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Resources for Artists and Freelancers

Grants and Funding.

Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program
Arts practitioners and artists who have been experiencing housing instability or are having trouble making rent or mortgage payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic should know that they are not alone. Federal, state, and local governments are offering help with housing expenses and avoiding eviction.

Theatre Artists Relief Fund
The American Theatre Wing, with the council and guidance of the Obie Awards’ Judges Panel (co-chaired by Obie-winning scenic designer Rachel Hauck and choreographer Sam Pinkleton), has created a $250,000 Theatre Artists Relief Fund in order to get money directly into the hands of artists. This fund, which is generously supported by the Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust and the theatrical production company No Guarantees, will grant each of these artists $500 to help sustain them during this period of mandatory shutdowns. Our hearts are with each of these artists, theatre workers, and technicians; we see you, and we want to support you.

FCA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.

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

Covid19 Emergency Grant
Offering unrestricted rapid relief grants to indie theater companies and individual artists in need due to the financial strain of closings etc related to Covid19.

Writers’ Emergency Fund
A small grants program for professional— published or produced—writers in acute or unexpected financial crises.

Economic Relief Grants
For residents of New York City; economic relief grants to needy individuals who are distressed or suffering for a variety of reasons.

Emergency Financial Assistance - The Actor's Fund
While some of the funds are earmarked for members of entertainment unions, you do not need to be a union member to receive help.

Emergency Grants Resource List
New York Foundation for the Arts often receives calls from artists requesting information on emergency grants to serve financial need or an emergency such as bereavement or illness. Please check the organizations’ websites or call to get the latest programmatic information and eligibility requirements.

The Boston Artist Relief Fund
Grants for individual artists living in the city of Boston whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Chicago Theatre Workers Relief Fund
Grants of up to $500 for those working in the Chicago theatre industry who have had to stop work and are not getting paid due to COVID-19.

The Creator Fund
ConvertKit has established a $50,000 fund to help creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the details and then submit your information if you are in need.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund
For musicians who have lost work because of the coronavirus crisis.

The Max's Kansas City Project Emergency Grants
Provides emergency funding & resources to professionals in the creative arts; for individuals who have made their living through their art form.

SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund
Must be a SAG-AFTRA Member

Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund
Provides cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.

Emergency Fund Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S Artists, Performers, and Tip-Based Workers:  is A fund to help LGBTQ2S people who cannot pay for food, medecine, rent, and neccessities because most of their income doesn't come from an employer.

A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis
To help music professionals and their loved ones navigate the crisis, Billboard has compiled a list of resources at both the national and state levels, including more than four dozen relief funds.

NYFA Anonymous Was a Woman Emergency Relief Grant
Will distribute $250,000 in grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.


Digital Best Practices.

Digital Reading Guidelines, from California Shakespeare Theater.
Quick thoughts on how to conduct a play reading over Zoom.

HowlRound Webinar Panel: Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic, from Howlround.
A deep-dive conversation about the philosophies and practicalities of making art virtually.

How to Keep the Party Crashers from Crashing Your Zoom Event, from Zoom.
Best practices on Zoom etiquette & protocol.

Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak, from Loyola Marymount College.
A Google document compiled by a professor at Loyola Marymount University with resources for teaching theatre online.

Online Event Best Practices: A Zoom Success Guide, from Zoom.
A PDF with best practices about how to schedule an event on Zoom

Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19: A Guide to Livestreaming, from Howlround.
Best practices on live-streaming

Free Nonprofit Webinar: How to Fundraise in the Time of the Coronavirus, from Charity How To.
A webinar on digital fundraising.

Employment, Information, and More.

Help Now NYC
Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on New York City's workforce, the City of New York has developed a list of resources for those who may be unemployed due to COVID-19 or are seeking additional assistance.

Hire Artists
A marketplace designed to facilitate creative exchange during the Coronavirus-era. Built by artists and for artists, Hire Artists connects buyers with experienced practitioners with decades of experience for the purposes of online instruction or to help with creative and non-creative tasks.

College essay coaching; Applications will open in April.

Search by multiple categories, including entry-level, flexible, and part-time; positions in many fields.

We Work Remotely
Search by job category; mostly full-time options but contract work and part-time as well.

Teach Away
Teach English as a second language. Eight online platforms; most require fluency in English and a Bachelor’s Degree.

Transcription Work:

Audio Transcription Center—Boston, MA
GMR Transcriptors

Miscellaneous Remote Job Opportunities