Resources for Artists During the COVID-19 Crisis

April 1, 2020

This is a challenging time for many in our community, as artists and writers cope with cancelled work, lost income, and medical uncertainty. Yaddo has compiled the following list of online resources for artists affected by the pandemic, and will continue to expand the list in the coming weeks as opportunities become available.

(Updated 5/26/20)


General resource lists


The Actor’s Fund Resources list (for all arts and entertainment professionals)

Alliance of Artist Communities Emergency Relief Programs 

Americans for the Arts: Coronavirus Resource and Response Center

Artists At Risk Connection: COVID-19 Resources for Artists

Arts Education Partnership

Caffe Lena Resources for Musicians

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Creative Capital: List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

National Alliance for Musical Theater COVID-19 Resources

National Endowment for the Arts COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

New York Foundation for the Arts Emergency Service Directory, including Emergency Grants for Artists

Springboard for the Arts Coronavirus Resources for Artists, Creative Workers and Organizations

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts COVID-19 Resources

Women Arts Directory of Emergency Funds for Artists in All Disciplines


Specific grants


Anonymous Was a Woman Emergency Relief Grants, open to women-identifying visual artists over age 40 who have been impacted by COVID-19. Appy between April 6-8.

Artists’ Fellowship emergency aid for professional visual artists

Artist Relief grants: A coalition of national arts grantmakers will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.

Authors’ League Fund for emergency circumstances

Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Grants

Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund, for experimental artists who have been impacted by postponed or cancelled performances and exhibitions.

Jazz Foundation of America Musicians’ Emergency Fund

Max’s Kansas City Project Emergency Grants, for creative arts professionals in New York state.

Motion Picture & Television Fund COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

Musicians Foundation grants for medical and living expenses in emergencies 

PEN America: Writers’ Emergency Fund

The Photographer Fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants for unexpected medical emergencies; open to visual and media artists, and choreographers.

SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund

Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund for musicians and music industry workers

Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation COVID-19 Phase 2 Emergency Grants

Women Photograph COVID-19 Emergency Fund, apply by April 3; may be extended


Other useful information


HireArtists.org is a marketplace that creates new streams of income for artists by connecting them with the public for help with creative and non-creative tasks.

What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus 

Writing Contests, Grants and Awards database

and 

How freelancers can claim paid sick leave in a coronavirus emergency, via the Freelancers Union