In a effort to provide support and guidance to our community, we hope these links will be helpful:
- “Resources for Artists, Freelancers, and Creatives during COVID-19 Crisis”
- “Here’s how freelancers can get unemployment pay for work lost to coronavirus”
The Artist Relief
To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.
The emergency package has an initial pot of $10 million for 2,000 grantees.
The Actors Fund
A national human services organization here to meet the needs of our entertainment community with a unique understanding of the challenges involved in a life in the arts. Services include emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care, and insurance counseling, senior care, secondary career development and more.
– a list of health insurance for artists in all disciplines
– a list of emergency resources for artists in all disciplines.
Motion Picture Television Fund
MPTF offers a variety of services that can provide emotional and financial relief to people and their families during hardship. Whether the hardship is personal or the result of an entertainment industry-wide event, MPTF is here when you need us most.
SAG-AFTRA Foundation Disaster Relief Fund
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has created the COVID-19 Disaster Fund that is now available to eligible SAG-AFTRA members who have been impacted by this pandemic.
Relief Fund for Hollywood Support Staff
Crowdfunding relief fund aimed to assist LA-based support staffers affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns.
The Ghostlight Fund
In the wake of Broadway closing theaters due to Covid-19, the Ghostlight Fund connects those people working in the Theatre District who are experiencing financial crisis with those who can and want to help. We are reminded that a ghost light is a single bulb left burning whenever a theatre is dark. Its function is for safety, keeping friends from walking off stage, but more importantly it has become a metaphor of theatre being a light in uncertainty, giving us understanding and direction in darkness. Passionate in helping hourly workers, freelance artists, and contract workers who work in New York theater to get the resources needed to recover.
Additional – Emergency Funds for Artists:
CERF+ serves artists by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. CERF+’s core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief.
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
Offers lists of emergency funds for artists in a variety of disciplines affected by recent natural disasters.
NYFA has another page of emergency resources at: https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Emergency%20Resources
NYFA have a list of resources related to the coronavirus outbreak at: https://current.nyfa.org/post/612485365185560576/covid-19-resources-and-updates-from-nyfa
While you’re visiting the NYFA website, please note their Other Online Resources , such as the NYFA Source (a searchable online database of opportunities for artists), the NYFA Current magazine, and the NYFA Classifieds opportunity listings.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants Program
Created in 1993 to further FCA’s mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who:
- Have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding
- Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates
Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind 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.
We recommend that artists review all of our eligibility guidelines and FAQs before applying. You may also complete our Eligibility Questionnaire, but please note that the questionnaire is not a substitute for a thorough review of program guidelines.
Emergency Funds for Writers:
Carnegie Fund for Authors
The applicant must be an American author who has published at least one full-length work — fiction or nonfiction — that has been published by a mainstream publisher. Applicants cannot have eligibility determined by a work that they paid to have published. A work may have been published in eBook format only, or in hardcover or softcover format, or in more than one format.
An applicant must demonstrate need; the emergency may be because of illness or some other urgent need such as fire, flood, hurricane, etc. Documentation should be included with the application: a doctor’s letter or other proof of the emergency situation.
Authors League Fund
The Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans to professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune.
The PEN Writers Fund
Emergency fund for professional–published or produced–writers with serious financial difficulties. Depending on the situation, the fund gives grants or loans of up to $2,000.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Offers interest-free loans to members facing unexpected medical expenses.
American Society of Journalists & Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
Helping established freelance writers across the country who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis, are unable to work. Membership in ASJA not required. No grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects; no grants to fund works-in-progress of any kind. Maximum grant: $3,500.
Federal Relief Information:
CARES ACT of 2020 Resources
- Americans for the Arts and Action Fund Legislative Update on the CARES Act
- Association of Performing Arts Professionals has a comprehensive page providing information for both artists and arts organizations trying to navigate the CARES Act
- CARES Act Table of Loan, Grant, and Compensation Opportunities for the Arts
- Guidance to Banks on Administering SBA Loans and Grants
From all of us – we're here for you!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out,
The WEG Team