Performing Arts

COVID-19 Resources for the Performing Arts

Updated on March 31, 2020

Below is a list compiled by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Arts Program consisting of resources for arts organizations and artists contending with the impacts of COVID-19. As we become aware of additional resources, we will update this page.


Relief Grants for Artists

  • Actors Fund: Entertainment Assistance Program provides services and financial support to entertainment professionals facing personal or work-related problems. It is also a conduit for emergency financial assistance in times of pressing need or in response to catastrophic events.
  • Alternate ROOTS launched The Solidarity Fund which provides financial assistance to ROOTS members experiencing financial need including – but not limited to – loss related to COVID-19, theft, natural disaster, health emergency or an inability to pay an outstanding bill.
  • Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators.
  • Artists Fellowship: Emergency Aid provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.
  • Artist + Activist Relief Fund was created by The Soze Foundation, TaskForce, and Invisible Hand, and will support artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19. They will be making $250 grants to selected applicants on an on-going basis and currently have $42,000 total for the first round of grants.
  • Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by COVID-19.
  • Cambridge Artist Relief Fund will meet immediate needs in the arts sector. Over the next six months, effective Thursday, March 19, the Foundation will accept applications on a rolling basis to provide grants to organizations and individuals facing a financial burden.
  • Center for Cultural Innovation launched The San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund to mitigate COVID-19 related financial losses that artists and small to mid-size arts and culture organizations have suffered.
  • The Creator Fund is providing financial assistance to active creators who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. If you have medical, childcare, housing or grocery needs, please apply for assistance.
  • The Dancers Fund provides short-term financial assistance to Chicago dance professionals in times of critical health need
  • Dance/NYC: Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund invites eligible New York City metropolitan area dance makers with annual expense budgets between $25,000 and $500,000 experiencing loss of income resultant of COVID-19 to submit proposals for one-time grants between $2,500 and $5,000. Due to overwhelming demand, the Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund applications for March support to Freelance Dance Workers closed March 27, 2020. The application will reopen on April 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. for freelance dance workers seeking funding for the month of April.
  • Disabled Creator and Activist Pandemic Relief supports disabled activists and creators that have lost honorariums and sales due to conference and event cancelations, volunteers are collecting information to organize a relief fund. If you are a disabled creator or activist and you would like to participate, please indicate what sorts of interactions you would like to do.
  • Dramatists Guild Foundation - Emergency grants for writer provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and book writers in dire needs of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA): Emergency Grants Program for visual and performing artists.
  • The Haven Foundation offers interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises.
  • Indie Theater Fund COVID-19 Emergency Grant is for indie theater companies and individual artists.
  • Jazz Foundation of America: Musicians’ Emergency Fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief and direct financial support in times of crisis.
  • For The People Artists Collective: Artists of Color Emergency Grants are offering emergency microgrants of up to $500 to Illinois-based artists and freelancers of color whose income has been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • New Music Solidarity Fund is designed to help new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts- Rauschenberg Emergency Grants are open to visual and media artists and choreographers.
  • North Carolina Artist Relief Fund has been created to support creative individuals who have been financially impacted by gig cancellations due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Artists and arts presenters in North Carolina can apply for emergency funding.
  • Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund helps artists in Minnesota recover from personal emergencies by helping pay an unanticipated, emergency expense. As part of our response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we have expanded the guidelines to include lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Artists can request up to $500 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost.
  • Theatre Community Benevolent Fund provides financial relief in a confidential, respectful manner to individual theater practitioners and non-profit theater organizations of Greater Boston and the surrounding areas, facing occurrences of a catastrophic nature including but not limited to extreme illness, devastating acts of nature, housing emergencies, vandalism, and theft, and who have limited or no resources with which to handle such events.

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