COVID-19 Resources for Artists:
ArtsWestchester continues to closely monitor recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New York State and the Federal government as developments evolve concerning the coronavirus. We care about the health and safety of our artists, arts organizations, members, staff and board in Westchester and for the entire country. We have collected a list of resources below for artists and arts groups and we will update this page as news and more relief resources become available.
ArtsWestchester does not endorse or recommend any specific opportunities, but provides this list for information only. We encourage artists to research each opportunity thoroughly before applying.
For Arts Organzations seeking assistance, click here.
|The Actors Fund||The Actors Fund is a providing funding for emergency services to actors affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To find information on eligibility and to apply, click here.|
|AGMA Relief Fund||Any AGMA member in good standing is entitled and encouraged to apply for financial assistance through the AGMA Relief Fund. Grants are awarded based on need and AGAM are taking into account COVID-19 related issues. To apply click here.|
|Americans for the Arts||The Americans for the Arts are providing a host of resources ranging from surveys on impact, recommended steps of preparation, and relief and granting efforts for artist and arts groups. To submit information to the survey, click here.|
|Americans for the Arts | National Artist/Creative Worker Relief Fund||Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists. For complete details, click here.|
|ArtsReady||ArtsReady provides an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, and provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability. For more information and to apply, click here.|
|ArtsWestchester Responds to COVID-19 with the Artist Relief Fund||ArtsWestchester will award grants of $500 to individual Westchester artists who have suffered a loss of work due to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Application opens on May 1, 2020 on a rolling basis. These funds are available for individual professional artists who live or maintain a studio in Westchester County, New York. Artists must be at least 18 years old and be able to demonstrate a realized loss or anticipated loss of income due to COVID-19.|
|CERF+ Emergency Medical Assistance||CERF+ has established the COVID-19 Response Fund. CERF+ ‘s emergency relief grants will focus on those infected with the virus that require intensive medical care. To apply click here.|
|Dramatist Guild Foundation Emergency Grants||The Dramatist Guild Foundation provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists and book writers in dire need of funds due the effects of COVID-19. To apply click here.|
|Equal Sound Relief Fund||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. For FAQ and to apply click here.|
|Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants||The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has created a temporary fund to meet the needs of artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. To apply click here.|
|Glad Day Lit Emergency Survival Fund||Glad Day Lit has set up an emergency fund to help LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers pay for necessities curing the COVID-19 crisis. To apply click here.|
|Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund||Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund will support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists and arts administrators who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19. To apply click here.|
|Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund||A GoFundMe campaign started to directly support at least 100 queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Priority will be given to queer trans women of color and queer disabled writers of color. To apply click here.|
|Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant||Intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet their needs. To apply click here.|
|Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson Valley||The Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to enhancing fundraising and philanthropy in the lower Hudson Valley through the advancement of grantsmanship. In an effort to assist you with your grant-seeking and fundraising efforts while faced with the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, GPLH has compiled some resources and info on a variety of related topics. Information sources, funding sources, webinars, etc. Click here for a list of resources pertaining to COVID-19.|
|MusiCares COVID 19 Relief Fund||The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. To apply click here.|
|GrantWatch Covid-19 Grants Available||GrantWatch lets you know what government and foundation grants are currently available through our user friendly grants search and grant summaries. To learn more, click here.|
|Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund||Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief and direct financial support to musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz, and roots music. To contact JFM for assistance, click here.|
|Local 802’s Emergency Arts Workers Relief Fund||Local 802’s Emergency Relief Fund has been set up to aid those 802 members in the freelance community who have received notice that single engagements filed under a local union agreement have been cancelled. For information on how to apply, click here.|
|Max’s Kansas City Emergency Grants||The Max’s Kansas City project provides emergency funding & resources to professionals in the creative arts in New York State who can demonstrate need. To apply click here.|
|MissedTour.org||A free listing website that aggregates the listings of bands that are being displaced from tours and festival gigs. The website also highlights merchandise sales to help offset the lost revenue associated with the cancelled COVID-19 shows. To register click here.|
|Assistance and Guidance for NYC Small Businesses||New York will provide relief for businesses across the City seeing a reduction in revenue because of COVID-19 in the form of zero interest loans, information regarding grant retention and guidance on best practices. For more information and to apply, click here.|
|NYC Community Trust Response & Impact Fund||The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund was created to aid NYC-based nonprofits struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus. It will be providing up to $75 M in grants and loans to NYC-based nonprofits that are trying to meet the new and urgent needs. To apply click here.|
|Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant in Partnership with NYFA (Application opens April 6, 2020)||This program will distribute $250,000 in grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to launch an emergency relief grant program to support artists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The program will distribute $250,000 in unrestricted grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. As with AWAW’s annual award, the program is open to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and territories, and aims to address the unique challenges faced by artists in middle age or older, particularly at this critical time. For details, click here.
|NYFA & Rauschenberg Foundation Emergency Grants||The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to provide Emergency Grants for visual artists, media artists and choreographers for emergency medical expenses beginning in May 2020. To apply, click here.|
|SAG-AFTRA Members COVID-19 Disaster Fund||The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has created the COVID-19 Disaster Fund that is now available to eligible SAG-AFTRA members who have been impacted by this pandemic. To apply click here.|
|Sweet Relief Relief Fund||Sweet Relief is providing immediate assistance to musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work. To apply click here.|
|The Keep NYS Creating Project Grant a partnership of NYSCA and NYFA.||The Keep NYS Creating Project grant will provide $1,00 grants to support creative projects by artists who are actively liging and working in the following NY regaions: Westchester New York, FInger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Hudson Valley, and Long Island. For complete eligibility and other important dates, click here.|
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