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.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is offering $1.6m in emergency grants to individual artists affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. With the help of its Regional Re-granting Program partners, grants of $100,000 will be allocated to artists in 16 US cities (Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland (ME), Portland (OR), Saint Louis, San Francisco, and Washington DC.) that can be used to help cover basic expenses such as food, rent, medical costs and childcare.
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)
Learn what financial relief is available to you as an artist, how to navigate the system and what actions you can take to help stabilize your finances.
For the first time, artists as sole proprietors and the self-employed are included in many of the relief packages, loan programs, and unemployment benefits, but the language of the documents can make it difficult for artists and micro-businesses to navigate. With the large volume of information currently being disseminated, translating and distilling that information in a way that makes it understandable and actionable for artists is critical.
Artist & Arts and Business Strategist, Chris Dahlquist, will lead a series of four webinars. She will share the opportunities that are available to artists and the steps they must quickly take to be able to navigate the relief being offered, as well as to help create a strategy to move forward in both the short and long term.
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.
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).
A growing list of additional resources for artists for artists in the state of Washington. Some individual resources are applicable to a wider community.
This fund is for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators.
(Madison County, AL) - Provides individual artists – musicians, visual artists, writers, dancers, theatre artists, etc. – with grants of $250 to $500 to cover immediate expenses. (Residents of Madison County, AL only)
With the rise of Covid-19, our Atlanta arts community faces an existential threat of terrifying magnitude. We’re here to help.
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. Applications currently closed; please check again soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
The Georgia Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts has announced it will offer $500 individual grants to 20 Georgia-based female and female-identifying visual artists to help with financial hardship due to COVID-19. Application deadline: Sunday, June 7, 2020.
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.
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.