Relief Funds and Resources for Artists

Please note that this list is fluid and updated regularly. Many of these funds are specific to a particular discipline, geographical area, type of need, etc. Please read the guidelines before applying – it will save you and the funder precious time!

Individual artists may access federal and state relief funds as self-employed individuals. APAP has collected information about resources here:

Recorded Webinar March 26: Financial Strategies for Freelance Artists in a Time of Crisis – an #ArtistResource talk with Amy Smith, hosted by Howlround

The National Guild for Community Arts Education has launched the CYD Toolkit Series, a virtual learning series featuring dynamic online conversations with youth, experts, funders and practitioners to explore new paths forward for supporting youth through creative youth development practice. Four free webinars:

The Artists Rights Alliance has pulled all COVID-19 related and eligible funding opportunities into one list:

This is drawn from their greater list: Please note that the contents of these lists are not vetted so you may need to do your own research to confirm these opportunities.

The Actors Fund fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan.

Freelance artists can access these rich lists of resources: and

Creative Capital

State-specific and national resources for film and media artists:

The Design Studio for Social Intervention offers guidance on Social Justice in a time of Social Distancing, describing this challenge through a lens of social justice and equity.

NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents) provides COVID-19 information particular to performing artists, agents and managers. Their Resource List includes information related to airfare refund and/or cancellation policies, emergency fund and relief programs, sample communications, and more. A list of FAQs address questions including dealing with cancellations, how to mitigate losses, and more.

CERF+ The Artists Safety Net is focusing resources to assist artists who test positive for COVID-19 and require intensive medical care.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Emergency Grants provide urgent funding ($500-$2,500) for visual and performing artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants: The fund provides one-time cash grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses caused by one-time, unexpected 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.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund: A new fund to assist U.S. musicians who have lost work due to COVID-19.

This site provides lists of grants and resources for both artists and arts organizations.

Americans for the Arts also has collected many resources into one list:

Musician’s Foundation: Grants typically range in amount from approximately $500-$3,000. All professional musicians, regardless of their genre or instrument, can apply for themselves or a family member. You must be a musician in a time of serious need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.

MusiCares: May grant short-term financial assistance for personal or addiction needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances. Funding may be awarded for needs such as rent, car payments, insurance premiums, utilities, medical/dental expenses, psychotherapy, addiction treatment, sober living, and other personal expenses.

Authors League Fund: The Authors League Fund helps professional writers in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses.

PEN American Writers’ Emergency Fund: 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.

Boston Artist Relief Fund: The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus.

Women and Hollywood Amplify Filmmakers Affected by SXSW Cancellation: If your project has been affected by the cancellation of SXSW or another festival or event, and you doing something else to recoup the costs or attend another event down the road, Women and Hollywood wants to help you amplify your campaign.

Dance/NYC Dance Relief Fund to mitigate the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on individual freelance dance workers and dance making organizations with budgets between $25,000 and $500,000 based in the metropolitan New York City area, particularly financial losses incurred due to the spread of COVID-19 and the social restriction measures implemented to contain the disease.

The New Music Solidarity Fund is 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.


Mollie Quinlan-Hayes



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