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COVID-19 Artist’s Resources

The Actors Fund: Actors, Dancers and Choreographers
To help our community during this public health crisis The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts. Remember, you may be eligible for more than one fund.

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
Intended 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.

American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund
The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need.

Art Interrupted Emergency Arts Fund
Twenty Summer has launched an emergency fund for artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the COVID-19. Artists can receive up to $500, while arts organizations can receive up to $1,000

Artist Relief Project
Artists in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance from this relief fund.

Artist Relief
Deadlines: see FAQ
Artist Relief will provide rapid, unrestricted $5,000 relief grants to assist artists facing dire financial emergencies due to the impact of COVID-19; serve as an informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Research Partner Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward. The fund will launch with $10 million, consisting of $5 million in seed funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation matched with $5 million in initial contributions from an array of foundations across the United States.

Artists’ Charitable Fund
Assists American artists living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical / dental / eye-care bills.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
This emergency fund can provide up to $200 for people of color that are either working artist or art administration and are affected by COVID-19.

Arts Education Partnership: COVID-19 Resources

ARTNews: As Art Schools Cancel Student Shows, One Instagram Account Pledges to Give Them Life

Artwork Archive: Financial Relief Resources for Artists During COVID-19

Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund
Coalition-led initiative designed to provide direct assistance to Baltimore-based artists and creative entrepreneurs who have lost income due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Black-Led COVID-19 Response Fund (CLLCTIVLY)
CLLCTIVLY is raising funds to make micro-grants to Baltimore’s Black-led changemakers. CLLCTVLY is a hyper-local social change ecosystem using an asset-based framework to focus on racial equity, narrative change, and social

The Bromo Artist Relief Fund
Deadline: April 17, 5:00 p.m.
The Bromo Arts and Entertainment District will assist artists from varying creative industries with financial support during the rapidly evolving Coronavirus pandemic. The Bromo Artist Relief Fund is specifically for artists whose place of business and/or home is located within the geography of the Bromo District. Grants will be awarded the week of April 27th. Twenty $500 grants will be made available to artists working in all disciplines.

Calling All Makers: Make Face Shields for Baltimore Healthcare Workers
Open Works has been contacted by several Baltimore-area hospitals in the last 48 hours requesting help making protective equipment for health workers.

Capacity Interactive Webinar
The livestream recording features presentations, Q+A interviews, and case studies from across the arts industry on leadership, marketing, fundraising, and wellness. You’ll hear from experts on how to navigate the crisis, and from peer organizations about what they’re doing to remain active in their patrons’ lives. You’ll also have a front row seat to live performances to spark your creativity. Featuring Speakers and Sessions highlights: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater | Still, We Dance; Fatima Jones, The Apollo Theater; Washington Performing Arts / Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Seattle Shakespeare; National Ballet of Canada; The Barnes Foundation; Brooklyn Academy of Music & Onassis Foundation, etc.

CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund
Artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding. CERF+ also has a list of resources centered around the pandemic.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Moving Online Now: How to Keep Teaching During Corona Virus

Chronicle of Higher Education: Delivering Quality Student Experiences in Virtual Learning Environments
Wednesday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.
As higher ed is upended in the midst of a global emergency, instructors and administrators are looking for ways to approach challenges they now face. From moving hands-on labs and test proctoring to a virtual platform, to ensuring students are still receiving a quality learning experience in a supportive environment, there are many questions still on the table.

College Art Association Endorses MLA’s Statement on COVID-19 and Academic Labor
We’ve joined our colleagues at the MLA in “call[ing] on institutions to exhibit the very flexibility and compassion that they are asking their faculty members to demonstrate in the midst of this transition.”

Community Rallies to Bring Financial Aid to Struggling Artists, Baltimore Magazine
The Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund will help creatives impacted by the coronavirus. This April 10th article by Lydia Woolever goes in depth.

Coping with COVID: Centering Wellness and Self-Care for Creatives
Free Creative Capital Online Workshop, Tuesday, April 21, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Join artist and energy healer Rhonda Wheatley for a conversation about wellness amid the isolation, anxiety, and uncertainty many are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres
This webinar by the Theatre Communications Group provides a holistic take on preparedness for theatres, including, general preparedness strategies, how to forecast budget shifts should productions be cancelled, how to navigate insurance, and more.

COVID 19 Freelance Artists Resources
If you’re a freelancer, independent contractor, or self-employed, this can be an especially daunting time. This crowd-sourced website lists legal, emergency funding, advocacy and other resources for your benefit. You are not alone in this moment.

