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 continue sharing resources and opportunities over the 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:
This list from Artists Thrive contains info about over 120 funds, as well as other resources.
Italicized listings indicate funds that are temporarily closed
- 516 Arts COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Artists – $1,000 emergency relief grants for visual/multi-disciplinary artists based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque
- 4Culture Relief Fund – One-time grants of up to $2,000 for King County, WA cultural workers who have faced financial hardship due to COVID-19 or to fund an idea that will support other King County residents
- Alternate Roots Solidarity Fund – Grants of $100 – $2,500 for Alternate Roots members experiencing need due to COVID-19 and other emergencies.
- Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals Emergency Relief Fund – Grants of $500 – $1,500 for Arizona artists. Temporarily closed with a sign-up to be notified when the grant reopens
- Artist Relief – A national fund for artists of all disciplines providing $5,000 grants to facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19
- Artist Relief Tree – $250 grants for artists of all disciplines
- Artist Trust Relief Fund – Grants of $500 – $5,000 for Washington State Artists
- Artists Benevolence Fund – $1,000 maximum grant for artists in Laguna Beach unable to work due to a catastrophic event
- Artists Now – $500 Grants for Bay Area artists
- Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund – $200 microgrants for BIPOC artists and arts administrators impacted by COVID-19
- Arts Council Napa Valley Emergency Artist & Education Fund – Available to help artists in any discipline with financial losses due to the pandemic
- ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes – $250 for creative individuals and community groups in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties, NY who have experienced lost incomewho have experienced lost income
- Arts for Illinois Relief Fund – Grants of $1,500 for artists and arts organizations in Illinois with urgent need due to COVID-19
- Arts Huntsville Individual Artist Emergency Relief Grant for Madison County, AL artists with losses in excess of $500
- Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund – $500 to Baltimore City creatives who are experiencing financial strife as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
- Bay Area Emergency Funds for Freelancers, Creatives Losing Income During Coronavirus
- The Bay Area Safety Net Fund
- Boston Artist Relief Fund
- Charlottesville Emergency Relief Fund for Artists – $300 grants for artists in the Charlottesville, VA area including the city of Charlottesville or the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, or Nelson
- Greater Columbus Arts Council Emergency Relief Fund for Artists – Up to $1,000 for artists of all disciplines in Franklin County, OH
- Coronavirus 2020 Artist Relief Funds – Crowdsourced spreadsheet of relief funds around the United States that can be sorted by media, region, and more
- Craft Futures Fund – One-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will be disbursed by the Center for Craft to craft-based education projects that seed resilience, foster community, and amplify impact
- Creative Capital’s compilation of resources and relief funds
- The Creator Fund
- Desert X Artist Relief Fund – emergency grants of $1,000 to visual artists living and working in Southern California, including the Coachella Valley and desert environs, who have been directly impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.
- Durham Artist Relief Fund – For Durham, NC artists and arts presenters in Durham who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fund for Experimental Artists
- Freelance Artists Funding List
- Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
- Greensboro Artist Emergency Relief Fund – Need based awards for artists of all disciplines in the Greensboro, NC area
- Hillsborough County Emergency Funds for Artists – $500 one-time grants for artists in most disciplines living in Hillsborough County, FL
- Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – For individuals working in the arts sector in Indianapolis and impacted by the current public health crisis.
- Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña Subvencion Ley CARES Act – Up to $7,000 for Visual Artists and Artisans certified by Fomento Artesanal
- leveler.info – A mobile platform to match people with needs to people with funds
- Los Angeles County Relief Fund for Visual Artists – up to $2,000 for LA County visual artists not receiving unemployment
- Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Emergency Relief Fund for artists and small arts groups who had planned public performances, only to have those events canceled ($400 for individuals and up to $1,200 for groups)
- Macon Arts Alliance Creative Response Artist Relief Fund provides grants from $500 to $1,000 to artists and creative professionals in Bibb, Baldwin, Houston, Crawford, Jones, Peach, Monroe, and Twiggs County, GA facing financial emergencies due to COVID-19.
- Massachusetts Cultural Council COVID-19 Relief Fund – $1,000 grants for Massachusetts artists in any discipline
- Max’s Kansas City Project – Grants for $500 – $1,000 for New York state artists who demonstrate financial need for medical aid, legal aid, or housing.
- Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico Emergency Fund
- NC Artist Relief Fund – Grants of $200 for North Carolina artists of all media who have been financially impacted by gig cancellations due to COVID-19. They also have a list or regional North Carolina funds here.
- The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project – Grants to distribute resources to frontline organizations, Tribes, and individuals who are providing essential services to Indigenous communities
- New Orleans Creative Response Emergency Relief Fund – $2,000 emergency relief grants for local creators
- 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
- North Adams Artist Rapid Response Working Capital Grants – $1,000 Grants for 20 artists who live or make work in the city of North Adams, MA
- Pinellas Arts Community Relief Fund – artists residing in Pinellas County, FL, arts organizations and small creative businesses located in Pinellas County, who face an immediate and urgent financial need
- Rhode Island Artist Relief Fund – Grants up to $1,000 for Rhode Island artists who have lost income due to COVID-19
- 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
- Sierra Arts Foundation – $500 grants for artists in a wide variety of disciplines who live in Washoe County, NV
- Spokane Artists & Creatives Fund – Support for individual creatives in the Spokane, WA area who rely on income from gigs, performances, teaching opportunities, workshops and classes to cover basic expenses like housing, food, and medical care
- Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund for Minnesota Artists
- Tarrant County Creative Industry Relief Fund – $300 grants for Tarrant County, TX musicians, filmmakers and artists
- Vermont Rapid Response Artist Relief – $500 grants for Vermont artists who have lost income due to cancellations or loss of a job. Application re-opening in mid-April
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
- Interdisciplinary Remote & Remote-Friendly Employers
- 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
- Office Hours with Nina NOW EXTENDED 11 AM – 12PM EST Monday through Friday through May 15th
- Managing Your Credit in A Time of Crisis May 12, 5:30 – 7:30pm EDT, from Art World Conference
- Innovation in the Face of Adversity Part 3: Education Disruptions and Opportunities from the American Craft Council in partnership with SNAG, Springboard for the Arts, and CERF+ (recording)
- Creative Capital’s Suite of Coping With Covid Workshops covering livestreaming for artists, financial implications, time management, and wellness and self-care (recordings)
- Contracts and the Coronavirus from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
- Negotiating the Unexpected from the Center for Cultural Innovation (recording)
- Rallying Together: Resources to Support Artists During Covid-19 from Artwork Archive in collaboration with CERF+ (recording)
- Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned) from Howlround (recording)
- Financial Strategies for Freelance Artists in a Time of Crisis (ASL & Captioned) from Howlround (recording)
- Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19 from Howlround (recording)
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?.
- Wash hands frequently
- Wear cloth face coverings in public settings
- Maintain a minimum 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.
- 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 Organizations Do?
- Are you providing funding or thinking about starting a fund? Review NCAPER’s Funding Principles for COVID-19 and Springboard for the Arts’ So You Want To Start An Emergency Relief Fund
- 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.