COVID-19 Emergency Artist Grants

Updated October 11, 2020

A list of emergency grants for artists facing financial or medical impacts from COVID-19.

Artist Relief

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. The fund will operate through October 2020 and will fund at least 100 artists per week.

Eligibility: Artists experiencing financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Location: United States
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: October 21, 2020

Oakland CARES Fund for Artists and Arts Nonprofits

The City of Oakland’s CARES Arts Fund is distributing $1,425,000 in the form of grants up to $3,000 for individual artists, and grants up to $20,000 for small arts nonprofits based on budget size. This is a reimbursement-based fund to mitigate COVID-19 related financial impacts suffered by individual artist and small nonprofit arts and culture organizations who are the backbone of the City’s diversity and vibrancy of cultural identity and expression.

Eligibility: Oakland-based artists who make at least 50% of their income through their art.
Location: Oakland, CA
Amount: Up to $3,000
Deadline: October 23, 2020

Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund

For contemporary and experimental artists who have had performances or exhibitions cancelled because of Covid-19. 

Eligibility: Contemporary and Experimental Artists
Location: United States
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: November 30, 2020

Artists’ Fellowship: Financial Assistance

For professional visual artists who make their livelihood through arts sales and are facing sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or extreme hardship. “Fine Artists” are defined as those who create art for sale through galleries, private commission or reproduction in mass media. Media such as sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, art photography, fine art ceramics, mixed media, installations, and video art are considered “Fine Art” as defined above. 

Eligibility: Fine artists with current, not anticipated, documented financial need.
Location: United States
Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: Ongoing

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

An emergency fund for US-based BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) artists and art administrators.

Eligibility: BIPOC artists and art administrators who have been affected by COVID-19.
Location: United States
Deadline: Ongoing

Musicians Foundation: CV19 Emergency Aid Grant

Musician Foundation gives modest, one-time grants up to $200 will be available to professional performers, educators and composers who have worked as professional musicians in the US for at least 5 years. Applicants must file taxes as a musician. Individuals currently receiving pensions, unemployment, social security, or disability assistance are unfortunately not eligible for the CV19 Emergency Aid Grant Program.

Eligibility: Musicians who have worked as professional musicians in the US for 5+ years.
Location: United States
Amount: $200
Deadline: Ongoing

The Actors Fund: Emergency Financial Assistance

The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to professional actors in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts. Remember, you may be eligible for more than one fund. 

Eligibility: Professional actors with 5+ years of industry experience.
 United States
Amount: Varies 
Deadline: Ongoing

Sweet Relief: COVID-19 Fund

Sweet Relief is providing immediate assistance through this donor-directed fund with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work. 

Eligibility: Professional musicians and music industry workers who earn at least 50% of their income from the music industry.
Location: United States
Amount: Varies
Deadline: Ongoing

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