COVID-19 Research Partnership to Inform Safe Handling of Collections, Reopening Practices for Libraries, Museums
As the national emergency has intensified, so has the concern over the handling of paper- and plastic-based, circulating, and the other types of collections and interactive exhibits managed by libraries, museums, and related organizations.

Creative Capital
A comprehensive list for artists working in all disciplines, organizations trying to steady the boat, and anyone working to create the new normal.

Cultivating a Creative Mindset During Quarantine
How to get into a studio mindset, even if you might not have a studio right now.

Dancers Fund
Provides financial assistance to dance professionals dealing with critical health issues creating a significant financial, emergency, or catastrophic hardship.

Dance USA
Dance USA has created a resource page for updates on federal assistance, performance art resources and more.

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland Pro Bono Assistance to Arts Organizations
The Institute has published a call for proposals for pro bono consulting in: reviewing strategies for maintaining visibility and relevance during a temporary decrease or cessation of activity; communicating need to donors and funders, discussing approaches for short-term revenue development and fundraising; and developing strategies for maintaining the productivity of boards and staff members.

Disaster Relief Loans Available to Maryland Arts Organizations and Creative Entrepreneurs
Organizations and entrepreneurs in Maryland’s arts sector are facing income shortfalls as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. In response to a request from Gov. Larry Hogan, the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering disaster relief loans to Maryland organizations of all sizes, including private, nonprofit entities, for-profit entities, and sole proprietorships. These low-interest, long-term disaster relief loans are available now, per a March 19 announcement by Gov. Hogan.

Dramatists Guild Foundation
This fund provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund
For musicians who have lost income from gigs cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn’t budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors.

GBCA: Resources for Individual Artists/ Creators:
The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance is actively collecting a variety of information and resources on the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

GBCA: COVID-19: Information for Organizations

Howard County Artist Relief Fund
The Howard County Artist Relief Fund will award grants of up to $250 to individual artists over 18 years of age who live in Howard County and can demonstrate their income has been adversely impacted by COVID-19. The artist must live or have their maker space in Howard County. The Relief Fund is for individual artists only, not organizations or nonprofits.

How to Plan a Virtual Event on Vimeo
Vimeo’s live production team offers advice on how schools, event coordinators, marketers, and more are evolving their event strategies to optimize engaging live streaming experiences.

How to Showcase Your Art Collection During Shutdown
Institutions around the world are moving from their physical gallery spaces to digital platforms to share their artworks. Here’s are five ways to showcase your art collection online.

International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) COVID-19 Survey
With the emergence and spread of COVID-19, we all need to make adjustments to our actions and expectations. IABD would like to know HOW YOU ARE DOING. We understand that these are troubling times. However, the more that you share with us, the better we will be able to advocate for this community.

International Association for Dance Medicine & Science: Artists Mental Health
Webinar 1: How is COVID-19 affecting us? This webinar is the inaugural mental health session for professionals who work with performing artists and, in particular, professional and pre-professional dancers.

Jazz Foundation of America
Musician’s emergency fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief, and direct financial support in times of crisis.

Joan Mitchell Emergency Grant
Deadline: rolling basis
The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides grants of up to $6,000 to US-based visual artists who have suffered significant physical losses after natural or man-made disasters.

Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute: COVID-19 NeuroArts Field Guide
Even before the pandemic, many of us engaged in art making or art appreciation to help us feel happier and healthier. Some of us draw, sing, dance or write. Others listen to our favorite music or story to feel a sense of calm.

#KeepMakingArt Video Interviews Released
Announced last week, the partnership between Creative Generation and the Teaching Artistry with Courtney J. Boddie podcast began producing a video series as part of the #KeepMakingArt campaign. The series explores the work of creatives all around the world as they respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic and will be released regularly on the Teaching Artistry with Courtney J. Boddie YouTube channel.

Kinkade Family Foundation Emergency Grant for Curators
This emergency grant 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.

Max’s Kansas City Emergency Grants
The Max’s Kansas City project provides emergency funding and resources to professionals in the creative arts.

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund: Non-profit Arts Organizations
Grants up to $10,000 not to exceed 3 months of cash operating expenses for Maryland businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 with 50 or fewer employees.

Maryland Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses in the Arts sector
A portal that is consistently updated with all information as it is received.

