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While we continue to maintain this Artist Resources page, we wanted to share a comprehensive list of COVID-19 grants and resources on the CalArts website, which is updated every Tuesday and Thursday. 

Like so many institutions that support artists around the world right now, we at REDCAT are concerned about what this unprecedented moment could mean for our community. Despite the challenges that we are all facing at this moment, we are committed to supporting artists and ensuring that our community remains vibrant and strong. 

To that end, we wanted to provide artists with a list of resources available to them at this time. Check back often, as we will continue to update this list as best we can. 


Emergency Grants and Resources for Artists:

Alliance of Artists Communities Emergency Relief Programs

Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Resource and Response Center

Billboard State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals

Center for Cultural Innovation List of Emergency Resources for Artists and Freelancers 

CERF+ Responds to Coronavirus 

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Community Partners Arts Emergency Relief Fund

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Creative Capital Arts Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

I Care If You Listen COVID-19 Emergency Funding and Artist Resources

The Motion Picture & Television Fund

New York Foundation for the Arts Emergency Grants List

Open Call for the 2021 Burke Prize (applications due May 31, 2020)

Open Call for the Future Generation Art Prize 2021 (applications due June 3, 2020)

Paul, Weiss Coronavirus Relief Center

Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists (Accepting applications May 4 through May 25, 2020)

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Emergency Grants

San Francisco Artists Relief Fund (Applications accepted until May 15, 2020)

TILA Studios #ABOVE4Fund for Black Women Artists

The Vilcek Foundation 2021 Prizes for Creative Promise in Filmmaking 

Women ARTS Emergency Funds


Emergency Grants for All Disciplines:

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund 

The Creator Fund

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants


Emergency Funds for Dancers:



Emergency Funds for Performing Arts:

The Actors Fund 

Center Theatre Group’s 2021 Dorothy and Richard E. Sherwood Award (Initial application due June 17, 2020)

COVID-19 Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund (Bay Area)

Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grants


Emergency Funds for Visual Artists:

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

Artists’ Fellowship Financial Aid

CERF+ The Artists Safety Net

Joan Mitchell Foundation Emergency Grants for Artists

Haven Foundation

Kinkade Family Foundation Emergency Grant for Curators

Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York)


Emergency Funds for Writers:

American Society of Journalists and Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund

Arts Writers Grant Program 

Authors League Fund

The Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation Emergency Assistance Grants

Carnegie Fund for Authors

Dramatists Guild Foundation Emergency Grants

Idea Awards COVID-19 Response Grant Lottery

Maurice Sendak Emergency Relief Fund

PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund


Emergency Funds for Musicians:

The Blues Foundation HART Fund

Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund

Musicians Foundation

MusiCares Foundation

Music Maker Relief Foundation

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund 


Other Resources: 

Californians for the Arts Life After AB-F: A Toolkit by California Lawyers for the Arts

Collective Care Is Our Best Weapon Against COVID-19

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists

COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians

VIDEOFinancial Strategies for Freelance Artists in a Time of Crisis

Forecast Pro-Bono Public Art Consulting in Response to COVID-19

Hollywood Support Staff COVID-19 Relief Fund Organization: #PayUpHollywood, Scriptnotes Podcast, YEA!

Freelancers Union Guide to Life During COVID-19

Intersection for the Arts Artist Resources

New York Foundation for the Arts Free Online Legal Workshops

Teaching Artists Guild COVID-19 Resources

Theatre Bay Area COVID-19 Resources

U.S. Department of Arts and Culture: Community Care in the Time of Coronavirus

U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives COVID-19 Resources

Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) Guidelines For the Postponement and Cancellation of Work


General Resources:

Findhelp, a tool for finding food assistance, help paying bills and other free or reduced cost programs during the pandemic

City of Los Angeles: Latest Updates on the City’s Response to COVID-19

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Mental Health Resources


We are both inspired and encouraged by the incredible resiliency of the arts community during this time. We look forward to staying connected with you in the weeks ahead, and we look forward to welcoming you back to REDCAT in the near future.