March 29, 2020
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 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
Spaceus is offering a paid collaboration opportunity for artists of all kinds!
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 Arts and Culture Grants opportunities from the city for artists, specifically for artists of color and racial justice initiatives here
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.
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.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts has a $500-$2500 grant for artists making work that is experimental or contemporary in nature. DEADLINE to apply is September 1st
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. Fund temporarily depleted, posting update mid-September.
Leveler is a tool for people with job security to support people whose work status has been impacted by COVID-19, including freelancers, service industry, and gig economy workers. Meant to be accessed from a mobile device instead of a computer, check out to donate or receive funds.
Powerful Pathways Artist Emergency Relief Fund: providing monetary relief for creatives and members of the gig economy, prioritizing POCs who meet the criteria, distributing money on a first come first served basis Application currently closed.
Artist Relief, a coalition of national arts grant makers, is awarding $5,000 grants for practicing artists. Apply HERE Current Application Cycle DEADLINE is July 22nd
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
The Theater Offensive's COVID-19 Relief Fund for QTPOC Artists and Youth Grants for Queer/Trans Artists of Color who have lost income from a performance cancellation related to COVID-19. A limited amount of $200 grants will be made available on a weekly basis.
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.
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.