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 March 2021

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 is resuming from March 8 to June 23 thanks to a generous lead gift from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation that was matched by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, DeWitt Stern, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Imperfect Family Foundation, Kinkade Family Foundation, Carolee Schneemann Foundation, Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, and Teiger Foundation.

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. 

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. The Cycle 7 application is now open and will close on Monday, May 3 for emergencies occurring September 1, 2020 or later. There is one additional cycle currently scheduled: Cycle 8 will open on Tuesday, June 8, and close on Tuesday, June 29, for emergencies occurring November 1, 2020 and later.
  • 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).

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
  • Leveler, a peer-to-peer wealth redistribution tool.
  • 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.

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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