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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 information on Vermont Arts Council’s Covid-19 relief efforts, visit our “COVID-19 and Vermont Arts Council Grantmaking” page.

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.

COVID-19 Resources for Artists

  • Safe Outdoor Venues: The Vermont Recreation & Parks Association and the Vermont Arts Council hosted an online discussion on Jan. 21, 2021, with artists and performers about the ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and safe outdoor venues for the summer 2021 season. View the recording.

  • 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

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

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

  • PEN America’s U.S. Writers Aid Initiative, part of the PEN America Writers Emergency Fund, offers grants for writers in the United States facing acute financial need following an emergency situation. 

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Artists U maintains a list of Covid-10 resources for artists.

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

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has gathered financial assistance resources for homeowners and renters during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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

Impact Surveys

COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers (Americans from the Arts). All types of creative workers are encouraged to participate: practicing artists, culture bearers, educators and teaching artists, creative entrepreneurs, and hobby artists. The survey aims to gauge what is happening to the creative economy and address what is needed to provide relief and spur recovery.

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