersChicagoMEDIUM - HARDACTIVE as of 3/31
3/31MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
Organization: The Recording Academy
*requires 5+ years proof of career in music
ACTIVE as of 3/31
*Well funded - over $2 million in donations
 At least 5 years of employment in the music industry
 At least 6 commercially released recordings (singles)
 At least 6 commercially or promotionally released music videos
Detailed music industry background documentation (articles, liner notes,
letters from employers, etc)
Proof of cancellations and bookings At least 5 years of employment in the music industry
 At least 6 commercially released recordings (singles)
 At least 6 commercially or promotionally released music videos
Detailed music industry background documentation (articles, liner notes,
letters from employers, etc)
Proof of cancellations and bookings
Copy of your lease agreement or mortgage statement which includes account numbers, vendor address and your name on the lease or statement
3/31Frederick Artist Relief Fund
Organization: N/A
$250 - $500
All ArtistsFrederick County,
EASYACTIVE as of 3/31
Applications open 3/16 and close 4/30
We welcome applications from all artists living in Frederick, but will prioritize lower income artists.
3/31Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund
Organization: Equal Sound
$500 per cancelled gig
MusiciansNationalEASYACTIVE as of 3/31
Needs donations
Requires W9 and proof of cancelled gig (can be a text message or screenshot)
3/31Boston Music Maker Relief Fund
Organization: The Record Co.
MusiciansBoston, MAEASYACTIVE as of 3/31
needs donations
Direct Application Link
Must currently live in Greater Boston Area
3/31NC Artist Relief Fund
Organization: VAE Raleigh
UnspecifiedAll ArtistsNorth CarolinaMEDIUMACTIVE as of 3/31
needs donations Caroline Residency
Priority based on need
Contact info for cancelled gigs
3/31CERF+ Emergency Fund
Organization: CERF+ The Artists Safety Net
Emergency Relief Grant $3000
Fine CraftNationalHARDACTIVE as of 3/31
Update: *focus on those infected with the virus that require intensive medical care.
*focus on those infected with the virus that require intensive medical care.
1. Working in a Craft Discipline: inclusive of all materials-based artists regardless of whether they use “craft” to describe themselves
2. Art Career: An eligible art career requires a serious commitment to craft for at least the three years before your recent emergency:You must have earned the majority of your livelihood from the sale of your art and/or activities related to your artmaking, been engaged in producing a body of work in a craft discipline (or disciplines), and spent at least 50% of your work time in design, creation, production, and exhibiting and/or marketing that work OR You must have had an ongoing history of producing handmade objects and/or functional visual art of high quality that embody the NEA definition of folk and traditional arts.*
3. Emergency
4. U.S. Resident
3/31Artist + Activist Relief Fund
Organization: The Soze Foundation and TaskForce
All ArtistsNationalEASYACTIVE as of 3/31
Update: Waiting list
4/9The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Organization: Arts Administrators of Color Network
All Artists & AdminNationalEASYACTIVE as of 4/9
Artists or arts administrators who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).
3/31The Jazz Exchange Relief Fund
Organization: The Jazz Exchange
TBC; based on amount collected
North Jersey or NYC
EASYACTIVE: Since 3/31
Needs donations
Must be a Jazz Musician based in Northern NJ or NYC
3/31Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant
Organization: New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
up to $2,500
Women-identifying visual artistsNationalMEDIUMApp opens 10am ET 4/6, closes 6pm ET 4/8
-must be visual artists identifying as women who are 40 or older and who work in Digital/New Media, Drawing, Film/Video, Installation, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and can demonstrate activity in their artistic discipline over the past 5 years
-must show documented losses of income between Feb. 1 - July 30, 2020 and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in any of the 50 states, District of Columbia or U.S. territories.
3/31Springboard for the Arts Emergency Fund
Organization: Springboard for the Arts
Up to $500
All ArtistsMinnesotaMEDIUMAS OF 3/31 accepting applications from
- artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, Native and/or People of Color
- live in rural communities
- artists in the disability community, including immunocompromised artists
- artists who identify as LGBTQIA+
Minnesota residencey
Compensation is for cancelled work, not postponed
While repayment is not required, an artist who receives $500 funding through the Emergency Relief Fund is not eligible to apply to the Fund again unless they replenish the Fund.
