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.


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.


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.


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. 



Bay Area Support


Working Differently Post-Pandemic: A Report on Bay Area Artist Space Needs in 2021

A survey of nearly 500 Bay Area artists, art administrators, and arts educators to explore reopening during the pandemic, potential to collaborate and share space, increase organizational capacity and resilience, and work differently post-pandemic. 


Arts Incubators, Entrepreneurial Activity, and Digital Inequality in the COVID-19 Age: A Digital Divide Report

The aim of this report is to assist arts organizations to assess how the digital divide affects the artists they serve and to provide a tool to do so in the form of an interactive map.


Intersection for the Arts is hiring a Membership Assistant! Find the the full job description via link in bio This is a full-time position and is hybrid (remote/in-person), requiring two days in the office. Full health care benefits are included (medical, dental, vision), along with sick time accrual and paid holidays.This position supports Intersection’s fiscally sponsored members through administrative and grants management duties under the direction of the Membership Manager. Intersection for the Arts values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. Intersection for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.Know someone who might be interested? Please spread the word to your networks! ... See MoreSee Less
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Calling Bay Area Visual Artists 📢 There's ONE WEEK left to join us during Art Span’s SF Open Studios (SFOS) and exhibit your work widely! ✨Registration Deadline: October 1, 2023✨SFOS, a beloved annual tradition since 1975, is a massive, citywide initiative for artists to promote their work and engage directly with residents, tourists, and fellow creatives.This year, Intersection is seeking artists to present their work at our space during SFOS for the weekend of November 4 & 5, 2023. This is an incredible opportunity to sell work, promote your art practice, and network with visitors.Why exhibit at Intersection for the Arts during SFOS? If you don’t have a private studio or don’t feel comfortable welcoming the public into your space, we provide a safe, highly-regarded space to exhibit your work. Intersection will not collect a commission on your sales. Join our vibrant, light-filled space, conveniently located in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood at 1446 Market Street.To learn more about the application process visit -The artist pictured is Sloane Larsen, who will be presenting her work Intersection during SFOS. Image credit: Sloane Larsen. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are thrilled to share that our member, Tiffanie Turner, is currently presenting her second solo show in the newly expanded Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco's Minnesota Street Project. Turner is an architect, author, and artist known for her small, meticulously detailed paper flowers and her giant paper botanical sculptures. Through her use of extraordinary detail and oversized beauty and decay, Turner presents American Grown, a meditation on her own life and American culture.The show runs now through October 21, 2023. Details: ... See MoreSee Less
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