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.

National Direct Relief Opportunities for Artists

This is a great spreadsheet of many national and regional opportunities for Direct Relief (aka grants) available for artists:

Coronavirus 2020 Artist Relief Funds 

Below you will find a list of available national funds for artists. We will do our best to update deadlines and eligibility as it becomes available.

Artist Relief

Weekly, rolling deadline providing $5,000 unrestricted support for artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. To be eligible for a relief grant, applicants must be: Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience; Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic; 21 years of age or older; Able to receive taxable income in the U.S. (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN); Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years; Not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners; Not previously awarded a relief grant from this fund. After review, qualifying applications will be selected via a lottery process for funding each week. Artists who do not receive funding are invited to re-apply each month. Cycle I: April 8 – April 23; Cycle II: April 24 – May 21; Cycle III: May 22 – June 18; June 19 – July 23; Cycle V: July 24 – August 20 (all cycles close 11:59pm ET). Each cycle, all non-funded applications will be removed from our system so that artists can reapply the following round. Artist Relief is organized by the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists with support from a number of national foundations. 

The Artists’ Fellowship

Limited financial aid is intended for artists and their dependent families who are in need of assistance due to sickness or distress caused by unfortunate circumstances. Requests for educational or working grants are not eligible, nor do we award scholarship funds or “fellowships” for study, projects, art supplies, schooling, travel, or exhibitions. Awards are made on a monthly basis. From September to June, the Board of Trustees reviews all applications to determine if they have been properly submitted and if they are eligible.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the month. Unclear how much amounts are. 

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

One-time $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic. Eligibility Requirements: In accordance with our mission, FCA will continue to focus its support on artists making work of a contemporary, experimental nature. If you are unsure about whether your work is experimental, you can see other artists we have supported on our Instagram and our website. Relief will be provided to artists who can demonstrate that they have had an engagement canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applicants must be individual artists, or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group. Curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations, or arts presenters are not eligible to apply. 

Currently, this fund cannot support performers, ensemble members, or designers who were working on a project that was canceled; we recognize the vital contributions that performers, artist assistants, designers, and others make to the field and have listed other resources that offer more targeted support to those artists below.

Applicants must be living in the United States or U.S. territories and have a U.S. Tax ID Number (SSN, EIN, ITIN, or other)

For the purpose of providing COVID-19 relief, we are temporarily suspending the three year waiting period between grants. If you have received a grant from the Foundation in the past three years you may apply for COVID-19 relief.


We will be giving a weekly $500 grant to an artist with financial need whose main source of income has been affected by COVID-19 shutdowns. We are committing to offering this grant through the week of 5/14 and for as long as we are able to after that.

CERF+ Emergency Assistance

CERF+ emergency assistance is available to established artists working in a craft discipline that meet the following eligibility requirements. In light of the anticipated volume of requests for assistance, for the time-being, CERF+ ‘s emergency relief grants related to Covid-19 will focus on those infected with the virus that require intensive medical care.

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. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. The program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. The maximum amount of this grant is $15,000; an award of $5,000 is typical. To be eligible for this program, an artist must be able to demonstrate a minimum involvement of ten years in a mature phase of his or her work. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture or printmaking. Each application will be reviewed by the Directors, who will exercise their discretion in considering it, and will determine the amount of each award. Applicants should note there is a set amount appropriated for these grants each fiscal year; once this budgetary limit has been reached, the Foundation will not be able to judge any additional requests on their merits. There are no deadlines. 


New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to partner with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new emergency grant program called Rauschenberg Emergency Grants. This marks the first phase of a program that will be in the tradition of Change, Inc., a non-profit foundation established in 1970 by Robert Rauschenberg to assist professional artists of all disciplines in need of emergency medical aid.

Artist Relief Project

Eligibility: Any artist in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations and closures may apply for assistance. Stipends and support will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the only limitation being how much money we are able to raise. The only requirements are (1) you demonstrate you’re an artist by sharing your resume and website, where applicable, and (2) you share this fundraiser with your own networks and provide a screenshot of that activity. Unclear how much funding amounts are. 

