Artist Resources

Tools for Bay Area artists grappling with the repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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 tools and resources to help artists navigate this moment:

Emergency Money

Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program

Any performing arts or entertainment professional may call on the Entertainment Assistance Program for support.

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Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

Provides interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.

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ArtsFund COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund

Immediate relief grants for arts organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19.

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Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Arts Loan Fund COVID-19 Emergency Loans

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.

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Artists' Fellowship Financial Aid

Provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.

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ASJA Writers Emergency Assistance Fund

Helps established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work.

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Authors League Fund

Helps professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.

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The Blues Foundation HART Fund

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

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California Jazz Foundation

Financial assistance for jazz musicians.

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Center for Cultural Innovation SF Arts & Artists Relief Fund

The San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund is made possible by the San Francisco Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts.

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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.

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The Creator Fund

Providing financial assistance to active creators who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. If you have medical, childcare, housing, or grocery needs, you can apply for assistance.

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Facebook Small Business Grant Program

Offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits.

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Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund

For those seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition.

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Freelancer COVID-19 Emergency Fund

If you’re a creative freelancer who has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 virus and resulting public response, you can apply for temporary assistance.

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The Haven Foundation

Offers interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises.

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Music Health Alliance COVID-19 Relief Resources

Emergency financial assistance is available for music professionals who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (health insurance/food/health care) over the next two months.

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MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Musicians Foundation

Gives grants for medical and allied living expenses in emergencies.

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PEN America Writers' Emergency Fund

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

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The Photographer Fund

A $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19. Self-employed photographers who are facing financial hardships are invited to apply for assistance of up to $500 per person.

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Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies.

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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.

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San Francisco OEWD COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund

Allows impacted small business owners to access up to $10,000 for employee salaries and rent.

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SOZE Foundation Artist + Activist Relief Fund

Supports artists + activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19.

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Theatre Bay Area Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund

A resource for performing arts workers who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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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.

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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.

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CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), will provide forgivable Small Business Administration loans for struggling non-profit arts organizations and independent artists, as well as $75 million of emergency funding through the National Endowment for the Arts. A massive expansion of unemployment benefits that would put up to $1050 per week into the pockets of many self-employed and contract workers such as independent artists and increase the period that someone can receive benefits from 26 weeks to 39 weeks.

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DONATE to performing arts workers

The COVID-19: Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund is a resource for performing arts workers who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Theatre Bay Area has launched this fund with the generous donations from individual donors, many of them fellow artists.

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DONATE to visual, literary, media, film, and video arts
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.

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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. 

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Share 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.

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