Resources for Artists and Art Organizations
Our thoughts are with all of those struggling during the global health crisis. We know those in the creative community are particularly vulnerable to temporary loss of income due to cancelled exhibitions and events and we are all grappling with an uncertain future. Now is the time to rally together to share information and resources so we can weather this storm together.
We at FOR-SITE have been keeping a close eye on resources and support available to artists and non-profit organizations as they circulate through various channels. We will be sharing some of this information periodically here on our Field Notes blog.
Organizations such as Creative Capital, San Francisco Arts Commission, and our neighbors at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture have also compiled ongoing lists of resources for artists, writers, curators, and non-profits. View selected highlights below:
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA GRANTS
Established by Mayor London N. Breed to provide financial support for our arts community during the COVID-19 emergency, this fund has two branches, one for loans and one for grants.
Artists who live in the Bay Area for the past two years are eligible for $250 in an effort to support the security and protection of artists who, in “normal times,” hold part-time or contract work to prioritize their art practice.
This is a resource for performing arts workers in the Bay Area who are facing a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
This grant was developed collaboratively by Zoo Labs, YBCA, Black Joy Parade, and Always Win Together and is designed to support artists who live in the Bay Area, who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, who are POC, Women, or identify as LGBTQIA+.
The Safety Net Fund is a non-profit designed to help support artists in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 crisis. This grant is designed for artists that typically make their living offline at events & retail establishments that have been cancelled or closed due to coronavirus. This includes performing artists, musicians, visual artists, event producers, and other types of creators.
Artist Relief is a new coalition of national arts grantmakers including the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists. This new initiative includes immediate, unrestricted emergency funding of $5,000 for individual artists of all disciplines to help those in need due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers one-time $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.
This emergency grant provides funding for a curatorial project that sheds light on the world during this time of darkness. Priority will be given to curators who have a venue secured for their project and are greatly impacted by the challenges we are facing due to COVID-19.
The Musicians Foundation provides grants to U.S. musicians in any genre in a time of acute need due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.
Twenty Summers has launched an emergency fund for artists and arts organizations suffering from unexpected and unmanageable financial loss as a result of the COVID-19. Artists can receive up to $500, while arts organizations can receive up to $1,000.