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Artist Financial Support & Resources During the Pandemic

Last update 4/13
Latest additions at the top of each list

The Opportunity Agenda: Emergency Assistance Stipends for Artists & Cultural Strategists

Stipends may be used exclusively to support recipients facing financial hardship whose work in their respective arts and/or social justice field(s)has been significantly disrupted, reduced, delayed, or lost due to COVID-19. This is a limited time opportunity and stipends must be used by July 31st, 2020. Stipend Amount: $1,000. Eligibility: Must be an Individual Artist (all mediums) or freelance Cultural Strategist pursuing social justice objectives through their work. (April 8)

National Artist/Creative Worker Relief Fund

The Artist Relief Fund is a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19(April 8)

VSECU Emergency Loan Fund

Up to $2,000, low or no interest for up to 24 months. Even though the instruction say you must provide documentation from your employer in order to apply, they will accept tax returns as proof of independent contractor status so freelancers don’t have to round up multiple documents from various employment sources.

Vermont Arts Council Rapid Response Artist Relief

Grants up to $500 to artists who have lost income due to the loss of a job or cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity

New Music USA

New Music Solidarity Fund to offer $500 emergency grants to performers of music by living composers impacted by COVID-19 cancelations. Applications will be open on March 31.


New England Foundation for the Arts Resource Page (April 13)

CARES Act Table of Loan, Grant, and Compensation Opportunities for the Arts

An excellent summary, in table format, of the CARES Act financial support for individual artists and arts organizations. (April 9)

Small Business Guide to the CARES Act

If you have a small business, this is a good guide to the disaster relief funds available.

IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief Info Page

The IRS has established this special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.

National Endowment for the Arts Resource Page

Financial support and resources for all artists or arts organizations, whether or not you receive NEA funding.

Vermont Arts Council COVID-19 Resource page

Teaching Artist COVID-19 Community Conversation

On March 13, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, Association of Teaching Artists, Teaching Artists Guild, Creative Generation, National Guild for Community Arts Education, and Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic hosted a free webinar to address how the COVID-19 health crisis is affecting teaching artists.

COVID-19 Art Stories

Read stories and share stories of how artists are dealing with the crisis.

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