Relief + Resources from Arts Organizations

Paint brush and vase iconIn 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.

Visual Artists

Joan Mitchell Foundation

The Foundation aids and assists painters and sculptors, and provides targeted relief to those affected by a natural or man-made disaster.

[email protected]

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation

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.


Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

One-time grants of up to $5,000 for visual and media artists with unexpected medical emergencies

[email protected]


All Artists

Artists At Risk Connection

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

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Artist-Innovator Fund

Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) has the SCI Artist-Innovator Fund available to offer artists, innovators, inventors, makers, and entrepreneurs financial capital for social-impact oriented, creative entrepreneurship projects. Wednesday, June 12, 2019 application deadline.



Provides assistance to musicians including musical instrument replacement for musicians affected by disasters.

Help Lines:

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

Jazz Foundation of America

Emergency assistance to jazz and blues musicians.

[email protected]

The Blues Foundation HART Fund

For Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.

[email protected]
(901) 527-2583 ext. 13

Musicians Foundation

Financial assistance to musicians in times of need, crisis, or transition.

[email protected]


Actors + Performing Artists

The Actors Fund offers a wide variety of emergency services to artists associated with the entertainment industry.

Eastern Region
212.221.7300 ext. 119
[email protected]

Central Region
[email protected]

Western Region
323.933.9244 ext. 55
[email protected]

Emergency Resources

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.

National Endowment for the Arts Resources for Artists, Arts Organizations, and Audiences

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.

Artist Trust

The Emergency Preparedness & Assistance resources include some resources you may not find elsewhere.

Women Arts Directory of Emergency Funds

Includes some smaller, regional funds that are not in the other listings.

More Help

Emergency Relief Residencies

Alliance of Artists Communities

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.

Vermont Studio Center Displaced Artist Fund

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.

Artist Relocation

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

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