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Program: Financial Assistance - Artists

Agency: Coronavirus 2020 - 2021

Resource Number: 68520059
The Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance Programs: Provides 1 application for multiple emergency funding programs for actors, dancers, musicians and other performing artists who are unable to pay basic living expenses. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts across the United States. To apply, visit website
CLOSED - Artist Relief Fund: 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. To apply, visit website
Artist Relief Project: Supports any artist in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures; statewide. To apply, visit website

Artist Rescue Trust: Provides financial relief ($1,500 over 3 months) to adult professional literary, musical and visual artists affected by COVID-19 in the United States. To apply, visit website
The Artists’ Fellowship: Provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families who are dealing with immediate medical emergencies; statewide. To apply, visit website
Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund: Supports those who are pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) who are United States-based. To apply, visit website
Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund: Provides assistance to full-time blues musicians whose revenue streams have been severely diminished by the current coronavirus pandemic; statewide. Requests for funding should be made by contacting The Blues Foundation directly. Upon contacting the Foundation, an artist will be asked to complete a short application form that will be reviewed by a committee. To request funding, contact Elizabeth Montgomery Brown at elizabeth@blues.org
CERF+ Craft Emergency Relief Fund: Provides emergency assistance to artists working in craft disciplines who have had a recent, serious emergency; statewide. To apply, visit website
CLOSED - Community Emergency Relief Fund: Supports artists responding to urgent community needs with creative leadership via Springboard for the Arts; statewide.To apply, visit website
Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Fund: Provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness; statewide. To apply, visit website
East Central Regional Arts Council Emergency Response Grants: Provides up to $600 for artists in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties in Minnesota to do art projects online or in other forms during the current shut down of arts venues. To apply, visit website

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund: Provides financial assistance to musicians who have lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. To apply, visit website
CLOSED - Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants: Supports experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions; statewide. To apply, visit website. Application process closes Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Musicians Foundation CV19 Emergency Aid Grant Program: Provides grants to professional performers, educators and composters who are residents of the United States. To apply, visit website
NDN Indigenous Artists and Entrepreneurs Fund: Provides rapid response resources to Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses bracing from financial hardships due to the COVID-19 crisis; statewide. To apply, visit website
PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund: Provides grants of $500-$1,000 to professional writers that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak; statewide. To apply, visit website
CLOSED - Personal Emergency Relief Fund: Helps artists recover from personal emergencies by helping with unanticipated, emergency expenses via Springboard for the Arts; statewide. To apply, visit website
CLOSED - Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund: Supports queer writers of color who are in need of financial assistance. The fund will make disbursements once per day; statewide. To apply, visit website
SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund: Supports active members of the Screen Actors Guild who are unable to pay their basic living expenses; statewide. To apply, visit website
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund: Provides funds for basic living expenses for musicians and music industry workers affected by coronavirus; statewide. To apply, visit website
CLOSED - Twin Cities Music Community Trust Fund: Supports local musicians and music industry workers in Minnesota who need financial assistance due to the cancellation of events; statewide. To apply, visit website 

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