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Knowledge Center

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 Vermont Arts Council lists additional resources here.

For Specific Disciplines

Visual Artists

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.

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.


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

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.  

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.

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

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.


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.