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).

Click here to learn more about the NEA Grant Program

South Arts 

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.

Click here to read a letter to the community from South Arts about COVID-19

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.

NC Arts Council COVID-19 resource list for artists

Resource guide of tips and tricks for DIY video recording and live streaming

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.

Americans for the Arts Coronavirus Resource and Response Center

Arts Ready

ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.

Arts Ready COVID-19 response and resource list

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.

NCCDD’s List of COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities 

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.

Donate to the Durham Arts Council Arts Recovery Fund

Apply for the Durham Arts Council Arts Recovery Fund as an Individual Artist

Apply for the Durham Arts Council Arts Recovery Fund as an Arts Organization

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.

Donate to the Northstar Church of the Arts Durham Artist Relief Fund

Apply for the Northstar Church of the Arts Durham Artist Relief Fund

Hayti Heritage Center 

Hayti Heritage Center is celebrating National Poetry & Jazz Appreciation Month online. Join every Tuesday in April at 12:00 p.m. EST by following Hayti Heritage Center on Facebook Live.

Triangle ArtWorks

“Triangle ArtWorks provide the services, support and resources necessary to cultivate and ensure a vibrant creative community in the Triangle region of North Carolina.”

Triangle ArtWorks’ COVID-19 Resource Page

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.”

Resources for makers during COVID-19

Creative Capital  

“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.”

Learn more about Creative Capital’s Artist Relief Fund


“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.”

Learn more about the CARES Act and Steps You Can Take from CERF+

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.

Click here to view the webinar from Artwork Archive

Durham Artist Guild

The Durham Artist Guild has compiled a list of resources for supporting local artists and the arts during COVID-19.

Ways to support local artists 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.”

Donate to the Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Apply for a one-time microgrant of $200 from the Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

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.”

Donate or Apply to the Authors League Fund

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.”

Apply to the COVID19 Emergency Assistance Stipends for Artists & Cultural Strategists

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.”

Apply to the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund

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.”

Apply to the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant

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.”

Apply to the Musicians’ Emergency Fund

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.”

Apply to Format’s Photographer Fund

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.”

Apply to the Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

Online Workshops

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