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Artists Knowledge Center

Looking for Covid-19 resources? Visit our Covid-19 Resources for Artists page.

Business and Legal Resources

Fractured U is part of Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit membership organization that supports the arts and creative industries. Members can take advantage of online courses in entrepreneurship and small business development.

Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) provides no-cost business advising and low-cost training to all Vermont entrepreneurs starting or growing their own businesses.

Creative Capital supports artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services.

Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston provides direct legal and business services and ongoing educational programs to the creative community. Trainings and resources are available online.

New York Foundation for the Arts provides free access to resources including legal, money, exhibiting, technology and interviews with arts professionals.

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit economic empowerment organization whose mission is to strengthen communities and the economy by supporting women to launch and successfully sustain businesses.

Insurance and Disaster Preparedness

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) offers direct emergency financial assistance to craft artists and educational information for all artists about business development, health, safety, and insurance.

Fractured Atlas is a nonprofit membership organization that supports the arts and creative industries. Members can take advantage of various resources and services including the purchase of insurance policies tailored to the needs of artists, including teaching artists.

COVID-19: The Vermont Arts Council's COVID-19 resources page is continually updated to support the needs of artists, cultural organizations, and art lovers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Additional Resources and Sources of Funding

Vermont Community Foundation, grant funding

Alliance of Artist Communities, an international association of artists' residencies.

Community Capital of Vermont, small business financing and support

Foundation for Contemporary Arts, grants to encourage innovation, experimentation, and potential in the arts (dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts).

Change, Inc. provides one-time emergency grants of up to $1,000 to artists of any discipline. Applicants must submit a detailed letter describing the financial emergency, copies of outstanding bills, medical fee estimates, and current financial statements, along with a career resume, reviews, exhibition or performance announcements, and two letters of reference from someone in affiliated field. For more information, write to:
Change Emergency Funds
Change, Inc.
P.O. Box 54
Captiva, FL 33924

The Sustainable Arts Foundation, funding and support for artists and writers with children. 

The Vermont Arts Council lists additional resources here.

For Specific Disciplines

Visual Arts

Sources of Funding

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, grants to painters, sculptors, and printmakers creating art for at least twenty years and in financial need.

Pollack-Krasner Foundation, grants to visual artists—painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic.

Joan Mitchell Foundation, emergency support to visual artists working in painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or manmade disasters that have affected their community.

Artists' Fellowship, Inc. assists professional fine artists and their families in the event of emergency, disability, or bereavement.

Additional Resources

Finding a Solution—the Vermont Way is a story about work by one artist that resembled another's and resulted in a resource guide with copyright resources.


Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+), to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and to provide emergency resources that benefit all artists. Assistance includes grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers, and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment.

Literary Arts

Sources of Funding

PEN Writers’ Fund, grants up to $2,000 to published writers in acute financial crisis.

American Society of Journalists and Authors Writer’s Emergency Assistance Fund offers first-time grants of up to $3,500 for established nonfiction writers in crisis situations.

Author’s League Fund, interest-free loans of between $2,000 and $3,000 to writers with severe medical/health-related problems and other serious misfortunes.

Dramatists Guild Foundation has a fund for one-time emergency grants to individual playwrights, lyricists, and composers in need of temporary financial assistance due to unexpected illness or extreme hardship.

Additional Resources

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, information on legal issues, self-publishing, literary agents, etc. The SFWA Emergency Medical Fund offers interest-free loans to members facing unexpected medical expenses.

Speculative Literature Foundationvarious resources for writers including information about emergency resources, grants, publishers, workshops, self-publishing, and taxes.

Performing Arts and Film

Sources of Funding

Sweet Relief Musicians' Fund, financial assistance to all types of career musicians struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.

The Dramatists Guild Foundation awards one-time emergency grants to individual playwrights, lyricists and composers in need of temporary financial assistance due to unexpected illness or extreme hardship.

Directors Guild Foundation,  a labor organization that represents the creative and economic rights of directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, documentaries, news, sports and new media. It provides no interest, confidential loans to Guild members in good standing who are in need of emergency financial assistance.

Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund, aid for veterans of the theatrical community (exhibition, distribution, and production) who are encountering an illness, injury, or life-changing event.

LEF Foundation, New England supports the creation of new work by documentary filmmakers, living in the region.

The Ford Foundation's JustFilms grants support artist-driven film and new media storytelling projects that explore aspects of inequality, as well as the organizations and networks that support these projects.

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization here to meet the needs of our entertainment community with a unique understanding of the challenges involved in a life in the arts. Services include emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling, senior care, secondary career development and more.

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly influence the health and welfare of the music community.

National Endowment for the Humanities Programs include:
Media Projects program supports the development, production, and distribution of radio, podcast, television, and long-form documentary film projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Contact Information: Division of Public Programs Team (202) 606-8269,

Short Documentaries program supports production of single films or a series of thematically related short films addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. The proposed film(s) must be intended for regional or national distribution, via broadcast, festivals, and/or online distribution. Contact Information: Division of Public Programs Team (202) 606-8269,

Additional Resources

The Vermont Dance Alliance is a foundation for Vermont dancers and a public platform for dance in Vermont. The alliance cultivates deeper relationships between its members, and helps to foster a thriving artistic community throughout the state. Their website also provides links to artists, classes and events throughout Vermont.

TheaterEngine is an online promotional tool and database serving artists and audiences. For artists, TheaterEngine is an online promotional tool for individuals, production companies and venues working in the performing arts. It is also a database containing all past shows and show information entered into it. With enough information, TheaterEngine becomes a robust tool for finding the people and resources in any given area with links to their past and current work. For audiences, TheaterEngine is an online resource for information about upcoming shows, performing artists, production companies, and venues in any given area.

Big Heavy World is a nonprofit music organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Vermont-made music. Their projects and online resources include an artist directory and business referral network, an alliance of musicians and presenters, a record label, a public listening library, an online music shop, a tour van that they loan out, musician summits and educational events, a weekly local music radio show and community radio station, conversations with civic leaders about Vermont’s music community, and more. Their volunteer-staffed music office is located in Burlington, Vermont.