March 29, 2020
Official updates about Covid 19 and the city of Boston can be found here including multilingual content. We also recommend Dig Boston for ongoing coronavirus coverage as well as other BINJ reporting partners. If you need support with basic needs such as getting groceries, supplies or other support we recommend connecting with your local mutual aid chapter. Here are the links to some of the different areas Allston/Brighton, Somerville/Medford, Jamaica Plain/Roxbury, South Boston, and Dorchester.
A master list with links to other Mass Mutual Aid network areas can be found HERE
Autumn Ahn and the CreateWell Fund have partnered to create an informational resource, "for anyone who has been misinformed by or intimidated by the process of applying for Federal Aid. This tool unpacks complicated language and action steps for the self-employed, freelancer, independent contractor, gig-worker, artist community." This informational guide is available in slide form and document form.
This document COVID-19 and Freelance Artists is an ongoing collection of national artist grants and resources.
Artist Resource Desk Newsletter for more information about artist resources, sign up for the regular newsletter from the City of Boston.
Common Field has an amazing list of resources for the artist organizing field.
Creative Capital also has an amazing list of resources for artists including online workshops and national-level grant opportunities
Author and activist Fred T. Johnson has started a GoFundMe Fund for rent/bills relief and will Paypal/Cashapp you $200 if you tweet or DM him.
Spaceus is offering a paid collaboration opportunity for artists of all kinds!
Kinkade Family Foundation has an emergency grant for curators. Applications are accepted up to 4/12/2020 and grants are up to $5000. Deadline passed.
Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund Grant of up to $200 per applicant. For BIPOC artists and art educators who demonstrate financial need as a result of Covid 19. View and fill out application HERE.
Boston Artists Relief Fund for Boston Area artists whose income has been impacted by COVID-19. $500 grants available. Deadline has passed but check out more opportunities from the city for artists, specifically artists of color here Boston Music Maker Relief Fund Grant of up to $200 per applicant. For performers in the Greater Boston area who have demonstrated lost income due to performance cancellations related to COVID-19. Deadline to apply has passed. Boston Singers’ Relief Fund Grant of up to $500 per applicant. For singers who are residents of New England and who earn at least 15% of their income from singing. Deadline passed.
Theatre Community Benevolent Fund Grants for individual theater performers and non-profit theater organizations of the Greater Boston area who have suffered financial loss due to COVID-19 or related events of a severe nature.
Cambridge Community Fund has a Cambridge Artist Relief Fund for Cambridge-based creatives.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts has a $500-$2500 grant for artists making work that is experimental or contemporary in nature. DEADLINE to apply is May 31st
Club Passim Emergency Artist Relief Fund For artists who have performed at Club Passim within the last 10 years. Grants offered are up to $500.
Central Square BID has a stipend program for artists to lead a virtual workshop or activity.
Dramatists Guild Foundation is providing "emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness"
Pen America's Writers Emergency Fund is awarding one-time grants for professional writers.
WBUR has copied a list of further grants and resources for artists and nonprofits, check it out HERE.
Artist Relief, a coalition of national arts grant makers, is awarding $5,000 grants for practicing artists. Apply HERE Current Application Cycle DEADLINE is June 17th
Arts Writers Grant Program This program supports both emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art with grants ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories — articles, books, and short-form writing. Application closed.
National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Projects for the Humanities grant projects include websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments. Max award: $400,000. DEADLINE to apply is June 10th
Bennett Prize for Women Figurative Realist Painters The prize competition is open to a person who is a woman and fine art painter who is pursuing a career as a full-time professional and has not yet received significant professional recognition. DEADLINE to apply is Oct 16th
Education: Artist2Artist is a website created by our friends at Studio 550. It's purpose is to connect artists by providing a platform to list and search for online classes hosted by local creatives for free.
Education: HowlRound “is a free and open platform for theatremakers worldwide that amplifies progressive, disruptive ideas about the art form and facilitates connection between diverse practitioners.” Learn how to livestream on HowlRound HERE. They also have an ASL captioned panel about being an artist during a time of pandemic.
Education: Mass College of Art and Design is offering digital marketing and fundraising classes for artists and art organizers.
Event Organization: CMX has a list of tips and tools for event organization during the outbreak.
Music: WBUR compliled a playlist of mellow music by local artists, check it out here for some chill jams
Gardening Info: Soul Fire Farm of Grafton, NY has compiled a list of BIPOC-led how-to videos, gardening projects, and online learning resources all focused on gardening and farming. Check it out HERE.
Additionally, Americans for the Arts and the Arts in Action Fund are providing updates on how to contact your members of Congress about supporting artists during this time.
To donate items such as face masks, gloves, and other public health goods to help Massachusetts' response efforts fill out a form here.