Our thoughts are with the artist community, many of whom are dealing with canceled shows, exhibitions, and conferences. It’s challenging to live with so many unknowns and lost income.
More than ever, CERF+ emergency financial relief assistance is going to be a critical safety-net for those artists who contract the virus. In order to address the anticipated increase in requests for assistance, we established the COVID-19 Response Fund. This fund is essential to our rapid and effective response to those artists who are suffering severe health impacts from the coronavirus, ensuring that CERF+ has the funds necessary to respond to this unprecedented crisis. Please donate today to the CERF+ COVID-19 Response Fund.
CERF+ is committed to providing artists with the information they need to sustain their careers. As such, we will be sharing resources and opportunities over the next few weeks ahead related to navigating these times. Below you will find a list of resources and steps you can take to protect yourself, your business, and your career. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or information to share.
COVID-19 Specific and Other Emergency Funds
CERF+’s list of standing emergency relief funds for artists of all disciplines can be found here. In addition, here other sources of emergency relief funding:
- 516 Arts COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Artists – visual/multi-disciplinary artists based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque
- Alternate Roots Solidarity Fund
- Artist Trust Relief Fund for Washington State Artists
- Anonymous Was a Woman
- Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals Emergency Relief Fund
- Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
- Bay Area Emergency Funds for Freelancers, Creatives Losing Income During Coronavirus
- The Bay Area Safety Net Fund
- Boston Artist Relief Fund
- Coronavirus 2020 Artist Relief Funds – Crowdsourced spreadsheet of relief funds around the United States that can be sorted by media, region, and more
- Creative Capital’s compilation of resources and relief funds
- The Creator Fund
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fund for Experimental Artists
- Freelance Artists Funding List
- Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
- Massachusetts Cultural Council COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals
- Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico Emergency Fund
- New York Foundation for the Arts COVID-19 Emergency Resource List – includes lists of relief funds for artists in various media and in various regions
- Regional Arts Commission of St Louis Artist Relief Fund – grants of $500 or $1,000 to working artists who live in St. Louis City or St. Louis County
- Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund for Minnesota Artists
Resource Lists and Information
- Artists Thrive Resource List – Includes funding, information, and other resource compilations for artists and arts organizations of all media
- CERF+’s Craft + Maker Community Facebook Group is a mutual aid page for sharing tips and information to support each other during the COVID-19 outbreak
- COVID-19 Emergency Funding and Artist Resources from I Care If You Listen
- COVID-19 Resources for Teaching Artists from the Teaching Artists Guild
- Creativity amid the coronavirus: how local artists are enduring the crisis from Daily Pilot
- How to Plan a Virtual Event on Vimeo
- Northwest Folklife – financial assistance, mutual aid and advocacy, and informational support
- Resources for Remote Work
- Seattle Area Resource List
- Staying Safe and Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Survival tips for freelancers
- What Artists Need to Know About US Taxes
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?.
- Wash hands frequently
- Wear cloth face coverings in public settings
- Maintain a six foot distance from others when you do need to be out.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose into your bent elbow if you cough or sneeze.
- Clean surfaces frequently and regularly.
- Consider purchasing a mask, gloves, and cleaning supplies.
- Stay informed of the latest developments. and follow advice from your health care provider.
- UCLA has published very helpful advice for protecting your physical and mental health.
- Watch the “Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic” webinar to learn about additional resources.
- Look into a Small Business Administration low interest disaster loan
What Can You Do to Protect Your Organization?
- Review the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019.
- Familiarize yourself with the CDC’s Preparing Communities for Potential Spread of Coronavirus guidelines and recommendations.
- Stay in touch with state and local health agencies for guidance specific to your location
- Be aware of the World Health Organization’s recommendations for planning mass gatherings.
- Watch the Event Planning Alliance’s “Preparing Your Organization for the Corona Virus Disease Outbreak” webinar here.
- Review the Americans for the Arts list of ways the arts and culture community can prepare here.
- The Nonprofit Finance Fund has a list of steps nonprofits should take right now.
- How to Protect Your Finances During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
- Johns Hopkins video channel featuring recordings with experts offering concrete information about COVID-19
- ArtsReady Alert: Preparing for Potential Impact of the Coronavirus
- 211’s List of Resources
- The Studio Potter is offering free memberships to faculty who are transitioning their curriculum to online learning.
- The Society of American Silversmiths is offering free memberships to anyone experiencing financial or health problems.