3/31Seattle Artists Relief Fund
Organization: N/A
UnspecifiedAll ArtistsSeattleEASYCLOSED as of 3/31
Only requirement is to be an Artist based in Seattle.
3/31PGH Artist Emergency Fund
Organization: N/A
All ArtistsGreater PittsburghEASYCLOSED as of 3/31
Must be a resident of Pittsburgh
3/29Carnegie Fund for Authors
Organization: N/A
UnspecifiedWriters: Published authorsNational
Unspecified (likely MEDIUM)
ACTIVE as of 3/29
For American authors who have written at least one full-length fiction or nonfiction work published by a mainstream publisher. Must provide documention of need (doctor's letter/other proof of emergency situation): may be because of illness or some other urgent need such as fire, flood, hurricane, etc.
3/29Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
Organization: American Society of Journalists and Authors
>$2,000 based on past grants
Established freelance writers NationalMEDIUM - HARDACTIVE as of 3/29
-Must have either five published articles from regional or national publications OR one book published by a major publishing house; Must demonstrate emergency need as a result of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis
3/29Boston Artist Relief Fund
Organization: City of Boston
All ArtistsBoston, MAEASYACTIVE as of 3/29, Closes April 30th.
Must be an artist currently living in Boston
3/28Theater Community Benevolent Fund
Organization: N/A
Theater practitionersBostonMEDIUMACTIVE as of 3/28
Must be an active theater practitioner with established and documented history of theatrical performance, directing, design, writing, production, or administration in the Boston area, and be facing occurrences of a catastrophic nature with limited or no resources
3/28Chicago COVID-19 Hardship and Help
Organization: N/A
UnspecifiedAll individualsChicagoEASYACTIVE as of 3/28
needs donations (not just monetary)
The Chicago COVID-19 Hardship and Help page is a way for people in the Chicago area to ask others for assistance during this crisis. If you are enduring any financial strife during this crisis, please feel free to share your story and ask for whatever financial help you need.
3/27Writers' Emergency Fund
Organization: PEN America
Writers: Authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalistsNationalMEDIUMACTIVE as of 3/27
Must be a professional writer and provide qualifications that support the applicant’s professional identity as a writer, i.e.:
-Publication of: books, recent pieces in literary anthologies/journals, a professionally produced full-length play
-Recent employment as a full-time journalist, columnist, critic, consistently published freelance author, etc
-Contracted forthcoming works for which the name of the publisher can be provided.
3/25Bluegrass Trust Fund
Organization: International Bluegrass Music Association
Bluegrass Professionals
(artists, producers, agents, etc)
not specifiedHARDACTIVE as of 3/25
A bluegrass music professional is any person who has for five years or more
derived at least fifty percent of his or her income from activities related to
bluegrass music. Qualified applicants may include artists, composers, agents,
managers, event producers, record producers, luthiers, merchandisers,
broadcasters and others involved professionally in the bluegrass music industry
3/25HART Fund
Organization: Blues Foundation
UnspecifiedBlues Musicians not specifiedUnspecifiedACTIVE as of 3/25
Must contact directly, see "Eligibility & Requirements"-For acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses.
-REQUEST FUNDING contact Elizabeth Montgomery Brown:, (901)527-2583 ext.13
-Upon contacting the foundation, you will be asked to complete a short application form.
3/25The Photographer Fund
Organization: Format
up to $500
PhotographersGlobalEASYACTIVE as of 3/25
Photographers around the world can apply
3/25Patreon Artist Grant
Organization: Patreon
UnspecifiedAll ArtistsGlobalEASYACTIVE as of 3/25
Any artist around the world. You do not have to be a Patreon member in order to apply.
3/25Idea Awards COVID-19 Response Grant Lottery
Organization: Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation
(playwright, composer, lyricist, or librettist)
not specifiedEASYACTIVE as of 3/25
1) These grants are only open to writers (playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists).
