Help for Artists
During this time, many artists are looking for funds to get through the crisis. Here’s a list:
U.S. and International Artist Grants & FundsThe Photographer Fund: Site: https://www.format.com/photographer-fund Self-employed photographers who are facing financial need are encouraged to apply. They offer assistance up to $500 per person.
ConvertKit The Creator Fund: Site: https://creatorfund.ck.page/ They offer assistance up to $500 per person.
Facebook Small Business Grant: Site: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grant The company will be offering different grants. People are required to sign up to receive updates on when and how these grants will be offered. Who is eligible: people from over 30 countries where Facebook operates.
Artist Relief Tree: Site: https://artistrelieftree.com/ This fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists in any field. They offer assistance up to $250 per person on a first-come-first-served basis. The fund changes its availability based on the amount of money raised.
Artist Fellowship Site: https://www.artistsfellowship.org/finacial-aid It provides emergency aid to professional fine art visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. Applications will be reviewed until June. They start reviewing the process again in September. Apply: https://www.artistsfellowship.org/financial-aid-application
Cerf Emergency Relief Grants: Site: https://cerfplus.org/get-relief/apply-for-help/ This fund is intended to help artists who have been tested positive to the virus that requires intensive care.
CERF+ The Artists Safety Net https://cerfplus.org Provides assistance for artists who suffer an injury or event that renders them incapable of working in their artistic field.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Relief Grantshttps://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grants/emergency-grants This fund is intended for artists seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition due to COVID-19. They offer grants between $200 and $2500 and review applications once a month.
Behind The Scenes Grant https://wp.behindthescenescharity.org/who-is-eligible-for-a-grant/ They accept applications from anyone who has been hospitalized with Covid-19 and is in financial need. Must currently reside in the United States or Canada and have earned your living for at least five years in the entertainment technology industry. This means that your major source of income is from your work in this industry, which includes being directly involved with production: behind the scenes in any type of performance venue, or behind the camera, or on the road.
Kinkade Emergency Grant For Curators http://www.kinkadefamilyfoundation.org/emergencygrantforcurators The program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must have committed performance or exhibition opportunities and be able to provide a specific time window at the time of application. Applicants must be a curator or art historian with a track record of producing scholarly curatorial projects. Artists are not eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted until April 12, 2020.
Artist Relief Funds for Specific Geographic AreasIndy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. Site/Apply: https://indykeepscreating.org/apply/ The fund provides rapid-response $500 grants; can apply for a grant once every 30 days. Artists must work in at least one of the following disciplines: Music, Literature, Dance, Theater, Visual, and/or Media. They must also show loss of income due to canceled events, projects, and/or organization temporary closure. Applicants must live in Marion (Indianapolis) or one of the seven surrounding counties.
North Carolina Artist Relief Fund Site/Apply: https://vaeraleigh.org/artist-relief-fund The fund is dedicated to artists in North Carolina that have been impacted by COVID19.
Boston Artist Relief Fund https://cityofbostonartsandculture.submittable.com/submit/af2153eb-2d87-4e9d-9ebc-5861eb135999/boston-artist-relief-fund This fund will award grants of $500 and $1000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID19 DEADLINE: April 30, 2020
Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfv4AazvLFVUNAgXoxqBqfZ7jJVkrMroa-CET6Vt6XygR-CaQ/viewform?fbzx=-1350547368519960039 This emergency fund can provide up to $200 for people of color that are either working artist or art administration and are affected by COVID-19.
The Safety Net Fund https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1hohQ84yDYosDiN_Z6YuEJwYvzZzD1quJyIC6ip0iEc-Iog/viewform Non-profit designed to help support artists in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 crisis. Applicants must provide proof of an artistic endeavor in the last six months, cannot be eligible for unemployment insurance from the state, and must have earned less than $1,000 of income in the last 30 days.
Max’s Kansas City Project https://maxskansascity.org/emergency-grants/ It provides emergency funding and resources to professionals in the creative arts who live in New York state. Individuals who have made their living through their art form, either professionally or personally, and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid, or housing. The maximum grant is $1,000.
Artist Fellowship https://www.artistsfellowship.org/finacial-aid It 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.
For The People Artist Collective https://www.forthepeoplecollective.org/ The fund offers emergency microgrants of up to $500 to Illinois-based artists and freelancers of color whose income has been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is temporarily closed due to the high amount of requests. Yet, they are planning to reopen as soon as they get new funds.
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Emergency Fund https://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/programs/artist-services/emergency-fund The Emergency Fund for Artists will now provide up to $500 in assistance to artists experiencing loss of income due to the coronavirus outbreak. Artists must reside in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Erie Arts and Culture Fund https://www.erieartsandculture.org/programs-and-services/funding/emergency-financial-assistance-fund/ Creatives and cultural professionals, which includes artists of all disciplines, who have experienced a disruption to their income stream can request up to $500 in assistance. Artists must reside in the Erie region. Artists can apply more than one time.
