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COVID-19 Resources for Artists

A list of resources and relief funds specifically for artists and freelancers to provide aid during COVID-19

Relief Funds:

  • COVID-19 Relief | Congress has passed a new $1.9 trillion coronavirus package relief package on 3/10/21. The plan includes unemployment aid, direct payments, tax credit expansions, vaccine distribution funds and state and local government relief, among a range of other provisions.
    • Unemployment benefits are extended to those who typically do not qualify, such as gig economy workers, furloughed employees and freelancers. Check if you’re eligible for an Economic Impact Payment.
    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance | Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is one of the federal CARES Act provisions that helps unemployed Californians who are not usually eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.
  • The Actors Fund | Open to everyone (not just actors!) in entertainment; available to union and non-union entertainment workers
  • AFM Local 47 | Emergency Relief Fund. Click here for a list of additional resources for musicians.
  • Musicians Foundation | Individual grants for musicians
  • Music Health Alliance | Emergency financial assistance is available for music professionals who are unable to pay their basic living expenses.

Resource Lists:

Other Resources:

  • MusiCares | COVID-19 Resources
  • OnwardCA | OnwardCA is an initiative of companies, foundations, and humans to get California workers displaced by COVID-19 essential life services and back to work as quickly as possible.


This page was last updated March 10, 2021. Every effort is made to update this list regularly. If you notice any errors or have a resource that you would like to share, please email