Dear T&W Community,
We understand that the current public health crisis has financially impacted many teaching artists profoundly. We hope that this page will support you in your search for new sources of income.
Please find a list of emergency relief fund resources compiled below. If you have any resources that you would like to share and add to this page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Wishing you all safety and wellness.
Published April 2020
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA): links to emergency relief funds, grant makers, health insurance providers and other resources.
COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources – An aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
Teaching Artist Guild – COVID-19 resources for teaching artists
GRANTS & EMERGENCY EXISTENCE
- The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. To be eligible for this program, an artist must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking. Average grant size: $5,000.
- American Society of Journalists & Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund:Helping established freelance writers across the country who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis, are unable to work. Membership in ASJA not required. No grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects; no grants to fund works-in-progress of any kind. Maximum grant: $3,500.
- The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. Primarily serving artists in New York.
- Artist Relief: To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.
- Department of Labor The federal CARES Act was signed into law March 27, 2020. The Act provides enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for New Yorkers. Here’s what you need to know.
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts is offering relief for a canceled performance or exhibition due to COVID-19. You can apply for support from their COVID-19 Relief Fund via this link or visit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants page.
- The Haven Foundation: provides financial assistance to artists who have a health crisis; grants are one-year, and the financial amount provided is to the discretion of the Foundation.
- The Indie Theater Fund is offering unrestricted rapid relief grants to independent theater companies and individual artists in need due to the financial strain of COVID-19. They will be offering grants of up to $500 on an ongoing basis until funds run out. They are prioritizing companies and artists with budgets less than $250,000 and will be reviewing applications on a first come first serve basis.
- NYC Small Business Services: Assistance & Guidance for Businesses Impacted Due to Novel Coronavirus (New York City) – The City will provide relief for small businesses across the City seeing a reduction in revenue because of COVID-19. Businesses with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decreases of 25% or more will be eligible for zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help mitigate losses in profit. The City is also offering small businesses with fewer than 5 employees a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees.
- National Association of Latino Artists (NALAC) is offering grants of $250 to Latinx artists
- The PEN Writers Fund has an emergency fund for professional–published or produced–writers with serious financial difficulties. Depending on the situation, the fund gives grants or loans of up to $2,000.
Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund: This fund is to help at least 100 queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by the current COVID-19. Priority will be given to queer trans women of color and queer disabled writers of color, but the funders’ hope is that this relief fund will help as many queer writers of color it can.