March 25, 2020

In an effort to support traditional artists and organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting loss of bookings, programming, and income, ACTA has compiled a shortlist of funding and readiness resources. This page will be updated as new funding and support resources become available.

If you haven’t already, please make your voice heard by filling out the Economic Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Arts and Cultural Sector survey from Americans for the Arts. It takes five minutes, and the information will directly impact emergency funding advocacy efforts at the national level.

For Individual Artists

MusiCares Relief Fund
Basic living assistance (rent or mortgage) for music industry professionals. Initial grant requests can be made up to $1000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost

Emergency funding available to established artists working in a craft discipline

Women’s Center for Creative Work COVID-19 Emergency Health Grant For Artists
$1,000 grants with a weekly rolling deadlin

Bay Area Safety Net Fund
Supports artists in the Bay Area

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Fund for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators

The Creator Fund
Assistance with medical needs, groceries, childcare, and mortgage/rent for active creators

LA Dance Emergency Fund
Grants of up to $500 for dancers/dance companies (residents of Greater Los Angeles)

New Music Solidarity Fund
Helps new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled

Soze Foundation Artist and Activist Relief Fund
For artists + activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19 (currently on waitlist)

Resources for Teaching Artists
Webinar and resources for teaching artists

Free Online Workshops for Artists: Coping with COVID
Series of free online workshops designed to help artists mitigate the effects of the pandemic and economic situation

For Organizations

Business Continuity for Nonprofits from Nonprofit Risk Management Center

Loss of Income Calculator from Performing Arts Readiness

Preparing for for Potential Impact of Coronavirus
Temporary closure readiness steps from ArtsReady

San Francisco Foundation Emergency Response Fund
Limited number of one-time grants ($3,000 – $25,000) to SF Bay Area nonprofits addressing racial bias, worker protection, homelessness and renter protection/housing security, and food security.

COVID-19 Emergency Loans
Low-interest loans supporting arts and culture nonprofits and fiscally sponsored organizations in eleven Bay Area counties

Fundraising in Difficult Times handbook from Fractured Atlas

Principles for Ethical Cancellation from Springboard

For Families

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The FFCRA contains several separate Acts, including Acts to expand family and medical leave and guarantee emergency paid sick leave for employees who work for public and private employers. Certain employees are now entitled to paid family and medical leave and emergency paid sick leave.

More Resources

California Coronavirus Response

Freelance Artist Resource List

SF Arts and Artists Relief Fund
For artists and organizations

Los Angeles City Arts Emergency Relief Fund
For artists and organizations

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Arts Resources List

Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Cultures Resource List

San Francisco Arts Commission COVID-19 Resource List

National Endowment for the Arts Resource List

Californians for the Arts Resources

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