Cambridge Artist Relief Fund http://cambridgecf.org/artist-relief-fund/ Grant sizes will range up to $1,000 and be provided on a first-come, first-served basis for as long as the fund can sustain requests. One-time relief to arts organizations and artists who live, work, create, and/or perform in Cambridge.
Crosshatch Artist Emergency Fund https://www.crosshatch.org/emergency Artists may apply once, with a maximum request of $500. These are emergency funds to be used for hardship. Artists must reside in the 5-county area of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau (Michigan) Apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9BXYWGW
Springboard Personal Emergency Relief Fund https://springboardforthearts.org/additional-resources/personal-emergency-relief-fund/ The fund is limited to artists residing in Minnesota. Artists can request up to $500 to compensate for canceled work that was scheduled and lost. At the moment they are prioritizing: artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, Native and/or People of Color; artists who live in rural communities; artists in the disability community, including immunocompromised artists; artists who identify as LGBTQIA+
Greater Columbus Arts Council Emergency Relief Grants https://www.gcac.org/press-release/greater-columbus-arts-council-announces-covid-19-emergency-relief-grants-for-artists/ Artists are eligible to request up to $1,000, with priority being given to those in need of shelter, food, and other essentials. The program is designed to assist artists of all disciplines living in Franklin County.
Artists’ Benevolence Fund https://sawdustartfestival.org/about/artists-benevolence-fund/ This fund is for any working artist in the city of Laguna Beach, CA. The maximum amount awarded is $1000. Apply: https://sawdustartfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-Benevolence-Fund-Application-MASTER.pdf
Imagine 2020 Artist Assistance Fund http://www.artsandvenuesdenver.com/about-imagine-2020/imagine-2020-artist-assistance-fund The fund supports individual artists who are experiencing immediate, unforeseen emergency needs due to COVID-19. They give up to $1,000 to individual artists who live in Denver, CO. The fund is temporarily closed while they process the first batch of applications, but they are planning to accept new ones soon.
Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists https://www.bouldercountyarts.org/thomas_fund_grant_guidelines Grants from this fund will be awarded to artists who live or work in Boulder County, CO and meet any one or more of these priority groups: artists with unforeseen needs due to special circumstances, Artists of Color, Artists with disabilities, Indigenous artists, New generation artists (18-30 years old). Grant awards will not exceed $3000
Greensboro Artist Relief Fund https://www.artsgreensboro.org/emergency-fund-artist-application/ For artists in need of support due to cancellations from the outbreak of COVID-19. Artists must reside in the Greater Greensboro area (NC). Funds distributed are directly correlated to dollars raised. Durham Artist Relief Fund: Site: https://www.northstardurham.com/artistrelief Apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdEJKTP91h5e7MuUITHj96J6eKWeZjgVLZjLG4Wp-WMhyQ4mg/viewform Fund for artists and arts presenters in Durham, NC who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19, with priority given to BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, and disabled artists.
New Orleans Business Alliance Fund: https://www.nolaba.org/relief-fund/ This fund provides up to $1000. Artists must show proof of residency in Orleans Parish, Louisiana + proof that ? 60% of income is generated via “gig-work” + demonstrated loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic + At or below 100% Annual Median Income (AMI) Guidelines.
Tamarack Emergency Relief Fund: https://tamarackfoundation.org/fund-your-ideas/emergency-relief-funds/ The foundation offers grants and bridge loans of up to $5,000 for artist businesses on a rolling basis to help with these events. These funds are available to artists juried into the Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia retail facility in Beckley, WV. Contact Executive Director Renee Margocee at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief summary of your situation to receive more information about obtaining funds.
