In the midst of COVID 19, we are aware of the many impacts that many in our community are experiencing. We have curated a collection of resources that are available to Artists, Dancers, and Musicians through both public and private grant programs. This list is constantly changing and growing as new programs are becoming available. So please check back on an ongoing basis.
NYC Cultural Affairs provides ways to access
- Free meals: Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city, operated by the New York City Department of Education.
- The Paycheck Protection Program is making $350 billion available on a first-come, first-served basis. Nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees, independent contractors, sole proprietors, self-employed, and “gig economy” workers may be eligible for forgivable, low-interest loans through the program.
- The Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance program provides low-interest disaster relief loans up to $2 million, with eligibility for nonprofit organizations. If eligible, organizations may also request a forgivable advance loan of up to $10,000 which can be paid within three days of a request
Recording Academy – MusiCares is aware of the enormous financial burden to those whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19. They are deeply saddened that it is resulting in loss of work due to venue closures, festival and event cancellations and travel restrictions. To help address the concerns of the music industry during this time, MusiCares has expanded their services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures.
National YoungArts Foundation has launched Artist Relief, providing unrestricted $5,000 relief grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to the impact of COVID-19. They are also operating a list of resources for artists, and introducing the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Research Partner Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward. With seed funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of $5 million, which matched $5 million provided by foundations nationwide, the fund is launching with $10 million in initial funding.
Jazz Road, a program of South Arts – As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, performing artists were among some of the first and hardest hit. In response, Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund grants are available to freelance jazz musicians who have lost work throughout March, April, and May 2020. A limited number of $1,000 grants will be distributed to jazz musicians across the country to offset significant lost gig revenue. Enrollments open Monday, April 13th. Please see the website for additional details on deadlines for applications.
CERF+ Emergency grants and other assistance are available to professional artists working in craft disciplines who have had a recent career-threatening emergency. These grants are applicable to Visual Artists, All Artists, Musicians, and Actors + Performing Artists. These and other resources are accessible at CERF+ The Artists Safety Net.
Dance/NYC’s mission is to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It embeds values of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the organization. It works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. Freelance Dance workers and Dance Making Organizations may seek access to funding through Dance/NYC.
In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. If you are unsure about whether your work is experimental, you can see other artists they have supported on their Instagram and their website.
The Indie Theater Fund is launching this fundraising campaign to provide direct support and emergency relief to independent theaters and artists in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 & Freelance Artists provides an an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.
Creative Capital – provides access to links for online workshops for various relevant subjects such as Coping with COVID: Livestreaming for Artists, and Financial Implications for Creative Individuals and national grants such as the Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program, Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant, the Artist Relief Project, the Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund, as well as many others.
New York State Council on the Arts provides sources of emergency funding, business and legal support, Individual Artist resources, Webinars and Roundtables, arts discipline-specific resources, Stress Management, and Impact surveys.