Relief + Resources from Arts Organizations
In addition to the major emergency relief providers that you are most likely aware of (American Red Cross, FEMA, SBA, etc.), a number of arts organizations and funders also provide emergency financial relief, emergency residencies and other emergency resources for artists recovering from emergencies.
Emergency Financial Assistance
Emergency grants and other assistance are available to professional artists working in craft disciplines who have had a recent career-threatening emergency.
The Foundation aids and assists painters and sculptors, and provides targeted relief to those affected by a natural or man-made disaster.
For visual artists working in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking. Artists must demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of their work. Assistance is for a specific emergency, not a chronic condition, projects, or situations resulting from indebtedness or lack of employment.
For painters, artists and sculptors who work on paper, including printmakers with demonstrable financial need.
A global directory of resources to help artists. ARC’s definition of “artist” is inclusive. They serve visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, performance artists, writers, and other individuals who produce significant creative output in any medium.
- improving access to resources for artists at risk
- enhancing connections among supporters of artistic freedom
- raising awareness about artistic freedom
Provides assistance to musicians including musical instrument replacement for musicians affected by disasters.
MusiCares West Region (Santa Monica, CA): 800-0687-4227
MusiCares South Region (Nashville, TN): 877-626-2748
MusiCares East Region (New York, NY): 877-303-6962
Map to see which office to contact
Emergency assistance to jazz and blues musicians.
Actors + Performing Artists
Databases + Directories
NYFASource is the most comprehensive national listing of emergency resources for artists. The database is also a source for information about grants, awards, and programs for all artists, regardless of medium.
While not a listing of emergency resources, it does list state arts agencies and regional arts organizations as well as other resources by discipline. During emergencies, state agencies and organizations that do not normally have emergency assistance often have special emergency resources available to artists they serve.
The Emergency Preparedness & Assistance resources include some resources you may not find elsewhere.
Includes some smaller, regional funds that are not in the other listings.
Emergency Relief Residencies
The Alliance works closely with CERF+ and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, both of whom have a long history of supporting artists in times of emergency and providing vital leadership to the arts community in addressing the needs of artists in emergencies.
This fund exists to assist visual artists and writers displaced due to natural disasters, climate change, or political turmoil or threat by providing residencies in a safe and supportive community of creative peers. Artists and writers from anywhere in the world who have been directly affected by natural disaster may apply for Displaced Artist Fund residencies. These residencies are 4- to 6-weeks in duration.
A number of cities and towns provide tax credits, loans, grants, and other financial incentives for purchase or construction of affordable artists’ housing, work or retail space in designated districts)—programs that may be a post-disaster option. For a listing of these communities, go here.
Creates, fosters and preserves affordable space for artists and arts organizations
This national network has provided help in past disasters.
This article by Casey Summar of Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts of Nashville contains a number of legal resources for artists facing an emergency.
A valuable resource for estate and legacy planning for artists. Their Elder Artist Legal Resource takes you step-by-step through successful estate planning with templates and lists.
Lawyers for the Creative Arts provides free legal services to financially eligible clients in all areas of the arts—visual, music, dance, literary, digital media, arts education, and much more. We help individuals and organizations with business issues, contracts, copyrights, trademarks and many other legal areas.