FINANCIAL AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program
The Actors Fund provides services and financial support to entertainment professionals facing personal or work-related problems. It is also a conduit for emergency financial assistance in times of pressing need or in response to catastrophic events.
American Poets Fund
The fund assists poets of demonstrated ability who are in a state of urgent financial need. Academy Chancellors, Fellows, and prize winners must bring the circumstances of qualifying poets to the attention of the American Poets Fund committee by sending a letter of nomination, including specifics about the nominee’s current financial situation, to the Executive Director of the Academy.
Authors League Fund
The Author League Fund helps professional writers in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses.
Brooklyn Arts Council Resources for Artists
Brooklyn Arts Council has created a digital booklet of resources on healthcare, newly available funding, organizing tips, and entertainment resources — all with our borough’s artists in mind.
Carnegie Fund for Authors
The Carnegie Fund is established to support American authors who have published at least one full-length work—fiction or nonfiction—that has been published by a mainstream publisher in any format.
Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres
This webinar by the Theatre Communications Group provides a holistic take on preparedness for theatres, including, general preparedness strategies, how to forecast budget shifts should productions be cancelled, how to navigate insurance, and more.
COVID-19 Mutual Aid Directory: Hire Independent Artists
This is a growing directory of independent artists whose livelihoods are impacted due to COVID-19. Most of these artists identify as QTBIPOC (listed first). Supporters can directly donate to artists and artists can fill out the form to be listed.
The Dancers’ Resource was created in response to the unique situation dancers face due to the physically demanding nature of their work, coupled with the significant financial challenges of earning a living in dance. Support includes counseling, healthcare referrals, educational seminars, emergency financial assistance, and more.
DCLA COVID-19 Coronavirus Resources
This is a list of information and resources related to public health, funding for organizations, funding for artists, preparedness resources, and more.
Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program
This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.
HOWL Emergency Life Project (HELP)
This fund was created to provide emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists who have participated in the annual Howl Festival or who make their careers in New York City’s East Village and Lower East Side arts community and whose work challenges the traditional boundaries of dance, theatre, music, multimedia and the spoken word.
IWMF Journalism Relief Fund
The IWMF Journalism Relief Fund is open to women-identifying journalists in dire straits - journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off or who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes. This fund will provide small grants of up to $2,000 USD per request.
Jazz Foundation of America
The Housing and Emergency Assistance program provides jazz and blues artists with an experienced social worker to assess his/her situation and provide rapid assistance including financial support, legal services, housing counseling, and more.
The Recording Academy and its charitable foundation MusiCares have committed $2 million in total to a COVID-19 Relief Fund, established to assist those in the music community who have been affected by the pandemic.
The Musicians Foundation provides grants between $500 and $3,000 to U.S. musicians in any genre in a time of acute need due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.
NYC Small Business Services
The City provides 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.
NYFA Emergency Grants List
The New York Foundation for the Arts has a running list of additional emergency grant opportunities for artists, categorized by disciplines.
NYFA Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants
The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies experienced by artists in the past six months.
New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will provide significant economic relief to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grantees use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs.
Pentacle Pro Bono Financial Urgent Care Program
In response to a prevalent need in the community for immediate and comprehensive financial relief for arts nonprofits and individual artists, Pentacle’s Financial Urgent Care will now offer all artistic entities 5 pro bono “care hours”.
The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant
Pollock-Krasner grants have enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as their personal and medical expenses. Artists can apply to The Pollock-Krasner Foundation by submitting an online application.
SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund
The foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund is available to eligible SAG-AFTRA members who have been impacted by this pandemic. SAG-AFTRA members are eligible to apply to the Fund if they are currently active and paid up on their dues through October 2019. The Fund covers members who are in an emergency financial crisis related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to cover basic expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, medical bills, and other essential needs.
Screen Actors Guild Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund
The MPPWF is designed to assist eligible members who are struggling with a financial, personal or medical crisis. Financial assistance is available for rent, utilities, mental health and medical care as well as other basic living expenses. Administered by the Actors Fund, offering access to their services as well.
Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund
Sweet Relief has established a donor-directed fund to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the coronavirus. Funds will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses for those who get sick or lose work due to the pandemic.
Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund (MPPAF)
The Pioneers Assistance Fund (MPPAF) serves members of the motion picture entertainment industry (exhibition, distribution and trade services) who are encountering an illness, injury or life changing event. Services include temporary financial aid for emergency needs, monthly stipends for frail or disabled low income senior veterans, and social service counseling.