EMERGENCY FUNDS FOR ARTISTS/CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS/INDIVIDUAL ARTS ADMINISTRATORS
Currently Accepting Applications:
- CERF+ is launching the COVID-19 Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis. This program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing and/or health insecurities. Grants will be awarded in two cycles: the application opens July 8th and the deadline for the first round will be July 29th, the second will be September 9th. Priority will be given to eligible artists facing the most severe financial pressures, and CERF+ will ensure that funds are dispersed throughout the country.
- Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies. A coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create this emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Deadline: Cycle V - August 26, 2020
Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance offers funds to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts.
Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Deadline: Will disburse funds in the amount of US $200 per person, on a first-come-first-served basis, accepting funds indefinitely.
Dramatists Guild Foundation's relief fund offers support to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters.
EqualSound's relief fund supports musicians who have lost gigs due to the pandemic.
Musicians Foundation is accepting aid applications. Deadline: As of May 29, 2020, the application is open and the form will close upon receiving 100 new submissions.
- The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has created an Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. Deadline: September 1, 2020
- American Documentary (AmDoc), the nonprofit organization behind the PBS series POV, is launches a COVID-19 Artist Emergency Fund to support the independent documentary community. This adapted fund will provide rapid response grants up to $500 to assist artists with basic needs including food, immediate health needs and insurance premiums. Deadline: Applications are now open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the fund is expired. For more information about eligibility, criteria and the application process, visit www.amdoc.org/aefund or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Freelancers Union and Hub created Freelance Artist Resources
, a comprehensive rundown of the many resources for freelance workers hit hard during this time.
Not Currently Accepting Applications:
The Soze Foundation launches the Artist + Activist Relief Fund. Not currently accepting applications, but invite those interested to join their waiting list. The Crew Nation fund supports live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. Please check back at a later date for details on future application windows.
- The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide rapid response resources to Indigenous communities. The Artist and Entrepreneur Fund will provide grants of up to $5,000 to ease these current hardships in this time of economic uncertainty. Deadline: Phase 1 completed.
- The Pet Project Grant provides financial relief to playwrights during this period of isolation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant will distribute 152 unrestricted cash awards of $500 each directly to US-based playwrights, of any employment and/or immigration status.
- Milwaukee Artist Resource Network announces the MARN COVID-19 Relief Fund. All active MARN members, who contribute on any level to our creative economy, are encouraged to apply for this one-time, unrestricted $250 micro-grant.
- The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) created the Actos de Confianza micro-grant initiative, $500 micro-grants to support artists and arts administrators whose work has been adversely impacted by COVID-19. Closed as of April 16, 2020.
- The New Music Solidarity Fund helps new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled.
- CovertKit launches the Creator Fund to assist with medical expenses, groceries, childcare, and rent or mortgage for active creators.
- Small Business 20/20 offers support for small businesses and micro-enterprises adversely economically impacted by the COVID-19 Virus.
- MusiCares Relief Fund offers basic living assistance (rent or mortgage) for music industry professionals.
- Artist Relief Project's Community-Driven Fundraiser supports artists in any discipline, who have been directly impacted by event cancellations and venue closures
- NYFA has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies through the Rauschenberg Emergency Grants.
ARTISTS/CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS SPECIFIC RESOURCES
Americans for the Arts