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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 CARES Act | An overview of the stimulus bill. Unemployment benefits will also be 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.
  • 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.
  • Artist Relief | To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.
  • 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.
  • LA Department of Cultural Affairs | Arts Emergency Relief Fund. Applications are due June 1, 2020. Click here for a list of artist resources.


  • ArtWork Archive | Financial Relief Resources for Artists During COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Emergency Funding | Funding resources for Freelance Artists
  • LA County Department of Arts and Culture | COVID-19 Resources
  • Musical America | Guide to COVID-19 relief for musicians.
  • MusiCares | Until MusiCares is able to raise additional funds for COVID-19 relief efforts, they are not accepting new applications for assistance. An announcement will be made once more funds become available.
  • 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.
  • Preservation Hall Foundation | List of grants, assistance and other resources for musicians during the COVID-19 health crisis.


  • Forbes | Overview of available resources for Freelancers