EMERGENCY ARTIST RESOURCES + FUNDING
Our team is highly attuned to the impact of this pandemic on artists and the broader community and is working with other organizations locally and nationally to create responsive opportunities that support artists experiencing economic repercussions. Below we have compiled a list of resources for artists, including emergency support.
Forecast has always committed to sharing resources. While we work to ensure the information below is up to date, specific information may have changed. Accuracy cannot be guaranteed as emergency responses to this pandemic continue to evolve. Please consult with a professional before making decisions. Did we miss something? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions or additions. If you are looking for artist calls, employment and other creative opportunities, please visit our regularly updated Artist Opportunities page.
This page was last updated February 21, 2022.
EMERGENCY RELIEF, GRANTS + FUNDING
- Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund // intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). If you fit this description and you are in need of short-term, immediate financial assistance, we would like to help. Funds will be disbursed in the amount of US $200 per person, on a first-come-first-served basis. We will be accepting funds indefinitely. We have put a pause on this fund. Additional information will be provided in 2022, following the organization’s Strategic Planning period
- CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund // Artists who have suffered from a recent, career-threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding. CERF+ also has a list of resources centered around the pandemic. Due to the high demand for emergency relief assistance and limited funding, cases based solely on economic losses due to Covid-19 are not eligible
- Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant // grants between $200 and $2500 for visual and performing artists. Applications reviewed monthly. 2022 Emergency Grants Applications are due by December 12, 2022.
- Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program // provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. While the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation remains steadfast in its long-held mission, the scope of the current crisis makes it necessary for us to focus on the kinds of difficulties we are able to manage through our Emergency Grant Program and to focus on those with which we have the most experience — illness, natural disasters, accidents, fires, and similar occurrences. While we recognize the economic toll of the Covid-19 crisis, we regrettably are not able to assist with funds to replace lost or interrupted income.
- The Haven Foundation // offers interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises. The Foundation’s reach is the United States, and its awards are granted with a view to helping individuals overcome temporary adversity and return to full-time work. Due to application volume, The Haven Foundation will give cash infusions to several foundations [listed on their site] who are offering relief.
- NALAC COVID-19 Relief Efforts // The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) recognizes the compounding impact that the COVID-19 public health pandemic is having on our communities and artistic field. In this moment of uncertainty, we return to the importance of confianza – the act of mutual trust and support to carve a way forward.
- New Orleans Creative Response // Antenna, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Junebug Productions, and The Weavers Fellowship have established a collaborative emergency relief fund as part of a broader initiative called Creative Response, to support New Orleans creators impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by an ever-growing network of art and social justice-based organizations, Creative Response will provide emergency grants of $2,000 to local creators, distribute art and activity kits to New Orleans youth, and is currently serving as a resource hub of information, opportunities, advocacy, and professional development support for creators and organizations. Currently accepting waitlist applications.
- Personal Emergency Relief Fund // Springboard for the Arts has expanded the guidelines of their Personal Emergency Relief Fund to include lost income due to the cancelation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity due to COVID-19 precautionary measures. In solidarity with our friends and colleagues, Forecast has committed $2500 to this fund to help them meet the growing demand and reach artists as quickly as possible. We ask you to join us in supporting artists during this unprecedented time of cancellations and loss of income. Currently not accepting new applications.
FURTHER FUNDING + EXTENSIVE RESOURCE LISTS COMPILED BY OTHERS
- 3Arts// 3Arts Emergency Resources // 3Arts works to sustain and promote artists in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area. Our focus on women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities stems from the need for a diversity of voices and visions to be supported if our city is to prosper and inspire.
- Artist Communities Alliance (ACA) // Emergency Relief Programs // In the event of an emergency, the Alliance can offer support for artists by connecting them with our diverse network of residency programs across the country.
- Americans for the Arts // Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center // Up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field.
- ArtPlace // Running List of Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic // While not comprehensive, we hope the running list of resources below is a start to help mitigate/navigate the effects of the virus (whether it be financial, health, etc) going forward. Last Updated: September 30, 2020
- Minnesota Citizens for the Arts // Minnesota Arts Community’s Coronavirus Resource Center // for artists, grantees, and arts organizations
- National Endowment for the Arts // COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations // a compilation of resources with national reach for artists and arts organizations is now available on the National Endowment for the Arts’ website. This list will continue to be updated as new resources are announced.
- Public Art Saint Paul // Artist Resource for immediate response to COVID19 // Public Art Saint Paul is committed to supporting artists during this global health effort in response to COVID19.
- Springboard for the Arts // Coronavirus / COVID-19 Resources for Artists // an evolving list of resources for information, exchange, and support in this time.
- WomenArts // WomenArts Emergency Funds list // WomenArts is dedicated to increasing the visibility of women artists in all art forms. WomenArts does not make any emergency cash grants. Unfortunately we do not have the staff to advise you about finding emergency funds. We are providing this list to help you find other organizations where you can apply for funding.
