Emergency Funding Support for Individual Artists

If you have links to articles, resources and other materials that you think may be useful to the arts and culture sector in Alaska as we navigate the current circumstances, please contact ASCA Community Arts Program Director Charlie Sears at charles(dot)sears(at)alaska.gov. Stay well, and we are grateful for all that you do! (lastest update: 4/1/2020 – Resources are ordered from newest to oldest)


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  • The Soze Agency – Artist + Activist Relief Fund This fund, created by The Soze Foundation, TaskForce, and Invisible Hand, supports artists + activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19. We have received 6,148 applications and have already distributed $90,000 in grants to over 250 artists + activists. We hope to support more applicants, but we need to raise more money. As we continue to raise money, unfortunately, we are not accepting any new applications. If you would like to join the waiting list, please feel to add your information. This fund is also accepting donations.  https://www.wearesoze.com/relief-fundThe
  • Haven Foundation The mission of The Haven Foundation is to offer interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises. The Foundation’s reach in the United States and its awards are granted with a view to helping individuals overcome temporary adversity and return to full-time work. Applications for the current round of grants must be received no later than July 17, 2020, for consideration. The Foundation considers the following media categories as part of the entertainment industry: books (including audiobooks), movies, music, theatre, dance, and television. The Haven Foundation is additionally providing cash infusions to other individual arts grant categories; listing found on their website.  http://www.thehavenfdn.org/application/
  • Freelancers Union – Freelancers Relief Fund – As shutdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus takes place across the U.S., independent workers face the greatest threat to their livelihoods in modern history. Freelancers work without traditional protections such as paid sick leave and unemployment insurance and are at a disproportionate risk of financial hardship in the best of times. At the same time, the makeup one-third of the U.S. workforce and contribute more than $1 trillion to the country’s GDP. The Freelancers Union is currently accepting donations to the Freelancers Relief Fund, with an application to open online by April 2, 2020.  https://www.freelancersunion.org/resources/freelancers-relief-fund/
  • Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) has partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to launch an emergency relief grant program to support artists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The program will distribute $250,000 in unrestricted grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to artists who have experienced financial hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a direct result of the crisis. As with AWAW’s annual award, the program is open to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and territories, and aims to address the unique challenges faced by artists in middle age or older, particularly at this critical time. Application available online April 6, 2020, closing on April 8, 2020. https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Anonymous-Was-A-Woman-Emergency-Relief-Grant

Performing Arts

  • Musicians Foundation – Emergency funding for Musicians—currently the foundation is experiencing high volumes of requests for funding and is working on a plan to address COVID-19 pandemic-related application volume. Check this site for updates.  http://www.musiciansfoundation.org/apply/
  • Recording Academy MusiCares – MusiCares may grant short-term financial assistance for personal or addiction needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances. Funding may be awarded for needs such as rent, car payments, insurance premiums, utilities, medical/dental expenses, psychotherapy, addiction treatment, sober living, and other personal expenses. https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help

Literary arts

  • American Society of Journalists and Authors – Writers Emergency Assistance Fund – The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund helps established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant. However, applicants must establish a record of past professional freelance nonfiction writing over a sustained period of years, which means qualifications generally similar to those of ASJA members. WEAF does not award grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects, nor does it fund works-in-progress of any kind. http://asja.org/For-Writers/WEAF
  • Carnegie Fund for AuthorsThe applicant must be an American author who has published at least one full-length work — fiction or nonfiction — that has been published by a mainstream publisher. Applicants cannot have eligibility determined by a work that they paid to have published. A work may have been published in eBook format only, or in hardcover or softcover format, or in more than one format. An applicant must demonstrate need; the emergency may be because of illness or some other urgent need such as fire, flood, hurricane, etc. https://www.carnegiefundforauthors.org/grant-eligibility
  • Authors League Fund – Since 1917, the Authors League Fund has helped professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune. https://authorsleaguefund.org/
  • Writers’ Emergency Fund – The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is a small grants program for professional—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis. https://pen.org/writers-emergency-fund/

Media Arts + Craft + Visual Arts

  • Format – The Photographer Fund – The world is currently unpredictable and full of uncertainty—something the photography community is used to. Thanks to the level of ambiguity they deal with, that same community is resilient and creative in the face of a challenge. Format created the Photographer Fund to honor that hustle and help independent photographers who are facing unprecedented financial hardships in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak stay on their feet. https://www.format.com/photographer-fund
  • Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation – The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. https://www.gottliebfoundation.org/emergency-grant
  • The Artists’ Fellowship  – The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. https://www.artistsfellowship.org/finacial-aid