Resources for Arts Entrepreneurs
The following are local, state, and national organizations that have resources for artists and arts organizations:
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts awards thousands of grants per year across the USA to provide everyone with access to art. Local arts organizations and nonprofits can apply for grants on their webpage.
South Arts is a non-profit, Regional Arts Organization from Atlanta serving audiences, arts organizations, and artists. South Arts is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, member states, foundations, businesses and individuals. They 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
The North Carolina Arts Council’s mission is to sustain and grow the arts in communities across North Carolina.
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 plans to help you get through an unexpected crisis.
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 for the arts community.
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.”
Applications for Creative Capital's Artist Relief Fund are now closed, but you can read about the fund on their webpage.
“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.”
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)
Currently on pause until 2022.
“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.”
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.”
Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
The next award cycle, Cycle 11, will open January 10 with a deadline of February 7 for emergencies occurring June 1, 2021 and later.
“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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