Artist Relief Resources

Opportunities for Artist Relief

Resources from American for the Arts:

  • The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant is for painters, printmakers and sculptors
  • Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to launch an emergency relief grant program to support artists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The program will distribute $250,000 in unrestricted grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. As with AWAW’s annual award, the program is open to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and territories, and aims to address the unique challenges faced by artists in middle age or older, particularly at this critical time. Applications open April 6; Closes April 8.
  • Artly World launched the Artist Relief Project supporting artist with $200 grants
  • Arts Administrators of Color Network launched a relief fund to support BIPOC artists and administrators.
  • The Arts Community Alliance (Dallas, TX). The TACA Emergency Arts Relief Fund is a resource dedicated to provide short-term immediate relief to Dallas County nonprofit arts organizations who have experienced lost revenue or increased expenses due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Eligible organizations can receive awards of up to $10,000.
  • Arts Foundation of Cape Cod: The AFCC’s Cape Cod Arts Relief Fund will provide the first $10,000 to meet what we know is a much greater need. Focused on lost income, the Cape Cod Arts Relief Fund will provide one-time relief in the form of grants up to $500 to artists who live, work, create, and/or perform on Cape Cod.
  • ArtsMemphis has established an Artist Emergency Fund to help self-employed artists of all arts disciplines (visual art, literary arts, film, dance, music, theater) and artists employed/contracted by nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Shelby County recover from lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or opportunities (such as a commission, performance, contract, etc.), or due to layoff or furlough due to COVID-19 precautionary measures. Artists may request up to $500 to compensate for work that was scheduled or contracted and cancelled or lost.
  • Boston launched an artist relief fund.
  • CultureLA established an arts emergency relief fund
  • The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland will offer pro bono consultations to any U.S.-based non-profit arts or culture organization between March and June 2020, as a response to the mounting effects of the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Forecast has launched a national initiative to support public artists and public art programs during this pandemic.
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts has a relief fund for artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates
  • Frederick Arts Council (Maryland) launched a GoFundMe campaign for relief funding.
  • Greater Columbus Arts Council (Columbus, OH) announced a relief grant for artists.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (Pennsylvania) launches a relief fund for artists in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, Lawrence, Indiana, Greene, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.
  • Ijeoma Oluo on behalf of LANGSTON Seattle  has started a GoFundMe campaign to support artists in Seattle affected.
  • Max’s Kansas City Project has emergency grants for New Yorkers in the creative arts
  • Michigan Music Alliance’s Michigan Artist Relief Fund (in collaboration with Walk the Beat–a music nonprofit regularly raising funds to get musical instruments in kids’ hands)
  • MusiCares launched a relief fund to cover things such as lost income due to cancellations
  • NC Artist Fund Relief Fund: a collaboration between Artspace, PineCone, United Arts Council and VAE Raleigh
  • Oolite Arts (Miami, FL) launched a relief fund offering $500 grants for artists that have lost income.
  • Rauschenberg announced an Medical Emergency grant program for artists.
  • The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 or $1,000 to working artists who live in St. Louis City or St. Louis County whose immediate creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council (Portland, OR). RACC’s Emergency Fund for Individual Artists supports creative professionals who have experienced a financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is open to artists at all levels of their careers, in a broad variety of disciplines. Applicants will be asked to submit evidence of their artistic practice, household income, and financial loss in the application. RACC will make awards up to $500 in order to support as many individual artists as possible, prioritizing those without access to other COVID-19 relief funds.
  • Spokane Arts launched a relief fund for individual artists
  • UNTITLED, ART announces the UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund, in collaboration with &Art& serving artists in the Bay Area.
  • Women’s Center for Creative Work is currently distributing $1,000 grants to support individual artists.
  • The Worcester Creative Relief Fund will award grants in the amount of $500 to artists who live or work in Worcester and have had their creative practices and incomes adversely impacted by COVID-19. The Fund is designed to support Worcester artists of all types (visual, performing, design, etc.) who have been financially impacted by event/gig cancellations, the inability to exhibit their work/book shows, and/or have lost revenue from their day jobs being eliminated due to COVID-19.
  • Artist & Activist Relief Fund This donation-based fund for small stipends by The Soze Agency is specifically for artists and activists—especially those with children, debt, and medical bills. Round one just passed; $37,500 was given to 143 artists and activists nationwide. Apply for—or donate to!—round two at the link above
  • Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund Established by the Arts Administrators of Color Network, folks can donate here in direct support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists and administrators, which the fund defines as “consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc,” impacted by COVID-19. On this same page is an application form to apply for available funds generated by the open call for donations.
  • CERF+ COVID-19 Response Fund CERF+, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund—which provides relief loans through their own grants—just launched the COVID-19 Response Fund for artists working in craft disciplines. Emergency grant relief will focus on those infected with the virus and who require intensive medical care.
  • Florida Artist COVID-19 Relief Fund This new fundraiser is currently in need of donations to be distributed to applicants; artists who either live or were born in the state of Florida are eligible. Apply to receive funds upon donation at the link above.
  • Freelancer COVID-19 Emergency Fund This fund is designed for freelancers affected by COVID-19 and its impact (school closures, client cancellations, medical expenses, inability to pay basic living expenses). They stress that applicants ask for what they need right now—not in the long-term—and to try and pay it forward by eventually contributing back to the fund or another charity supporting freelancers. Applications are on a rolling basis; donations needed.
  • NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund Shawn Escarciga and Nadia Tykulsker, two New York City-based artists, administrators, and advocates, are raising money in support of low-income BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer freelancers and artists affected by COVID-19. While this donation-based fund is on pause as they continue to build momentum, they are, in the meantime, donating up to $150 to previous applicants. Until funds are replenished for new applicants, please donate if you’re able, or share with someone who can!


Additional Opportunities for Artist Relief

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund

Artist Relief Fund

Artist Trust

Artists’ Charitable Fund

Artists’ Fellowship Inc

Artists’ Relief Fund

Colorado Artist Relief Fund

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists

Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Creative Capital

Cultured Mag List of Resources

Emergency Grants Covid-19

Financial Relief Resources for Artists During COVID-19 

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Fountainhead Residency

I Care If You Listen 

KQED Arts Emergency Fund

Locust Projects

New York Foundation for the Arts/Anonymous was a Woman Grant

RiNo District Micro Grants

Warhol Foundation

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