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Resource & Support List for Artists

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As the emails pour in with information on how to seek support as a freelance artist in the time of COVID-19, we've taken the time to compile some of those links, especially those specific to writers and theater artists, into one place. We hope some of these may be helpful in this uncertain time, and wish health and safety to our entire community!


The Dramatists Guild

From DG President Doug Wright: "We advise dramatists facing economic hardship to reach out to the Dramatists Guild Foundation for emergency relief, and ask anyone whose production has been cancelled as a result of the pandemic to report the closure to us, using [this form]."

Livestreaming Panel: Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic

Join HowlRound plus a group of artists, arts administrators, and others from around the U.S. on Monday 16 March 2020 at 8 p.m. EDT to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting freelancers, and where artists can look for support in this complicated moment. The conversation will focus on shared resources (legal, advocacy, how to take your work virtual, finding emergency funding, and financial best practices in crisis) and building and grounding our national community.

The Actor’s Fund

The Actors Fund is a nonprofit, nationwide human services organization providing programs that support the unique, essential needs of all who work in entertainment and the performing arts – on stage or camera and behind the scenes. The Actors Fund offers a broad spectrum of programs including comprehensive social service, health care services, and housing.

Authors League Fund

The Fund exists to help professional writers continue their careers with dignity by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses. Repayment of this emergency support is not required.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+ is a national artist service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and to provide emergency resources that benefit all artists. Assistance includes grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment.

NYFA Emergency Grants

Funds specifically dedicated to helping those working in the performing arts.

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

A fundraiser organized by Shade Literary Arts, aiming to help at least 100 writers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Click the link above to apply, or donate to the fund here.


For more resources:

Visit this comprehensive list that breaks down support by region and type.

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