The Creator Fund

ConvertKit has established a $50,000 fund to help creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read details below and then submit your information if you are in need.

The Soze Foundation

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.

PEN America’s Writers Emergency Fund

PEN America will distribute grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. We have developed a new streamlined process for the duration of this crisis, and expect to be able to review and respond to applications within 14 days. To be eligible, applicants must be based in the United States, be a professional writer, and be able to demonstrate that this one-time grant will be meaningful in helping them to address an emergency situation. The fund is limited, and not every application can be supported. Deadline: 4/20.  

The Artists’ Fellowship Financial Aid

The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. At this time, we are temporarily limiting relief and assistance applications to those qualified applicants who are dealing with immediate MEDICAL emergencies and their aftermaths. Meeting monthly from September to June, the Board of Trustees reviews all applications to determine if they have been properly submitted and if they are eligible.  Applicants are encouraged to do this early in the month. The Board does not meet in July and August.

Twenty Summers Emergency Arts Fund

TWENTY SUMMERS is dedicated in engaging with leading and emerging artists and cultural figures while fostering the creation of new work. Though our mission has typically been achieved through distinctive programs at the infamous Hawthorne Barn — where Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Tennessee Williams and other icons once created or presented new work — we know that drastic times call for drastic measures, and sometimes new initiatives as well.

That is why Twenty Summers is launching an Emergency Arts Fund (EAF) for artists and arts organizations facing unmanageable financial loss as a result of the Coronavirus. EAF is the first nationwide initiative that supports both artists and arts organizations, gives artists a chance to promote their work from home, and stimulates and connects art-lovers during a time of social isolation. 


Ways to Support LA Artists

If you are able right now, we highly encourage anyone to support the organizations, museums, galleries and artists that they already have relationships with. Check in with them and ask how you can help most. For most organizations that means making direct, unrestricted gifts. Join as a member! Buy art! Know that however you support you are investing in the future of this community.

In addition, here are some fundraising efforts that are worthy of supporting:

Support ongoing $5,000 relief grants for artists across the country.

LA Art Workers Relief Fund

A coalition of LA-based art workers has created this fund which will award $1,000 to local art workers.

Women’s Center for Creative Work Emergency Health Grants for Artists

Only fund in LA of its kind that provides $1,000 grants for female-identifying, trans or nonbinary artists. They quickly reached capacity with the funding they had and are looking to raise additional funds to reissue more grants.

Mayors Fund LA 


Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts calls on our nation’s public and private sector grantmakers and individual philanthropists in the arts to help respond to the impact of COVID-19 on the infrastructure of our nonprofit cultural organizations and artists.

Article: Funder? Here are 7 things you can do to support your arts community, March 18, 2020. Americans for the Arts.



COVID-19 Resources for Arts Nonprofits and Arts Workers

Center for Nonprofit Management COVID-19 Resource Center

Includes webinars on how to navigate relief options, grant opportunities, planning and HR resources


Center for Nonprofit Management

As we get information you can trust, we will update this page with opportunities and information that keep emerging regarding government funding, employee assistance, pooled funding through local funder collaboratives, and strategies for leading your organization over the next several months. Updated daily. 


Nonprofit Finance Fund

Information for the national support of nonprofits. These resources include insights into maintaining stability as well as financial relief for nonprofits during these trying times. Updated often.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund


LA Art Workers Relief Fund

Compilations of COVID-19 Resources for Artists

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists

 This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.


Los Angeles County Arts & Culture 

The Department of Arts and Culture is continuing to support LA County’s Arts and Culture community in any way we can. Find a multitude of resources below from a variety of sources including LA County officials, local municipal arts and culture agencies, and state and federal agencies. Also find resources for nonprofit organizations, funders, and freelance artists.


DCA Arts Resources During COVID-19

List compiled by the LA City Department of Cultural Affairs, continuing to empower LA’s vast arts community. 


