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.


We are excited to share that one of our Artist-in-Residence, RAWdance, will soon present their "Drawing on a Decade" performances at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Join them as they turn the downtown oasis into a stage for a site-specific retrospective celebrating RAWdance’s 20th Anniversary. This event honors a decade of partnership with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, whose performances are always free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. Don't miss this chance to see a collection of three audience favorites featuring 11 dancers from both coasts. Happening: Friday, June 14 at 6:30 pmSaturday, June 15 at 1 pm (*ASL Interpretation will be provided during this performance) Tickets: FREE Address: 221 4th St., SF, CA. The program begins near Leroy King Carousel. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and wear layers as this event moves throughout the gardens. ADA accessible. For more details, visit: credit: Amal Bisharat. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are thrilled to announce the talented and fun-loving members of our 2024 Artist in Residency (AIR) Program at Intersection for the Arts! This residency, now in its second year, provides artists with space, time, and resources to hone their skills and forge deeper community connections. Our AIR program consists of six fiscally sponsored projects and coworking members from Intersection for the Arts. Over the next five months, they will curate community events and participate in a Marketing Training Series led by Anthem Salgado, founder of ART OF HUSTLE®. AIR program participants will also receive access to coworking space and an unrestricted stipend. Our AIR members include: -Bridge Live Arts & alloyed mettles -MC Arts and Culture-Possibly Puppets-RAWdance-Tableau Stations-Voices of the Community We are so excited to see their projects evolve over the course of their residency at Intersection. Stay tuned for more announcements about their upcoming in-person events and social media takeovers. Learn more here: ... See MoreSee Less
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Are you a Bay Area artist looking for a chance to exhibit and sell your work while connecting directly with your local community? Showcase your art at Intersection during ArtSpan's SF Open Studios! 🎨 Registration Deadline: July 1, 2024 🎨Since 1975, ArtSpan’s citywide SF Open Studios (SFOS) program has connected local artists to San Francisco. Intersection for the Arts is seeking artists to present their work at our space during SFOS for the weekend of September 21 & 22, 2024!Learn more about the application process: ⁠-The artist pictured is Melissa Louise Bolger who presented her work at Intersection's SFOS event in 2023. Image credit: Sloane Larsen. ... See MoreSee Less
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