Financial and Informational Resources in Response to COVID-19

Actors Fund emergency financial assistance program helps eligible applicants in need. It is not income replacement, but limited funds for basic living necessities. The Actors Fund is also administering COVID19 Assistance programs for performing arts and entertainment unions including SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Actors Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists and Musicians Local 802.  Additionally, The Fund is administering the Jujamcyn Theatre Assistance Program

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. More Info

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant: The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant is for painters, printmakers and sculptorsIntended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified, mature visual artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical. To quality, you must be a visual artists (music, theater, dance, and writing are not covered by this grant) working professionally in a mature phase of your career for at least ten years.

Alternate ROOTS COVID-19 Resource Page

American Alliance of Museums Information for the Museum Field

American Association of Community Theatre COVID-19 Response Resource Roster American Federation of Musicians’ Petrillo Memorial Fund Started in 1951 with a $10,000 personal contribution from AFM President James C. Petrillo in memory of his late son, the Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians is a charitable trust fund that provides financial aid to disabled members of the American Federation of Musicians. This fund is not intended to replace health insurance or provide general loans, but does supply modest amounts of assistance to qualified applicants on an emergency basis. Apply Here

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund. Any AGMA member in good standing is invited to apply for financial assistance under the AGMA Relief Fund, which has temporarily doubled the amount of assistance available to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apply Here

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association Survey on Impact of COVID-19 on Indian Country Tourism

Art House Convergence Provides a number of resources and ideas for Art Houses

Arts Administrators of Color Network launched a relief fund to support BIPOC artists and administrators.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund This emergency fund can provide up to $200 for people of color that are either working artist or art administration and are affected by COVID-19. Apply

ArtsFund created the COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund for arts organizations.

Art House Convergence (AHC) list of resources for art house cinemas and theaters, including template letters to educate legislators about the impact of COVID-19 and value of economic relief and stimulus packages for the arts and cultural sector.

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.

Arts Education Partnership COVID-19 Resources

Artists’ Charitable Fund Colorado-based Artists’ Charitable Fund assists American visual fine artists (painters and sculptors) living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical/dental/eye-care bills. For example, the Fund has purchased a wheelchair, paid for eye surgery, provided funding for an artificial leg, paid partial medical expenses of several artists who have cancer, as well as other needs for medical assistance. You can find out more about the fund as well as donate here.

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.

Artwork Archives has compiled a list of emergency grants for artists.

Association of Art Museum Directors Museums and COVID-19

Association of Performing Arts Professionals Emergency Reposnse Page

Austin Creative Arts Alliance’s Artists Emergency Relief Fund. As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACA has established The Artists Emergency Relief Fund to help artists in Greater Austin maintain their personal and financial stability in these uncertain times.

Artists may apply for up to $500 to replace verifiable lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to COVID-19 precautionary measures. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and are subject to approval and available funds. Priority will be given to ACA members, and to applicants facing food or housing insecurity. ACA is reviewing applications daily, so that funds can be in artists’ hands as quickly as possible. Apply or Donate Here

Austin Foundation This fund was created to receive charitable donations to support nonprofits assisting individuals and small businesses most negatively impacted by the cancellation of SXSW and least able to recover on their own.

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. Apply

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. Apply

Candid’s Philanthropy Response to Coronavirus – Includes links to emergency funding opportunities.

CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) CERF+ provides rapid relief and career recovery loans through their own grants (for artists working in craft disciplines) as well as a list of emergency resources for artists in other disciplines. Additionally, CERF+ just launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to support artists working in craft disciplines. “This fund is essential to our rapid and effective response to those artists who are suffering severe health impacts from the coronavirus, ensuring that CERF+ has the funds necessary to respond to this unprecedented crisis,” said CERF in an email release. If you are able, please donate to the CERF+ COVID-19 Response Fund.

Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country The Hill Country Strong Fund supports organizations helping individuals and communities economically affected by the coronavirus. Grants will be made to service clubs, relief organizations, religious institutions, social service nonprofits, community groups, healthcare providers, and other charities in the Hill Country that are meeting local needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund Are you a United States-based craft artist looking for emergency funds? You must have been involved in craft-making (there’s a definition of “craft making” on the site) for at least three years before your emergency and you must be making a majority of your income from your art. Visit the site to learn more about eligibility to apply to this fund.

Dramatists Guild Foundation launches relief fund supporting individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and book writers. Dallas Artist Relief Fund. Creating Our Future is a group of artists and arts advocates in Dallas who are raising money to support artists and freelancers who are taking financial hits as a result of closures and lost income from COVID-19. The GoFundMe campaign has set a goal of $5,000 to raise funds to provide emergency and preventative resources to those at financial risk. The donated grant funding is aimed at helping with financial assistance for low-income, BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer artists. Apply Here

Disabled Creator and Activist Pandemic Relief Volunteers are currently collecting information for this fund aimed at giving aid to disabled creators and artists who’ve lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund If you are a musician who has lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak, this new grant provides monetary support to musicians who have lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. EqualSound launches relief fund supporting musicians who have lost gigs due to the pandemic. Facebook’s COVID-19 Small Business Grants Program. In response to the pandemic, Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses around the world, including music and live events businesses. Facebook also has a new Business Resource Hub to help small businesses prepare for and manage disruptions like COVID-19. More Info

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant Foundation for Contemporary Arts has a relief fund for artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates. Emergency Grants offers immediate assistance to artists that have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding. Artists should be living and working anywhere in the United States, though projects can occur 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. These grants do not cover life-related emergencies such as food, rent, medical bills, childcare, and other basic necessities, reimbursement for expenses that you have already incurred, or projects with no scheduled exhibition or performance dates, so look closely at the requirements and limitations.

