COVID-19 Resources for Artists

During COVID-19, FringeArts is updating this list with new resources 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!

Resources listed are exclusively grants, relief funds, and empolyment opportunites.

CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)
Deadline: 7/29/2020
Hardship grants for artists seeking help with medical expenses.
UPDATE: As part of CERF+’s broader COVID-19 crisis response strategies, this special program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing and/or health insecurities. The grants will be awarded in two cycles: the application opens July 8th and the deadline for the first round will be July 29th, the second round will open August 19th and the deadline will be September 9th. The program will focus on those facing the most severe financial pressures. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community including people of color and folk and traditional artists.

COVID-19 Artist Emergency Relief Grants
The Velocity Fund, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Deadline: August 2020
UPDATE: The first drawing was Monday, April 27, 2020; the second was June 17, 2020. The next round of funding will be in August 2020. 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. Any eligible artist who does not receive funding in the first lottery drawing will automatically be entered into the next pool of applications to receive funding as the next application cycle opens.

The Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program
The Actors Fund
Deadline: Rolling
Conduit for financial assistance in response to catastrophic events for artists in the entertainment industry

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Arts Administrators of Color Network
Deadline: Rolling
This fund is for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators. This is a ONE-TIME micro grant of $200.

The Dancers’ Resource
The Actors Fund
Deadline: Rolling
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.

Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Grants
Dramatist Guild Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
Emergency grants for playwrights and writers with medical expenses in severe hardship

Economic Injury Disaster Recovery Loans (EIDL) and Advance
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Deadline: Rolling
Under the CARES Act passed on March 27, 2020, independent contractors, gig workers, and freelancers affected by the coronavirus crisis are eligible to receive a government grant of $1,000. The application process involves filling out a simple SBA form requesting an Economic Injury Disaster Recovery Loan (EIDL), which provides for the advance even if the loan is not granted. Check the box that says you want to apply for the $10,000 grant, although it will only be $1,000 for independent contractors, freelancers, and gig workers. Due to the overwhelming amount of applications, the SBA suspended accepting new applications in mid-April 2020 due to lapse in appropriations for the grants. But now the SBA is lifting the suspension because legislation passed on April 23, 2020, allocated another $60 billion for EIDL and grants thereunder. You must have been in business as of January 31, 2020. For more information, please read “How To Get $1,000 If You Are A Freelancer, Gig Worker, Or Independent Contractor” on, or go to the U.S. SBA webpage.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund
Equal Sound
Deadline: Rolling
The Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund was set up on short notice to provide direct financial assistance to musicians who have lost work as a result of Corona-related event cancellations. Musicians can apply for an initial grant up to $500 due to the impact of COVID-19.
UPDATE: We will be issuing a statement on Monday addressing how we are managing the sudden wide interest in the Corona Relief Fund. Thank you for your support and patience as we build this program out quickly, responsibly, and ethically. As donations come in, we’ll pay them out to people who have completed [a financial assistance request] form, first come first served. We will probably do this by mailing checks to the addresses you’ve supplied, but we’re still working that out and will update this once we see how much is actually coming in.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Deadline: Rolling
If you are an artist who has suffered financial losses as the result of a project cancelation or postponement due to COVID-19 you can apply for relief through our FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund. The Foundation will disburse one-time $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.
UPDATE: To meet artists’ last-minute needs in a timely manner, FCA’s Emergency Grants panel meets monthly to review requests. We recommend applying 6-8 weeks before your presentation date. We review applications received within a shorter timeline, but please keep in mind that you may not hear back from FCA until your project is underway. You may not apply for a project that is more than eight weeks away, for a project that has already happened, or to request reimbursement for expenses you have already incurred. There is no longer a two-time cap on the number of Emergency Grants one may receive in their lifetime.

The Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund
The Jazz Foundation of America
Deadline: Rolling
COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund helps musicians and their families with basic living expenses.

MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
Rolling: Email to request an application
MusiCares Relief Fund for musicians and audio technicians
UPDATE: MusiCares continues its support of the music industry through the COVID-19 pandemic focusing on the most pressing needs of the community. Unfortunately, this pandemic has economically devastated the business of music, but has equally if not more, devastated the community’s health and safety. Support will be prioritized to those who are experiencing a medical, dental, mental health, insurance, substance abuse or eviction crisis. Please email to request an application. Please explain your current need with your email.

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
Deadline: Rolling
Relief fund to help queer writers of color. The fund is able to give a minimum of $100 and a maximum of $500.

