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Emergency Funding Resources for Artists


The Motion Picture and Television Fund
The Wasserman Campus 23388 Mulholland Drive Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Phone: 323-634-3888 (Toll free: 855-760-6783)

Email: Send Email
Website: https://www.mptf.com/help

The Actors Fund
Send Email

Website: https://actorsfund.org/eastern-region-disaster-assistance-application

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment.” They offer an Entertainment Assistance Program that has an emergency financial assistance component for basic living expenses.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts
820 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10014 Phone: 212-807-7077 Fax: 212-807-7177
Send Email

Website: http://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grants/emergency-grants



The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need. AGMA contracts with The Actors Fund to administer this program nationally as well as to provide comprehensive social services.

Grande Ole Opry Trust Fund, Inc.

Grand Ole Opry Customer Service 2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: 615-871-6779 (Toll free: 800-733-6779)

Website: http://www.opry.com/trustfund
The Opry Trust Fund provides qualified individuals with financial assistance in times of “extraordinary need, emergency or catastrophe.” Qualified individuals include anyone who has been “employed full-time in some facet of the country music industry (i.e. performer, songwriter, publisher, radio, session musician, etc.).”

MusiCares Foundation

MusiCares South Region 1904 Wedgewood Ave.
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: 615-327-0050 (Toll-free Help Line: 1-877-626-2748)
Fax: 615-327-0876
Website: https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help
MusiCares provides a “safety net of critical assistance for music people” struggling with financial, medical, or personal crises.

Musicians Foundation, Inc. 875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2303 New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-239-9137 Fax: 212-239-9139
Send Email

Website: http://www.musiciansfoundation.org/apply/
The Musicians Foundation helps professional musicians by providing “crisis relief to musicians in the wake of unexpected hardship or natural disaster.”

Music Maker Relief Foundation
P.O. Box 1358 Hillsborough, NC 27278 Phone: 919-643-2456 Fax: 888-238-8592
Send Email
(general information)
Website: http://www.musicmaker.org/programs/musician-sustenance/
The Music Maker Relief Foundation offers a Musician Sustenance program that includes an emergency needs funding program for artists facing an unexpected situation such as theft, illness, or natural disaster. The program is only available for musicians over the age of 55 and who have a yearly income of less than $18,000.

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc. Emergency Grant
380 West Broadway New York, NY 10012 Phone: 212-226-0581 Fax: 212-274-1476
Website: https://www.gottliebfoundation.org/emergency-grant
Award amount: Max: $15,000; Typical: $5,000
The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc. has an Emergency Grant program that is intended to provide qualified artists with one-time interim financial assistance in the event of an unforeseen, catastrophic event for which they lack the resources to manage. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate that they have been working in a mature phase of their art for at least ten years.


Other Disciplines

Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.
47 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-255-7740 ext. 216 for Artist’s Fellowship Email:
Send Email

Website: http://www.artistsfellowship.org/about.html

“The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a private, charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, printmakers, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement.”


Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+)
P.O. Box 838 Montpelier, VT 05601 (Mailing address) Phone: 802-229-2306 Fax: 802-223-6484
Send Email
Website: http://craftemergency.org/
CERF+ provides emergency relief assistance in the form of small grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment for professional craft artists. They also provide information on other emergency resources for artists of any discipline and operate Studio Protector, an emergency guide for artists.


Creative Capital: The Arts Writers Grant Program
15 Maiden Lane, 18th Fl.
New York, NY 10038
Send Email

Website: creative-capital.org

The Arts Writers Grant Program was founded in 2006 to recognize the precarious situation of arts writers, and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture.”


Foundation for Contemporary Arts
820 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10014 Phone: 212-807-7077 Fax: 212-807-7177
Send Email

Website: http://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/grants/emergency-grants
The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers an Emergency Grant program for visual and performing artists who have sudden opportunities to publically present work without enough time to seek other funding or “incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses” for works that are almost completed and have showing dates.

Joan Mitchell Foundation
545 West 25th Street, 15th Floor New York 10001
Phone: 212-524-0100
Send Email

Website: http://joanmitchellfoundation.org/artist-programs/artist-grants/emergency
The Joan Mitchell Foundation offers an Emergency Grant Program for US-based visual artists in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing who have been severely impacted by a natural or man-made disaster of community-wide impact.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.
863 Park Avenue New York, NY 10075 Phone: 212-517-5400 Fax: 212-288-2836
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(general) or
Send Email
Website: https://pkf.org/apply/
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both.”

