AES Resource list during COVID-19

Arts Extension Service continues to be dedicated in supporting artists and arts organizations through education and information. Find a list below of resources of opportunities for artists, arts managers, and arts instructors. We are updating this list weekly. Find additional shared resources on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

See a message from Dee Boyle-Clapp, Director of Arts Extension Service, about arts organizations navigating the coronavirus (COVID-19) in this time of crisis.

Lists of Funding Resources and Opportunities

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Emergency Funding Sources, General Grants, and Artist Opportunities

  • Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
    The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.
  • Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
    A one-time micro grant of $200 meant for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators.
  • Artadia Awards for Visual Media Professionals
    All professional visual media artists may apply, but it is highly encouraged for individuals and collaborators to apply. Residents of each Artadia Award City have a specific date to send in applications. Two artists will be selected to receive an unrestricted Artadia Award of $10,000.
  • The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes: 2020 Emergency Arts Relief Grant
    Applications from artists who have been affected financially by COVID-19 are accepted through a rolling basis. Applicant eligibility for individuals and community groups located in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties.
  • Arts Greensboro: Artist Emergency Relief Fund
    Artists located in the Greater Greensboro area who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic should apply for this. Funds will be dispersed weekly.
  • Artist Relief Fund
    A $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers provides $5,000 no-strings-attached grants for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19.
  • The Art Guide: A List of Art Calls
    Find an art call in your state with The Art Guide’s directory.
  • Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
    A fund setup to support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.
  • Artists' Charitable Fund
    Artists' Charitable Fund assists American visual fine artists (painters and sculptors) living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical / dental / eye-care bills.
  • Artists' Fellowship, Inc.
    The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.
  • American-Scandinavian Foundation
    The ASF is offering both fellowships and grants for artists who expect to plan research or create art in Scandinavia. Applications are due November 1, 2020.
  • American Society of Journalists and Authors: Emergency Assistance Fund
    One time grants for writers to cover medical bills.
  • Art for the Soul Gallery: Art Call
    Latinx artists are invited to submit their artwork to Art for the Soul Gallery’s’ art call. This call for art is curated by Ashley Zurc Pereira. All submissions must be submitted by August 15th.
  • Authors League Fund
    The Authors League Fund helps professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.
  • Austin, TX: Banding Together ATX
    A resource for musicians, hospitality workers, and service industry businesses of Austin, TX who have been affected by COIVD-19.
  • AGMA Relief Fund - American Guild of Musical Artists
    The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund provides support and temporary financial assistance to members who are in need.
  • Artists’ Fellowship Emergency Fund
    Emergency aid will be awarded to professional visual artists and their families if they have been affected by the pandemic, unexpected hardships, and/or natural disasters.
  • The Blues Foundation HART Fund - for Blues musicians
    The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.
  • Boston Artist Relief Fund
    The Boston Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $500 and $1000 to individual artists who live in Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
  • Boston Singers Relief Fund
    As an immediate response to the current situation, BSRF is offering one-time grants to reimburse individual classical singers for (some or all of) the income they lost due to COVID-19 related cancellations.
  • Bridgesong Fund
    The Institute for the Musical Arts is offering an emergency relief for western Massachusetts women, nonbinary, and genderqueer artists of color.
  • The CALI Accelerator Program
    Grants are awarded monthly to emerging Californian arts professionals who are partnered with an arts nonprofit. Those awarded can earn up to $1,000.
  • Cambridge Community Foundation
    Grants of up to $1000 to artists who have lost income and live, work, create, and/or perform in Cambridge. Arts organizations that employ artists and performers and/or train future ones can receive up to $5000. Applications accepted through September 2020.
  • Cape Cod Arts Relief Fund
    Artists residing in Cape Code, MA who have been greatly impacted by COVID-19 can apply for this microgrant of $500. The grants will be awarded until funds have been completely depleted.
  • CHEJ Small Grants Program
    Grants will be awarded to grassroots organizations, that have been impacted environmentally, who focus on environmental health and justice issues. Grassroots communities of colors, low wealth, and rural/urban groups are encouraged to apply.
  • Columbus, OH Artists COVID-19 Relief Fund
    Funds will be distributed among individual artists in Columbus, OH. Priority will be given to BIPOC, transgender and nonbinary, and disabled artists.
  • Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts Grants
    A temporary program that provides grants to arts organizations located in North Central Massachusetts that need financial support due to the effects of COVID-19.
  • Cultural Critics Relief Fund
    A  $500 need-based grants to cultural critics working in dance, film/television, food, literary arts, music, theater, or visual arts (anyone based in US or US territories may apply ). 
  • Currier Museum of Art: 2021 Artist Residency
    Artists with a history of social engagement in their work can apply for this social practice residency, which comes with a stipend, travel allowance, materials budget, and housing in a fully furnished home in Manchester, NH. The deadline is September 1, 2020.
  • Dramatists Guild Emergency Fund
    DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and book writers in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.
  • Durham Artist Relief Fund
    Durham, NC artists who have been financially affected by COVID-19 may apply for this emergency fund. Disbursements will be made on a monthly basis. Priority will be given to BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, and disabled artists.
  • The Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grants
    This prestigious grant is awarded to figurative artists, whether or not they reside in Canada. Grants of up to CAD $18,000 may be awarded. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Emergency Aid from The Artists’ Fellowship
