03/23/2020 MAPstaff
Large group of audience members stands around a bonfire outside of Abrons Arts Center. They are wrapped in coats and jackets, and have their gloved hands in the air participating in group choreography led by the performer in the middle of the space.

featured image is from a fireside gathering as part of “Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter” (MAP 2018 & 2019), photo by Ian Douglas

New York, NY — updated Friday, October 2, 2020

To support artists during this pandemic, MAP Fund has joined a coalition of national arts grantmakers to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. We encourage artists experiencing dire financial strain due to COVID-19 apply for a $5,000 grant at Read more about this new fund on this blog post or at the Artist Relief website. Artist Relief grants are now available through December thanks to many generous donors.

In addition to Artist Relief, MAP Fund staff have collected a select list of resources for funding and other avenues of support. 

The resources below have not been independently vetted by MAP and we encourage you to conduct further research as you see fit. Above all, we recommend starting with the CDC’s guidelines to minimize your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. 

MAP is working to identify appropriate next steps with regard to our active grant cycles, as well as new sources for relief funding for the communities we serve. We will provide specific updates on those matters as soon as we know more.

For emergency and relief funding, a very detailed and continually updated database of funding for artists is available here. The database includes opportunities like: 

  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts’s COVID-19 Relief Fund is providing $2,000 grants for artists. 
  • New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation are partnering to offer Rauschenberg Emergency Grants for artists facing unexpected medical emergencies, with grants up to $5,000. Cycle 4 application closes October 26. 
  • Soze’s Artist + Activist Relief Fund is providing $250 grants to individuals. Applications are currently closed, but individuals can join a waiting list to be notified when they reopen. 
  • Theatre Bay Area is providing support through the Bay Area Performing Arts Worker Emergency Relief Fund for artists based in the San Francisco area. Applications are currently closed, but individuals can join a waiting list to be notified when they reopen. 
  • Artist Rescue Trust is providing support for musicians and artists whose ability to perform, tour and earn a living has been negatively affected by COVID-19.
  • The Mayer Foundation is providing grants of around $2,000 to individuals in New York City suffering for a variety of reasons, including loss of employment or illness.
  • The Dramatists Guild Foundation is providing financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.
  • Red Bull Arts is providing microgrants in select cities.
  • The Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance program is providing grants to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts.

For comprehensive resource info (including preparedness, online classes and mental health resources), we recommend the COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources page and Another Gulf is Possible’s list of Community Care Resources (available in English, Chinese, and Spanish). For general financial information, some staff members have found the Annuity COVID-19 Guide useful. 

If you have the means to donate or you’re an artist seeking immediate support, here are a few peer-to-peer avenues to financially support artists and arts workers: 

  • Artist Relief Tree, a relief fund for artists affected by cancellations due to COVID-19. Applications to receive funds are closed, but there is a waitlist for when more funding becomes available.
  • Arts Administrators of Color Network’s Arts Leaders of Color emergency fund
  • I Lost My Theatre Gigs,” connecting donors with individual theatre artists.
  • Leveler, a peer-to-peer wealth redistribution tool (mobile-use only).
  • The Dallas Artist Relief Fund is providing microgrants of $200 to Dallas-based low-income, BIPOC, trans/GNC/NB/Queer artists whose livelihoods are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Trickle Up NYC is a grassroots subscription video service created to support artists. By purchasing a membership for $10/month, you can receive content from dozens of incredible artists, including several MAP grantees.


For updates on new opportunities for funding and artistic enrichment (and updates on what MAP grantees are working on), follow the MAP Fund on Twitter and like us on Facebook

You can contact the MAP Fund staff any time by emailing We welcome your thoughts and questions. 

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