OPPORTUNITIES, TOOLS + MORE
- COVID-19 Arts Response // UF Center for Arts in Medicine // an open-access repository to help professionals across sectors leverage creativity and the arts in responses to COVID-19.
- Freelance Artist Resources // crowd-sourced information designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community, including actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, and more.
- General Public Art Resources // Forecast’s public art Resources page offers a variety of access points to explore the field of public art.
- Government responses to the impact of COVID-19 on the arts and creative industries // Data compiled on how governments and arts funding agencies responded around the world to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the arts and cultural sectors. Last updated June 2020.
- HOPE (Healing Online for People Everywhere) // an online series offered by UCLArts & Healing to enable our global community to build resilience through the arts over the next few months. Includes current programming (spring 2022) and archived videos.
- Mn Artists Opportunities // we encourage both artists and organizations to regularly check out our Opportunities page. We are keeping it up to date with new emergency grants, artist calls in the era of social distancing, and extended deadlines.
- The One Club COVID-19 Jobs Board // An ongoing collection of industry positions during these uncertain times.
- Principles for Ethical Cancellation // Offered by Springboard for the Arts.
- Public Art Opportunities // Forecast compiles opportunities for artists, including Requests for Qualifications (RFQs), grants, other calls for entry, as well as employment, fellowship and volunteer opportunities.
- Virtual Workshops for Artists // Creative Capital offers online workshops.
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
- Avivo ArtWorks // ArtWorks is part of Avivo’s Community Support Program in Minneapolis and supports artists living with mental illness as they create art, build community, and fight stigma around mental illness.
- Black Mental Health Resources // a website listing persons of African descent who work in and act as resources to the behavioral health field.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Dissonance // examines the intersection of creativity and wellbeing, working to create safe spaces, smash social stigmas, and shape education and business practices relating to mental health, addiction, and compassion in the arts.
- Indigo Counseling Center // LGTBQ+ friendly, with artist and artist-friendly specialists.
- LatinX Therapists // a network of Latinx mental health practitioners that are committed to honoring and affirming the human dignity of Latinx immigrant communities marginalized by violence, criminalization, detention, and deportation.
- Mental Health Resources to Help Prevent Creative and Professional Burnout // offered by UC Berkeley
- Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
- Minnesota Department of Health / Supporting Mental Well-being During COVID-19
- NAMI Minnesota // is hosting a variety of online courses and support groups.
- Minnesota Communities Caring for Children / Practicing Resilience in Community
- Senior Guide to Mental Health During Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Springboard for the Arts / Find Care in MN // a directory of Healthcare resources in Minnesota.
- Springboard for the Arts / Health & Basic Needs Resources // a non-comprehensive list of mental health and basic needs resources.
- World Health Organization (WHO)
DO YOU WORK IN THE ARTS? PLEASE TAKE THIS IMPACT SURVEY
- Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Council Survey // We know that people and organizations in our state’s arts and creative sector are being tested and challenged as never before. The physical, emotional, and financial toll that COVID-19 is taking is beyond our ability to measure, at this point. To help us get a handle on what’s happening and guide our immediate and longer-term responses to COVID-19, we need your input. Please take FIVE MINUTES to complete a very brief and simple survey. We will begin reviewing the information on March 25, 2020. However, we know that the situation is evolving every day, so we’ll keep the survey live and will continue to review new responses as we receive them.
On March 12, 2020, Forecast made the decision to help #flattenthecurve, and help slow the spread of COVID-19
It is out of deep care and concern for the most vulnerable that we make the following temporary decisions today to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our community.
- As of Friday, March 13, Forecast will close our public-facing office location until further notice.
- Our office will be closed, but our team is not slowing down! We are working remotely and are available via phone, email and video conferencing. We are hard at work from home, continuing to support artists, communities, and projects here in Minnesota and around the counrty. Out-of-state travel has been canceled until further notice.
- Upcoming Forecast-produced events in March are postponed.
In alignment with the values of our organization, we:
- Outright reject the spreading of ignorance, racism, and xenophobia associated with this pandemic.
- Are well aware that not everyone can work from home. We are staying highly attuned to the economic impact any decision we make could have on staff, contractors, vendors, artists, small businesses, and others working with us. We will continue to get payments out on time, grants out on schedule, and new projects in the queue that support public artists.
- Are working with other arts organizations to create responsive and online opportunities to support artists who are already experiencing the economic hit from canceled events, performances, talks and other paid gigs. We encourage everyone who was planning to attend a show, concert, fair, opening or event to find other ways to take those dollars and donate to those artists, Venmo them, commission and buy their work and continue to support local artists in every way you can. Please follow this link to crowd-sourced information that we did not create but we can all participate in, and is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.
Thank you all for your understanding during this unprecedented and still-developing situation. The well-being of our staff and our community is our top priority. Like everyone, we are continually monitoring trusted resources like those listed above and will provide updates as we have them.
The Team at Forecast