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Arts Resources During COVID-19
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COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Other Creatives

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To help artists, writers, musicians, actors, and other creatives in the City of El Segundo respond to COVID-19 challenges, we’ve started compiling targeted information about emergency funding, advocacy, and community. Know of another opportunity? Please share the link with us!   

For local art-making/art-sharing opportunities, see ESMoA's Art in the Time of COVID19 Challenge, Natalie Strong's digital conversion of the ESPL Room of Requirement, and select ESPL online programming such as "Songs From The Stairwell" with Library Assistant Roz Templin or Writing Prompts with Maureen Kingsley from The El Segundo Scene and the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee.

Financial Assistance

Artist Relief
A new coalition of national arts grantmakers that includes includes immediate, unrestricted emergency funding of $5,000 for individual artists of all disciplines to help those in need due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Los Angeles City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) aims to provide relief through the CA COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund to a spectrum of LA-based performing artists who were financially affected by the unanticipated disruption caused by COVID-19. Round one is for  performing artists and ensembles in dance, music, or theater. 

Author's League Fund 
Helps professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, or the temporary loss of income. 

The Actors Fund 
Emergency financial assistance from the Actors Fund and other entertainment industry organizations for workers in the performing arts and entertainment.   

The Blues Foundation HART Fund
The Blues Foundation Handy Artists Relief Trust Fund is available to Blues musicians and their families who are in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns.  The fund provides for medical and dental care, funeral and burial expenses and free health screenings. 

Carnegie Fund for Authors
The Carnegie Fund for Authors awards grants to published authors who are in need of emergency financial assistance as a result of illness or injury to self, spouse, or dependent child, or who has had some other misfortune that has placed the applicant in pressing and substantial pecuniary need.

CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund
Artists who have suffered from a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or natural disaster, can apply for funding. CERF+ also has a list of resources centered around the pandemic.

Dramatists Guild Foundation
DGF provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.

How Self-Employed Artists and Small Businesses Can Apply for Financial Aid
Art Newspaper has gathered information about grants and loans in the US and Europe to help self-employed artists and small businesses in the arts community get through the COVID-19 crisis.

Jazz Foundation Musicians Emergency Fund 
Musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz, and roots music can apply for emergency funding from the Jazz Foundation. 

Short-term financial assistance for musicians’ personal needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances.

NYFA Emergency Grants List
The New York Foundation for the Arts maintains a running list of additional emergency grant opportunities for artists, categorized by disciplines. 

PEN America Writer's Emergency Fund
PEN America will distribute grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
This fund is for queer writers of color who are in need of financial assistance. 

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund 
This relief fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet because of COVID-19. 

Other Resources

Americans for the Arts Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center 
Source for arts related news and information based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal and D.C. governments. 

Arts Education Partnership COVID-19 Partner Resources 
A collection of information from leaders in the arts education field providing resources to help the arts community navigate new ways of working, including shifting operations to online platforms for telework situations, serving the community in new ways and supporting employees. 

An online emergency preparedness service with a number of COVID-19 preparedness resources from across the arts and culture sector.

HowlRound Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic Webinar 
Provides information about shared resources including legal, advocacy, how to take your work virtual, finding emergency funding, and financial best practices in crisis. The session also focuses on building and grounding the national community for US-based freelance artists and cultural workers in all disciplines. 

How to Plan a Virtual Event on Vimeo
Vimeo’s live production team offers advice on how schools, event coordinators, marketers, and more are evolving their event strategies to optimize engaging live streaming experiences.

Freelance Artist Resources
An aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to individual artists of all disciplines.

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures COVID-19 Resource Directory 
A sortable spreadsheet with numerous categories, including emergency funding, statements from the field, and social media groups for arts organizations and individual artists.