New York, NY — updated Wednesday, June 24, 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 ArtistRelief.org. Read more about this new fund on this blog post or at the Artist Relief website.
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 $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, 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. 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.
- The Indie Theater Fund’s Rapid Relief grants are being awarded to companies, venues, and individuals working in NYC independent theater (Off-Off-Broadway in theater houses of 99 seats or less), operating with budgets under $250,000.
- The Mayer Foundation is providing grants of around $2,000 to individuals 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.
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
- COVID-19 Financial Solidarity spreadsheet, with guidelines and FAQs here.
- COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks GoFundMe page, which is currently accepting donations but not applications
- “I Lost My Theatre Gigs,” connecting donors with individual theatre artists
- Leveler, a peer-to-peer wealth redistribution tool (mobile-use only)
You can contact the MAP Fund staff any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your thoughts and questions.