Below is a list of resources for artists during COVID-19. This list will be routinely updated as resources are made available. Updated as of May 17, 2020.
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Arts Emergency Relief Fund, Round Two for Artists and Small Ensembles
The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and Community Partners aim to provide relief to this spectrum of LA-based performing artists who were financially affected by this disruption through Round Two of this emergency grant relief opportunity
Center for Cultural Innovation- Artists Relief Fund
The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) is administering this Fund. The Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists is distributing $655,000 to help the region’s visual artists who represent the various and diverse communities of Los Angeles County.
Women’s Center for Creative Work
The Women’s Center for Creative Work has re-worked their Emergency Health Grant for Artists to better respond to the urgency needs arising regarding COVID-19. They are offering $1,000 grants with a rolling application deadline of Fridays at 11:59 PM.
The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.
COVID19 Freelance Artist Resource
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and financial need. The Foundation’s mission is to aid individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.
The Slants Foundation
During this time, we would like to support the work of artist-activists by offering grants to those working to address racism using their work. Multiple grants will be available up to $250 each. Additional grants will be available if we’re able to raise additional funding.
Artist Relief Project
Any individual artist in any discipline whose income has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for emergency relief and support.
The only requirements are that you must be able to demonstrate (1) you are an artist actively working and committed to pursing the arts as a career and (2) you have been negatively financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists
California Community Foundation (CCF) together with the J. Paul Getty Trust, The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Sam Francis Foundation, and the Shepard and Amanda Fairey Foundation have launched the Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists to support visual artists’ financial needs during the economic crisis that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. The Fund will be administered by the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), a nonprofit intermediary focused on the financial well-being of those in the arts. The partners invite additional donations to the fund, and more information about how to contribute is provided below.
Creative Capital Resources for Artists
Arts Resources during the Covid-19 Outbreak
California Arts Council Covid-19 California Arts Field Survey
The California Arts Council is surveying the arts field at-large to gather data on the potential financial impacts of this public health emergency.
COVID-19 and Freelance Artist Resources
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.
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. The Artist Relief Project provides COVID emergency relief to artists, musicians, and performers impacted by event cancellations and venue closures in two ways.
Americans for the Arts
Coronavirus Resource and Response Center. Compilation of Resources and answers about Coronavirus.
National Assembly of State Art Agencies
Compilation of several resources and information links.
Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Up to $200 to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Emergency grant for experimental artists affected by postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions.
PEN America Writer’s Emergency Fund
Grants for Professional Writers affected by Covid-19 outbreak.
Authors League Fund
Provides emergency funds professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Compiled list of resources for those in the arts.
Anonymous Was a Woman Emergency Grant
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.
The Photographer Fund
A $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19.
Grants for artistic merit and demonstrable personal or professional financial need. The size of the grant is determined by the artist’s individual circumstances. Artists must be actively exhibiting their work in galleries or museums. The foundation does not accept applications from commercial artists, video artists, performance artists, filmmakers, crafts-makers, or any artist whose work primarily falls into these categories.
Peer-to-peer wealth redistribution in small increments. Applicants fill out a form explaining how they’ve been impacted and others who are in better financial positions can donate.People in the arts, hospitality, and gig economy who have been directly impacted by COVID-19. Funds go directly to the persons on the database via Venmo/PayPal.
Freelancers Relief Fund
Up to $1,000 in financial assistance per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses including food, supplies, utility payments, and cash assistance to supplement income loss for freelancers who primarily reside in the United States who have experienced a sudden decrease in income of 50 percent or more as a result of COVID-19, due to cancellation, loss of work, or caring for family members. These include sole proprietors and limited liability companies where there is only one employee.
Art Interrupted Emergency Arts Fund
An emergency fund launched by the Massachusetts nonprofit Twenty Summers with grants for individual artists up to $500 and grants of $1,000 for arts organizations. Twenty Summers will also help promote artists’ work through video sharing and social media. Artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and severe financial loss as a result of COVID-19.
Women Photographers Project
Five grants of $5,000 to support photography projects.Visual journalists working in a documentary capacity. One grant will be earmarked for a non-binary or transgender photographer.
826 LA Resource Hub
List of resources
Health and Medical Resources
Emergency grants for artists infected with Covid19.
Provides financial aid for immediate medical issues.
Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
Provide an emergency grant program that provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies.
Artist’s Charitable Fund
A non-profit fund that pays a portion of emergency medical bills directly to the medical providers. Painters and sculptors who have been affected by medical bills.
Artists’ Fellowship, Inc
One-time grants to pay emergency medical bills for artists who are dealing with immediate medical emergencies and their aftermaths.
Americans for the Arts
Available for replay: How CARES Act Supports The Art Sector
Available for replay: “Setting Up an Emergency Fund”
Available for replay: Arts and Culture Sector and the Coronavirus: What we know and how to move forward?
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Guidelines for ADA Compliance for Online Classes
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, states that all individuals should have equal accessibility — including online instructional opportunities. ADA requires that all online courses be fully compliant from the start of the course, which can be challenging. As instructors, we should do our due diligence to develop ADA-compliant courses. Below are some simple strategies for creating accessible courses and demonstrating due diligence.
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
More state arts agencies (and their constituents) are moving staff teamwork, panels and community dialogues online. So it’s useful to bring extra consciousness to how we make virtual conversations inclusive, engaging and efficient. NASAA recommends these resources for starters:
How to Facilitate Effective Virtual Meetings (Beth Kanter)
Centering Equity & Inclusion during Virtual Meetings & Working from Home (Beloved Community)
Run Meetings That Are Fair to Introverts, Women, and Remote Workers (Harvard Business Review)
How to Run a Great Virtual Meeting (Harvard Business Review)
Online Event Resources (Looking Glass Creative)
Equity and Antidiscrimination (NASAA Arts)
Natural disasters and other public emergencies can inflame xenophobia and have a disproportionate impact on people of color, low-income communities, people with disabilities and other systemically marginalized populations. The following resources may assist state arts agencies when developing policies, programs and communications strategies during the COVID-19 crisis.
Funding in the Time of COVID-19: Questions to Deepen Racial Equity (Philanthropy News Digest / Candid)
Keep Equity at the Forefront in Philanthropy’s Response to the Coronavirus (United Philanthropy Forum)
Viruses Don’t Discriminate and Neither Should We: Coronavirus and Stigma (King County, WA)
Combating Bias and Stigma Related to COVID-19 (American Psychological Association)
Countering COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Stigma and Racism: Tips for Parents and Caregivers (National Association of School Psychologists)