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Resources for Artists, Freelancers and Creatives of Color during COVID-19

Hopefully some relief.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Apr 13, 2020

We know that times are tough, and we want to help you out. If you’ve found yourself suddenly out of income or work, we’ve compiled some funding opportunities for you to lean on.


Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). If you fit this description and you are in need of short-term, immediate financial assistance apply to this fund! Funds will be distributed in the amount of $200 per person, on a first-come-first-served basis.


Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

This fund is for queer writers of color only (not organizations or nonprofits) who are in need of financial assistance right now. 


COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, and photographers.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

Emergency Grants is offering immediate assistance to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500, and the average grant is now $1,600.  Artists should review all of their eligibility guidelines and FAQs before applying. FCA has also made an Eligibility Questionnaire to make it easier for you.


Artist Relief Project

Artly World launched the Artist Relief Project supporting artists with $200 grants. Any artist in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance. Stipends and support will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.

The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. The organization defines eligibility to “Professional” is defined as those visual artists who make their livelihood through sales as reported on a Schedule C with a U.S. Federal tax return. An active exhibition history is also an important part of documenting “professional.” You can find the application here.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts 

The Foundation will disburse $1,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 virus.


Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation partnered to offer a new medical emergency aid program for artists. The one-time Rauschenberg Emergency Grants will provide visual and media artists and choreographers with up to $5,000 to cover a number of unforeseen medical expenses. There is no deadline; applications will be accepted and reviewed by the panel on a monthly basis beginning in late May/early June 2020. 

Additionally, Artwork Archives has compiled a list of emergency grants for artists. Click here for more info.