Last updated: 10:17am, April 3, 2020

Below you will find a collection of resources that may be relevant to you and/or the artists, arts professionals, and organizations with whom you work. We will continue to update this page for as long as it may be useful.

Arizona Together

The State of Arizona is committed to making sure Arizonans have access to the resources they need as we work to get our state through the COVID-19 outbreak. A comprehensive resource for individuals, businesses and volunteers.

Arizona Commerce Authority

Business financial support resources from the Arizona Commerce Authority.

Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)

Latest Arizona-specific information and recommendations about COVID-19, including public resourcesFAQsschools and universities.

CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds

Resource from the Independent Sector for individuals, small nonprofit and large nonprofits.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Latest national information about COVID-19 and Information for communities, schools, and businesses, including: resources for large community events & mass gatherings and resources for businesses and employers.

National Arts & Culture Updates

International Arts Sector Impact

Emergency Resources for Organizations

  • ActOne: programs providing arts experiences through field trips for students from Title 1 schools and the Act One Culture Pass. Status about COVID-19 and field trip cancellations.
  • American Alliance of Museums: COVID-19 Resources & Information for the Museum Field.
  • Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits: news and resources for Arizona nonprofits.
  • Alliance of Artists Communities: Preparedness for Residencies Resources + Approaches.
  • ArtPlace: resources to start to help mitigate/navigate the effects of the virus (whether it be financial, health, etc) going forward.
  • Arts Administrators of Color Network: Our Response to COVID-19.
  • Arts Administrators of Color Network: AACN Facebook online discussion group.
  • ArtsReady: the emergency preparedness service has assembled resources specific to arts organizations.
  • Brian D. Bumby/GG Arts Law: offers legal guidance (not legal advice!) on issues including cancellations, Force Majeure, and travel restrictions.
  • City of Flagstaff: a list of resources, including the Arts and Culture Sector. The City of Flagstaff Economic Development Offices are a city resource and connection to information and programs to assist arts, culture, and community science organizations to adjust and navigate these changing conditions of COVID-19. Contact Eliza Kretzmann at [email protected] or 928-213-2969 (please leave a voicemail to receive a callback) for more information.
  • Common Field: COVID-19 resources for the artist organization field.
  • EMCarts Online Support for Arts Leaders and Teams:EmcArts’ new online services offer personal reinforcement for your role as a leader, and support for your team or organization to move forward in complexity and confusion. Our process facilitators are deeply engaged friends and colleagues, mentors, coaches and sounding-boards to support your work and your health wherever you are now. Through weekly online articles, virtual “office hours,” weekly online sessions, and facilitated network-building, we hope to provide you with the tools you need. Contact us at [email protected].
  • Event Safety Alliance is making several key resources available for free or at reduced cost, including the Event Safety Guide, and Event Safety Access core safety training.
  • Latinx Artists & Cultural Workers: NALAC Facebook online discussion group.
  • League of American Orchestras has gathered resources for orchestras, including guidance on international travel and communicating during a time of crisis.
  • Performing Arts Readiness supports a variety of programs to increase the knowledge and ability of performing arts organizations to create and execute emergency recovery plans.
  • Rapid Response: Racism is a Virus Too: The Nellie Mae Education Foundation created this fund to respond to the hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities resulting from COVID-19. The Foundation has allocated grant funds to support Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that provide services for AAPI communities. Download the RFP here.
  • Springboard for the Arts: Helpful tips and advice on Principles for Ethical Cancellation.

Emergency Funding for Organizations

Webinars/Articles for Organizations


Resources for Artists

  • Arizona Department of Education (ADE): The Title IV-A page of ADE’s website now includes online learning and enrichment resources specifically for arts education.
  • Alliance of Artists Communities: offers a list of emergency relief programs.
  • Alliance of Artists Communities: COVID-19 approaches to residencies online share-out.
  • Arts Administrators of Color Network: AACN Facebook online discussion group.
  • Arts Education Partnerhip (AEP): resource page focused on teaching artists and arts educators.
  • Billboard: helping music professionals and their loved ones navigate the crisis with compiled a list of resources at both the national and state levels, including more than four dozen relief funds.
  • CERF+: provides education programs, advocacy, network building, and emergency relief for artists, offers Coronavirus: Protect Yourself and Your Career.
  • Creative Capital: continually updating their list of resources for artists including emergency grants and guides for web-conferencing and livestreaming events.
  • Creative Capital: virtual workshops for artists.
  • Forcast: the resources page offers a variety of access points to explore the field of public art.
  • Freelance Artists Resources: offers an ever-growing, crowdsourced list of resources for freelance artists, including emergency funding opportunities, mental health resources, and online meeting platforms.
  • HowlRound TV: provides a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world’s performing arts and cultural fields.
  • Latinx Artists & Cultural Workers: NALAC Facebook online discussion group.
  • Maricopa Community College Internet Services – The FCC has an agreement stating that providers will open hot-spots and provide other services for increased accessibility to the internet. MCC has aggregated internet services and access resources.
  • Milkweed Arts: offering purchased art supplies with free contactless doorstep delivery; free contactless pickup/delivery of projects fired in the studio. For Maricopa County artists, call 602-341-6580.
  • National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER): a voluntary task force of national, regional, state, and local arts organizations, public agencies, and foundations, NCAPER helps ensure that artists, arts/cultural organizations, cultural funders, and arts businesses have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies affecting the arts and culture sector.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA): offers a list of emergency relief resources.
  • North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA): provides COVID-19 information particular to performing artists, agents and managers,  including information related to airfare refund and/or cancellation policies, emergency fund and relief programs, sample communications, and more.
  • StartUp Artfair: Art World Insights is a weekly, curated selection of articles of interest to artists and collectors.
  • Statera: offers an Emergency Response Directory for artists during COVID-19 that covers topics such as advocacy, social justice action, travel/visa information, funding, best practices for online teaching/learning/gathering, etc.
  • “Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak,” originally created by Dr. Daphnie Sicre of Loyola University, provides practical advise and resources to help theatre and/or dance teaching artists to move their classes online.

