It’s no secret that, due to the spread of COVID-19, millions of Americans have filed for unemployment recently (a record 6.65 million people filed a new jobless claim in the week that ended March 28). As part of our continued effort to help the art community, we’d like to share with you some avenues of financial help.
Financial Help for Artists
1. Covid-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application Financial Help for Artists During COVID-19
From the U.S. Small Business Administration / Disaster Loan Assistance
The eligibility list includes options such as “Applicant is an individual who operates under a sole proprietorship, with or without employees, or as an independent contractor” and others that might apply to you and your art business.
Click here to learn more about the disaster loan and apply here. Find additional options through the SBA here.
2. The Artists’ Fellowship Fund Financial Help for Artists During COVID-19
The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional visual artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.
Note: Due to the overwhelming requests for aid from the COVID-19 pandemic they are temporarily limiting relief and assistance applications to those qualified applicants who are dealing with IMMEDIATE MEDICAL EMERGENCIES and their aftermaths. This restriction will be revisited periodically as conditions change.
3. The Opportunity Agenda / Pop Culture Collaborative
The Opportunity Agenda announced it will alot $1,000 stipends to artists of all mediums and freelance cultural strategists whose work has been significantly disrupted, reduced, delayed or lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The stipends aim to assist recipients with unexpected financial hardships that have disrupted their ability to advance social justice through their cultural work.
Each stipend is worth $1,000. To apply visit: bit.ly/ccassistance. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. All stipend funds must be spent by July 31, 2020.
4. There are additional resources listed at SmugMug.com, a website for our extended family of artists, photographers. Please research the resources at Smug Mug before applying and submitting your personal information.
Marketing Resources for Artists
We have a full range of marketing resources to help artists survive (and thrive!) in these difficult times.