Direct Relief Opportunities for LA-based artists

Crenshaw Dairy Mart Open Call – Artist Relief Fund

The Crenshaw Dairy Mart has teamed up with Justice LA, For Freedoms and Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) for a one-time artists’ relief fund in support of artists struggling from COVID-19 derived economic hardship.

This open call asks artists to respond to the prompt “Care not cages” with artwork generated through any medium.

By submitting to the care not cages open call, artists consent for submitted artwork to be featured on The Crenshaw Dairy Mart, Justice LA, For Freedoms and Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)’s media channels.

This is an unrestricted cash prize which will be juried by The Crenshaw Dairy Mart, Justice LA, For Freedoms and Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB).

1st Award: $1,500
2nd Award: $1,000
3rd Award: $500

Deadline is May 1st.

Desert X Artist Relief Fund

The Desert X Artist Relief Fund, funded by the Desert X Board of Directors and the Desert X team, will distribute emergency grants to visual artists living and working in Southern California, including the Coachella Valley and desert environs, who have been directly impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

One-time unrestricted cash grants of $1,000 will be administered on a rolling basis until the fund is complete.

  • Applicant must provide a CV and examples of their sustained commitment to their artistic career, including exhibition history and art education. Visual artists working in all mediums are eligible.

  • Applicant must provide verification of current residence in Southern California*.

  • Applicant must demonstrate direct financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, i.e. an exhibition or commercial opportunity cancelled, supplemental income to support artistic practice ceased, etc.

  • Applicant must be 21 years of age or older.

  • Applicant must be able to receive taxable income in the United States and California.

  • Applicant may not be a current or former artist, employee, contractor, partner, or family member of Desert X.

DCA COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund – Round One, for Performing artists and ensembles in dance, music, or theater

This program provides emergency relief grants to City of Los Angeles-based dance, music, and theatre artists, as well as small ensembles who have had their public performances, shows, or concerts cancelled. Solo artists are eligible for up to $400 and ensembles up to $1,200 to cover losses in time and/or materials that were committed toward events, which were to have taken place at a venue within the City of Los Angeles and were to be open to the general public. Eligible events should have been publicly advertised and scheduled to take between March 16, 2020 and May 16, 2020, AND must have been cancelled (or postponed to after August 30, 2020).

Given the modest amount of monies available in Round One of this Fund, artists who were scheduled to perform pieces within a festival, teach private solo or group lessons, or perform at a private function for an invite-only audience are not eligible; instead, Round One focuses on artists and groups who were headlining an entire public event/evening.

DCA will accept applications until approximately 450 eligible applications are received or until 11:59 PM, Friday, May 1, 2020, whichever comes first.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

For artists that have a working studio and employ at least 2 employees, Facebook has announced a $100 million cash grant program.

Center for Cultural Innovation Relief Fund for L.A. County Artists

California Community Foundation (CCF) together with the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Sam Francis Foundation, and the Shepard and Amanda Fairey Foundation, have launched the Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists, a collaborative effort to support the region’s visual artists who are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) is administering this Fund. The Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists is distributing $655,000 to help the region’s visual artists who represent the various and diverse communities of Los Angeles County. Applications will be accepted from May 4 at 9am PDT until May 25 at 5pm PDT.

  • Must be a full-time resident of Los Angeles County for at least 5 years 
  • Must not be a currently enrolled student
  • Must not be eligible for or currently receiving unemployment benefits (applicants can be receiving CARES benefits)
  • Cannot have a conflict of interest (family or financial relationships) with board, staff, and directors of CCI and Fund funders.