If you or your family, friends or colleagues in the arts have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, here are a number of resources that can help, with links to apply.

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch 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.

To be eligible for a relief grant, applicants must be:

  • Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience;
  • Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • 21 years of age or older;
  • Able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN);
  • Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
  • Not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;
  • Not previously awarded a relief grant from this fund.
  • Please note that the Artist Relief coalition partners will make final eligibility determinations as needed.


Apply here

The fund will be conducted in cycles. If you are not awarded during the current cycle, you may re-submit the following cycle. All dates are subject to change.

Cycle I: April 8 – April 23 (closes 11:59pm ET)

Cycle II: April 24 – May 21 (closes 11:59pm ET)

Cycle III: May 22 – June 18 (closes 11:59pm ET)

Cycle IV:June 19 – July 23 (closes 11:59pm ET)

Cycle V: July 24 – August 20 (closes 11:59pm ET)

Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet

The Paycheck Protection Program(“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

All loan terms will be the same for everyone.

The loan amounts will be forgiven as long as: The loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8 week period after the loan is made; and Employee and compensation levels are maintained.

Payroll costs are capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee. Due to likely high subscription, it is anticipated that not more than 25% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs.Loan payments will be deferred for 6 months.

Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders.

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Application Form

In this video associate professor of entrepreneurship, small business and strategy Steve Stewart, PhD, explains the nitty-gritty details of how to get help for freelancers, sole-proprietors, independent contractors, no-employee LLCs, and other small businesses.

For info on the Paycheck Protection Program: 2:28 For info on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan ($10,000 grant): 15:33 For info on Unemployment Benefits: 23:30

Applicants must be individual artists, or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group. Curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations, or arts presenters are not eligible to apply.

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The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptorswhose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency.

The program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind.

The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical.

To be eligible for this program, an artist must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking.

Second-party requests are honored only when the applicant is physically unable to communicate with the Foundation. Review procedures for completed applications begin as soon as they are received. Full review generally takes about four weeks from the time an application is complete. Situations with imminent deadlines will receive priority.

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Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grant Website

Medical Related Emergencies Only

Up to $5,000

The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories. If you aren’t sure if your artistic discipline fits within these guidelines, please contact the grants administrator.

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