California for the Arts

COVID-19 resources compiled by California for the Arts including letters, petitions, surveys, and information on government subsidized aid. 


Creative Capital

Includes local and national grants and other resources 


Artists Fellowship

Compilation of emergency aid resources for artists


Women in Sound 

An ongoing list of free and discounted educational resources, software licenses, webinars, online courses, and enjoyable media for these uncertain times.


LA County Arts

As information about the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the Department of Arts and Culture is continuing to support LA County’s Arts and Culture community in any way we can. Find a multitude of resources below from a variety of sources including LA County officials, local municipal arts and culture agencies, and state and federal agencies. Also find resources for nonprofit organizations, funders, and freelance artists.


California for the Arts

Information about the CARES act, letters, petitions, and surveys, and the latest news on artist grants and support for artists in California.  



A Daily Report on How COVID-19 Is Impacting the Art World As international governments take increased precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus, museums, fairs, and festivals are facing closures and delays.


Authority Collective 

Authority Collective is organizing mutual aid to connect donors with artists and journalists who need it. This compilation highlights resources for freelance creators of color. Updated on April 8th.  


Cultured Mag

In our continued support of the community that helps make CULTURED what it is, we’ve compiled a list of emergency grants and funds for artists, activists and freelancers of all stripes—often those who make their own hours are facing a one-two punch of no work and no fallback. Because efforts to support those in need will be ongoing, we’ve also included a list of other such lists, as well as additional resources. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, you might find it at one of the other links. Most grants apply to artists living inside the U.S. 



We invite you to consult and share widely our compiled list of mutual aid/emergency resources, funds and petitions for artists, art organizers, freelancers, and others who are impacted by the COVID-19 closures. 



A giant list of helpful resources for artists within the U.S. and internationally. Contains everything from emergency grants to inspirational outlets to pass the time. 


Fountainhead Residency

National resources as well as resources specific to the Miami area for artists and freelancers. 


handheld handmade 

Emergency relief for artists and small businesses nationally. 


Care if You Listen

We are compiling a round-up of as many emergency funding sources and additional resources for artists as we can find. We will continue to add to this listing as more resources become known and available. Updated 4/19


Artwork Archive

We, like many other arts organizations right now, have compiled a list of emergency resources for artists as well an ongoing list of crowdfunding efforts to provide financial relief for artists. If you have a resource that we haven’t mentioned, please send us an email and we will add it to the list. This is an evolving list that we will be over the next few weeks.


Creative Capital

In times of crisis, artists are often among those most affected. In addition to health concerns, this is a challenging moment for many in our community as we deal with cancelled income and trying to make plans during uncertain times. Creative Capital has always been anchored by a rich spirit of community and mutual generosity, and we believe that continuing communication and exchange are crucial for all of us. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, we have created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. Updated daily.


Los Angeles Times

The Times has compiled resources for entertainment industry workers, those in the music industry, food industry and parents. Here are more resources specifically for artists. List compiled April 3rd. 


Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). If you fit this description and you are in need of short-term, immediate financial assistance – we would like to help. Please answer the questions below, and we will contact you if needed.


New York Foundation for the Arts Emergency Grants

Comprehensive listing of national and localized grant opportunities. This compilation is updated daily. 


Artnet News

Artists will qualify for the federal government’s CARES Act and a stimulus package will be making direct payments in the weeks to come. Plus, organizations are springing up to help connect artists to employment opportunities and grants every day. So if you’re an artist who needs help bridging the gap, here is a list of resources to help with rent payments, medical bills, and more (and a few for art writers, too).


Common Field

This list is for arts organizers – please add resources, ideas, thinking and information surrounding best practices during pandemics and other emergencies. This is an OPEN document. Please add information and link URL’s to text. Feel free to add a brief description of the resource you are adding. This is an open, crowd-sourced list. Please add information by category and add new  categories if you have them. Please be mindful not to change the open sharing settings so everyone can continue to have edit access. As you add to and use this document, try not to remove resources that others need.


