Last update: April 29, 2020

The Emergency Relief Fund for Artists and Arts Professionals application portal is now closed.

In the event this opportunity reopens for applications, information will be posted on this page.

Updates & Announcements

April 29, 2020: Arizona artists and arts professionals to receive $171,830 in emergency relief

April 22, 2020: Added FAQ

April 4, 2020: Update on Emergency Relief Fund Grants

April 2, 2020: Emergency Relief for Artists, Urgent Info for Organizations

March 31, 2020: Announcing Emergency Relief Grants for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals

Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals

A collaborative fund for emergency support for working artists, teaching artists, production personnel, and arts-based contract workers who have experienced cancelled events and residencies or terminated contracts as a result of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis.


  • Open to individual residents of Arizona who are 18 years of age or older whose primary source of income is related to artistic production, teaching artist residencies, arts and cultural events, or contract work with nonprofit arts organizations.
  • Applicants may only submit one application but may include multiple gigs/jobs/contracts in one application.
  • Events, residencies, or contracts for which an individual is claiming lost income must have been scheduled to take place March 1, 2020, or later. Due to need and anticipated demand, funds can only be applied to gigs/jobs/contracts that have been outright cancelled or terminated as opposed to postponed.
  • Full-time educators and faculty at colleges or universities are not eligible to apply for this particular opportunity.

  • Applicant contact information.
  • Artistic discipline or area of arts-based work; information about other source(s) of income.
  • One of the following: link to professional information, brief bio, uploaded resume or CV.
  • Amount requested, between $500 and $1,500.
  • Brief description of each cancelled gig/job/contract, i.e., what it was, when it was scheduled to take place, when it was cancelled, and how much income you lost as a result of the cancelled event, residency, or terminated contract.
  • Uploaded documentation of the cancelled event, residency, or terminated contract as a result of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis. Documentation can include copies of emails, contracts, invoices, notification of cancellation, et cetera.
  • Demographic information. This information will be used for internal purposes; individuals’ information will not be disaggregated or made public in any way.

The purpose of the application is to verify that the cancelled event, residency, or terminated contract meets the fund guidelines and to collect information needed to process the request. In this way, the Emergency Relief Fund is unlike some other grant programs where individuals are asked to “make the best case” for funding. Please do not feel you have to persuade. The simpler, the better.

When you’re ready, click on the “Apply Now” below.* This will take you to the Submittable platform. Submittable is an online submissions platform that is cloud-based and can be accessed on most computers and mobile devices.

Applications will be accepted until available funding has been expended.

Application portal is temporarily closed due to volume of submissions

The Emergency Relief Fund for Artists and Arts Professionals application portal closed, effective 6pm, April 4, 2020.

More than 500 applications were submitted in under 8 hours.

The fund’s partners understand the need is great and do not want artists and arts professionals spending their labor assembling requests when support is already under such significant pressure.

We are committed to you and know the value of your skills and talents, especially at this most challenging time—which is why we will continue leveraging our platforms and engaging our networks to raise relief support and increase this fund.

In the event this opportunity reopens for applications, information will be posted on this page.

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Applications are reviewed internally by the fund’s partner institutions, with a goal of notifying applicants of their status within two weeks of submission.

Please note: Individuals selected to receive relief grants are asked to complete a State of Arizona Substitute W9 as a standard step in the State of Arizona’s payment process. In some limited circumstances, recipients may be required to claim grant funding as taxable income depending on individual income and filing status, and should consult a tax expert with any specific questions.

Arizona’s artists and creatives are facing unprecedented loss of income due to the widespread cancellation of events, residencies, and production contracts as a consequence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We believe that the creative contributions of artists and arts professionals are essential in this moment, given their distinctive capacities to uplift, connect, invent, and inspire. Further, their skills will be vital as we navigate a future recovery.

As part of broader crisis response strategies, Arizona arts funders and service organizations set up a collaborative fund to provide emergency relief grants of $500-$1,500 to Arizona artists and arts professionals. We acknowledge that grants of this size are unlikely to cover the full scope of an individual’s lost income but hope the funds can provide some measure of relief.

The fund was initially seeded with $130,000 from the Arizona Community Foundation and another $25,000 from other partners, with the submission process managed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Other generous fund partners include Artlink Inc., the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, and the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

The fund is collaborative in nature, meaning that other individuals and organizations are invited to join in the effort and contribute to the fund at Based on the experiences of other communities with similar funds, it is anticipated that applications will significantly outpace initially-available funds.

ERF Grant Frequently Asked Questions

How are applications selected for funding?

Arizona’s artists and creatives are facing unprecedented loss of income due to the widespread cancellation of events, residencies, and production contracts as a consequence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The selection process for the Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals (ERF) presupposes value and need as fundamental conditions and does not rank applications according to subjective merit or persuasiveness.

Applications are reviewed for eligibility and completeness, then considered through the dual lens of racial equity and geographic parity in accordance with the funders’ stated commitment for the fund. Following that review and consideration, applications are entered into a process for randomized selection.

How are award amounts determined?

For the initial batch of relief grants announced 04/22/2020, because the volume of applications significantly outpaced available funds, relief grant amounts were capped at $750 in order to provide some measure of relief to as many artists and creatives as possible. In situations where an applicant requested less than $750, they were awarded that amount with $500 as a minimum. For future rounds of relief grants and depending on available funding, this approach may again be applied.

Will the fund open for applications again?

It is unclear at this time. The ERF funding partners are committed to continuing fundraising efforts, in the hopes we can provide additional relief support to artists and creatives. The outcome of those efforts will determine whether the fund partners will a) award additional relief grants to individuals within the initial applicant cohort who did not receive support in the first round, or b) choose to reopen the opportunity to the public.

How long will the fundraising effort last?

We imagine ERF fundraising efforts will continue until early June 2020. At that time, the fund may continue, close, pivot, or refocus on a subset of artists and creatives.

Can I support Emergency Relief Fund for Artists and Arts Professionals? If so, are donations tax-deductible?

Yes, you can join the relief effort for artists and arts professionals by donating to the collaborative fund held by the Arizona Community Foundation (EIN: 86-0348306). Donations are tax-deductible.

Donations can be made via online at

Donations can also be mailed to: Arizona Community Foundation, 2201 East Camelback Road, Suite 405B, Phoenix, AZ 85016. Checks must indicate that funds should be deposited to the AZ Covid-19 Community Response Fund for AZ Artists and Arts Professionals.

Will all of the money donated go to artists?

Yes. Other than a small credit card processing fee for online donations, 100% of funds raised will be delivered as relief grants for Arizona artists and creatives affected by loss of income due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Funding partners and commitment

This fund’s partner institutions are united in their commitment to a just and equitable distribution of opportunities and resources, public and philanthropic.

We also know that significant crises, and responses to those crises, can preserve and exacerbate systemic inequities. So as an extension of our collective commitment, we will consider racial equity and geographic parity as part of our decision-making, and will work with existing networks and community leaders to expand the reach of this relief opportunity to a broad, diverse universe of artists and arts professionals.









For questions and application assistance, contact Alex Nelson, Deputy Director at [email protected]. For assistance with Submittable, contact Bethanne Abramovich, Digital Operations Manager at [email protected]. Please be aware that staff are working remotely, primarily between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday-Friday.

Find additional resources, updated regularly, on the Arizona Commission on the Arts website at