    Funding meant for professional fine artists who have been impacted by COVID-19, natural disasters, and other unprecedented hardships.
  • Equal Sounds fund for musicians
    The Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund was set up on short notice to provide direct financial assistance to musicians who have lost work as a result of Corona-related event cancellations.
  • Equality Can’t Wait Challenge
    $30 million dollars will be awarded to help expand the power and influence of women in the United States by 2030.
  • Foundwork Artist Prize: $10,000 Juried Grant with Studio Visits & Interview
    This prize is meant to recognize worthy contemporary artists. The winner will be awarded $10,000 and jurors, that include progressive curators, gallerists, and artists, will pay studio visits. The deadline is October 15, 2020.
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
    If you are seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition due to COVID-19 you can apply for support from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund.
  • Great for Artists and Photographers
    Innovate Grant is accepting submissions for their Summer 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant two awards $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. Deadline: August 25
  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation Grants
    Cultural organizations within the town of Worcester, MA may apply to this grant. Award amount can range from $500 to $5,000.
  • Haven Foundation
    The mission of The Haven Foundation is to offer interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises.
  • Illuminations Grant
    Artists who identify as Black trans women may apply for this $10,000 grant. Applications are due August 30, 2020.
  • Jazz Foundation Musicians Emergency Fund
    The Jazz Foundation’s Musicians’ Emergency Fund provides housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief and direct financial support in times of crisis.
  • Leveler: Peer to Peer Wealth Distribution
    People seeking financial assistance may apply and someone in a better financial position will provide an emergency fund for them. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Max’s Kansas City Project
    The Max’s Kansas City Project provides emergency funding & resources to professionals in the creative arts. Individuals who have made their living through their art form either professionally or personally and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid or housing.
  • Mayer Foundation grant 
    The Mayer Foundation provides economic relief to individuals, make grants for organizations educational, literary, cultural, humanitarian, scientific, health-care related and other charitable purposes, and award scholarship benefits and student aid to high school, undergrad, and graduate students.
  • Mass Humanities: 2020 Support Grants
    Mass Humanities’ operating support grants will be awarded to organizations that serve underrepresented communities.
  • Massachusetts Small Business Recovery Loan
    The Baker-Polito Administration offers economic support for small businesses with a $10 million loan fund to provide financial relief to those that have been affected by COVID-19.
  • Musical Health Alliance
    If you are someone in the entertainment business who needs assistance paying medical bills, or need health related guidance, the Musical Health Alliance will help you.
  • Musicians Foundation
    Grants for musicians of any genre in a time of acute need, due to personal, medical, dental, or family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency situation.
  • National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness & Emergency Response (NCAPER)
    NCAPER helps you fostering relationships with providers in the emergency services sector. Their list of organizations can assist with reestablishing your art practice and keeping you apprised of funding opportunities.
  • New England Foundation for the Arts Grant Opportunities
    The NEFA is sharing two public art grant opportunities. Grants range from $2,000 to $10,000. The deadline for applications to both are Monday, August 24, 2020.
  • Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund
    Musicians that have lost income from a cancelled gig/performance due to the pandemic may apply to this grant. Priority will be given to musicians who played the Newport Jazz or Folk Festivals and those in the Rhode Island community.
  • Pen America - Emergency Funds for Writers List
    A listing of national and regional emergency grants available to writers in acute financial crisis.
  • Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
    Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to queer writers of color.
  • Radical Imagination for Racial Justice
    Grants will be awarded to artists who are Black, Indeginious, People of Color and want to make change in their community through art.
  • Springboard for the Arts (for Minnesota artists)
    The Personal Emergency Relief Fund helps artists in Minnesota recover from personal emergencies by helping pay an unanticipated, emergency expense. In response to COVID-19 guidelines have been expanded to include lost income due to the cancellation of a specific, scheduled gig or opportunity (i.e. commissions, performances, contracts) due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures.
  • Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fund
    A fund specifically for musicians and music industry workers directly affected by COVID-19. Those who are awarded will receive financial assistance for vital living expenses.
  • Theatre Community Benevolent Fund
    This fund provides between $500 and $1,500 to individuals involved in theater, and between $1,000 and $6,000 to companies in the greater Boston area. Rolling deadline, application reviewed weekly.
  • Third Wave Fund: Mobilize Power Fund
    These grants will be awarded to youth-led and intergenerational groups/nonprofits/coalitions in the USA regardless of 501c3 status or fiscal sponsorship.
  • Tristate Relief Fund
    Emergency relief grant program will provide one-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 to Tri-State (NY, NJ, & CT) non-salaried workers in the visual arts who have experienced financial hardship from lack of income or opportunity as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis.The funds will be administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Multiple cycles available.
  • Vox Corona Emergency Fund
    Professional vocalists from the Washington, DC area may apply to this fund.
  • Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation
    Financial assistance is available for those who worked in theatrical exhibition for a minimum of five years.
  • Women’s Studio Workshop: Artist’s Book Residency
    Over the course of six-to-eight weeks, artists will print and bind their own limited-edition book work. The residency in Rosendale, NY includes a stipend of $350/week, up to $750 for materials, 24/7 studio access, and more. The deadline is November 15, 2020.

