Resources for Artists During Covid-19

April 15th, 2020
Kiki Smith, via Timothy Taylor
Art Observed would like to share some information about resources available for artists during the ongoing Covid-19 situation. There are many organizations that, in the wake of galleries, exhibitions and museums closing, are providing resources for artists to continue their work. In addition, of the $2 trillion in economic stimulus provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, up to $300 million is earmarked for the arts, including funds specifically for artists, cultural organizations, museums, libraries, and other groups, administered by various federal agencies.
While Covid-19 is impacting everyone’s lives in a way that is unprecedented, it is perhaps causing many to appreciate the arts more than before. People may be more inclined to purchase pieces for their homes, and there has been demand for online, virtual art shows and talks – art that is uplifting and that is accessible. Coming out of this, Art Observed hopes and expects the art world to re-emerge with renewed vigor. Until then, Art Observed hopes the below resources will be helpful.

Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant
  • Awarding $250,000 in grants (up to $2,500 per artist) visual artists over 40 that identify as women
Artist + Activist Relief Fund
  • $250-750 grants to artists and activists whose work has been affected administered by The Soze FoundationTaskForce and Invisible Hand
  • Note – the fund is no longer accepting new applications but has a waitlist and is fundraising to provide funding to a greater number of people
Artists Now
  • $500 grants to artists based in the Bay Area that are POC, women or that identify at LGBTQIA+
Artist Relief
  • A coalition of national arts organizations providing $5,000 grants to artists that are facing financial emergencies due to Covid-19
Artist Trust Relief Fund
  • Rapid response grants to artists in Washington State whose livelihoods have been impacted by Covid-19
Art Interrupted
  • Twenty Summers is raising funds for those in the art world that have been impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak, as well as providing ways for artists promote their work without in-person events
Creative Capital – List of Arts Resources During the Covid-19 Outbreak
  • List of resources including grants and information
Dietl International – Tech Artworks
  • Dietl International has created an online platform to display the works of and give direct access to purchase from the studios of art technicians (many of who are themselves artists and facing unemployment due to Covid-19 related cancellations)
FCA Emergency Grants Covid-19 Fund
Hire Artists 
  • Online marketplace for artists to list services for sale remotely, created specifically in light of the Cover-19 disruptions
National Endowment for the Arts – CARES Act
  • National Endowment for the Arts is administering $75 million in grants as part of the CARES Act to non-profit arts organizations to save jobs in the art sector
New York Foundation for the Arts – Emergency Grants Listing
  • Extensive list of resources for artists in New York and elsewhere
Oolite Arts Relief Fund for Covid-19
  • Relief fund for Miami-based artists that have lost income due to cancellations related to Covid-19
Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund
  • Theater Bay Area has launched a program for San Francisco Bay Area performing arts workers that have experiences lost income because of cancelled performances, loss of performing arts works or loss of supplemental income or jobs
The Creator Fund
  • ConvertKit is providing financial assistance of up to $500 to creators that have been impacted by Covid-19
The Photographer Fund
  • A $250,000 fund launched by Format to provide support of up to $500 to photographers affected by Covid-19
The San Francisco Arts and Artists Relief Fund
  • A $1.5 million emergency relief fund for individuals and organizations to mitigate Covid-19 related financial losses
  • Individuals in the arts may apply for grants up to $2,000 and arts organizations are eligible for operating grants of up to $25,000
South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund
  • Grants of $1,000-2,000 to US-based artists of South Asian descent provided by The India Center
Untitled, Art Emergency Fund
  • A partnership between The Art ReportFacebook and Untitled, Art to provide financial relief to freelance, hourly, and wage working artists that have lived in the Bay Area for 2 years as a working artist or that have graduated from a Bay Area art school