COVID-19 Artist Resources

A list of vital resources for artists, writers, musicians, and performers.

Jean Jacques Rousseau, Eight of Hearts

Eight of Hearts with notes penned by Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

At BOMB Magazine, generating dialogue and community between artists across disciplines has been our core mission since we started in 1981. We believe the artist’s voice is necessary, particularly in uncertain times. 

We are so grateful to our readers, contributing artists and writers, and supporters. Our commitment to you is unshakeable, and we offer our firm support during a period when many of us are isolated and facing unprecedented challenges. In the coming weeks, BOMB will continue to publish new content daily, as well as resources and virtual outreach for artists in order to amplify and support the voices we hold dear in our community.

Please reach out to Libby (libby@bombsite.com) if you have suggestions, an online event, or an organization to add.



Get Involved 

Get Us PPE

Instructions for makers here (including those with access to 3D printing, laser printing, sewing). A sample script to contact hospitals and for deliveries is available here. After reading all instructions, design tools for masks here, face shields here, and goggles here. Only engage in support efforts if you’re healthy and practicing social distancing. Do NOT attempt to make any PPE if you or someone in your household is sick.

Rent Freeze NYC and LA

New York via Housing Justice for All: Petition (EN/ES) for full moratorium on evictions/foreclosures and other measures available here. Legislation available here.

Los Angeles via Healthy LA Coalition: Petition (EN/ES) for non-contact deliveries, paid sick leave, and more here. City council information here. Virtual Town Hall tonight, March 26, from 6-8PM PDT.


Artists, Writers, Performers, and Art Worker’s Relief

Actors Fund

Free and confidential social service programs are available nationally and address a wide array of challenges faced by people in performing arts and entertainment. Professional social workers offer counseling and support groups, education, emergency financial assistance, and practical help. 

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe is offering a free, two-month deal for any existing customers who seek to cancel their memberships. 

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant 

A grant program intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance.

The Artists’ Fellowship 

A fellowship that provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement, or unexpected extreme hardship.

American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund 

A grant that provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need. AGMA contracts with the Actors Fund to administer this program nationally and provide comprehensive social services.

Authors League Fund 

A grant that supports professional writers in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses.

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

Grants are available for bartenders and the spouses and children of bartenders experiencing financial hardship. For more information, read eligibility guidelines and contact the USBG National Charity Foundation at foundation@usbg.org.

CERF+

A nonprofit offering emergency relief grants for artists (prioritizing those who are infected).

Catalpa

Offering two remote residencies ($500 each) to writers and artists. More information here. Applications are currently closed, revisit for more information.

COVID-19 Financial Solidarity Spreadsheet

A microgrant-based model spreadsheet of mutual aid. Participation guidelines are available here and administration can be reached at covidmutualaid@gmail.com.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource

A comprehensive list of free resources, opportunities, and financial resource options available to US and international artists of all disciplines.

COVID-19 NYC Black Folk Mutual Aid Fund

A mutual aid resource available to black folk in NYC. Donate here, offer support here, and request aid here.

Cinema Worker Solidarity Fund

A mutual aid resource available to New York City cinema workers whose hours have been curtailed because of COVID-19 closures and who are not being otherwise compensated.

The Creator Fund 

A flexible grant that can be used toward medical expenses, childcare, groceries, or rent or mortgage. Please read details here

Creative Capital 

Creative Capital has aggregated a list of resources, including Emergency Grants and the Authors League Fund.

Equal Sound

If you are a musician who has lost income due to a cancelled gig as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, apply to receive money from Equal Sound’s new program by submitting a form here.

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts 

Emergency Grants are offered between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. Applications are reviewed once a month.

Housing Court Answers Hotline

Although evictions are suspended indefinitely, each NYC borough will have one judge handling emergency cases including illegal lockout cases, emergency HP Actions, and post-eviction cases. Anyone in this situation can call the court. For questions about court or evictions, the Housing Court Answers’s hotline will continue to operate Monday through Friday, 9AM–5PM: 212-962-4795.

Interdisciplinary Remote/Remote-Friendly Work

An ongoing spreadsheet of remote-friendly employers—in advocacy, policy, education, and tech—curated by the weekly newsletter Words of Mouth

Leveler.info Peer-to-Peer Wealth Distribution

The leveler is a tool for salaried workers to distribute wealth evenly across a database of freelancers, service industry, and gig economy folks who are impacted by COVID-19 health and safety restrictions (venue closures, shift/gig/commission cancellations etc).

Mount Sinai NOW Video Urgent Care

Mount Sinai NOW is a telehealth service that provides online medical consultations for $25, regardless of health insurance status. 

The Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund 

A non-profit 501(c)(3) administered by the Musicians’ Assistance Program (MAP). A New York State licensed social worker provides confidential social services to members and their families.

Mutual Aid NYC 

Available financial support as well as a list of remote and in-person volunteer opportunities (e.g., translation, budgeting, and food distribution). Email mutualaidnewyork@gmail.com for more information.

NYFA Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

The New York Foundation for the Arts and the Rauschenberg Foundation have teamed up to offer visual and media artists and choreographers in the US grants of up to $5,000 for medical-related emergencies.

Online Studio Visit List

A Google Form and aggregated spreadsheet for those who are available for online studio visits, guest lectures, and crits through video chat and other platforms. 

PEN American Writers’ Emergency Fund 

A small grants program for professional—published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crisis. Depending on the situation and level of need, grants are in the range of $2,000.

P0stB1nary 

A DC-based, mutual aid directory and intake form for independent and freelance artists.

Service Workers Coalition

A mutual aid network for service workers in Brooklyn. Email serviceworkerscoalition@gmail.com if you need help or want to get involved.

Spectrum WiFi

Spectrum will provide sixty days of free Internet to customers and students without access. Note: you must not yet have service with the provider. Call 844-488-8395 and proceed through the automated prompts until you connect with a representative.

Study Hall Digest and Opportunities Newsletter

Study Hall is an online support group for media workers making its digest and opportunities newsletter unpaywalled and available to all on Twitter (@studyhallxyz) for the foreseeable future. 

Sweet Relief 

Sweet Relief provides immediate assistance with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the coronavirus. Funds raised will go toward medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food, and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work. 

Twenty Summers Emergency Arts Fund & Art Interrupted

A nationwide Emergency Arts Fund (EAF) initiative launched by Twenty Summers for artists and arts organizations facing severe financial loss as a result of COVID-19. Art Interrupted is a new digital series featuring songs, writings, musings, and advice from musicians, authors, and other cultural figures during social isolation. Nominate an artist here or an arts organization here.

All information on the Artist Resource page is provided in good faith; however, we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability, or completeness of any information on the site or our mobile application.

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