Covid-19 related financial support and resources
Covid-19 related financial support and resources

This is an ongoing collection/compilation of resources and grants for artists and writers affected by the global pandemic.

The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund has partnered with several industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those who have immediate financial needs. Please note, while some of the funds are for members of entertainment unions, you do not need to be a union member to receive help from The Actors Fund.

The SOZE Agency

This fund, created by the SOZE Foundation, Taskforce and Invisible Hand, will support artists and activists whose work has been impacted by Covid-19. They will be making $250-$750 grants to selected applications on an on-going basis. 

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists

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

Creative Capital has always been anchored by a rich spirit of community and mutual generosity, and we believe that continuing communication and exchange are crucial for all of us. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, they have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.

The Field

The Field’s mission is to serve independent performing artists on a completely non-exclusive basis. This means that everything they do is open to artists from all aesthetic viewpoints, cultural backgrounds, and levels of development. They are collecting and curating a list of direct resources for artists and organizations experiencing income loss and other troubles as a result of the COVID-19 crisis – and those who are able to help

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)

As the COVID-19 public health crisis intensifies, the New England Foundation for the Arts is monitoring developments and has assembled resources to share with our constituents. In addition to making sure that the people in our ecosystem know where to seek reliable public health information, there are special considerations related to the arts and culture sector that we want to make sure all of our constituents and stakeholders can access.

Indie Theater Fund Covid-19 Emergency Grant

The Indie Theater Fund is offering unrestricted rapid relief grants to indie theater companies and individual artists in need due to the financial strain of closings etc related to Covid-19. We will be offering grants of up to $500 on an on-going basis until our funds run out. We will be reviewing on a first come first serve basis and will do our best to turn these around quickly.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). If you fit this description and you are in need of short-term, immediate financial assistance – we would like to help.

The Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation Emergency Grant

Playwrights, composers, librettists and lyricists who have had a full professional show cancelled, closed, or indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19 are eligible for a $2,500 emergency grant.

GF Emergency Grant for Writers

DGF is processing Emergency Grants based on severity of need, especially as it relates to COVID-19. DGF is sensitive to the inherent economic challenges that will arise in relation to CDC recommendations for social distancing.

Mental Health Resources to Help Prevent Creative/Professional Burnout

This is a compilation of resources and tools to combat burnout specifically in creative work. While burnout is not new, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused additional strain on an already stressed workforce, leading to a loss of productivity, physical fatigue, anxiety, insomnia and other physical and psychological symptoms.

Foundations for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

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.

NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund

The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund was created to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus. It will give grants and loans to NYC-based nonprofits that are trying to meet the new and urgent needs that are hitting the city. Priority will be given to nonprofits addressing essential healthcare and food insecurity as well as arts and culture.

Theatre Without Borders

Theatre Without Borders is an informal, volunteer, virtual community that shares information and builds connections between individuals and institutions interested in international theatre exchange.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

Expected to roll out in late May or early June, these will provide visual artists, media artists, and choreographers up to $5,000 worth of assistance for medical emergencies. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

SAG-AFTRA Disaster Relief Fund & SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF) have a COVID-19 Disaster Fund to provide urgent financial support to SAG-AFTRA members and families affected by this global pandemic.