2) Have had a full professional production (defined for these purposes as a LORT, Off-Broadway, or Broadway full production, not a reading or workshop) of which you are a writer that was cancelled, closed, or indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 closures.
3/25Dallas Artist Relief Fund
Organization: Creating Our Future
All ArtistsDallas, TexasEASYACTIVE as of 3/25
We seek to provide support for low-income, BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being affected by this pandemic in Dallas, Texas.
3/25Orange County Arts Relief Fund
Organization: Orange County Arts Commission
UnspecifiedAll ArtistsOrange County, NCUnspecifiedACTIVE as of 3/25
Direct link coming soon (as of 3/25)
Orange County, North Carolina resident
3/25Creative Industry Relief Fund
Organization: Crowd-fund
musicians, artists, performers and filmmakersFort Worth, TexasEASYACTIVE as of 3/25
Must be resident of Forth Worth, Texas
3/25Hawaii Artists & Entertainment Professionals Fund
Organization: Crowd-fund
UnspecifiedAll Artists and industry professionalsHawaiiEASYACTIVE as of 3/25
Must be resident of Hawaii
3/25The Ghostlight Fund
Organization: Crowd-fund
UnspecifiedTheaterNYCEASYACTIVE as of 3/25
Funding may be awarded for needs such as rent, utilities, medical expenses, psychotherapy, and other personal expenses.
- Applicants must have been employed in the Theater District of New York City and laid off due to Covid-19 concerns.
- Applicants must have been considered a paid intern, part time, or freelance employee for at least 3 months during the last year. (Those full-time employees represented by a union will be considered on a case by case basis.)
3/25Gospel Music Trust Fund
Organization: Gospel Music Trust Fund
UnspecifiedGospel Music Artistsnot specifiedUnspecifiedACTIVE as of 3/25
Requests for financial assistance should be made in writing to the 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.
3/25Emergency and Disaster Grant
Organization: Broadcasters Foundation of America
UnspecifiedRadio and TV broadcastersnot specifiedEASYACTIVE as of 3/25
(1) Work or have worked in radio or television broadcasting
(2) Be in acute financial need and not have insurance coverage for lost or damaged personal property caused by a natural disaster, flooding, home fire or other misfortune.
3/25Live From Our Living Rooms (Festival)
Organization: Live From Our Living Rooms and MusicTalks
Musicians NYCMEDIUMACTIVE as of 3/25
OPENS: March 31, 2020
DEADLINE: April 8, 2020
Artist’s CV
Lost Income Report Form
Proof of lost musical income - Emails or texts demonstrating confirmed cancellations. Compile and submit as a single PDF.
Proof of last month’s rent payment, demonstrating applicant’s individual portion
List of basic monthly expenses
Screenshot of checking & Savings Account balances on date of application
Supplementary Income Declaration - Outline any income from activities excluding music performance, composition/arrangement, recording, and music education. If your income comes exclusively from music-related activities, please state that. Sign and submit as a PDF.
3/25NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund
Organization: N/A
Low-income artists and freelancersNYCEASY - Application closed until more donations receivedOPENED 3/11, CLOSED as of 3/25 — Needs donations
We seek to provide support for low-income, BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being effected by this pandemic in NYC. Whether it's from cancelled gigs, lost jobs, or a lack of business due to coronavirus scares, we hope to orchestrate an egalitarian approach to crowdsourcing.
3/25Chicago Artists Relief Fund
Organization: Crowd-fund
UnspecifiedAll ArtistsChicagoUnspecifiedTemporarily closed as of 3/25, check for updates
Priority will be given to BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, and People of Color] artists, transgender & nonbinary & queer artists, and disabled artists - but we aim to help as many Chicago-area artists in need as possible.
3/25Greater Cincinnati Artist Relief Fund
Organization: Crowd-fund
UnspecifiedAll ArtistsCincinnatiUnspecifiedTemporarily closed as of 3/25, check for updates
3/25Denver Metro Area Artist COVID-19 Relief Fund
Organization: Crowd-fund
UnspecifiedAll ArtistsDenver, ColoradoUnspecifiedTemporarily closed as of 3/25, check for updates
Priority will be given to those artists who are part of historically marginalized groups because of the intersectional economic realities they face already.
