COVID-19 Emergency Funds for Artists

In an effort to support our community of independent artists who have lost work amid COVID-19 cancellations, we have compiled a list of emergency funding resources for artists. This is an ongoing, collaborative effort. If you know of any funds that should be included here, please email Marketing and Communications Manager Rachel Fettig at


The Artist Relief fund, a new coalition of national arts grantmakers, will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.  Artist Relief is also co-launching 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 moving forward.

Twin Cities Mutual Aid is raising emergency funds to support Black, trans, Indigenous and Two Spirit artists who have been affected by COVID-19 with $2,000 each. To apply for funds, click here.

Springboard for the Arts has a Personal Emergency Relief Fund allowing artists who have been affected by COVID-19 to request up to $500 to compensate for cancelled work.

The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts.

Freelancers Relief Fund will offer financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs.

Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund which will support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists and administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.

Behind the Scenes is accepting applications for grants from production staff who have been hospitalized with Covid-19 and are in financial need. These grants are open to artists who work behind the scenes in any type of performance venue. Performing artists are not eligible.



Coronavirus 2020 Artist Relief Funds is a crowdsourced google spreadsheet of relief funds around the United States that can be sorted by media, region, and more.

New York Foundation for the Arts has compiled a thorough list of available emergency grants for artists.

National Endowment for the Arts has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for artists and arts organizations, including emergency financial aid funds.

The Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective has put together an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

Creative Capital has created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.

Artwork Archive has put together a thorough list of Financial Resources for Artists During COVID-19.

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