Artist Relief is an initiative organized by the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the MAP Fund, the National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists — all small to mid-sized national arts grantmakers — to help support the financial, professional, social, and mental well-being of artists impacted by the coronavirus public health crisis.
According to Artists and Other Cultural Workers: A Statistical Portrait, a study published in 2019 by the Office of Research & Analysis (ORA) at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), there are 2.5 million working artists in the United States.
Launched with $5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and matched by an initial $5 million from two dozen other arts grantmakers, the initiative will distribute grants of $5,000 to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19, as well as serve as an ongoing informational resource and co-sponsor (with Americans for the Arts) the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers to identify and address the needs of artists moving forward.
The initiative will operate through September, as organizers monitor the impact of the pandemic and continue to fundraise to assist with the escalating needs of the country's artists.
Practicing artists living in all fifty states, territories, and tribal nations, working in any discipline, are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicants must be 21 or older, able to receive taxable income in the United States regardless of their citizenship status, and have generally lived and worked in the United States for the last two years. Due to expected demand, Artist Relief recognizes it will not be able to fund every applicant. Artists demonstrating the most severe needs will be prioritized, with an emphasis on funding widely across disciplines and geographies, as well as disability, ethnicity, and gender. Applications will be reviewed and assessed for eligibility and need in collaboration with cultural nonprofits across the country, who will assist in the determination and selection process.
Artist Relief coalition partners will make final eligibility determinations as needed.
For more information and/or to apply for a grant, visit the Artist Relief website.