Financial Help for Artists During COVID-19

As part of our continued effort to help the art community, we’d like to share with you some avenues of financial help for artists.

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. 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.

4. Creative Capital List of Art Resources
This list of art resources is a comprehensive index that provides information on local, state, and national aid (check back for updates).

5. 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.

6. 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 (stay tuned for updates).

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.

Note: This article was originally published in June 2020

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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