One Degree

At One Degree we always strive to provide comprehensive, updated and accurate community resource information. During the COVID-19 outbreak we maintain that same commitment and are happy to provide this guide as a quick and effective reference to resources you might need during this period. Updated daily. 


Ongoing Google Doc of opportunities by region

A comprehensive spreadsheet of national and international relief funds for artists, writers, performers, and much more. This list precisely details whether the grants are ongoing, their location, and the amounts offered.

Healthcare Resources

Health & Mental Health Resources

a comprehensive list of resources including high risk communities, addiction/harm reduction, domestic violence, prep for people with chronic illness, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, management of stress and anxiety, and much more. A national and international resource. 


Healthy LA

We are a network of 250+ advocacy organizations, worker centers, labor unions, service providers, religious congregations, community groups, affordable housing developers, public interest lawyers, public health and safety organizations, and many more uniting across lines of race, class, and geography to propose concrete solutions to the many hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.



Assistance is available for people with cancer in active treatment to help with costs including food, medications, general household expenses, transportation, home care and child care. 


Free Dental

We also now display low cost, affordable clinics for the needy. Yes, our website name is, but we now provide more. We are as specific as possible on the listing pages. It is the website users responsibility to contact the clinics listed to confirm whether the clinics is free, low cost, affordable, etc. Do not take it for granted that the clinic is free since it is listed on the website. We provide listings to help those with dental practices and services to help the needy.


Free Clinics

Since the start, we have worked hard to put together one of the most comprehensive lists of free clinics on the Internet. Our list of free clinics includes both dental and medical clinics.

Mutual Aid and Other Opportunities For Artists

Los Angeles Mutual Aid Facebook Group

Share resources and local updates, to keep each other safe and informed during the coronavirus epidemic 


LA County COVID-19 

Resource Guide Compiled by One Degree, including food, health, housing resources and more.


Mutual Aid Project to Support Independent Artists in Response to COVID-19

We are a DC-based arts platform and network uplifting the autonomy, safety, wellness, and creative development of Black and non-white trans and gender expansive people. What is mutual aid? Mutual aid is the voluntary exchange of services and resources for mutual benefit.  With music shows and other events being cancelled at a large scale as a response to COVID-19, we understand the astounding affect this has on the livelihood of independent artists – from musicians and DJs to graphic designers and photographers. Combating COVID-19 requires a cross community and collective effort.


COVID-19 Mutual Aid Directory

This is a growing directory of independent artists impacted by COVID-19. Most of this list identify as QTBIPOC. 



We are standing with everyone who is experiencing the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Frankly, we are in the thick of it ourselves. Here is an ongoing list of free and discounted educational resources, software licenses, webinars, online courses, and enjoyable media for these uncertain times.


COVID-19 Mutual Aid and Resources  compiled by Authority Collective

As the new coronavirus continues to spread, we recognize that freelance visual journalists and artists are losing significant income for the immediate future, and that many folks in this position will be facing this shortfall without a financial buffer. Volunteers — mainly other photographers who have the capacity — have offered to donate money to those who need it.


COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the particular vulnerability of queer, transgender, non-binary and/or intersex Black, Indigenous folks and other LGBTQI+ people of color (QTIBIPOC folks). Due to our community disproportionately experiencing a lifelong arc of violence and discrimination, many of our community members are impoverished and housing unstable.


Financial Strategies for Freelance Artists in a Time of Crisis 

Presented by HowlRound

Perspectives for the Pandemic

Sharing some of the articles and resources we have found helpful as we think about what it means to create and be productive in these unprecedented times:

Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure By Aisha S. Ahmad , The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 27, 2020

9 Ways to Help Others During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Alexis Perrotta, The Idealist, April 21, 2020

3 Tips to Avoid WFH Burnout, Laura M. Giurge and Vanessa K. Bohns, Harvard Business Review, April 3, 2020

How to Create Screen-Life Balance When Life Has Shifted to Screens, Catherine Price, New York Times, April 24, 2020