3/24The Artists' Fellowship
Organization: The Artists' Fellowship, Inc.
UnspecifiedVisual artists / Professional Fine Artistsnot specifiedHARDACTIVE as of 3/24
-“Professional” is defined as those visual artists who make their livelihood through sales as reported on a Schedule C with a U.S. Federal tax return. An active exhibition history is also an important part of documenting “professional.”
-“Fine Artists” are defined as those who create art for sale through galleries, private commission or reproduction in mass media. Media such as sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, art photography, fine art ceramics, mixed media, installations, and video art are considered “Fine Art” as defined above.
-“Sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship” can be documented through paid or unpaid invoices, bills or contracts.
-The “need” must be current and documented, not anticipated.
3/24Solidarity Fund
Organization: Alternate ROOTS
suggested range $100-$2500
All artists and cultural worksSouthern U.S. — ROOTS membersEASYACTIVE as of 3/24
needs donations
Must have been a General or Voting Member of Alternate ROOTS between January 1, 2015-March 16, 2020, be 18 years or older, and have experienced an unexpected financial hardship.
3/24The Creator Fund
Organization: ConvertKit
up to $500
All artists / arts workersnot specifiedEASYACTIVE as of 3/24, needs donations
Active creators who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Can be used for medical, childcare, housing, or grocery needs — will ask for a receipt/invoice before sending the funds via Paypal.
3/24Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund
Organization: Dance/NYC
$500 monthly, max $1,500 over 3 months
Freelance Dance WorkersNYC metropolitan areaMEDIUMMarch funds CLOSED as of 3/29; April app opens 4/10, May app on 5/8
Individual dance workers based in metropolitan NYC area who have lost work as a result of COVID-19 illness and/or social measures, must be able to provide Tax-ID, EIN Number, or Social Security Number AND Bank Account Number and Routing Number.
3/23COVID-19: Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund
Organization: Theatre Bay Area
Grants for $500, $1,000, and $1,500 may be requested once per person per month
Performing Arts WorkersSan Francisco / Bay AreaMEDIUMACTIVE as of 3/23
“Performing arts workers” includes all aspects of the performing arts. Any resident of the SF/Bay Area who has worked professionally or vocationally in local performing arts, who has been an active participant in the arts community (those whose life’s work is the performing arts, regardless of the income derived from work in the performing arts) and has experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19 because of: Cancelled performance/s, Loss of performing arts work, Loss of supplemental income/job
3/23Emergency Arts Fund
Organization: Twenty Summers
Up to $500 for artists & $1,000 for Arts Orgs
All Artists
(Visual artist, musician, actor, author, etc.)
Easy initial form is easy, funding requires some proof and more paperwork
ACTIVE as of 3/23
Anyone can apply or nominate an Artist or Arts Org. The funding is linked to an online events series.
- Artists send us their video & solicit new videos from their colleagues
— Twenty Summers embeds the videos with a donate button to the EAF
— Twenty Summers, artists, and their networks promote the videos online
— Twenty Summers distributes received donations to artists and arts orgs in need
3/23Cambridge Artist Relief Fund
Org: Cambridge Community Foundation
up to $1,000
All ArtistsCambridge, MAEASYACTIVE as of 3/23
- Evidence of lost opportunity/income via a cancelled contract or letter of validation from a local nonprofit/civic leader, venue host, employer or gig organizer
- Proof of residency / employment in Cambridge, MA
- Submit a 100-word summary of the hardships you are facing because of COVID-19
3/23Hollywood Support Staff COVID-19 Relief Fund
Organization: #PayUpHollywood, Scriptnotes Podcast, YEA!
$450 - $900
Hollywood Support StaffGreater Los Angeles MEDIUMACTIVE as of 3/23
Must reside in the Greater Los Angeles area, be currently working as Hollywood support staff and able to document current loss of pay, and provide documentation of a submitted unemployment application.
