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COVID-19: Resources for Artists

Artists Covid relief by the numbers: 470 Vermont artists received $196K (includes grants to Clemmons Family Farm and Vermont Abenaki Artists Association). Support for artist relief comes from the Vermont Arts Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, Vermont Community Foundation Arts Endowment, and private donors.For current information on the Vermont Arts Council's grantmaking during the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes and additions to current grant programs, please visit our "COVID-19 and Vermont Arts Council Grantmaking" page.

Safe Outdoor Venues Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 21, 10-11 a.m. via Zoom | The Vermont Recreation & Parks Association (VRPA) and the Vermont Arts Council have teamed up with several artists to organize a Zoom meeting on January 21st to discuss the ongoing challenges the Covid-19 pandemic has created, as well as to discuss safe outdoor venues for the summer 2021 season. All artists and performers in Vermont are encouraged to attend.

Learn more and register for the Safe Outdoor Venues meeting.

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We invite you to contact us with specific accommodations you need to facilitate your participation in the workshop. We will make every effort to honor your requests when they are made two weeks prior to the event. Contact Michele Bailey, 504/ADA coordinator.


COVID-19 Resources for Artists

  • Artist Relief distributes $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. The fund will operate through December 10, 2020

  • The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant (while financial losses due to COVID-19 are not eligible, one-time assistance for a specific emergency, including fire, flood, or emergency medical need, are eligible for funding)

  • This crowdsourced freelance artists' COVID-19 resource directory. Original resources and inspiration provided by Nicole Brewer, Ann Marie Lonsdale, Quanice Floyd, Tiffany Wilhelm, Brian Herrera, Hannah Fenlon, & Clementine Bordeaux

  • CERF+—the Artists Safety Net is launching a third round of COVID-19 Relief Grants. The $1,000 grants are for artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances due to food, housing, and/or medical insecurities as a result of the ongoing pandemic. The third cycle will begin accepting applications on January 13th, and will close on February 3rd, 2021. Priority will be given to Black, Indigenous, People of Color and folk and traditional artists.

  • The Vermont Arts Council's Facebook page is regularly updated with resources for artists and virtual arts events to attend while social distancing.

  • Shade Literary Arts has paused their fund for queer writers of color with plans to resume TBA.

  • Musicians and music industry workers who've lost 50% of their income are eligible to apply to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

  • The PEN American Writer's Emergency Fund offers grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. They expect to be able to review and respond to applications within 14 days. To be eligible, applicants must be based in the United States, be a professional writer, and be able to demonstrate that this one-time grant will be meaningful in helping them to address an emergency situation. The fund is limited, and not every application can be supported.

  • Craft artists who make the majority of their income from their art, and who have been working professionally for at least three years prior to their emergency, may apply to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund.

  • The Musicians Foundation Fund supports musicians impacted by COVID-19.

  • The Foundation of Contemporary Arts Artist Relief Fund is open to U.S.-based artists impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The Opportunity Agenda has paused funding with plans to resume TBA.

  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) will waive their service fee for any artist struggling due to the coronvirus pandemic. Contact the VLA office at, and read this article on COVID-19 and "force majeure" clauses by Lucas Blackadar, Director of Legal Services for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston.

  • Americans for the Arts has developed an on-demand video series, "COVID-19 Federal Relief Funds for the Arts 101."

  • The New York Foundation for the Arts has partnered with Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program, which provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical/dental/mental health emergencies. The application for cycle 5 of funding opens December 2, 2020 and closes January 5, 2020.

  • The Economic Micro Business Recovery Assistance for the COVID-19 Epidemic (EMBRACE) program has paused funding and is processing submissions.

  • Free technical assistance is now available through the Small Business Recovery Technical Assistance Program with support in a variety of areas being provided by the state’s 12 regional development corporations, Champlain College, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Northern Community Investment Corporation, and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.

  • Sound Diplomacy offers a toolkit of useful information, guidance and evidence to support urgent applications, approvals and programs to use existing CARES Act funding that must be spent by December 30, 2020 to support music and creative communities in every community in America.

  • The Center for Craft's Craft Futures Fund will support craft communities throughout the United States and their creative responses to COVID-19. These one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will be disbursed to craft-based education projects that seed resilience, foster community, and amplify impact. Educators may include artists, curators, makers, writers, community organizers, activists, museum educators, scholars, teachers, professors, and others. Monthly deadlines.

  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts created the Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund to disburse one-time $2,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.

  • The Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund offers grants of $100 to $500. Supports queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Priority is given to queer trans women of color and queer disabled writers of color. Applications are paused as of Jan. 4, 2021, with plans to re-open as soon as possible.

  • MusiCares offers grants of up to $1,000 to individual artists who have at least 3 years of employment in the music industry and/or 6 commercially released recordings (singles), or 6 commercially or promotionally released music videos. Grant funds will be distributed as long as funding allows.

Please visit our Artists Knowledge Center page for more emergency funding sources for artists.

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