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 or have been told about 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. Postings to this site shall not be interpreted as an endorsement by JAF for any of the listed organizations, people or services. Please do your own research before submitting an application.
Three separate grants for three separate groups, offered by Jovan Johnson Bio/ LinkedIn of Annuity Freedom. Applicants may apply to all categories for which they are eligible. All are a combination of marketing + micro grant. While there is not currently a cap on the number of monthly marketing grantees, there is currently (1) $100 micro-grant each month per program. Marketing assistance will continue indefinitely. No fees are required of applicants.
Grants of up to $2,000 to take advantage of a milestone opportunity in your career
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.
As an artist and creative worker, you are essential to the ongoing care and eventual recovery of our country. We’re inviting you to take this survey to share your experiences during this time of loss and uncertainty.
This survey is designed to assess the creative and social, as well as financial and professional, impact of COVID-19 on artists and creative workers across disciplines and all over the country. You will be asked to document personal impacts about a variety of life events such as mental and physical health issues, eviction, financial trouble, and familial stress and strain both prior to COVID-19’s arrival and now.
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.
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).
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.
Providing help to ATL artists in crisis. With the rise of Covid-19, our Atlanta arts community is facing an existential threat. Whether they are theatre, visual arts, performing arts, film & TV or production professionals, many Atlanta artists have been out of work for months, unable to earn an income and facing a devastating financial blow. We are here to help. No shame, no stigma. Just artists helping artists, in whatever way we possibly can. From connecting you with licensed therapists to walking you through the intricacies of applying for and receiving Unemployment Benefits, Atlanta Artist Relief Fund is dedicated to assisting our community in times of crisis and beyond.
During this time of unprecedented uncertainty and pubic concern, Burnaway has complied a list of useful resources for artists and their supporters. The list will be updated as new opportunities or resources become available.
C4 Atlanta provides Opportunity Arts as a service to the community.
A resources guide and information on grants and other funding opportunities
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.
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.
A listing of useful resources for artists
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.
The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.
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:
A continuously updated list including food assistance, financial assistance, business resources, and mental health resources.
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.
NEA has a listing of organizations that are providing frequently updated news and resources for artists and arts organizations.
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, 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.
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.
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.