PEN American
588 Broadway, Suite 303 New York, NY 10012 Phone: 212-334-1660 Fax: 212-334-2181
Send Email

Website: https://pen.org/writers-emergency-fund
Award: Max: $2,000

PEN American administers two emergency funds: the PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund and the PEN Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS.


Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
Phone: 212-997-0947
Website: http://www.asja.org/for-writers/weaf/

355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor New York, NY 10017

The Writers Emergency Assistance Fund (formerly the Llewellyn Miller Fund) is administered through the ASJA Charitable Trust, which has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Its mission is to help established freelance writers across the country who, because of “advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work.” A writer does not need to be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant but must have “past professional freelance nonfiction writing over a sustained period of years.”




Change, Inc.

PO Box 1818
Sanibel, FL 33957 Phone: 212-473-3742
Change, Inc. provides one-time emergency grants up to $1,000 to artists of any discipline. Applicants must be professional artists who can demonstrate need and evidence of established professional status. Call for required application materials.

Modest Needs Foundation 120 East 23rd Street, FL 5 New York, NY 10010 Phone: 844-667-3776
Email: Qualifying – doiqualify@modestneeds.org; General – general.questions@modestneeds.org; Donating – donor.support@modestneeds.org
Website: https://www.modestneeds.org/index.asp
Modest Needs is a non-profit organization that seeks to help low-income workers from slipping into poverty by soliciting the general public to make small, emergency grants to those people.

Current Local options to explore:

  • Governor Cooper has requested Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster declaration for business owners facing economic losses due to Coronavirus. The declaration provides Economic Injury Disaster low interest loans to impacted businesses to help fulfill financial obligations and operating expenses statewide.

For local nonprofits that work with community members who will be most in need due to the precautionary steps to slow the path of the virus, the Greensboro Community Development Fund from Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is developing COVID-19 Emergency Fund. More info here: https://cfgg.org/blog/community-foundation-of-greater-greensboro-response-to-covid-19

Additionally, with low interest rates due to COVID-19 two additional resources small business may want to look into are loans through Community Development Financial Institutions which are nonprofit organizations. Two North Carolina CDFI’s to look into are: 

Business Link NC (https://edpnc.com/start-or-grow-a-business/start-a-business/​) has an entire section on grants and loans for small business on the resource section of their website (just scroll down):https://edpnc.com/start-or-grow-a-business/start-a-business/small-business-resources/ 

NC IDEA is probably the most well-known North Carolina grant funder for small businesses in NC. https://ncidea.org/grants-programs/

The United Way of Greater Greensboro and the City of Greensboro are supporting residents impacted by the Coronavirus, by establishing the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund.   

The Greensboro Virus Relief Fund is accepting donations to support local children and families impacted by the virus. United Way and the City will coordinate with local nonprofits to determine ongoing needs and fund distribution. 

Anyone interested in donating can text the word “Virus” to 40403, or visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org to donate online.

Arts Greensboro’s Artist Emergency Relief Fund: For working artists in Greensboro in need of support due to cancellations from the outbreak of COVID-19. This fund is a money-in, money-out fund. ArtsGreensboro will disperse funds weekly, based on the amount donated.  This fund is directed to working artists, not organizations or nonprofits. 

Apply here: https://www.artsgreensboro.org/emergency-fund-artist-application/

Donate here: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/united-arts-council-of-greater-greensboro/greensboro-artist-emergency-relief-fund


Ongoing Actions:

Greensboro Chamber:


  • Conferencing with Moses Cone, Guilford County, Downtown Greensboro, United Way, Guilford County Schools, GMA and Community Foundation.  Working on additional participation.
  • Daily action calls from business experts about what can be done to mitigate the negative effects of this pandemic.
  • Promotion of purchasing gift cards for later use, shopping online and using delivery or pickup services. Providing a growing list of businesses that are offering these services.
  • Links to partners with operational changes.

Downtown Greensboro:

  • Promotion of purchasing gift cards for later use, shopping online and using delivery or pickup services. Providing a growing list of businesses that are offering these services.
  • Links to partners with operational changes.

Triad Local First:

  • Exploring options for delivery
  • Gathering information from businesses about challenges being faced


  • General business guidance https://www.gtcc.edu/community-engagement/small-business-center.php
  • Assessing the economic impact on your business
  • Strategies for scaling your business operations
  • Analyzing break-even and cash flow
  • Reviewing financial obligations and planning communications with creditors
  • Loan package preparation and information on funding sources
  • Referrals to relevant sources of assistance