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COVID-19 Resources for the Arts

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Pause and Listen 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.

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.

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.