COVID-19 Artist Resources

Tools for Bay Area artists grappling with the repercussions of the pandemic.

Intersection for the Arts recognizes the immense burden COVID-19 places on artists and their livelihoods. We also recognize that the arts sector is innovative and resilient and that together we will find a way through these times. Intersection provides the following resources to help artists navigate this moment:

Emergency Money

Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program

Funds available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts.


Artists' Fellowship Financial Aid

Relief and assistance to qualified applicants who are dealing with immediate medical emergencies.


Arts Loan Fund

Loan can cover any emergency need identified by the borrower to help the organization stay solvent until Federal/State/County restrictions on social gatherings are lifted and events and programming can be resumed.


ASJA Writers Emergency Assistance Fund

Funds available to writers who cannot work because they are currently ill or caring for someone who is ill.


Authors League Fund

Help for writers experiencing income loss due to COVID-19.


The Blues Foundation HART Fund

For blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.


California Jazz Foundation

Financial assistance for jazz musicians.


CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund

Artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding.


Dramatists Guild Foundation

Providing emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.


Fleishhacker Foundation Small Arts Grants

In response to the impact of COVID-19 on the local arts community, the Small Arts Grants program is accepting applications for general operating support during the spring 2021 review cycle from 501(c)(3) nonprofit and fiscally sponsored organizations.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund

For those seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition.


Musicians Foundation

Gives grants for medical and allied living expenses in emergencies.


PEN America Writers' Emergency Fund

Providing small grants for professional—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis.


The Safety Net Fund

The Safety Net Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts designed to help support artists in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 crisis.


San Francisco Small Business Mini-Grant

Mini-grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to neighborhood and women-owned businesses with less than $2.5 million in gross annual receipts that have closed or seen a 25% decline in revenue during the coronavirus outbreak.


Sweet Relief COVID-19 Relief Fund

Funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.


UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund

Qualifications for the UNTITLED, ART Emergency Fund include financial assistance for freelance, hourly, and wage working artists vulnerable to the economic standstill. Funds of $250 per member of household will be distributed by the &Art& team in an effort to support the security and protection of artists who, in “normal times,” hold part-time or contract work to prioritize their art practice.


Take Action

Americans for the Arts Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers

This survey gathers information that is crucial to telling the story of creative workers and making sure that you are supported during this ongoing crisis and the eventual recovery.


Americans for the Arts Economic Impact Survey

This survey is designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of the coronavirus have had on arts and cultural organizations.


DONATE to the Safety Net Fund

The Safety Net Fund is a fiscally sponsored member of Intersection for the Arts designed to help support artists in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 crisis.


Volunteer for East Oakland Collective COVID-19 Response

In light of COVID-19, East Oakland Collective has had to adjust normal food and supply distribution programs. They are currently resourcing food and supplies and using our office at 7800 MacArthur Blvd. as a resource and distribution hub.


Volunteer for East Bay Mutual Aid

East Bay Mutual Aid is essential for addressing people’s immediate needs. They are compiling a list of volunteers so people can be contacted as asks arise during the COVID-19 quarantine. 


On Saturday, June 18 at 1 pm PST, our fiscally sponsored members @CWC_Berkeley will honor its members who have published a new title in the past year with a virtual, free Zoom celebration. This is a proud moment for this century-old writing club, highlighting the diverse literary accomplishments and talents of this notable group. A wide range of literary genres will be featured, including historical fiction, mystery, fantasy, non-fiction, and poetry.Join with the link below! ... See MoreSee Less
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Our fiscally sponsored members Urban Jazz Dance Company will present #TakeBackMyPower on Saturday, May 28, 7 pm at the @BravaTheater. Take Back My Power is hosted by Antoine Hunter and features Mervin Primeaux OBryant, a non-binary Black Deaf artist, dancer, international performer, activist, and HIV survivor from the deep southern town of Lafayette, Louisiana. This performance exhibits Mervins unique worldview through dance, monologue, and ASL song performances. This show explores language, communication, and cultural barriers through sound and movement.ASL-English voice interpretation provided. Tix: $5-$25. Full vaccinations with added booster and face masks are required to attend. Purchase tickets here: ... See MoreSee Less
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Looking for plans this Memorial Weekend? If you're in the city, we recommend stopping by the Hayes Valley Art Walk on Saturday, May 28 from 1-5. Start your tour at Hayes Valley Art Works; visit the container gallery and Artist Garden where you can meet the artists, and enjoy live jazz music with Planet Curious; from there you can proceed to cafes, galleries, and shops to find more art - and a special surprises at Patricia’s Green and Hayes Shared Street! Make sure to stop to admire the murals and other art on the way.For more info visit! ... See MoreSee Less
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On June 18 at 1 pm PST, our fiscally sponsored members @CWC_Berkeley will honor its members who have published a new title in the past year with a virtual, free Zoom celebration. Meet these esteemed writers and get to know their work!

Our members #UrbanJazzDanceCompany present #TakeBackMyPower on May 28, 7 pm at the @BravaTheater. Hosted by Antoine Hunter, featuring Mervin Primeaux OBryant, a non-binary Black Deaf artist, activist & HIV survivor from the deep South. More info & tickets:

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