COVID-19 Resources for Artists
During COVID-19, FringeArts is updating this list with new resources weekly and synthesizing the information to be most helpful for artists. If you have any additional resource links, please send them to April@FringeArts.com to be added to this list!
Reources listed are exclusively grants, relief funds, and empolyment opportunites.
COVID-19 Artist Emergency Relief Grants
Applications now open: the next round of funding will be awarded in mid-June.
Individual $1,000 unrestricted, one-time grants to Philadelphia visual artists based on an open application process. Any practicing visual artist, who is currently a resident of Philadelphia and has experienced financial loss and/or hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic is encouraged to apply. FAQ page: http://velocityfund.org/faq_covid19relief/
The Velocity Fund 2020
Application Deadline: June 7, 2020
The Velocity Fund directly supports artists to organize new collaborative projects throughout the city of Philadelphia by awarding grants up to $5000. Philadelphia’s visual artists are a diverse community of makers and thinkers from multiple social, economic and cultural backgrounds; The Velocity Fund is open to a wide range of experimental practices, particularly those that emphasize collaboration between artistic genres leading to expanded audiences, fresh outcomes and an enriched multi-disciplinary discourse. FAQ page: http://velocityfund.org/faq/
This fund disburses one-time grants of $500 to help Black working artists residing in Philadelphia stay stable and safe while weathering the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
Theatre Philadelphia Emergency Relief will award micro-grants of $300 to individuals who live in the Philadelphia region, work in theatre, and whose theatre income has been impacted by COVID-19. Applications open Monday, April
COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL
The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE), the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (GPCA), and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) have partnered to create the COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL, a new emergency support fund focused on the arts and culture sector. COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL will support individual artists as well as small arts and culture organizations (annual budgets no greater than $250,000) and mid-sized organizations (annual budgets of $250,000 – $15M) whose operations, work and livelihood have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Up to date information and resources for artists and culture fields with features like confirmed case maps and CDC advice for artists/ art organizations
List of applications for grants and relief funds for artists, arts philanthropists, arts professionals
National Endowment for the Arts
Emergency resources such as funds, support programming, contacts and surveys for artists, freelancers, arts organizations
Resources for artists such as funds, grants, industry specific advice, loan assistance, and webinars for independent artists, creative entrepreneurs, folk artists, educational residencies
MusiCares Relief Fund for musicians and audio technicians
Emergency grants for playwrights and writers with medical expenses in severe hardship
Hardship grants for artists seeking help with medical expenses
Emergency grants for artists seeking help with medical expenses
Financial assistants for freelance professionals
Conduit for financial assistance in response to catastrophic events for artists in the entertainment industry
COVID-19 Trans/Queer Relief Form
This is what Trans Looks Like
Are you out of work because of COVID-19? Do you need basic supplies? Soap? Food? Toilet Paper? OR Do you need support related to COVID-19 otherwise? We want to help! If you identify as queer/trans and CAN HELP provide funds, food or other help OR if you’re queer/trans and NEED HELP, please fill out this form…we want to connect you to each other!
If you are seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition due to COVID-19 you can apply for support from our COVID-19 Relief Fund. Independent artists only.
Writers’ Emergency Fund
We are working to strengthen the Writers’ Emergency Fund as part of PEN America’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and its implications for the literary community. For writers.
This fund is for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators.
GoFund Me for the Support of Philadelphia theater production and FOH staff. This fund is aimed to support those Technicians, Stage Managers, Technical Directors, Box Office Managers, Ticket takers, and others who have had their work canceled due to the Coronavirus.
The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is providing and promoting information and resources for artists and arts organizations to help them through the COVID-19 health crisis.
The program will distribute $250,000 in cash grants, up to $2,500 per-artist, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. For women-identifying visual artists over 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Application Opens: Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM EST
Application Closes: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 6:00 PM EST
This fund, created by The Soze Foundation, TaskForce and Invisible Hand, supports artists + activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19. We have received 6,148 applications and have already distributed $90,000 in grants to over 250 artists + activists. We hope to support more applicants, but we need to raise more money.
The funds raised will offer relief to artists in the immediate short term in the form of a one-time stipend and in the long term in the form of resources for alternative, sustainable economic opportunities. Any artist in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance.
Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund
As a 501(c)3 we can accept tax deductible donations and put them in a separate fund to pay out to musicians in need who have suddenly had their livelihood dry up.
The Creator Fund
$185,300 fund established to help creators in need.
Freelancers Relief Fund
Freelancers Relief Fund provides assistance of up to $1,000 per household any independent worker in the U.S. who has primarily earned income through freelance work for at least one year.
We will be keeping the form for the 40 $2500 grant open until April 14th, and after that date we will be doing a random selection, to make sure the process is totally impartial. These grants are only open to writers (playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists).
New Music Solidarity Fund
Artist-led initiative to grant emergency funding to musicians impacted by COVID-19.
Relief fund to help queer writers of color
The Dancers’ Resource
The Actors Fund
Geared toward professional dancers dealing with significant injury, we help by mitigating the isolation many dancers experience during recovery by providing emotional support and sharing resources.
Interdisciplinary Remote & Remote-Friendly Employers (by Words of Mouth). Free/Low cost. Links to each employer are provided with the area of discipline.