MDVLA COVID-19 Resource Guide for Individuals and Organizations
Useful for creative individuals and arts organizations in need of COVID-related FAQs on topics such as employment /unemployment concerns, healthcare, creditor issues, insurance, taxes, and contracts. This guide is meant for Marylanders, individual artists/creatives and arts/creative businesses and nonprofits. Resource guide can be viewed on the MDVLA homepage as well as here:

MHS: Collecting in Quarantine
Maryland Historical Society’s recently launched Collecting in Quarantine, a crowd-sourced initiative developed to preserve Maryland stories and photographs. Stories and submissions will be shared on our underbelly blog and on MdHS social media pages

MSAC: Emergency Relief Resources
Wednesday, April 22, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Presenters will provide information regarding financial, as well as non-monetary, emergency relief resources. Guests include: Community Wealth Builders (including Kiva, Wefunder, and Honeycomb), MD Philanthropy Network; MD Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts; CERF+; Musicians Foundation; Arts Administrators of Color; New York Foundation for the Arts, and more.

MSAC: Social Isolation Self-Care: A Community Gathering, hosted by Nicoletta de la Brown
Friday afternoons beginning April 17th through May 8th, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
This gathering is workshop style. The community is invited to discover new strategies for self-care during social isolation. As a group we will discuss, brainstorm, and develop modes for self-compassion and personal wellbeing. This gathering will allow us to feel connected with others during this time when we are all experiencing so much alone. We look forward to connecting with all of you, sharing new self-care rituals, and supporting you as you build your own personal self-care toolkit.

Museum Computer Network Virtual Museum, E-Learning, Online Collections

Musicians Foundation
The Musicians Foundation provides grants to U.S. musicians in any genre in a time of acute need due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.

New Music Solidarity Fund for Freelance Performers
Any musician who is in financial need, does not have a salaried position, and has had a project involving a living composer canceled because of the pandemic is invited to apply.

New Music USA: Live Stream Event List
Are you planning a new music #livestream and/or #broadcast? We want to know about it and share the details. You can tag us, DM us, and add it to our calendar.

Pause and Listen COVID-19 Resources for Musicians and Music Supporters

COVID-19 Resources for Musicians and Music Supporters

PEN American Writers’ Emergency Fund
The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is a small grants program for professional-published or produced-writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis. Depending on the situation and level of need, grants are in the range of $2,000.

The Photographer Fund
Format has put together a $25,000 relief fund designed to help photographers facing financial difficulties during the outbreak. The fund offers $500 per person.

Pillars Relief Fund for Muslim Artists & Activists
Emergency grants of $500 for individual artists and activists who identify as Muslim and who are in the United States.

ProFellow: 5 Tips to Prepare For Your Next Career Move During the Quarantine
Angell Kim: The places we are “traveling” to these days may be the living room, bathroom, and bedroom as COVID-19 leads us into the black hole of uncertainty. Staying at home and quarantining as the situation stabilizes isn’t easy. It is testing our patience and mental strength, tempting us to be unmotivated, anxious, frustrated, and bored, munching everything in our path.

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
This fund is for queer writers of color who are in need of financial assistance. The fund will make disbursements once per day.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grant
Deadline: rolling basis
NYFA and the Rauschenberg Foundation have teamed up to offer visual and media artists and choreographers in the US grants of up to $5,000 for medical related emergencies.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
The world has been shocked by the devastating effects of COVID-19. We are aware of the enormous medical and financial burden that COVID-19 is having on the music community and we are actively taking steps to provide assistance where it’s needed most. Due to massive cancellations, artists are struggling to find the means to make ends meet during these unprecedented times.

Twenty Summers Emergency Arts Fund
Twenty Summer has launched an emergency fund for artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the COVID-19. Artists can receive up to $500, while arts organizations can receive up to $1,000.

UMBC Stay Black and Gold Emergency Fund for Students
The Stay Black and Gold Emergency Fund was created for UMBC students who face urgent and unexpected financial challenges. Please consider making a gift to help provide relief to students as they navigate through the next few months.

Washington Theatre Guide Taking Care Fund
Location: Washington, DC
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 relief.

Webinar 2: Why am I feeling this way? And what can I do?
Emotions, moods, affect, and feelings that we may experience during the current COVID-19 pandemic and from the pervasive disruptions to our lives are explored in the second mental health webinar.

Wherewithal Recovery Grants: DC-area Beltway
Wherewithal Recovery Grants are available to professional visual artists, as well as moving-image/performance/sound artists with a history of presenting or performing in visual arts contexts (galleries, museums, etc.), living inside the DC-area Beltway.

Worldwide Day Of Gratitude to Honor COVID-19 Heroes – Music Response
First responders and healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic will be honored on April 30 as part of “Worldwide Day of Gratitude,” a global coming together through the arts organized by the student-run organization, YOUnison. Music has long served as a unifying force during challenging times. For Worldwide Day of Gratitude, teachers and students of all ages, as well as the general public, are invited to learn and share the iconic Bill Withers song, “Lean on Me,” which has emerged as a rallying cry for the COVID-19 pandemic.