3/23RedDirt Relief Fund
Organization: Red Dirt
MusiciansOklahomaEASYACTIVE as of 3/23
Current Oklahoma residents who have sustained a financial loss of at least $1,000 due to cancelled or postponed gigs related to COVID-19 and have worked in the music business for the past 5 years.
3/23COVID-19 Emergency Funding
Organization: Theatre Washington
Theater ProfessionalsWashington, DC.EASYACTIVE as of 3/23
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 funding.
3/23Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund
Organization: N/A
UnspecifiedFreelance & Independent ArtistsPortland tri- county areaEASYACTIVE as of 3/23
Needs donations
1. Freelance/independent artists residing in the Portland tri- county area only
2. This fund aims to assist those who are facing guaranteed lost income in the next 90 days (March 18th - June 10th) due to:
A. Cancelling your artistic events (think gallery openings, performances, classes) AND/OR
B. Receiving cancellation notices for scheduled artistic "gigs."
3/23Atlanta Artist Lost Gig Fund
Organization: C4 Atlanta
up to $500
All ArtistsAtlanta County
MEDIUMNot accepting submissions as of 3/23
Must provide Proof of Residency (ID or bill), (priority given to C4 Atlanta members), Artist Resume or CV, Proof of Gig or Job with Payment Amount (Contract, Agreement, etc.), and Proof of Your Hardship (email or other correspondence from the organizer or job showing cancellation).
3/21Singapore Unbound Relief Fund (SURF)
Organization: Singapore Unbound
Creative WritersSingapore citizens living anywhere in the world or Permanent Residents of SingaporeMEDIUMACTIVE as of 3/21
Creative writers who are Singapore citizens living anywhere in the world or Permanent Residents of Singapore
3/21Mayer Foundation Economic Relief Grants
Organization: Mayer Foundation
~$2,000 per grant
All individualsNew York City residentsMEDIUMACTIVE as of 3/21
Individuals who are distressed or suffering as a result of poverty, low income or lack of financial resources, including as a result of natural or civil disasters, or from temporary impoverishment, loss of employment, death or incapacity of a family wage earner or damage to home and property; to provide health care to those who cannot afford health care or whose health insurance or financial resources are insufficient to cover medical needs
3/21Authors League Fund
Organization: Authors League Fund
UnspecifiedWriters: authors, dramatists, journalists, and poetsWriters living in the U.S., regardless of citizenship, and American writers living abroadHARDACTIVE as of 3/21
-Book authors with at least one title published by an established traditional publisher. Authors with multiple titles are given priority.
-Dramatists whose full-length plays have been produced in mid-size or large theaters and/or published by established dramatic presses.
-Journalists, critics, essayists, short story writers, and poets with a substantial body of work in periodicals with a national or broad circulation. Whether print or online, these periodicals must have strong editorial oversight and a sizable readership.
3/21Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance
Organization: Actors Fund
UnspecifiedActors, dancers, performers, theatre workersNationalMEDIUMACTIVE as of 3/21
-Member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, AGMA, IATSE Local 798, Musician Union Local 802, or current employee of the Jujamcyn Theatre
-OR minimum of five years of recent industry employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years
-OR a minimum of 20 years of industry employment with a minimum of 10 years of earnings of at least $5,000
-Eligibility requirements for dancers—three years of recent dance earnings of at least $2,000 a year
3/21NYC Dancers Relief Fund (COVID-19)
Organization: N/A
DancersNYCMEDIUMACTIVE as of 3/21 — Needs donations
This Fund offers urgent relief to freelance dance artist who have suffered financial losses due to the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the government enforced social restrictions. Priority will be given to POC, disabled, Trans/NB, and dance artists who will not have access to emergency funds due to immigration status.
3/20The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
Organization: Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation
Visual Artists: painters, printmakers, and sculptorsNationalHARDACTIVE as of 3/20 to provide 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. To be eligible for this program, an artist must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work.
This database is developed and maintained by Alice Feldman and Kim Savarino.
Special thanks to Solomon Blinchevsky, Julia Hoffmann, and Michael Gusev.
Brought to you by Music Works International (MWI).