Please see the below list of resources gathered to assist artists and organizations during this uncertain time.
We will continue working to update this webpage as information becomes available. If you have suggestions to be included, please send them to our LAJS offices at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents) created a FAQs webpage regarding the Coronavirus. These are especially focused on issues facing agents, managers and self-represented artists.
Emergency Funding for Artists
- Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund: The Arts Adminsitrators of Color Network is currently raising funds for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) artists and arts administrators who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 nationally.
- cerfplus: Every Artist Needs a Safety Net: Providing assistance to artists who have had a recent, serious emergency. In anticipation of high volume due to Covid-19, they will focus on those infected with the virus who require intensive medical care.
- Change, Inc.: Emergency grants for artists in all disciplines needing help with rent, medical expenses, utility bills, fire damage, etc. Grants up to $1,000. Call 212.473.3742 for complete instructions (via a clear, concise message) on how to apply for the grant.
- Crowdsourced Resources for Freelance Artists: This is a crowd-sourced, shared Google Doc with resources on preparation, emergency funding, health and health resources, and more.
- Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers & tip-based workers: Glad Day has set up an emergency fund to help LGBTQ2S artists, performers & tip-based workers. This fund is not meant to help people recover lost income.
- Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund: This fund has been established, but is currently being updated. Please stay tuned.
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Emergency Grants provide urgent funding ($500-$2,500) for visual and performing artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates
- Foundations for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants
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
- Jazz Foundation of America emergency fund: Provide assistance to musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz and roots music
- MusiCares: May grant short-term financial assistance for personal or addiction needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances. Funding may be awarded for needs such as rent, car payments, insurance premiums, utilities, medical/dental expenses, psychotherapy, addiction treatment, sober living, and other personal expenses.
- Musician's Foundation: Grants typically range in amount from approximately $500-$3,000. All professional musicians, regardless of their genre or instrument, can apply for themselves or a family member. You must be a musician in a time of serious need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation
- PAAL Emergency Fund for Artists with Families:
- Rauschenberg Emergency Grants:The fund provides one-time cash grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses caused by one-time, unexpected medical emergencies. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to: hospital and doctor bills (including insurance co-pays), tests, physical/occupational therapy, prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition, and emergency dental work.
- SAG-AFTRA Disaster Relief Fund: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF) have a COVID-19 Disaster Fund to provide urgent financial support to SAG-AFTRA members and families affected by this global pandemic.
- SBA Disaster Loan Assistance: Federal disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters.
Remote Work Resources
Art New York, Alliance of Resident Theatres: Individuals can submit to be part of their online performances, classes and events.
Advocacy and Congressional Action
Many in the nonprofit sector are advocating for performing arts relief in the wake of COVID-19 closures and event cancellations. We urge you to engage your local Congressional staff about this issue.
The Council on Foundations has a resource page on how philanthropy is responding to COVID-19.
Candid has a website devoted to philanthropic responses around the world.
Center for Disaster Philanthropy has a COVID-19 page as well.