Resources for Artists during COVID-19
Please note: this post will be updated continuously, with new information posted at the top.
The Hewlett Foundation Performing Arts team is launching the Bay Area Arts Crisis Navigator to support Bay Area artists and artworkers with navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign up now to get opportunities and guidance sent to your inbox: https://email.hewlett.org/h/t/F9C8D06CC9185260
Theatre Bay Area has recently announced their Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund. Any resident of the San Francisco Bay Area who has worked professionally or vocationally in local performing arts, who has been an active participant in the arts community (those whose life’s work is the performing arts, regardless of the income derived from work in the performing arts) and has experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19 is eligible to apply: https://www.theatrebayarea.org/page/COVID-19relief-fund#Apply
The Safety Net Fund is a nonprofit designed to support artists in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 crisis, prioritizing artists that typically make their living offline: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1hohQ84yDYosDiN_Z6YuEJwYvzZzD1quJyIC6ip0iEc-Iog/viewform
Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund supports BIPOC artists and administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted by COVID-19: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfv4AazvLFVUNAgXoxqBqfZ7jJVkrMroa-CET6Vt6XygR-CaQ/viewform
Grants of up to $250 to individuals and families for urgent needs due to COVID-19: https://www.healthwellfoundation.org/fund/covid-19-fund
Grants of up to $500 to photographers who have been adversely affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to provide assistance to photographers from all over the world who are self-employed and experiencing financial difficulties resulting from the global pandemic: https://www.format.com/photographer-fund
Beginning Monday, April 13th, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can file for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) support. The cleanest site we have seen for advice for independent contractors is from the Freelancers Union: blog.freelancersunion.org/2020/03/11/what-freelancers-need-to-know-about-coronavirus
Helping Bay Area Artists who are most in need get an immediate $500: www.artistsnow.us
A coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States: Emergency Relief Fund for artists and creative workers
The Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area (AEABA) sees this as a time to step up their activities to keep our constituents connected by:
- Holding frequent events to meet the needs of arts educators: www.artsedalliance.org/events-1-1
- Offering FREE membership for organizations and individuals: www.artsedalliance.org/join
If you are not a member of this wonderful alliance, now would be a great time to check them out!
Within our bi-weekly newsletters, we will be highlighting Young Audiences roster artists and the creative opportunities they are offering during these times. Interested in being being featured? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your program information.