COVID-19 Artist Resources
We recognize there is a lot of anxiety and fear arising during this unprecedented time in which our community, government, and public health officials are taking aggressive steps to decrease exposure to COVID-19. While the need for social distancing to help increase our healthcare system’s capacity is clear, the burden it places on students, artists, and researchers is a very real concern. As a community of innovators and creators, we are used to rallying together to help each other find solutions and new ways of doing. Moving forward, our office will continue to support TCR-funded projects to the best of our ability.
Below is a list of artist resources available to provide help during this trying time. Keep an eye on this list as well as our social media for updates as more resources become available.
Last updated: April 2020
Open to All NYU Students
Undergraduate and graduate students can apply for support due to hardships you might be experiencing as a result of COVID-19 such as, unexpected expense of travel home, loss of income, and other expenses associated with inaccessibility of university facilities and services.
$5,000 Grants to Artists Facing Dire Financial Emergencies
A coalition of national arts grantmakers, consisting of Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists, announces the launch of Artist Relief, which will provide rapid, unrestricted $5,000 relief grants to assist artists.
Actos de Confianza: NALAC Micro-Grants
NALAC has created the Actos de Confianza micro-grant initiative to support artists and arts administrators whose work has been adversely impacted by COVID-19. They will be making $500 micro-grants to provide individuals with short-term emergency financial assistance. The deadline for application is April 16th, 2020 at 4:00PM Central Time.
The Photographer Fund
A $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19. If you’re a photographer facing financial difficulties, this fund is for you. Format created the Photographer Fund to honour that hustle and help independent photographers who are facing unprecedented financial hardships in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak stay on their feet.
Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund
Dance/NYC invites metropolitan New York City area freelance dance workers and dance making organizations to submit applications for awards through the Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund. The Fund will prioritize supporting communities most impacted by COVID-19 including African, Latina/o/x, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA), disabled, immigrant, and women-identifying artists, as well as those at high risk including elderly and immunosuppressed artists.
Resources for Students Who Are Undocumented or Have Family Members Who Are Undocumented
BMFS Foundation has established a fund to aide undocumented students and students with undocumented family members who have been effected by the COVID-19 crisis. They have also compiled a list of legal, financial, medical, food, and mutual aid resources available to undocumented people and their families nationwide and by state.
Recap of CARES Stimulus Bill and Artist Impact Survey
APAP has put together a helpful recap of Congress’ latest stimulus bill, the CARES act, outlining pieces meant to help small business, freelancers and nonprofit organizations. Additionally they’ve created a COVID-19 artist impact survey to gauge how these unprecedented circumstances are affecting our community.
Emergency Relief Grant
Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) and New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) have partnered to launch an emergency relief grant program to support women-identifying artists over the age of 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and work in Digital/New Media, Drawing, Film/Video, Installation, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture.
List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Creative Capital has been advising, funding, and supporting artists for over 20 years. They’ve assembled a list of grants, funds, and tutorials to help artists through this time.
Here you’ll find an aggregated list of resources assembled by and for the freelance artist community. It includes funding opportunities, temporary remote job opportunities, international resources, and general preparedness tips.
Resource Mega List
This list includes resources for creatives, freelance artists, and small business. It includes location specific initiatives.
Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
This application is for BIPOC artists or arts administrators who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19. At this time, the emergency fund is only for arts leaders of color based in the United States. You can also donate to this fund here.
Resource and Response Center
Americans for the Arts assembled a collection of articles, webinars, and funding links. You’ll also find a link to an impact survey that will collate data to help gauge the economic impact this crisis is having on the arts community.
NYFA's Emergency Resources Directory is a centralized source of information for artists throughout the United States and its territories. Artists who experience personal hardship or who are impacted by a large-scale disaster, or who need funding for a last-minute opportunity can find critical resources here.
Artists Thr!ve has put together a compilation of resources, tools and opportunities to provide artists and those who work with artists support to be able to thrive in the wake of these challenging circumstances.
Social Services and Financial Assistance
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization for the entire entertainment community. They provide a variety of services including emergency financial assistance, disability, health care and insurance counseling.
Additionally, we understand that many students and artists subsidize their income in industries that may also be affected by the measures being put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are some general resources that may be of assistance.
- Access NYC
- Filing for Unemployment in New York
- Food Help: Emergency Access to Food in NYC
- Emergency Funding for Hourly Workers
- Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
- Another Round Another Rally: Relief Grants for Hospitality Workers
- Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund
- NYC Financial Assistance for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
- Federal Student Loan Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents