Resources for Individuals

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EMERGENCY FUNDS FOR ARTISTS/CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS/INDIVIDUAL ARTS ADMINISTRATORS

Currently Accepting Applications: 

  • 2021 Actos de Confianza: The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) will distribute $2,500 grants to Latinx artists and cultural workers facing critical financial emergencies due to the impact of COVID-19. Cycle 1 (Mid-America) application opens: January 13, 2021 - deadline to apply: January 27, 2021 (11:59pm CT) 
  • CERF+ COVID-19 Relief Grant program, providing financial assistance to professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis. This program provides one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing and/or health insecurities.​. The third application cycle opens January 13, 2021, application deadline: February 3, 2021. Priority will be given to Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and folk and traditional artists.
  • NDN Collective's Radical Imagination grant will support 6 Indigenous artists/culture bearers of all traditions, mediums and genres, awarding grants of $50,000. Artists may propose a one year budget ​that includes a living stipend, as well as support for the supplies and equipment necessary to publicly amplify the work and develop a community messaging platform. 12% of funds must also support artist self-care, health and well-being. 
  • CERF+ 
  • ​​The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has created an Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund 2.0 to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions.​ Deadline: March 15, 2021.​

Resource Roundups:

  • 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: 

  • ​​Artist ​​R​elief​ distributes $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. 
  • ImagineMKE​ Holiday Artist Reli​ef Fund's $500 awards support artists living in Milwaukee county with catastrophic, career-threatening emergencies. Applicant eligibility requirements are available on the ImagineMKE site. ​
  • The Open ​Fund​ is administered by two Wisconsin artist-run spaces, The Poor Farm and The Open. In the fall of 2020, the Open Fund will distribute $60,000 in emergency grants to artists living in Milwaukee County, providing $1,000 grants to 60 visual artists living within the Milwaukee County with a financial need. The application portal will closed Saturday, November 28th at 11:59 pm (CST).​
  • 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 COVI​D-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 Confian​​za 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 F​​und​ 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. ​
  • NYFA has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies through the Raus​​chenberg Emergency Grants.


ARTISTS/CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS SPECIFIC RESOURCES

Creative Capital (don't let the March date fool you - updated resources for working in the time of COVID-19, including webinars, online workshops for artists and creatives, etc.)​​

Common Field



Get The Facts: What A $2 Trillion Stimulus Package Means For Music Creators
GRAMMY.com
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Americans for the Arts