8 Funding Sources for Artist of Color during COVID-19

The recent global health crisis has left the art world in uncertain times due to COVID-19. Museums, theaters, exhibitions, and concerts are canceled with no startup date. Fortunately, there are resources available to help. The artists will qualify for the federal government’s CARES Act, and organizations are helping to connect artists to employment opportunities and grants daily. Artist resources are available as emergency funds, as well as local, state, and national resources for a variety of artists here.

The following list provides funding relief for people of color, as well as the opportunity to donate to any of these fantastic causes.

Americans for the Arts

Deadline July 5, 2020

Americans for the Arts has partnered with The Joyce Foundation and American Express Foundation to introduce the Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Fellowship (ACLC Fellowship). You must live in Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis/St.Paul at the time of application.

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

  • Accepting donations: Yes, here
  • Apply here on a rolling basis

Arts Administrators of Color Network has set up the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund which folks can donate directly to in support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19. However, creatives practicing and teaching their art as well as the administrators who are supporting that art will without a doubt need our financial support to weather this unexpected and uncertain storm.

Bloom Fund

 They provide unrestricted $1,200 grants in visual arts, literature, small business, non-profit, research, and education for individuals who identify as black, indigenous, and/or person of color.

For the People Artists Collective

For the People Artists Collective is a radical squad of Black artists and artists of color in Chicago. They offer emergency microgrants of up to $500 to Illinois-based artists and freelancers of color whose income has been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

GoFundMe: Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

This writers fund is geared to help at least 100 queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by the current COVID-19. Although, priority will be given to queer trans women of color and queer disabled writers of color.

National Black Arts

Donate to the Artist Fund
Apply to Artist Project Fund

The NBA has launched an Artist Project Relief fund starting at $5000 to support Black Artists that help assistance during this time of need. They are committed to fight, fund and feature black artists

Pillars Rapid Response Fund

“The Pillars Rapid Response Fund supports the personal expenses of Muslim artists and activists whose livelihoods are being negatively impacted by this current moment. The fund will be making $500 grants to individuals through a short application process.”

The Atlanta Artist Lost Gig Fund

Rolling application

This is for Atlanta-area artists who earn the majority of their income from their art-based practice and who have unmet essential needs due to COVID-19-related revenue loss. Priority is given to members of the Atlanta non-profit arts service organization C4, then to those who are disabled or immunocompromised, then to artists who identify as black, indigenous, people of color, transgender, and/or gender nonbinary. 

If you have any information for other funding opportunities for people of color, please leave a comment below.

Work Cited

Are You an Artist in Need of Aid? Here Are Dozens of …. https://news.artnet.com/art-world/artist-aid-resources-during-coronavirus-1828860

Specialty Pharmacy Services – MUSC Health | Charleston SC. https://muschealth.org/medical-services/pharmacy/specialty-pharmacy-services

Fundraiser for Quanice Floyd by Joshua Jenkins : Arts …. https://www.gofundme.com/f/artsleadersfund

3Arts | Funding. https://3arts.org/resources/funding/

COVID-19 Emergency Funding and Artist Resources. https://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2020/03/covid-19-emergency-funding-artist-resources/

COVID-19 Free Resources for Photographers & Creatives. https://phlearn.com/resources/

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