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Instructor Resources

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Enjoyment of the Arts Online

  • Ailey All Access
    For a limited time, get access to Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations’ in its entirety from your own home. Find videos of performances and other ways to connect with the Ailey organization in Ailey All Access.
  • Extensive list of Virtual Museums
    A categorized list of museums, exhibits, online collections, etc. that you can explore from the safety of your home while social distancing.
  • Google Arts and Culture
    Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with over 1,200 museums, galleries and institutions in 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online. Start exploring, now.
  • Art Institute of Chicago
    Wherever you are, whatever the time, Art Institute of Chicago’s online resources are always here to connect you to their collection of art from around the world—whether you’re seeking inspiration, community, or a little adventure.
  • Asian Art Museum
    Explore the collections and exhibits of the museum that is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, boasting more than 18,000 awe-inspiring artworks ranging from ancient jades and ceramics to contemporary video installations.
  • Connect the Arts 
    A community of people who work in the arts, and people who love the arts. Artists of all kinds–painters, musicians, designers, technicians, writers, art collectives, arts organizations, and more– tell their stories, share events and opportunities, and connect with people who’ll love what they’re creating.
  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
    While currently unable to present live concerts, CMS is committed to continue bringing the best chamber music to people all over the globe through weekly curated playlists and daily releases of archival video and audio
  • House Parties for Barbés (Not) in the Woods
    Barbés is a bar based in Brooklyn that hosts over 700 performances annually. In 2019, they started a festival in Western Massachusetts called Barbés in the Woods. However, because of COVID-19, they have launched their music festival online and now you can be a part of the party through Zoom!
  • Broadway Living Room Concerts
    With Broadway going dark for the first prolonged period of time since 2007, Broadway stars are getting creative about staying home and sharing their favorite songs from musicals.
  • Guggenheim
    Explore online exhibits and collections of the Guggenheim that is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. 
  • Louvre
    Digitally visit the world’s largest art museum with 360 degree tours inside and out.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Explore the online collections and exhibits of the largest art museum in the United States.
  • Met Opera
    “Nightly Met Opera Streams” are available every evening throughout the time that the Opera remains closed. The performances can be streamed every night at 7:30 p.m. ET, 5:30 MT.
  • Minneapolis Walker Art Museum
    Walker Collections reflect a diverse range of artistic output, including painting, sculpture, films, performances, books, artist archives, and more.
  • Musee d'Orsay
    A museum housed in a former Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.
  • National Gallery
    The National Gallery of Art – the nation's museum – preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters an understanding of works of art.
  • National Portrait Gallery
    The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.
  • National Theatre
    Enjoy world-class theatre online while they are closed.
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
    The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts.
  • NPR Tiny Desk Concerts
    NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts has made it possible for music lovers to enjoy a performance from their own home. From Baroque to pop, there will be something exciting to tune to.
  • Seattle Symphony Live Streams
    The Seattle Symphony is organizing additional free livestreams and rebroadcasts until the orchestra can return to the Benaroya Hall stage.
  • Peaceful Protest Posters: Online Exhibition
    An online exhibition, through July 4 to August 31, that includes posters that support the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • Portraying the Black American Experience
    A video series that shares how the contemporary Black experience has been reflected in iconic works of art.
  • Tate Britain
    Tate Britain houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner, who bequeathed all his own collection to the nation.
  • The Uffizi Gallery
    The Uffizi Gallery in Florence houses works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Botticelli and more.
  • UMass FAC
    From a performance by Leyla McCalla to Monkey Baa Theatre Company reading A Diary of a Wombat, experience the FAC's virtual offerings.
  • UMass Hampden Gallery
    Explore virtual exhibits and gallery tours at Hampden Gallery
  • UMass - Virtual UMCA
    Explore exhibitions, the UMCA's Artists’ talks, performances, and panel discussions from the comfort of your own sofa.