Artist Relief Funds for Specific Geographic Areas Through GoFundMe Site: https://www.gofundme.com/mvc.php?route=homepage_norma/search&term=artist%20relief%20fund%20covid19 The site has several relief funds dedicated to specific areas/cities. The fundraisings are created by different organizations/people, not by GoFundMe. Below are a few that have raised the most:
Chicago Artists Relief Fund: The fund is dedicated to Chicago artists affected by the coronavirus. The fund is distributing money to the first applicants and will reopen the application process soon. Apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeI6qpAK__IsFww_3UlgS9NQPHE9efxxL1W2Mz7cUMdOvnekw/closedform
Seattle Artist Relief Fund: The fund is dedicated to artists who live in the greater Seattle area. Apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LHJNLQVNYC Low Income Artist/Freelancer Fund: Site/Apply: https://www.gofundme.com/f/nyc-lowincome-artistfreelancer-relief-fund Fund is in pause, but they are planning to reopen applications as soon as they get more funding. Finances
Small Business Administration: Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Site: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ Low interest loans up to 2 million to small businesses and nonprofit organizations. The form can be filled online. If needed assistance to fill out the form you can reach out to their customer service at 1-800-659-2955. Who is eligible: Businesses in the USA plus American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
IRS: Federal tax return filing has been extended to July 15, 2020. Page Link: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020 Extension may be available for state taxes depending on the state of residence. Link to State Tax agencies: https://www.taxadmin.org/state-tax-agenciesU.S. State Financial Assistance Some states are offering assistance for small businesses during the pandemic. The National Governors Association provides website, address, and phone for each of the states’ governors. U.S. Based Banks Offering Relief Assistance These are U.S. based large banks offering different kinds of financial assistance. Bank of America:https://about.bankofamerica.com/promo/assistance/latest-updates-from-bank-of-america-coronavirusChase:https://www.chase.com/digital/resources/coronavirus?jp_cmp=rb/CV/off/stayconnected/naCity Bank:https://online.citi.com/US/JRS/pands/detail.do?ID=covid19PNC Bank:https://www.pnc.com/en/customer-service/coronavirus-update.htmlFifth Third Bank:https://www.53.com/content/fifth-third/en/alerts/covid-support.htmlU.S Bank:https://www.usbank.com/splash/covid-19.htmlWells Fargo:https://newsroom.wf.com/press-release/corporate-and-financial/wells-fargo-announces-aid-customers-and-communities-impactedBack to Top
Sites Where You Can Sell Your Work Online Creators of all kinds are turning to stock marketplaces right now to find alternate ways to supplement their lost income. Etsy Site: https://www.etsy.com/sell Listings are active for 4 months or until they sell. Etsy charges a listing fee of $0.20 + 5% transaction fee and a $0.25 processing fee. Society6 Site: https://society6.com/sell-art To start selling on Society6 you need to create and verify your account (there’s a $1 fee) In most cases, artists earn 10% off the retail price. For art prints, framed art, and canvas you can set your own price. Saatchi Art Site: https://www.saatchiart.com/whysell It’s free to create an account. The company handles shipping (artists only pay for packaging). Artists receive 65% on every artwork sold. Non-exclusive policy, which means artists are allowed to sell artwork in other places. Art Pal Site: https://www.artpal.com/sellart/ This site sells all kinds of artwork. No membership free. No commission. Singulart Site: https://www.singulart.com/en/ Shipping, packaging and insurance costs are covered by Singulart. AdobeStock Site: http://adobestock.com/ Artists can make between 20% and 60% income from a sale. They have a non-exclusive policy, which means artists are allowed to sell artwork in other places. This platform allows to sell images, video, templates. Shutterstock Site: https://submit.shutterstock.com/ Artists can make between 20% and 30% income from a sale. This platform allows to sell images, video, templates. They have a non-exclusive policy as well. Alamy Site: https://www.alamy.com/contributor/ This site has fewer buyers, but it pays a higher commission (50% of each sale). They allow artists to sell images, videos, templates. Special for students: they’ll pay 100% of the money from any sales a student makes for two years from the signing up day. Patreon Site: https://www.patreon.com/ This is a subscription plan site. Fans pay their favorite creators a monthly amount of their choosing in exchange for exclusive artwork or a closer look into their creative journey.
Sell sites specific for photographers below:
Fotomoto Site: https://www.fotomoto.com/ This is not an online marketplace, but rather a widget that integrates with your website to help you sell photos online. Artists can choose to use a free plan or a paid plan (https://www.fotomoto.com/home/pricing). Like Etsy, Fotomoto allows artists to offer digital photos, photo prints and even canvases to your site visitors. And, Fotomoto handles the packaging of your material photos so you don’t have to. Photoshelter Site: https://support.photoshelter.com/hc/en-us/articles/203373610-Selling-Your-Work This is an online platform that allows you to sell and deliver prints. They offer a free trial and different plans after (https://www.photoshelter.com/signup/subscriber)500px Site: https://web.500px.com/licensing An online marketplace that helps you create a portfolio of your images and make money. If you give exclusive rights to 500px (meaning you can’t sell that photo anywhere else), you earn 60% of the sale. They offer both free account and membership (with perks like statistics) Tour Photos Site: https://tourphotos.com/price This site is perfect to sell travel photographs. They charge 19% commission of the sales + transaction fees ( they vary from 2,9% to 6% and come in addition. Maximum total charge is 25%)Back to TopOnline Courses / Webinars Organizations offering their professional education catalogs for free for limited periods of time to anyone in the creative community. PPA (Professional Photographers of America): Site: https://www.ppa.com/education-unlocked 1100+ courses free for two months Site: https://www.ppa.com/inittogether/resources Free webinars
Alliance of Artists Communities: Site: https://www.artistcommunities.org/emergency-relief-programs This organization offers support for artists by connecting them with our diverse network of residency programs across the country.
Freelance Artist Resource: Site: https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/ List of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
3 Arts Organization: Site: https://3arts.org/resources/funding/ List of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
ASAMP- American Society of Media Photographers: Site: https://www.asmp.org/asmp-covid-19-info-hub/ This organization is hosting Town Hall Meetings online to help the photographic community navigate the pandemic.
Arts in Education Roundtable (NYC) Site: https://vimeo.com/396735734 The organization hosted a virtual roundtable for arts administrators to share strategies to overcome this challenge.