Emergency Funds for Artists

  • Actors Fund: fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan.
  • Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant: intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.
  • American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund: provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need.
  • American Society of Journalists & Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund: helping established freelance writers across the country who, because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis, are unable to work.
  • Artist Relief Tree: collecting donations intended to support artists – particularly freelance artists.
  • Artists’ Charitable Fund: assists American artists living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical/dental/eye-care bills.
  • Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.: provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.
  • Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund providing $200 Emergency Funds intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Authors League Fund helps professional writers in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses.
  • Blues Foundation: special fund provides immediate resources to full-time blues musicians whose revenue streams have been severely diminished by the current coronavirus pandemic.
  • CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds: Resource from the Independent Sector for individuals, small nonprofit and large nonprofits.
  • Carnegie Fund for Authors: Emergency assistance to needy writers who have commercially published at least one book of reasonable length which has received reader acceptance.  (516) 877-2141
  • Change Inc.: provides one-time emergency grants up to $1000 to artists of any discipline. (212) 473-3742
  • Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+): provides rapid relief and career recovery loans through their own grants (for artists working in craft disciplines) as well as a list of emergency resources for artists in other disciplines.
  • Creator Fund: organized by ConvertKit, this fund helps creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Disabled Creator and Activist Pandemic Relief: volunteers are currently collecting information for this fund aimed at giving aid to disabled creators and artists who’ve lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF): Emergency grants for writers.
  • Emergency Grant for Curators: administered by the Kinkade Family Foundation, this grant is intended for curators who have a venue secured for a project and are greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund: for musicians who have lost income from gigs cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant: provide urgent funding ($500-$2,500) for visual and performing artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.
  • Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program: provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.
  • Jazz Foundation of America: a musician’s emergency fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief, and direct financial support in times of crisis.
  • Joan Mitchell Foundation: provides emergency support to US-based visual artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or man-made disasters that have affected their community.
  • MusiCares – Short-term financial assistance for musicians from the GRAMMYS.
  • Mayer Foundation: economic relief to needy artists who are distressed or suffering from poverty, low income or lack of financial resources.
  • Musician’s Foundation Grants typically range in amount from approximately $500-$3,000. All professional musicians, regardless of their genre or instrument, can apply for themselves or a family member. You must be a musician in a time of serious need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.
  • New Music Solidarity Fund: is designed to help new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts (FYFA): has partnered with Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) to launch an emergency relief grant program to support women-identifying visual artists over 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Closes April 8, 2020.
  • PEN American Writers’ Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.
  • Pillars | Relief Fund for Muslim Artists & Activists: emergency grants of $500 for individual artists and activists who identify as Muslim and who are in the United States.
  • Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund: this fund is to help at least 100 queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by the current COVID-19.
  • Rauschenberg Emergency Grants: beginning in May 2020, in partnership with New York Foundation for the Arts, this national program will provide visual and media artists and choreographers with one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies.
  • The Rhythm and Blues Foundation: provides emergency financial assistance and career recognition awards to artists and practitioners of rhythm and blues music who worked and/or recorded rhythm and blues music in the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s.
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America: offers interest-free loans to members facing unexpected medical expenses.
  • Society of Singers Financial Aid: helps singers meet financial needs resulting from crises or other circumstances. Charitable grants may be provided toward basic necessities of life such as food, shelter, utilities, transportation, and medical/dental expenses.
  • Springboard for the Arts/Personal Emergency Relief Fund: Springboard has expanded the guidelines of their PERF to include lost income due to the cancelation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to COVID-19 precautionary measures.
  • Sustainable Arts Foundation: supporting artists and writers with children.
  • Sweet Relief: created a donor-directed fund with a limited amount of support to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the coronavirus.
  • The Dancers Fund: provides financial assistance to dance professionals dealing with critical health issues creating a significant financial, emergency, or catastrophic hardship.
  • The Haven Foundation: provides financial assistance to artists who have a health crisis; grants are one-year, and the financial amount provided is to the discretion of the Foundation.
  • Tucson Musicians Go Fund Me COVID19 Relief: Benjamin Nisbet of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra has created a campaign to support his fellow working musicians in Tucson who will be greatly impacted by this quarantine.
  • Women and Hollywood Amplify Filmmakers: If your project has been affected by the cancellation of SXSW or another festival or event, and you doing something else to recoup the costs or attend another event down the road, Women and Hollywood wants to help you amplify your campaign.
  • Women Photograph: an initiative that launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of women* visual journalists, inclusive of a plurality of femme voices including trans, queer and non-binary people. Offering emergency grants.

Webinars/Articles for Artists

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