Resources for Arts Entrepreneurs
The following are a list of local, state, and national organizations that outline resources for artists and arts organization amidst COVID-19:
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. Grants will be made either to organizations for their own operations, or to designated local arts agencies, eligible to subgrant, for subgranting programs to eligible nonprofit organizations. All applicants must be previous National Endowment for the Arts award recipients from the past four years (FY2017-2020).
South Arts is a non-profit, Regional Arts Organization headquartered in Atlanta serving audiences, arts organizations, and individual artists. South Arts is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, member states, foundations, businesses and individuals. We work in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
North Carolina Arts Council
Since the onset of COVID-19, the North Carolina Arts Council’s primary goal has been to support the arts sector as it endures this crisis and reemerges as a vital resource for our state’s recovery.
Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.
ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD)
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) wants to be a resource to share valuable information about the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, to help people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families stay safe and healthy.
Durham Arts Council
Durham Arts Council (DAC) has launched the Arts Recovery Fund to help attract support for the arts community during this critical time, with initial support from Duke University, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Board of Trustees and Man Bites Dog Theatre Fund. Gifts from individuals, corporate and public funders are encouraged.
In partnership with the Durham Artist Relief Fund established by NorthStar Church of the Arts the two funds will support, cross-promote, and coordinate with each other to maximize resources available to the arts community.
Hayti Heritage Center
“Triangle ArtWorks provide the services, support and resources necessary to cultivate and ensure a vibrant creative community in the Triangle region of North Carolina.”
Resources for Individual Artists and Makers
The following are a list of resources and relief funds specifically for individual artists and makers.
American Craft Council
“The American Craft Council supports professional makers through nonprofit shows, and educational resources including a one-of-a-kind library, conferences, public lectures, and student programs.”
“Creative Capital has joined forces with national arts grantmakers to form Artist Relief — an initiative that includes immediate, unrestricted emergency funding of $5,000 for individual artists of all disciplines.”
“CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers. CERF+’s core services are education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief.”
Artwork Archive Webinar
Artwork Archive is offering a free webinar titled: Strategies for Running an Art Business During COVID-19. “During this webinar, you can hear how artists are innovating during this time and adapting their business to the online market. They share stories and tactics on how others are working to overcome the challenges of event closures and how you can apply them to your career as well.
Durham Artist Guild
The Durham Artist Guild has compiled a list of resources for supporting local artists and the arts during COVID-19.
Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund (GoFundMe link)
“Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund which folks can donate directly to in support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19. Creatives practicing and teaching their art as well as the administrators who are supporting that art will without a doubt need our financial support to weather this unexpected and uncertain storm.”
Authors League Fund
“Authors League Fund has helped 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.”
Creative Change – COVID19 Emergency Assistance Stipends for Artists & Cultural Strategists
“Stipends may be used exclusively to support recipients facing financial hardship whose work in their respective arts and/or social justice field(s)has been significantly disrupted, reduced, delayed, or lost due to COVID-19.”
Foundation for Contemporary Artists (FCA) Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
“In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. For as long as our Board of Directors determines it is necessary and prudent to do so, the Foundation will disburse one-time $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.”
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant
“The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide 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.”
Musicians’ Emergency Fund
“The Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief and direct financial support in times of crisis.”
Format’s Photographer Fund
“Format created the Photographer Fund to honor that hustle and help independent photographers who are facing unprecedented financial hardships in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak stay on their feet.”
Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
“The program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories. No deadline; applications accepted/reviewed on a monthly basis beginning late May/early June 2020.”
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