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.


Artist Relief

A coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative, Artist Relief, that will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. 


Artists' Fellowship Financial Aid

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


Artists Now

$500 grants for artists who live in the Bay Area, who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, who are POC, Women, or identify as LGBTQIA+. 


Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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.


Comedy Gives Back Emergency Relief Fund

Small grants of up to $500 will be paid rapidly on a first-come, first-served basis to comedians who have lost gigs and income due to recent shutdowns.


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.


Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

Providing financial assistance to musicians who have lost income due to a cancelled gig as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.


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.


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.


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.


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.


SOZE Foundation Artist + Activist Relief Fund

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


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.


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.


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.


Zellerbach Family Foundation COVID Response Grants

General operating support  grants of $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000 to arts and culture organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties suffering revenue loss due to the closure of venues and cancellation of events.


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. 


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Our member @adelelouiseshaw open to shows this month in Sacramento.

SPAREROOM at @Arthouseonr on view Dec 10 - Jan 4 and SPAREROOM: Satellite at Amatoria Fine Art Books Artist Book Talk on December 11.

We've been working on clarifying values - among other things - with a consultant over the past year and a half. Read more!

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