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Local Focused - Western Massachusetts

  • Assets For Artists Webinars
    A lineup of new crisis-focused webinars with a focus in financials and business throughout Spring 2020.
  • Clark Art Institute RAP Fellowship
    A Research and Academic Program that is offering artists, writers, art critics and scholars a fellowship for the Fall 2020 Semester. Applicants must be from one of the specified fields and should be interested in reimagining how museums, scholarships, and public engagement can work in their new economic and social environment after being negatively impacted by COVID-19.
  • COVID-19: The Artist Contest
    Artists financially impacted by COVID-19 who work/worked in Amherst, MA may participate in this art contest. The grand prize winner will be awarded $375 and there are prizes for artists who place first, second, third, or honorable mention. Submissions due August 22.
  • COVID-19 Related Resources and Information for Berkshire, MA Residents
    A curated list by 1Berkshire to assist Berkshire Residents given the current climate.
  • Pioneer Valley Theatre
    News and events about theatre in the Pioneer Valley. Submit your virtual performance.
  • Valley Artist Directory
    For Western MA visual artists, have your name and info listed as an artist in the region.

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  • Auntie Sewing Squad
    Consider making a donation for these volunteers to continue making face masks for people working on the frontlines and vulnerable communities.
  • Beacon Gallery: Art Dash
    The Beacon Gallery in Boston, MA has an art call where artists can put their work for sale and receive 100% of the profits. The application deadline has been extended to August 16.
  • Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
    Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.
  • Covid19 Stories
    A place for art and art-adjacent personal stories during COVID-19. See other's stories and add your own.
  • Covid Community Data Lab
    Data sources visualized to analyze how Massachusetts communities have changed since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in early March.
  • Creative Responses to COVID-19: USDAC Listening Shareback
    Showcases the 400 voices that shared their opinions on funding, healing, and connecting to change the current system and how the arts can help too.
  • Digital Resources for Artists to Continue Career Online
    Artwork Archive provides resources for artists to help transition their business onto virtual platforms and bring reassurance during a challenging time. Platforms include video-conferencing, online stores, and more.
  • Creative Ground Directory
    You can add yourself to this directory to get noticed as an artist and/or as a creative enterprise.
  • IATSE C.A.R.E.S.
    An initiative to assist people who are at-risk, elderly, and those with a disability during COVID-19. They offer a volunteer delivery service to help those get groceries and other supplies.
  • No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Guide
    A guide to help artists understand the true power behind art during times of crisis.
  • Pao Arts Center: Love Letters to Boston Chinatown
    Write a love letter to Boston Chinatown about your favorite memories you’ve had there. You may even create a painting or illustration to express kindness towards the community. Letters, poems, and art will be shared with the Boston Chinatown community.
  • Performing Arts Network
    A community for performing artists to support & learn from one another during one of the most difficult times for our field.
  • What Role Are You Playing?
    MASSCreative offers a guide and helpful links to help us navigate building a more vibrant, connected, and equitable community.
  • Client Advisory: COVID-19 Cyber Attacks
    Information to help you stay safe from cyber attacks during the pandemic.
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