Financial Help for Artists During COVID-19

It’s no secret that, due to the spread of COVID-19, millions of Americans have filed for unemployment recently (a record 6.65 million people filed a new jobless claim in the week that ended March 28 [source: Washington Post]). As part of our continued effort to help the art community, we’d like to share with you some avenues of financial help.

Financial Help for Artists

1. Covid-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application Financial Help for Artists During COVID-19

From the U.S. Small Business Administration / Disaster Loan Assistance

The eligibility list includes options such as “Applicant is an individual who operates under a sole proprietorship, with or without employees, or as an independent contractor” and others that might apply to you and your art business.

Click here to learn more about the disaster loan and apply here. Find additional options through the SBA here.

2. The Artists’ Fellowship Fund Financial Help for Artists During COVID-19

The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.

Note: Due to the overwhelming requests for aid from the COVID-19 pandemic they are temporarily limiting relief and assistance applications to those qualified applicants who are dealing with IMMEDIATE MEDICAL EMERGENCIES and their aftermaths. This restriction will be revisited periodically as conditions change.

Click here to learn about eligibility. 

3. The Opportunity Agenda / Pop Culture Collaborative

The Opportunity Agenda announced it will allot $1,000 stipends to artists of all mediums and freelance cultural strategists whose work has been significantly disrupted, reduced, delayed or lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The stipends aim to assist recipients with unexpected financial hardships that have disrupted their ability to advance social justice through their cultural work.

Each stipend is worth $1,000. To apply visit: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. All stipend funds must be spent by July 31, 2020.

4 . Americans for the Arts: Artist Relief

Though Artist Relief received over 55,000 applications in its first funding cycle, its current financial only allows for the funding of 200 artists. Since launch, Artist Relief has raised an additional $1.1 million from various partnerships and online, individual contributions. Artist Relief’s second grant cycle is now open. Apply online at

5. There are additional resources listed at, a website for our extended family of artists, photographers.  Please research the resources at Smug Mug before applying and submitting your personal information.

6. Creative Capital List of Art Resources
Updated weekly, this list of art resources is a comprehensive index that provides information on local, state, and national aid.

7. Joan Mitchell Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Resources
The Joan Mitchell Foundation is an evolving compilation of support programs, including grant opportunities, and financial and personal well-being webinars.

8. Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers
From the New York Foundation for the Arts: One-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 for freelance, contract, or non-salaried art workers living in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.

It’s Not All Bad News

The good news is that, although this is an incredibly difficult time in our lives – no matter where we are on the globe – this will be over eventually. For some optimistic insights, I’d like to share with you a few more resources that I think you’ll find helpful.

Watch: Survival Strategies For Artists and Galleries with B. Eric Rhoads and Jay Abraham >

Watch: Art Historian Jean Stern of UC Irvine interviews Eric Rhoads on how artists can survive the COVID-19 period (click here to watch the interview)
Watch: Eric Rhoads interviews Lee Milteer on Managing Your Mindset During COVID-19 (click here to watch the interview)
Read: Eric has also shared some inspirational words of encouragement on his personal blog at, including: Never, Ever Give In; This Virus Will Not Define Us; and more.

Do you know of additional legitimate financial resources for artists? If so, please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

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