Theatre Philadelphia Emergency Relief Fund
Theatre Philadelphia
Deadline: Rolling
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
UPDATE: Theatre Philadelphia COVID-19 Impact Survey Results: Theatre Organizations and Artists


Artist + Activist Relief Fund
The Soze Agency
Closed – Accepting applications for Waitlist
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.
UPDATE: 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 distributed $241,250 in grants to 817 artists + activists. We hope to support more applicants, but we need to raise more money. As we continue to raise money, unfortunately we are not accepting any new applications. If you would like to join the waiting list, please feel [free] to add your information. If we are able to reach the waiting list, we will be in touch. Until then, stay strong and stay healthy.


Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant
New York Foundation for the Arts & Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW)
Closed – Deadline: 4/8/2020
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.
UPDATE: Due to overwhelming response, the application for Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grants is now closed. We know the demand is great and we currently have more applications than we can fund. We are sorry that we are no longer accepting applications at this time and encourage you to visit NYFA’s Emergency Grants page for an extensive list of other COVID-19 funding opportunities.

Artist Relief Project Community-Driven Fundraiser – Needs-Based Initiative 
Artist Relief Project
Closed – Deadline: 7/15/2020
UPDATE: Applications for support from this needs-based initiative closed on July 15, 2020. For more information and answers to FAQs, visit the Needs-Based Requests for Support FAQ page.

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)
Closed – Deadline: 6/8/2020
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.
UPDATE: There are presently no open calls for applications.

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!
UPDATE: We’re currently not accepting responses while we try to catch up. Please check back later.

The Creator Fund
$185,300 fund established to help creators in need.
UPDATE: Applications are now closed. Thanks to our generous partners the fund is now up to $185,300. We have also received over 16,000 applications and counting. Our current fund will be exhausted well before we can get to everyone.

Emergency Gap Fund for Philly’s Black Working Artists
The Village
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.
UPDATE: The Emergency Gap Fund for Black Working Artists in Philly is closed to new applicants while we work to raise funds to fulfill existing applications. We will post updates on the fund at and @thevillagephilly on Instagram.

Freelancers Relief Fund
Freelancers Union
Freelancers Relief Fund provides assistance of up to $1,000 per household to any independent worker in the U.S. who has primarily earned income through freelance work for at least one year.
UPDATE: Applications have been temporarily closed due to the overwhelming response we have received from our community. We will send an update to members when we are able to reopen application submissions.

Idea Awards COVID-19 Response Grant Lottery from Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation
The 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).
UPDATE: The form Idea Awards COVID-19 Response Grant Lottery Entry Form is no longer accepting responses.

New Music Solidarity Fund
NewMusic USA
Artist-led initiative to grant emergency funding to musicians impacted by COVID-19
UPDATE: New Music Solidarity Fund Completes Fundraising With $508,000. The Fund has covered 1,016 $500 grants. The New Music Solidarity Fund, an  initiative  formed to grant emergency funding to musicians impacted by COVID-19, has concluded fundraising. At  $508,000, the  completed Fund has far exceeded its initial  $100,000 goal, as well as its subsequent $500,000 goal; the Fund is now  able to distribute emergency $500 grants to 1,016  applicants.

NYFA Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
New York Foundation for the Arts
Closed – Deadline: 6/15/2020
Emergency grants for artists seeking help with medical expenses
UPDATE: Future cycles will be announced soon. Eligibility and program questions should be directed to Please note: Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants are not for lost wages. Visit NYFA’s Emergency Grants page for a regularly-updated list of emergency resources. Applicants [who applied before 6/15/2020] will be notified of their funding status by early July. Please note: there is a set amount of funding allocated for these grants each year; once this amount has been awarded we cannot accept additional applications. Please keep an eye on the website for updates. 

Philly Freelance Prod + FOH Support
Kate McLallen
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.
UPDATE: This fundraiser is no longer accepting donations. If you are the organizer, beneficiary, team member, or donor, sign in to see additional information.

The Velocity Fund 2020
The Velocity Fund, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Closed – Deadline: 6/14/2020
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.

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.
UPDATE: The response to this Fund has been extraordinary, a reflection of the impact the pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis have had on the literary community. We are proud to have mobilized a five-fold increase in funding and distributed grants to 10 times as many writers within the space of two months as we normally do in a year. As a result, however, the Fund has been temporarily depleted. PEN America will continue to seek additional donations from the generous supporters who make the Fund possible. For now, we will need to pause acceptance of new applications until further notice. We will post an update here in mid-September, so please check back then.