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 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:

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:


Emergency Gap Fund for Philly’s Black Working Artists

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 Fund

Theatre Philadelphia

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.

Americans For the Arts

Up to date information and resources for artists and culture fields with features like confirmed case maps and CDC advice for artists/ art organizations

Creative Capital

List of applications for grants and relief funds for artists, arts philanthropists, arts professionals

NEA Resources 
National Endowment for the Arts

Emergency resources such as funds, support programming, contacts and surveys for artists, freelancers, arts organizations

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Resources for artists such as funds, grants, industry specific advice, loan assistance, and webinars for independent artists, creative entrepreneurs, folk artists, educational residencies

MusicCares Covid-19 Relief Fund

MusiCares Relief Fund for musicians and audio technicians

Dramatists Guild Foundation

Emergency grants for playwrights and writers with medical expenses in severe hardship

Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)

Hardship grants for artists seeking help with medical expenses

NYFA Rauchenberg Emergency Grants

Emergency grants for artists seeking help with medical expenses

The Haven Foundation

Financial assistants for freelance professionals

The Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program

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!

Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

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
PEN America

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.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

This fund is for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators.

Philly Freelance Prod + FOH Support

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.

Opportunities List 
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.

New York Foundation for the Arts in partnership with Anonymous Was a Woman 

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

The Soze Agency 

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.

Artist Relief Project

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  
Equal Sound

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 Union

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.

Idea Awards COVID-19 Response Grant Lottery from Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation

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
NewMusic USA

Artist-led initiative to grant emergency funding to musicians impacted by COVID-19.

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

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.


Remote Employment Opportunities!

Interdisciplinary Remote & Remote-Friendly Employers (by Words of Mouth). Free/Low cost. Links to each employer are provided with the area of discipline.