Even in "normal" times, many artists struggle to maintain their creative lives as well as their day-to-day existence. In a crisis, such as the one we now find ourselves in, the challenges are magnified.


The Judith Alexander Foundation is especially concerned about those in the arts community who are dealing with cancelled incomes and an uncertain future. In the spirit of rich communication and the sharing of ideas so critical in these times, we are compiling a list of emergency resources for artists. 


These lists are drawn from various sources we've found online and we deeply appreciate the efforts so many are making to disseminate the information. We will do our best to keep up with the changes. Check back often!


The list is also intended to provide information for those who wish to make a financial contribution to these efforts. Note that some are specifically working in Georgia and others are operating across the country.


We hope this will be useful and helpful. May we all be healthy, resilient and supportive of one another!


Please note that we have not personally vetted any of these resources and can not necessarily vouch for them. 

NEW(8/20/20)! City of Atlanta Emergency Rental Assistance through United Way

Program to Provide Relief to City of Atlanta Residents in Need


Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the City of Atlanta has allocated $22 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program to provide housing support to Atlantans. Administered by United Way of Greater Atlanta, the program will provide rental, utility, and/or security deposit assistance to more than 6,700 City of Atlanta residents through a network of local service providers, who were selected through a Request for Proposal process.

City of Atlanta residential renters who have experienced a loss of income because of COVID-19 will be able to receive assistance with the payment of their past due rent, utility, and/or security deposit assistance at a maximum household limit of $3,000.

NEW (Nov 1 - Nov 22, 2020) Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Emergency Grants - Nexus Fund I Atlanta Contemporary


Atlanta Contemporary proudly announces our inclusion in The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts expansion of its Regional Regranting Program. By establishing the Nexus Fund, Atlanta Contemporary will give direct and necessary support to visual arts projects being done by Metro Atlanta’s ever-growing community of contemporary arts practitioners.


The Nexus Fund: Emergency Relief, in this first year, will give $1,000 to support 60 self-identifying visual artists. In order to ensure that artists of every ethnicity, race, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability status, and socioeconomic class have access to this fund, Atlanta Contemporary will work with new and established partners to reach communities that have been historically underrepresented.

Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) Emergency Relief Grant

Due to overwhelming response, the application for Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grants is now closed.


Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to launch an emergency relief grant program to support women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 who are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The program will distribute $250,000 in unrestricted grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis.  No longer accepting applications at this time. (6/1/20)

Artist Relief Fund

Support for artists affected by COVID-19


Coalition partners the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Joan Mitchell Foundation, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists have launched a $10million fund for emergency artist relief. The fund will distribute unrestricted, individual $5,000 relief grants to artists across the country.

Artist Relief Project


We are no longer accepting applications for this first-come, first-serve opportunity. We have many more applicants than available funding. To receive updates on future opportunities for support, please sign up on this form.


Support from this project is intended for people pursuing careers as artists (in any discipline, with any level of success/ experience), whose anticipated income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis (due to cancellation and closures of events, venues, performances, and productions and so forth).

Artist Trust: Supporting Art at its Source


A growing list of additional resources for artists for artists in the state of Washington. Some  individual resources are applicable to a wider community.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund


This fund is for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators.

Atlanta Artists Relief Fund 


With the rise of Covid-19, our Atlanta arts community faces an existential threat of terrifying magnitude. We’re here to help.

Atlanta Artist Lost Gig Fund


The Atlanta Artist Lost Gig Fund is designed to provide financial assistance to Atlanta area artists who have unmet essential needs due to lost revenue from cancelled upcoming events and gigs. 

CERF+ Emergency Assistance: The Artists Safety Net


Due to the high demand for emergency relief assistance and limited funding, cases based solely on economic losses due to Covid-19 are not eligible.


Have you or an artist you know experienced a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster?  CERF+ emergency assistance includes grants and/or brokered assistance, such as booth fee waivers and discounts or donations on supplies and equipment.

Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resources

What this list IS: an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

What this list IS NOT: a place to promote individual artist practices (we love you, but we’re not equipped for that); a place to promote fee for service work; or a place to seek direct emergency funding.

Creative Capital Arts Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak


A list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. You can also find a listing of all the online arts events happening during this period.

Emerging Artist Initiative (EAI)


The Emerging Artist Relief Fund aims to address and offset the immediate and emergency financial need of young artists and arts administrators who have been displaced as a result of COVID-19 with one-time relief donations of $500.. Eligible applicants must be under 30 years old (or) within three years of receiving a degree or certification (or) within three years of beginning work as an arts professional. All applicants must provide at least one sample of their artistic work or experience, and must be in dire financial need. Priority funding will be given to those in the following communities: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) or Native, transgender, disabled or immunocompromised, and those residing in rural areas.


Applications are being accepted on the EAI website at

Foundation for Contemporary Arts


FCA has a goal of raising $1million in relief funds to support 1,000 artists across the country. Anyone considering supporting this relief fund may click here for additional information.

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts (GLA)


GLA provides free legal assistance to artists who would not otherwise be able to afford legal representation on a wide variety of arts-related issues. Nonprofit arts organizations with budgets under $1,000,000 are also eligible for pro-bono assistance.

Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund


A partnership of The Community Foundation for  Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta, supporting organizations and individuals in need. Because CFGA realizes that arts organizations and artists are being dramatically impacted by COVID-19, they are dedicating the Metro Atlanta Arts Fund and the A Place to Perform Fund to the COVID-19 relief efforts for the arts community. 


Community foundations throughout Georgia are also setting up response and recovery funds: 

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort


The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort is a $5-million multi-year initiative building on the Foundation’s commitment to supporting artists and art institutions. The first round of funding, comprising a total of $1.25 million, will be distributed immediately in support of three initiatives:

• $500,000 to the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, in support of its FCA COVID-19 Relief Fund that is providing emergency grants to artists to offset income losses resulting from canceled performances or exhibitions due to the pandemic;

• $500,000 to the Artist Relief Fund, a new initiative launching formally in the coming weeks that will offer direct grants to artists for general financial hardship; and

• $250,000 to support operating funds for a consortium of small New York City-based arts organizations who present the work of living artists.

Joan Mitchell Foundation 


The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides lists of emergency grant resources for visual artists, as well as regional, national and additional resources. UPDATE: Joan Mitchell Foundation has joined the Artist Relief Fund's $10million effort to assist artists at this time. 

National Endowment for the Arts


The National Endowment for the Arts is distributing funding to nonprofit arts organizations from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to preserve jobs and help support organizations forced to close operations due to the spread of COVID-19. Also see SouthArts listing below.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants


The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in partnership with New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is administering this new emergency grant program to assist professional artists of all disciplines in need of emergency medical aid.


The program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories. 

South Arts


Through the CARES Act, the National Endowment for the Arts will award a portion of their funds to Regional Arts Organizations (such as South Arts) and State Arts Agencies for funding and regranting programs. These grant programs will be different than the National Endowment for the Arts program listed above, and unique to each state and region.


To make sure you are aware of each opportunity as they become available, we recommend subscribing to your applicable State Arts Agency and Regional Arts Organization email lists and social media feeds.






Artist Inc., as part of the Mid-America Arts Alliance, serves the midwestern region of the country.


They posted a snapshot guide of  government support available to creative professionals that may be of interest to anyone, anywhere. Thank you Artist, Inc.