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. More info Gospel Music Trust Fund. The Purpose of the Gospel Music Trust Fund is to give financial assistance in the nature of gifts in time of need, in the event of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness without efficient insurance, to individuals who derive or have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of gospel music. An individual requesting assistance within the purpose of the Trust Fund, for themselves or their children must have ten years of full-time employment within the Gospel/Christian music field. Requests for financial assistance should be made in writing to the Gospel Music Trust Fund. All requests are reviewed and considered by the GMTF trustees and are kept in the strictest of confidence. Financial assistance meeting the Trust Fund guidelines and approved by the trustees is paid directly to the applicant’s creditors. More Info

Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program 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. Apply

Grammy Recording Academy MusiCares Grants of Up To $1,000 For Music Industry Professionals. Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage). Initial grant requests can be made up to $1000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost. Should we receive additional funding, we will evaluate the grant amounts available. All items below must be included in your request:

  • A completed MusiCares application
  • Proof of cancellations and bookings
  • Copy of your lease agreement or mortgage statement which includes account numbers, vendor address and your name on the lease or statement

Please note: Texas-based applicants may use the South or West application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and requests will be processed in the order in which received. It could take up to two weeks to process a completed application. Apply Here

Haven Foundation The Haven Foundation provides financial assistance up to  $10,000 to artists who have a health crisis; grants are one-year, and the financial amount provided is to the discretion of the Foundation. Grants can be renewed up to four more years, with a supplemental application. Read the guidelines for application here.

HOME: Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers (55+) International Bluegrass Music Association’s BlueGrass Trust Fund. If you are or have been a professional in the business of bluegrass music (or who have been actively involved at some point in their career) and are in a time of emergency need, apply to the Bluegrass Trust Fund for financial grants and loans, which are generally between $500 and $5,000. Apply Here

Humanities Texas invites Texas cultural and educational institutions facing financial hardship resulting from the coronavirus pandemic to apply immediately for fast-track Relief Grants.

Jazz Foundation Musicians Emergency Fund Musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz, and roots music can apply for emergency funding from the Jazz Foundation. Apply

Joan Mitchell  Foundation Emergency Grants for 2020 To help artists get back to work, the Joan Mitchell Foundation provides grants of up to $6,000 to US-based visual artists who have suffered significant physical losses after natural or man-made disasters.

Kinkade Family Foundation Emergency Grant for Curators This emergency grant provides funding for a curatorial project that sheds light on the world during this time of darkness. Priority will be given to curators who have a venue secured for their project and are greatly impacted by the challenges we are facing due to COVID-19. More Info

League of American Orchestras Coroavirus resource page

MusiCares launched a relief fund to cover things such as lost income due to cancellations

Musicians Foundation 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. Apply Musicians Foundation is accepting aid applications.

National Association for Music Education NAfME COVID-19 Resources & News

National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER) NCAPER is a voluntary task force of national, regional, state, and local arts organizations, public agencies, and foundations, NCAPER helps ensure that artists, arts/cultural organizations, cultural funders, and arts businesses have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies affecting the arts and culture sector.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has a robust list of resources for artists and arts organizations in response to COVID-19.

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. See More

New York Foundation on the Arts launches relief fund resource page for several disciplines and geographic focus.

OPERA America COVID-19 Resource Hub

Paso Del Norte Community Foundation The Paso del Norte Community Foundation has established the El Paso COVID-19 Response Fund to support the evolving needs of the region in responding effectively to COVID-19. The PDN Community Foundation will work with nonprofit organizations and health officials to distribute 100% of donations. The Paso del Norte Health Foundation has already made a financial commitment to support community response efforts and is working closely with officials to support in other ways as needed.

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. Apply

Queer Writers of Color Relief FundThis fund is for queer writers of color who are in need of financial assistance. The fund will make disbursements once per day. Apply

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants Rauschenberg announced a Medical Emergency grant program for artists. 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.  SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund. SAG-AFTRA members who are in an emergency financial crisis related to COVID-19 may request assistance to cover basic expenses like rent, mortgage, utilities and medical bills. To apply to the fund, members must have paid their dues through October 2019. Apply Here

Seed Commons: Worker Response Fund – Fund will provide direct support to worker-owners at cooperative businesses most affected by closures and downturn associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, such as food service businesses, custom manufacturing, and child care cooperatives.

Springboard for the Arts has several resources and relief funds.

Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards supporting artists and writers with families with up to $6,000.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund If you’re a musician or music industry worker who lost 50% of your income, you’re eligible to apply to this fund.

Texas Businesses and Community Economic Development has created an FAQ for businesses affected by COVID-19 mitigation. Download the FAQ

Texas Education Agency COVID Response and School Closures

Texas Workforce Commission If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages you to apply for benefits by utilizing the online claim portal, or by calling the Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday. TWC may be experiencing increased call volumes and hold times on Tele-Center phone lines. You are encouraged to use the online claim portal, Unemployment Benefits Services (UBS), to handle your claim needs quickly. UBS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may also sign up for electronic correspondence so you can receive TWC communications online as soon as possible. TWC will investigate why you lost your job and mail a decision explaining whether you are eligible for unemployment benefits. For additional information and resources for job seekers, visit TWC’s webpage:

Theatre for Young Audiences TYA/USA TYA Response to COVID-19

Twenty Summers Emergency Arts Fund Twenty Summer has launched an emergency fund for artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the COVID-19. Artists can receive up to $500, while arts organizations can receive up to $1,000. More Info

U.S. Small Business Administration Governor Abbott announced that the SBA has now granted Texas’ Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance declaration, making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For additional information on Texas business-related COVID-19 resources, including a list of required documentation for the SBA Loan process, visit

WomenArts has a fund roundup on their website WomenArts Emergency Funds – All Art Forms