This page has been assembled from several sources to list resources and ideas for artists and cultural organizations to respond to the COVID-19 situation. If you know of other resources, please send directly to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Elaine Grogan Luttrull, CPA-PFS and finance expert, will provide financial implications of the COVID-19 outbreak. This virtual gathering is meant to help creative individuals cope with the unique financial challenges they face and provide tangible strategies for managing with the ongoing uncertainty. A Creative Capital Workshop
Mon. April 13, 1pm
How to Look for Emergency Grants & Resources
A free NYFA webinar Topics will include: Strategy: where and how to look for emergency grants for artists and freelancers; Collaboration: how you can engage with other artists in this difficult process; What you can do to help: going beyond monetary contributions to strengthen the arts community
See also: Freelance Artists Resources
The Connecticut Artists Relief Fund provides $500 grants to some 120 individual artists and teaching artists who live in the state and whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the safety measures put into place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The grant is partly funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). Guía de Instrucciones en Español.
The Connecticut Artists Respond Grant helps artists translate and present their art virtually. Individual or collaborative artists who create, or have created, projects that respond to the needs of the times by presenting arts activities, classes or other creative experiences online, at no cost to the public, will be eligible for $1,000 (individual) or $2,000 (collaborative) grants. Guía de Instrucciones en Español.
Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program
The Actors Fund provides services and financial support to entertainment professionals facing personal or work-related problems. It is also a conduit for emergency financial assistance in times of pressing need or in response to catastrophic events.
Authors League Fund
The Author League Fund helps professional writers in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses.
Billboard: Resource Guide for Music Professionals
The Blues Foundation HART Fund
The Blues Foundation Handy Artists Relief Trust Fund is available to Blues musicians and their families who are in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.
CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund
Artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding. CERF+ also has a list of resources centered around the pandemic.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
Deadline: rolling basis
Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn’t budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors.
Freelance Artist Resources
A list of resources specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community, including actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, and more.
Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program
Deadline: rolling basis.
This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.
The Recording Academy’s nonprofit that offers 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.
COVID-19 Relief Fund: MusiCares is aware of the enormous financial burden to those whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19. We are deeply saddened that it is resulting in loss of work due to venue closures, festival and event cancellations and travel restrictions. To help address the concerns of the industry during this time, we have expanded our services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures.
The Musicians Foundation provides grants to U.S. musicians in any genre in a time of acute need due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.
NYFA Emergency Grants List
The New York Foundation for the Arts has a running list of additional emergency grant opportunities for artists, categorized by disciplines.
PEN American Writers’ Emergency Fund
The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is a small grants program for professional—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis. Depending on the situation and level of need, grants are in the range of $2,000.
Rauschenberg Emergency Grant
Deadline: rolling basis
NYFA and the Rauschenberg Foundation have teamed up to offer visual and media artists and choreographers in the US grants of up to $5,000 for medical related emergencies.
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. They have established a specific COVID-19 Fund.
How to Host a Watch Party on Facebook
With Facebook’s Watch Party feature, you can watch tons of videos and shows with members of groups you’re in on Facebook. This could be helpful for filmmakers or other artists whose screenings had to be cancelled.
Women & Hollywood
Women and Hollywood Amplify Filmmakers Affected by SXSW Cancellation. If your project has been affected by the cancellation of SXSW or another festival or event, and you doing something else to recoup the costs or attend another event down the road, Women and Hollywood wants to help you amplify your campaign.
State of CT: Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act (March 30)
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
The Connecticut Small Business Development Center – a resource partner of the Small Business Administration (SBA) is partially funded by DECD. CTSBDC is helping small businesses and non-profits with their applications for the resources available under the CARES Act – PPP, EIDL, etc. There is no cost for businesses to work with the CTSBDC – we’re funded by the federal government and state of CT – so we just want to help businesses be successful and survive all of this. Here is a link to the COVID19 Business Resource page: https://ctsbdc.com/covid19-businessresourcecenter/. Here is a link to sign up for no-cost advising https://ctsbdc.com/request-advising/
Americans for the Arts
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center
Event Safety Alliance.
Preparing Your Organization for Coronavirus Outbreak Webinar
This webinar provides helpful information around planning and crisis management.
Film Festival Alliance