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 Monday, March 23, 2020

In response to the issues artists are facing amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 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 $1,000 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 (note that grant review starts May/June), with grants up to $5,000. 
  • New York Community Trust is providing grants and loans for NYC-based nonprofit organizations. 
  • Soze’s Artist + Activist Relief Fund is providing $250 grants to individuals.
  • Theatre Bay Area is providing support through the Bay Area Performing Arts Worker Emergency Relief Fund for artists based in the San Francisco area. 

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: 

For updates on new opportunities for funding and artistic enrichment (and tips on how to make the most of your physical distancing), 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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